NARS Night Breed vs. Orly Goth vs. Nubar Knight’s Armor

Night Breed vs Goth vs Knight s Armor

Welcome to another edition of vs.!

The face off today features three similar colors. All are black with silver glitter, but how closely do they really compare?

The Heavyweight: NARS Night Breed is the newest of the three colors and the most expensive and possibly coveted.
The Middleweight: Nubar Knight’s Armor is from spring of 2010 and not too expensive but not super cheap either.
The Lightweight: Orly Goth is the oldest of the three. She’s also the least expensive and the most easily found.

In the bottles they look pretty similar. All are black with heavy silver glitter. You can tell from looking at the bottles that Night Breed and Knight’s Armor look like they have heavier more prolific glitter than Goth. In Goth you see a lot of the silver kind of sits there not looking very well dispersed.

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Orly Goth, NARS Night Breed, Nubar Knight’s Armor

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Nubar Knight’s Armor (pointer), NARS Night Breed (middle), Orly Goth (ring)

Knight’s Armor is a thin almost watery grayish black base with very, very heavy small silver square glitter. The base of this one is the lightest, though the glitter is definitely the heaviest. Subtle she aint! It almost looks like clumped glitter because there is so much of it. You will probably need three coats to get the base completely opaque.

Night Breed is a jet black base with tiny different sized silver glitter bits. The glitter in this one looks like it settles a little more into the black whereas Knight’s Armor sits more on top. You would think that Knight’s Armor would be chunky feeling and this one smooth, however the opposite is true. The base of this one is truly a dark black and you almost only need one coat, but I used two.

Goth is also a very dark black with silver micro-glitter. This base is as black as Night Breed (much darker than Knight’s Armor) but there is a lot less glitter here. This reminds me of the night sky with just little silvery bits placed in the black but it’s not dominant. The black is more obvious here than the silver. Of the three this one dries the smoothest. This one covers perfectly in two coats.

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Orly Goth (ring), NARS Night Breed (middle), Nubar Knight’s Armor (pointer)

The Verdict:

There is definitely a difference between all three of these polishes. Knight’s Armor is the more glittery and obvious one with the lightest base. Night Breed is kind of a happy medium and Goth is more of a jet black with a hint of glitter.

The Winner:

Really it just depends on what mood I am in. If you want a very obvious glitter I would say Knight’s Armor is your best best. If you want a black polish with just a little something else then Goth might be a good choice. If you feel like forking over the dough for Night Breed, which is a great jet black with medium glitter, then it’s a great one too. If I had to choose between owning only one of these I would choose Night Breed because it’s kind of down the middle. BUT my very close second would be Goth. Knight’s Armor is a little much for me for most days.

Which of these do you prefer?


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  • September 3, 2011

    I like night breed. It looks the coolest to me. I own goth, and IMO, the silver is too faint.

  • September 3, 2011

    I have Goth and love it! I think I would choose the Night Breed as Knights Armor seems to be too overly saturated with glitter for me. Thanks for the vs I will definitely get Night Breed now.
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  • September 3, 2011

    I’d say Night Breed is my winner, looking at the pictures, but since I feel it’s way too expensive for my wallet I’ll go with Goth, which is my very very close second. I was never fond of the Nubar one though. Like you said, it’s just a bit much in this combination.

  • September 3, 2011

    I have Night Breed, Sonia Kashuk’s Starry Night (which is dupey to Goth), and I recently just swapped away Knight’s Armor. I <3 the first two, but Knight's Armor just wasn't doing it for me. I agree, it's too chunky and over the top. The glitter particles are too big, it just doesn't look very sophisticated. Night Breed is perfection – I love the different sizes of glitter and it's just gorgeous. Starry Night is beautiful too though – like you said, it's like the night sky, especially in the country where the sky is pitch black and all you can see are the twinkling stars. It reminds me of my younger days, sitting around a bonfire with friends, or sitting ontop of our car, watching for meteors with my husband. If I could only pick one… I might pick it, since it brings back so many fond memories.

    Thanks for the comp! :)
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  • September 3, 2011

    i think sonia kashuk-starry night $4.99 or sinful colors-secret admirer $1.99 could also be compared to those colors, starry night is black based w/ very fine sivler glitter and secret admirer is a very dark charcoal/blac base w/ more microfine silver in it : )

    • September 5, 2011

      I was thinking of Secret Admirer as well.

  • September 3, 2011

    Thanks for doing these comparison posts, it’s nice to know not only about dupes but also about similar-but-different polishes like these where it’s more of a personal preference thing. For what it’s worth, I like Night Breed the best.

  • September 3, 2011

    I have to agree, Night Breed is looking pretty great between the three. I always wished the silver in Goth was more noticeable. If I see NB in the BX here I’ll pick it up I’m sure though I’m guessing they won’t get it. Thanks for including Knights Armor, I’m reminded of why I never bothered to get it in the first place.
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  • September 3, 2011

    I love comparison posts! I like Night Breed the most, but I thought NARS tested on animals?

  • September 3, 2011

    Great comparison! I think I prefer NARS Night Breed and Orly Goth as well, if only one then the NARS wins out for me! I’m just not feeling the Nubar. Thanks for the fun post.

  • September 3, 2011

    Wow. I’m really surprised by the differences here! Thanks for the comparisons, I love these posts. ^_^

  • September 3, 2011

    Thank you for the comparisons! I just got Orly Goth and was debating whether I needed Night Breed – they are close but I think different enough to warrant owning both, so I think I’m gonna buy it since I love black polish with shimmer/glitter. 😀
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  • September 3, 2011

    LA Splash Abyss would be interesting compared with these too. I thought it was really similar to Orly Goth but maybe not!
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  • September 3, 2011

    I’m definitely liking all three, but my favourite is NARS. The price tag makes me hesitant, though. Orly would be second place for me because I like how it’s sparkly but more subtle. And, while I love Nubar, that one comes third because of the chunkiness that I really have to be int he mood for.
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  • September 3, 2011

    I only have the Nubar of the 3…and I agree – it’s too much for me most of the time. It’s going to go to my donation pile for the women’s shelter unless I ever get going with MUA. I keep thinking I will have time and then don’t make the time to start my profile and start getting to know folks on the board.

  • September 3, 2011

    Thank you thank you for these comparisons! I think I can get away with adding silver glitter to a bottle of Nubar KA…

  • September 3, 2011

    I am really loving the Nubar!! That would be my choice 😉
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  • September 3, 2011

    Oh wow, great comparison! For me, it looks like Night Breed is the shining example (ha!)- and now I can afford it because you helped me NOT spend money on the other two! Yay!

  • September 3, 2011

    China Glaze Haunting looks like it might be similar to the Nars.

  • September 3, 2011

    My fave here is Orly Goth. Strange because I own very few Orly polishes since it’s rare for me to find a color from this brand which I like.

  • September 3, 2011

    Wow I’m stunned, I thought these would be MUCH closer!!!
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  • September 3, 2011

    I bought Night Breed after seeing your post on it recently. I haven’t worn it yet, but it is beautiful! This comparison shows me that Goth is too plain, and Knights Armor is a bit too much. Thanks for the great photos!

  • September 3, 2011

    My favorite is Night Breed. Love all that glitter. I don’t own the Nubar but I do have Orly’s Goth. Your so right that each is different. I’ll have to buy the Nubar.

  • September 3, 2011

    I have Knight’s Armor already so yay me :) I picked it because our college mascot was a Knight (GO UCF KNIGHTS!!)–I love the textured look to it, rather unusual. “Too much” is rarely too much for me LOL
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  • September 3, 2011

    I love night breed the best. You’d think they were all the same the way they look in the bottles!
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  • September 3, 2011

    Thanks for comparsion! I think I would choose Orly.

  • September 4, 2011

    wow so dark! but still nice ;D

  • September 4, 2011

    I recently bought China Glaze Haunting from their new Halloween collection and while I haven’t tried it yet, what I can see of it in the bottle makes me think it could be a great fourth polish for comparison here.

  • September 4, 2011

    Does anyone know if shipping on Nubar’s website is reasonable? I live in the U.S.

    • September 5, 2011

      Hi Chris,

      It’s kind of not unless you buy a ton. I think it’s about 12 bucks…

  • September 4, 2011

    I’d love to see how Petites Midnight Frost stacks up against these three. It’s the only black with silver glitter I own and I love it so much that I bought myself a backup bottle. : )
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  • September 6, 2011

    Thanks a boatload for these comps. I swapped away Goth for a np I wanted badly and had been having swapper’s regret. Recently got the NARS and I’m feeling better now. *phew*

  • September 6, 2011
    Jackie S.

    Another one that fits in this category would be the new China Glaze for Halloween 2011 “Haunting”.

    I like the Orly the best!

  • September 7, 2011

    Based on your swatches, Finger Paints Where Art Renoir? seems to be a pretty close, and much less expensive, dupe for Night Breed. I’ve been waiting for cooler weather to post pics of it on my blog, so maybe I’ll get that up soon.
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