Hahaha is that the longest post title you've ever seen or what? I don't do too many comparison posts because I really try to avoid dupes in my stash but recently I noticed I have three polishes that look eerily similar. Dun dun dun! So I decided to put them side-by-side and see if they really looked alike on the nail. I thought maybe this might be helpful to anyone out there who's had their eye on one of these polishes or wants to avoid dupes in their existing stash.
The contenders are, from left to right... Essie Mochacino, Orly Nite Owl, Butter London All Hail The Queen and then Nite Owl again on my pinky finger. I used three coats of Orly and Essie and two of Butter London.
Mochacino is just a touch darker than Nite Owl. They look even more similar in-person than they do in these shots. I wouldn't say they are 100% similar but still incredibly close, to the point where I'd say you don't need both. All Hail The Queen is visibly lighter than the other two and has a fine holographic shimmer, as opposed to the silver shimmer in the Essie and Orly. All Hail The Queen is definitely the most unique of the bunch.
If you're trying to choose between Mochacino and Nite Owl, I think Nite Owl's formula is less goopy than Mochacino's plus it costs a buck less, but honestly they're both great shades and extremely similar, so I guess it's a matter of your brand preference and whether you want to go a tad lighter (Nite Owl) or a tad darker (Mochacino).
You can check out individual swatches of these polishes by clicking the links below: