Mani of the Week- Tom Ford Ginger Fire & Tom Ford Carnal Red and African Violet

I couldn’t find any actual swatches of Ginger Fire, Carnal Red or African Violet online when I bought these so I purchased them sight unseen. I was looking forward to seeing Carnal Red in person the most because I love a good red polish especially during the holidays. I don’t know what exactly I had in mind when I thought of Carnal Red. I do know that the color in real life brings to mind more playground crush than anything carnal for me. The Carnal Red is a nice color, all three of them are nice colors, they’re just not particularly unique.

These are some of my other reds that seemed somewhat similar to Carnal Red in the bottles.

On the nails the Chanel Pirate on the pinkie stands out as more of a blue based red.  The other three are very similar.

I did the same thing with the African Violet.  I think the Dim Sum Plum and the African Violet are virtually identical.

Ginger Fire was my favorite of the three so I chose that one for my manicure this week. It has a subtle shimmer that is slightly visible on the nail at close range. I thought the Milani Juicy Glo shown here would be a good duplicate, but the Ginger Fire is more of a deeper tomato orange. It’s one of those colors I’m sure will get a lot of wear in the warmer months.



  1. peculiar VIrtue
    November 14, 2011 / 3:06 pm

    Ginger Fire is my fave of the bunch, too! :o)

  2. Lisa - respect the shoes
    November 15, 2011 / 2:22 am

    I actually love that purple, red, orange combo – it really pops and complements each other!

  3. Of the Comely
    November 16, 2011 / 6:45 am

    @ peculiarVirtue:There's just something about those shades of oragne 🙂

  4. Of the Comely
    November 16, 2011 / 6:46 am

    @Lisa-respect the shoes:Those colors would make a very stylish color block outfit 🙂

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