As I have quite a few murky purple or gruple polishes I thought it would be interesting to do a little comparison post. It wasn't so much to find dupe shades but funnily enough I discovered that Nails Inc. Thayer Street is a very similar to Paradoxal. Unfortunately, it seems this shade was only available as a mini in the Summer Sizzlers set but I like this nail varnish very much. You could almost get away with a single coat as it's quite a thick formula.
As you can see from the picture above, I wanted to compare the following: Models Own Purple Ash, OPI Parlez-Vous OPI?, Chanel Paradoxal, Sephora by OPI Metro Chic and Nails Inc. Thayer Street. Here are the colours on my nails. I've included several photos to show how the colours differ in different lighting.
Purple Ash is the most red toned purple in this group and almost a warm, plummy colour when compared to Paradoxal. Parlez-Vous OPI? is much lighter and doesn't really have any grey tones when compared to the other. I'm sure you have all seen plenty of swatches of Paradoxal. Depending on the light, it can look more grey than purple. The sparkle isn't really evident in these photos but it's fair to say you can't see it all the time when you're wearing it either.
Metro Chic is quite a mousy grey and has only the merest hint of purple but I think it's a pretty good benchmark in this line up. I've not really touched much on consistency but I feel it's worth mentioning that is the thinnest of all the polishes. I think it might even have benefited from a third coat. Thayer Street, as I mentioned, is very similar to Paradoxal. It's another dark grey purple. I think it might be fractionally lighter than Paradoxal but there's not much in it and the only thing it lacks is the shimmer.
So, all in all, five lovely colours with only one possible duplication. May I take this opportunity to apologise for the lumpy application on some if my nails. Half way through I realised that a baby and toddler don't make good manicure companions!