My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
This will cover coppers and bronzes. These polishes look copper or bronze in the bottle or have copper or bronze in the polish name. They are not necessarily labeled copper or bronze by the polish manufacturer and do not always look copper or bronze once they’re swatched. Every time I get a new copper or bronze polish, I will edit this to add the new polish in. Of course, the polish will also be featured in the article reviewing the purchase. If you’d like to see any of my other nail polish colors, I also have articles for Corals & Oranges, Yellows & Golds, Browns & Blacks, Blues, Greens, Beiges & Nudes, Grays & Silvers, Reds, Sheers & Whites, Salmon & Wines, Purples, Pinks, and Nail Treatments, Base Coats, & Top Coats.
I photographed the coppers and bronzes in order from lightest to darkest and used a flash. The flash is wonderful at picking up detail and finish. The individual pictures below use natural daylight for a more exact color. When I add new polishes, I will not take group pictures again, but I will place the new individual picture in order of where it lies within the shade meaning every article will have the lightest shade first and the darkest last.
Ulta Pro Fairy Dust is a sheer copper polish with very fine micro glitter. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Urban Decay Naked Toasted (please ignore that I wrote Teased on the sticker) is a semi-sheer copper polish with a very fine micro glitter. The finish is semi matte and smooth.
Deborah Lippmann Chain Reaction is a sheer polish with copper and gold glitter. The finish is semi matte and semi smooth. A topcoat can smooth it out.
Julep Dawnelle is a mixed metal full coverage micro glitter. It looks like a bronze-gold. The finish is semi glossy and rough. Two topcoats can smooth it out.
Julep Tranquil Taurus is a Grounded Honey Wheat Metallic. Julep gets fancy with its descriptions, but I would call this bronze. The finish is semi glossy and semi smooth. A top coat can smooth it out.
Deborah Lippmann Phoenix Rising is a sheer copper polish with copper glitter. It has a very slight hint of rose in the coloring. The finish is semi glossy and semi smooth. A top coat can smooth it out.
Spa Ritual Copper Shimmer is a copper polish with a hint of gold. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Butter London The Old Bill is a bronze-gold shimmer with a fine gold, micro glitter. It is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Jane is a rose gold multi-dimensional glitter. The finish is semi glossy and slightly rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Winnie is a rose gold metallic. The finish is semi glossy and slightly rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Louisa May is a citrine iridescent shimmer. It looks like a bronze-orange with a gold glitter. The finish is semi glossy and slight rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Julep Tatiana is an orange polish with gold glitter. Combined, the colors give a bronze effect. The finish is semi glossy and slightly rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.
Nails Inc Old Park Lane is a metallic rose-gold. The finish is semi glossy and smooth.
Julep Candace is a chocolate brown polish with gold micro glitter. Its colors combine to create a dark, bronze-copper. The finish is semi glossy and slight rough. A top coat or two can smooth it out.