They're Not The Same. They're Similar - Battle of the Brown Holos

It's been awhile since I've done a comparison post, I know but there was a method to my madness. Mainly that this one has been in the works for awhile and I had to get my hands on everything I wanted to actually compare. I know brown polish is a controversial color. People either love it or hate it, but I love brown polish - especially brown holos!

Photo courtesy of Elsa at Like A Candy Shop


First let's list what polishes are going up against each other in this "battle":

Smitten Polish - Cocoa & Cardis

Philly Loves Lacquer - 2AM Coffee Run

Colors by Llarowe -  Burnt Sugar

Glitter Gal - Belgian Chocolate

Model City Polish - Dipping Chocolate


All of these are pretty different. No two formulas were exactly the same. The thickest were Cocoa & Cardis followed by 2AM Coffee Run. The thinnest was Belgian Chocolate. All were at full opacity with just two coats with exception of BC which needed three and was still a tad sheer at the nail line. The most

Winner: Burnt Sugar. The formula was pretty much perfect. It was just the right consistency for my liking.


I was pretty shocked at how different most of these were once on the nail. The two most similar are C & C and 2AMCR, with C & C being a half shade darker. The strongest holo is obviously Burnt Sugar. It's also the lightest of the bunch. Dipping Chocolate is the lightest and Belgian Chocolate has the most red tones in it. There is hard to declare a winner here because it all just depends on what you like and prefer.

Winner: I have to go with my personal favorite, Belgian Chocolate. The red tones make it so rich-looking and it distinguishes it from the rest of the bunch.


This one is pretty relative as well. Some of these are no longer available for purchase unfortunately. I purchased them basically by stalking Storenvy sales. The three currently still for sale is Burnt Sugar at $12, Belgian Chocolate at $11 and 2AMCR at $11. 

Winner: This one is a draw. I say buy what you like because they are all worth the money!

Overall winner?

I don't think there is one. A first for me. I love all of these and I think they are all worth owning. The fact that they are so different definitely makes it justifiable.