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Misa Poisoned Passion for Fall 2008

Jewel tones and vampy nail shades are carrying over from last Fall and Misa Cosmetics is putting their twist on the trend. The recently launched Poisoned Passion collection is a lineup of six rich shades. With five shimmers and one creme, these colors pack a lot of punch. They are all very lush.

The last time I reviewed a Misa collection, Love Connections, it was right after their switch to become Big 3 Free. You may remember that I was non-plused with the formula then but, I’m seeing an improvement in this new lineup. While I still had issues with application of a couple shades (Dying Love & Fatal Affair) the rest flowed quite nicely. One thing that has remained consistent is the high level of pigmentation. Each polish only required two coats.

Toxic Seduction – Let’s start out with my favorite color of the bunch. Of course it’s the green, duh! You might call the base color a blackened teal or blue-green but the hints of gold shimmer warm it up a bit. Though I wouldn’t say its a forest green. More like a franken of Gussied Up Green & Rodeo Fanatic. Regardless of how you describe it, I have just one word – WINNER! I looked for it’s closest living relative in my stash and found Poison Ivy from Nailed by Sleek UK (shown below).

A Sin Worth Committing’s base color is royal blue, like OPI Dating A Royal. No purple undertones in the slightest. It’s most definitely a superb navy shimmer however, I found that OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue is close enough that you wouldn’t need both. A Sin Worth Committing is just a touch bolder.

Dying Love is a tricky one. Both in application and color description. I guess it’s appropriate for the punkiest color to be the problem child. Not quite jet black yet too dark to be gunmetal gray, Dying Love falls somewhere between Lippmann Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Sally Hansen Salon Black Orchid (a LE color).

Fatal Affair is similar to Misa Blueberry Glaze in that BG is a purple tinged blue and Fatal Affair is a blue tinged purple. Though the blue shimmer affected my ability to show the true color. It’s more purple in real life. Compared to one of my favorite purples, Misa Dreamy Purple, it is deeper with a red-violet base.

Forbidden Lust is a deep red based purple shimmer. Like a dark amethyst. In looking for a dupe, I found that it’s a deeper version of NYX Wild (#2 on the linked image).

The only creme in the group, Love Bite, is a vampy browned red. It’s bright berry base makes 2-3 coats necessary to achieve bottle color. I have to say that this is the one color I wasn’t all that jazzed over. As you can see below, it’s very similar to Misa Stiletto so not really a must have for me.

The Poisoned Passion collection is available for sale online at and

So fanatics, what do you think? What did you/are you buying from the collection?

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  1. Karman says:

    Love the swatches, thanks! I was planning on buying A Sin Worth Committing, but now I’m not sure if I should just get OPI YGTB…Misa isn’t really sold where I live so I have to get it online. I want the brighter blue and easier-to-tell-it’s-blue of the two…which is it?? Misa?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I got fatal affair! its nice.

  3. jackie says:

    I love the colors. Hey but what top coat do you use? I can never get my nails that shiny

  4. CincyFan says:

    Karman – If you don’t want to order online, you’ll be happy with Yoga-ta. They both look blue in everyday lighting. I’d say the Misa is a touch brighter but not significantly so.

    Anon – Great choice!

    Jackie – I don’t use a top coat with my swatches. If I do, I say so in the post. That’s just the polish’s natural glossiness.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate it when you do the comparisons! That totally saves me from making my dup mistakes that I am known for. I am like you, I am in love love love with Toxic Seduction. I like Dying Love because I’m the one polish lover that doesn’t own a black, so this will do for now. Thank you for your fabulous reviews!! YOU ROCK!