Some of my favorite polishes are vampies, really dark red toned jellies or creams. Since a lot of the time online swatches seem to run together for me it makes it hard to decide which ones are similar, which aren't, and which ones I really want.
So, I did a comparison of 4 of the vampies that I think seem the most similar and most popular from swatches online and the bottles alone.
Above from left to right we have China Glaze- Evening Seduction, Lippmann- Maneater, Zoya- Casey, and Misa- Love Bite. These look really similar in the bottles as they do in a lot of swatches I've seen online. But this is really decieving, because they are really not all that similar.
Ok, here they are on my nails in indoor lighting. Right away Maneater jumps out at me as the most different. It is clearly brown with barely any red in it at all. The next one that is the most unique is Love Bite. It's much more red and has the most jelly-like finish. Casey and Evening seduction are really close except that Casey more of a jelly and ES is a straight cream.
Here they are outdoors in direct sunlight. Now I really see Love Bite and Maneater standing out from the rest as totally different. Maneater looks almost totally brown. We can also see that Casey and ES really are very close, save the finish, even in direct sunlight. They both have a strong undertone of plum and a deeper burgandy.
So none of these are dupes of eachother. 2 are close but not dupes.
Here are swatches of each polish alone. You can really see how these could get jumbled without a side by side.
For me the must haves from this are Love Bite, and Casey. If I had known that Maneater was so brown I totally would have passed on it.