I apologize in advance for making you look at my not-so-cute hands and also for the messy application.
First up...Dear Santa from the OPI Holiday Wishes 2009 Collection
and its worthy contender, Ruby Pumps from the China Glaze Holiday 2009 Collection (is it called Love You Snow Much or is it Wizard of Oz, or both? *shrug*)
and also in sunlight...
In comparison, Dear Santa is obviously warmer, which I feel makes it more festive and perfect for Christmas. It's like a bright orament red, and the gold glitter also makes your hands look brighter (my hands are a lot darker than my face).
On the other hand (literally! haha, yeah, I actually polished each hand each color), Ruby Pumps has more dimension, but it is also a darker red, which made my hand look dark compared to the hand that had Dear Santa. Depending on the lighting, Ruby Pumps looks much darker in low lighting, but is really gorgeous in bright lighting, whereas Dear Santa is a sparkling holiday red in low lighting but more of a glowing orange-red in bright lighting.
More photos, this time from my iPhone. Obviously not great quality, but it gives you more of an idea of the differences.
I took this picture with my nose, haha! Ruby Pumps on the left and Dear Santa on the right
In the end, they are both gorgeous and worthy of being in any gal's collection! It trips me out because I never thought I would wear red nail polish, I thought it made my hands look really garish/gaudy (like they belong to a cougar!), but these have opened my mind. =)
Which nail polishes have caught your fancy? I'm lusting for a nice blue polish and feel like I missed out on Sapphire in the Snow and Holiday Glow, also from the OPI holiday collection. So now I'm eagerly awaiting the January OPI Alice in Wonderland Collection, particularly Absolutely Alice!