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Friday, February 22, 2013

Sinful Colors Enchanted vs. Sinful Colors Mesmerize

I was in the middle of swatching all of the new Sinful Colors polishes that I purchased this week (post to come!) when I realized that two of the purple cremes that I bought are so similar that they really warrant a comparison post all of their own.

In case you've been debating about getting one (or both of these) polishes, I hope this can help you with your decision. Take a look...

Keep reading for side-by-side swatches...

Sinful Colors Nail Polishes in Enchanted and Mesmerize
(retail: $1.99 each, 0.5 oz)

This is a very quick-and-dirty swatch comparison (sorry, but I was in the middle of a big swatch project and this was an afterthought that I did in a hurry with no clean-up, etc.):

Two coats of each polish, no top coat

As you can see, Enchanted is a lighter, more royal purple with a violet undertone, whereas Mesmerize is a deeper purple with more of a navy blue undertone.

Enchanted: This one was a little bit sheer and streaky on the first coat. The second coat brought a lot more opacity, but I think I would probably apply three coats just to be safe. Other than a little bit of sheerness and streakiness on the first coat, no issues at all with application.

Mesmerize: This one's a bit thick and goopy, but not so much that it makes you want to throw the bottle across the room. It's workable, but I will definitely be adding a few drops of polish thinner to this one for future manicures. This one is practically a one-coater in terms of opacity. 

I hope this helps any of you who have been debating about these colors. I would say that, unless you're a huge purple creme fan, you probably don't need both. I personally would go with Enchanted because, despite the initial sheerness/streakiness, I think it actually LOOKS like purple on the nail, whereas Mesmerize can look almost black in low-lighting. I have so many "almost-black-in-low-lighting" shades in my collection that I really don't need another one, but that's just me!

Do you own either (or both) of these polishes? I'd love to hear your thoughts!


  1. sinful colors has really stepped up their game! I love their current collections :)

  2. Gorgeous!! I have no idea why I don't own any Sinful polishes. They come in great colors and are inexpensive.

  3. I own Mesmerized, and I had to add a few drops of nail polish thinner, after that it was perfect. The colors are very similar but I will still would like to find Enchanted.

  4. I already have Mesmerize I'll probably still pick up Enchanted.

  5. I love Mesmerize so much - I actually bought the whole Enchanted collection and love all the shades! Enchanted was not part of that collection, oddly enough.

  6. I'll probably pick up both... I need ALL the purple cremes! :)

  7. I have no problems with Mesmerize after adding a couple drops of thinner. I'd love to add Enchanted to my stash if I'm able to find it!

  8. I wonder if Mesmerize leaves Smurf nails when taken off .... any thoughts?

    1. No Smurf hands, Robin! It did linger a tiny but on my cuticles but an extra pass with pure acetone on a clean pad took it all away. :)

  9. What collection does Enchanted belong to? I haven't seen it. I have Mesmerize.

  10. I have Mesmerize and it was my favorite purple creme! I just found Enchanted (I could not find it, was out of town so I checked a new Walgreens, there was 1 bottle left in a random display.) I put it on today - it is my new favorite - I enjoy the more royal purple color. Purple cremes have to be my favorite color/type of polish overall, so I really recommend scouring to find Enchanted!


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