Red Dog Designs Love Stinks Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

Red Dog Designs has come out with a 3 piece collection for Valentine’s Day named Love Stinks!

Love Stinks is a nice change from the typical reds and pinks associated with Valentine’s Day, so I enjoyed swatching them and giving people yet another option for Valentine’s manis!

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

Love Hurts is a rich berry jelly base with various sized hex, square, and circle glitters, in shades of pink holo, and garnet, sprinkled with micro holo glitter.  I only needed 2 coats of Love Hurts for these photos.  Amazing application – I was actually surprised that with all of the glitter within it that it applied so smoothly!  The holo glitters within don’t overpower the polish, but you get sparks of holo when the light hits just right!

Love Hurts CU

Tainted Love

Tainted Love

Tainted Love is my favorite of the trio!  Tainted Love contains various sized hex and square glitters, in shades of neon green, holo lime green, and iridescent green/lime/gold, including black heart and skull glitters, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a clear base.  There are 10 different types of glitter packed into this polish.  I had no issues getting the hearts and skulls out of Tainted Love (I’ve used it twice and both times I got a good amount).  I used 2 coats over Nicole By OPI I Shop Mintage.

Tainted Love CU

Down With Love

Down With Love

Down With Love contains various sized hex, square, and diamond glitters, in shades of teal, holo, black, berry, and purple, including teal and purple heart glitters, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a clear base.  I used 2 coats over Nicole by OPI Oh That’s Just Grape!

Down With Love CU


All 3 polishes in the Love Stinks Collection were incredibly easy to work with.  I didn’t have to fish for glitters at all and they are so glitter packed that you get a nice variety of shapes and types with each stroke.  I really love the theme of the trio as well as the branching out from typical Valentine’s Day shades.

Price: $10.00 Each

Where to Buy: Red Dog Designs Shop

Release Date: Friday, January 31st at 3pm EST

Do you have a Valentine’s Day shade picked out already?  Will you be snapping up any of these shades from Red Dog Designs?  I’d love to hear about it!


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Anastasia January 30, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Great swatches! I especially like Love Hurts.

Jess Scull January 30, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Fab swatches! These are pretty!

Lou January 30, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Tainted Love is my fave, its so pretty!

Phyrra January 30, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Tainted Love is awesome!

Honey K January 30, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Tainted love would be a pretty spring color – I like it.

Honey K January 30, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Tainted love would be a pretty spring color – I like it. I’ll be checking out this shop :)

Betzy Carmona January 30, 2014 - 6:08 pm

They polishes are so pretty !

Doria January 30, 2014 - 6:37 pm

Your swatches are AMAZING!!! I may need every single one based on your review <3 So fun!

Laura MyNewestAddiction January 30, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Love Hurts is soooo pretty! :D

Chrissy January 30, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Love Hurts looks super pretty

Miranda January 30, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Down with Love is my fave

Polarbelle January 30, 2014 - 10:10 pm

I like the red/pink jelly. awesome.

Nidia January 31, 2014 - 1:07 am

I don’t usually go for the odd-shaped glitter, but I love the skulls in Tainted Love! What a great collection!

Brooke @ Blushing Noir January 31, 2014 - 2:47 am

These are so need! Gorgeous swatches!

Amber January 31, 2014 - 3:57 am

I especially like Down With Love! Really fun and pretty glitters!

BeautyJudy January 31, 2014 - 4:20 am

I think Tainted Love is my favorite. What a clever take on V Day collections!!! Great swatches

Farryn January 31, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Great swatches very pretty!

Sheila (Painted Ladies) January 31, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Omg, I love Tainted Love!

Kristyn February 6, 2014 - 5:45 am

I really like the tainted love one, very pretty!

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