Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Swatch Comparison - OPI Grape...Set...Match vs. OPI Ink

Hey guys!

First off, I have some exciting news - the Canada Post strike is over! (For anyone who wasn't aware, Canada Post had been on strike for roughly 3 weeks until the workers were legislated back on Sunday evening.)
I've got a bunch of packages on the way to me (including my very own business cards which I am VERY excited about) so you'll be seeing a bunch of new products from me over the next couple of weeks. :)

Anyways, onto the point of this post. In my recent review of one of the new OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! England duos, I mentioned how Grape...Set...Match reminded me of a lighter version of OPI Ink, so today I dug OPI Ink out of my stash and did a comparison of these two shades for you.



Keep reading to see how these shades compare!



OPI Ink, OPI Grape...Set...Match


OPI Ink, OPI Grape...Set...Match


OPI Ink


OPI Grape...Set...Match


OPI Ink, OPI Grape...Set...Match


OPI Grape...Set...Match, OPI Ink


As you can see, the shades are similar in that they have the same pink and blue glitter within their respective bases. However, the difference is that Grape...Set...Match is a brighter, more red-based colour while OPI Ink is a deeper, violet shade. I find that the deep base of OPI Ink kind of makes the glitter sink farther into the polish than it should (I hope that makes sense), while the brighter base of Grape...Set...Match allows the glitter to really shine.

The formula of both of these was excellent and flowed really nicely. I only needed 2 coats for each of the shades to get the opacity that you see above.

In the end, these are definitely not dupes, but they have their similarities. Most people might not see the need in having both shades, but fellow polish fiends would most likely want to have both in their stash.

I'm pretty sure that OPI Ink is a permanent shade but if I'm wrong on that, you can still find it on eBay for retail price. OPI Grape...Set...Match is limited edition and is only available in one of the two OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! England duos.

What do you guys think? Which shade do you prefer?

10 comments:

  1. I dont' own OPI Ink but I think I need to! I am loving Grape Set Match, hope to swatch and blog about it this week!

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  2. I saw 2 OPI Ink's at my Ulta, but passed on them.

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  3. I do not own any of them but I want Grape Set, I already asked at my supply store And it is in preorder, and nice stems also. I live in Puerto Rico by the way ;-)

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  4. Thank you! This totally kills the lemming! I have enough plummy purples!

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  5. Just got Grape Set Match this afternoon... so excited to try it out!

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  6. Great comparison, these colors are def related :)

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  7. They kind of look the opposite to me. Ink is more dark purple with reddish flashes, and Grape Set Match is more of a reddish purple with dark flashes. Make sense? I love them both :)

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  8. I have both of these and certainly in all light, Grape Set Match shows up tons of purple, while Ink really turns to the navy and is a lot darker with it's really subtle duochrome

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  9. So relieved to see this, I have OPI Ink but didn't think about it being similar to Grape Set Match until after I had ordered it.

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