It’s opening day for OPI, as the nail polish behemoth throws out the first pitch with a limited-edition collection inspired by Major League Baseball.
The new OPI MLB Collection features seven nail polishes in shades of blue, red, orange and white, so fans can show their team spirit on their fingertips as they take them out to the ballgame. Here’s a sneak peak at the new polishes that will hit stores and salons in April for $9 a pop.
Products were sent for this OPI Gwen Stefani collection review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.
If you love rocking out, looking glamorous and playing with different polish textures, then do I have the perfect nail lacquer collection for you: the OPI Gwen Stefani collection.
Featuring seven different polishes with four different texture finishes, the OPI Gwen Stefani collection is as fun and fabulous as Gwen herself.
I’ve always loved how effortlessly glamorous Gwen Stefani appears to be, so I jumped at the chance to test out the signature red nail polish in this collection, Over & Over A-Gwen, which comes in a special kit with studded nail art and nail glue. However, I quickly learned that there’s nothing effortless about applying this nail art…and I really suck at it.
My plan was to apply nail art to all five of my nails, but after seeing how horrible I was at just one nail, I gave up. I am simply not talented enough to get tiny studs into a precise spot on my nails without smearing the polish all over, but I’m sure other people could do this easily. The good news is that Over & Over A-Gwen is so opaque and dries to a nice shine that it’s a stand-out polish just by itself.
The collection comes with two other nail polishes with a creme gloss finish — Hey Baby and and I Sing in Color.
Hey Baby is my new go-to for spring because I love how fun and “Barbie” pink it is. In contrast, I Sing in Color is very vampy, which is also super trendy right now. After one coat, it looks like a deep beet-red, but after two coats (as you see in the picture above), it dries down to almost black.
There’s one chunky holographic silver glitter in this collection called In True Stefani Fashion. The polish itself is clear, so I don’t like the look of it on bare nails alone. But when you layer it over another polish like Hey Baby, it looks spectacular!
The OPI Gwen Stefani collection has two polishes in a “satin” finish, which looks to be just one step “shinier than a true matte finish.
4 in the Morning is a deep charcoal that reminds me of chalkboard nail polish.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is the other satin finish nail polish, which has a very different looking texture since it contains microscopic flecks of gold shimmer. I am in love with how this polish looks, and it dries in a flash!
So what texture is left? Well OPI added a silver nail polish with a “chrome” finish in the Gwen Stefani collection. Sold as a set, you have to apply a special base coat first before laying on Push and Shove. This is the most mirror-like polish I’ve ever worn, and you don’t get any streaking at all! But of course, there’s a catch — it only lasts for about a day or so before peeling off in tiny foil-like flakes. But while it lasts, it’s amazing.
The OPI Gwen Stefani collection is one of my favorite pairings from OPI because each polish is so unique and there’s an incredible variety of finishes in one set. Which is your favorite polish?
The temps may be hovering around the freezing mark right now, but things are certainly heating up in the nail polish world! OPI is launching its newest nail polish collection for Spring/Summer 2014, drawing upon inspiration from the South American country Brazil.
Here’s a sneak peak at the 12 new polish colors set to hit stores soon:
We love how the new OPI Brazil nail polish collection features both a carnival of sizzling bright hues alongside more muted, earthy tones, so you can either spice it up or play it cool depending on your mood.
Keep an eye out for the new collection in stores and salons, and stay tuned for our own “blogger-tested” review on the polishes when they’re available!
The OPI San Francisco collection means fall nail polish colors are back! Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.
I know I’m a big old dork, but whenever someone says anything about San Francisco, I can’t help but sing the Rice-a-Roni jingle in my head. So naturally, that’s exactly what happened with my inner monologue once I learned about the OPI San Francisco collection. (Yup — I’m that lame.)
Usually, OPI tries to please every nail polish lover by including some lighter shades in each collection, but for fall/winter 2013, they are going all out dark, with 12 gloss polishes and three Liquid Sand shades. Not one slightly light pink/buff color in sight, and I like it. The only downside is that some of these purple and reddish-hued polishes look a lot alike — in the bottle at least.
Here are swatches of the 12 glossy shades that OPI sent for review, so you can see the difference between in-the-bottle and on-the-nails.
Peace & Love & OPI
The brand describes this color as a holographic sage and eggplant, and that’s exactly what it looks like in the bottle. On your nails, it’s definitely more like a metallic bluish-eggplant, with the sage peeking out only in direct sunlight.
Muir Muir on the Wall
In the bottle, this looks like it could be holographic, but looks can be deceiving. When applied, this is a deep metallic plum that has a brownish finish in some lights.
First Date at the Golden Gate
What a gorgeous, true cranberry red! I absolutely love this cream polish.
But the funny thing is that First Date at the Golden Gate looks virtually identical to Lost on Lombard when you put the bottles side by side.
Lost on Lombard
In the bottle, you can see that Lost on Lombard is a tad darker than First Date at the Golden Gate, but you can really tell the difference when you apply it. It’s a much deeper garnet color.
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
I feel like every fall/winter collection from OPI for the last 10 years has had some variation of a deep burgundy cream color. This year, it’s In the Cable Car-Pool Lane.
I Knead Sour-Dough
And if you really would like another deep metallic to choose from, I Knead Sour Dough will do the trick. It’s actually quite a beautiful rusty rose-brown.
In the bottle, Embarca-Dare Ya! looks like it is going to have a shimmery gold holographic effect. But on your nails, it’s really a beautiful metallic magenta with just a hint of shimmer.
Keeping Suzi at Bay
I’m a fan of navy blue year-round, and this nautically-inspired cream nail polish is bold and beautiful regardless of the season.
Incognito in Sausalito
If you like extremely deep navy, you really can’t get deeper than this. The only major downside is that this color stains your nails — really badly. It took me quite a while to get the color out, but to be fair, I didn’t apply a base coat. Nonetheless, it wasn’t pretty.
Dining al Frisco
As the lightest shade in the collection, Dining Al Frisco is a metallic sky blue. This would look fantastic placed over either one of the other blues if you’re up for some nail art experimentation!
Haven’t the Foggiest
This metallic gunmetal gray is stunning and perfect for holiday parties!
A-Piers to Be Tan
This nutty tan-brown cream color reminds me of pumpkin pie. And now I’m ready for Thanksgiving.
Which shade of the gloss nail polishes in the OPI San Francisco collection do you like best?
In a classic case of “who-dunnit,” Anne examines the evidence surrounding the murder of press-on nails.
For the past year or so, I’ve become a rabid fan of gel nail polish. I’ve tried my hand(s) at gel manicures at home using Red Carpet Manicure on a weekly basis, and for special treats, I’ve gone to the salon for a professional Shellac, Gelish or OPI Gel Manicure. But I never imagined that my new nail companion could be a suspected killer.
Let me explain.
The other day, I happened to go into Target looking for some nail glue to help extend the life of my gel polish manicure, which was lifting up on the edge of one of my nails. When searching hard for the nail glue (which used to be available in a number of brands), it dawned on me that there was a section of the racks once teeming with do-it-yourself fake nails that was now inconspicuously void.
Someone murdered press-on nails.
First, examine the evidence, and then weigh in on who you think the culprit is in the poll at the end of this post. Next Sunday, June 16, I’ll reveal the true killer.
Left at the Scene
A thick string of red liquid dripping from a rack where the press on nails used to be
Rows upon rows of nail clippers, cuticle cutters, files, polishes, and other nail accessories
The nail art trend has made its way back into the mainstream, and now it’s even easier than ever to wear complicated designs without having to have Picasso’s talent. Pre-cut nail strips offer the ease of application like a sticker, with the long wear of a true lacquer.
3. Textured Nail Polish
Plain old glossy nail polish is so 2010. Now, the aisles are stocked with textured polishes of all types — from shatters and crackles to sand-like nail polish to even chalkboard nail polish.
Who was the murderer?
After investigating further, authorities uncovered evidence that the death of press-on nails was not a murder at all, but a carefully-planned suicide designed to frame gel nail polish. In the end, a suicide note was found scrawled on the backside of the “clearance” sign above the empty rack of press-on nails, explaining that the nail accessories could no longer go on after realizing how tacky they were.
OPI’s latest Liquid Sand nail polish collection honors six classic Bond girls. Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.
First there were shimmers, glitters and holographic nail polishes. Then mattes came on to the scene. Now, OPI is paving the way for nail polish’s latest trend, a gritty mixture of matte polish infused with glittery specks that the brand has coined Liquid Sand™.
Worn without a top coat to make sure the matte texture shows, I’ve found that Liquid Sand nail polish stays on longer without chipping compared to your typical high-shine polishes. It’s like the rough particles “glue” the rest of the matte polish on to your nail so it doesn’t flake off as easily.
That also means it takes a little more effort to remove, and you need to let the nail polish remover “soak” your nails via a cotton ball for a little longer so all the glitter comes off. But it’s not any worse than removing any other nail polish with glitter chunks.
Liquid Sand nail polish is definitely one of those trends that people will either love or hate. Personally, it’s not my style for the most part, though there is one particular polish in the Liquid Sand Bond Girls collection that I am crazy for because it’s the perfect blend of bright color and golden glitter, creating a completely unique look. Otherwise, I’m just a high-shine girl at heart, so it isn’t my thing, but why don’t you check out these swatches and judge for yourself?
OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish Bond Girls Swatches
Solitaire — A pearly white polish with silver glitter flecks. This isn’t as opaque as some of the others, so you may want to apply three coats.
Pussy Galore — A light pink polish with a gritty texture. You really can’t see any glitter sparkles once the polish is dry.
Tiffany Case — A light turquoise blue with silver glitter sparkles. Not exactly the classic “Tiffany blue” you might expect given the name, but it’s still pretty.
Vesper — A deep eggplant purple. I consider Vesper the black sheep of the bunch, because there is no visible sparkle at all, and it just looks messy, like I accidentally smudged my wet nails into debris before it dried.
Honey Ryder — A true gold-on-gold. This champagne gold polish could easily be confused with the villainous Goldfinger!
Jinx — A bright orange/coral polish with golden glitter peeking out. This is my favorite of the bunch, and I’ve gotten compliments whenever I wear it!
These six shades ($9 each) are available in May at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA.
It’s officially spring, but you’d never know it in the chilly Northeast. But that doesn’t mean your nails can’t kick into gear with the latest colors from the OPI Euro Centrale collection.
The 12 polishes range from a host of creamy blue shades to several warm shimmers to a couple of bright colors to a chunky glitter topper.
What’s more — there’s big news for online shoppers. OPI is now available on Ulta.com, which is the first authorized online retailer to sell OPI products. It’s about time, as I’ve been wanting to buy their nail polishes online for years!
Now, on to swatches of the new collection, thanks to some complimentary samples from OPI that were modeled by my sister.
My Vampire Is Buff
This vanilla creme is a soft-white color, which dries to a smooth creme finish. If you’re into the “American Manicure” look (it’s basically a French manicure with a softer white), you could definitely use My Vampire is Buff. This color is rivaling my tried and true OPI Bubble Bath as my favorite light nail polish.
You’re Such a BudaPest
This is a bright pastel periwinkle nail polish that dries very opaque. Your best bet is to apply two layers thickly or three layers, because it looks odd if you can see through the color in some spots, and you want a nice, even finish.
The base of this chunky glitter polish is completely clear, so it’s great for layering. In the picture below, we layered Polka.com over You’re Such a BudaPest, but it would look really great with any blue or purple shades. The large chunks of glitter are in fuchsia, teal and purple. One word of caution — this is a huge pain to remove, because it adheres so well. You need to soak your nails in nail polish remover for quite a while and then scrape off any remaining glitter chunks.
Can’t Find My Czechbook
Continuing on the opaque pastel theme, OPI’s Can’t Find My Checkbook is a beautiful, bright sky blue. It applies very much like You’re Such a BudaPest, so plan to either use two thick coats or three regular coats to ensure even coverage.
If you’re looking for a bright purplish-blue creme nail polish, OPI…Eurso Euro is right up your alley. This polish applied very evenly and opaquely after only two coats, so it’s not as finicky as some of the others in the collection. I think this polish would look great paired with the Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Midnight Bleu on your eye lids.
I Saw…You Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
OPI was really on a blue streak this season! I Saw…You Saw…We Saw…Warsaw is a deep navy creme that is perfect for the classic nautical look.
Vant to Bite My Neck?
If you loved the nail polish above but wish it had just a slightly more purple hue, well OPI has you covered with Vant to Bite My Neck? They really look a lot alike to the untrained eye, but this polish color is definitely more purple, which is more evident in natural sunlight and other direct lights.
A Woman’s Prague-ative
I was actually quite surprised to see this warm orange-bronze shimmer in the OPI Euro Centrale collection, because it reminds me a lot more of a fall color than a spring one. That said, I still love it!
OY–Another Polish Joke!
The OPI nail polish namers must have had fun with this one (get it — Polish/polish?). I thought I was the only one who loved groan-worthy puns. Anyway, this is another warm-hued shimmer in a golden, sunny shade. The odd thing with this nail polish is that is dries down into more of a frosted matte look (even though it doesn’t say anything about doing that on the bottle), so if you’re looking for high shine, you need to apply a top coat.
Hands Off My Kielbasa!
This is such a pretty rose-peach-copper metallic shade! I love how muted and neutral it looks, while giving just a hint of shimmer. It’s a great alternative for those who want to wear a nail polish in the pink-ish realm but who also want to dabble in metallic coppers.
My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours!
This bright coral-red is hot, hot, hot! In fact, it’s a sizzling reminder that summer is just around the corner. It’s a very “Maine” color in my book, though I suppose that’s not very central European. In any rate, if it’s too bold for your fingers’ tastes, try it on your toes for a sexy, bright pedicure.
Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
The last color we leave you with in the OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection is a beautiful, bright, rosy pink. This nail polish screams spring to me, though I think it would look great during almost any season.
Be like a Bond girl with the OPI Skyfall Nail Polish Collection
Whether it’s starring Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig, every time I watch a James Bond flick, I am inspired to get glam and buff in the hopes of becoming a Bond girl. Throughout the decades, Bond girls have proven to be fatally alluring, and who wouldn’t want to be considered drop dead gorgeous?
While I still have yet to see the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” one thing’s for sure — I’m in love with the movie’s namesake nail polish collection. The OPI Skyfall nail polish collection is packed with vampy, shimmery polishes and bold metallics — exactly what you can imagine Bond girls wearing. In fact, the latest Bond girl is wearing a couple of the OPI colors in the new movie (the color Skyfall on the tops of nails with the undersides painted in GoldenEye).
Six of the OPI Skyfall nail polishes play off the movie’s seductive theme, and six give a more dangerous look. Here’s a rundown of the 12 limited-edition OPI Skyfall nail polishes.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: This gunmetal shimmer with a greenish hue is one of my favorites in the line. Can’t you just imagine pointing a pistol at some rogue assassins while wearing this polish?
Moonraker: This silver metallic goes on as smoothly as a James Bond pick-up line. No streaks, just a silky texture.
Live and Let Die: OPI describes this as a jet black, but to me it looks more like a very deep hunter green — almost black — with some subtle shimmer.
GoldenEye: This is as gold as it gets! This polish looks decadent on its own, but it’s also great for layering over some of the darker polishes in the collection. For a twist on your typical French manicure, paint GoldenEye on your tips over a dark polish.
Die Another Day: This metallic polish is a hot orange-y red that just screams sexy. You really can’t go wrong with this nail polish if you’re looking to make a statement.
Casino Royale: Plum passion is what this cream nail polish is all about! It dries down a little darker than it appears in the bottle, but it’s gorgeous nonetheless.
You Only Live Twice: This is my favorite polish in the OPI Skyfall nail polish collection, hands down. It’s actually my favorite polish ever at the moment (but you know I have a short attention span). Even though I tried my best, I just couldn’t get a picture that would do it justice. This magenta looks like it’s a solid metallic in some lights, but in others you can really see the subtle gold glitter that’s also interspersed throughout. If you can only buy one polish this year, THIS IS IT!!!
Tomorrow Never Dies: If you’re feeling bold, bust out this bright purple/blue polish for a metallic manicure. This is the most shocking color of the bunch.
The World is Not Enough: This is such a unique shimmer nail polish! It’s a rosy silver/pewter that brings out warmth and works well with any outfit.
The Spy Who Loved Me: Just like You Only Live Twice, this nail polish has both a metallic look and a subtle gold shimmer in the right light. This time, though, it’s a poppin’ cherry red. Can you say, “sex appeal?”
The Living Daylights: If you like big, chunky glitter, than this polish is for you. Unfortunately, it’s just not my cup of tea…or should I say it doesn’t float the olive in my shaken martini. (Groan!) The polish itself is clear, and I had to do three coats to get this level of glitter applied, and it’s hard to get it to spread evenly throughout the clear polish.
Skyfall: The OPI Skyfall nail polish that is named after the movie is a deep rusty brick red. I love how decadent it looks on its own, but it also looks amazing when you layer GoldenEye over it (hint: try just layering the “ring finger” nail for a fun twist).
I must say that this is one of my favorite collections as a whole that OPI has ever released. Which OPI Skyfall nail polish do you think makes you feel most like a bombshell Bond girl?
Football’s back (though my team got pummeled in game one), pumpkin beer is on tap and my Keurig is filled with Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice coffee. And while the weather hasn’t been cooperating enough for me to pull out my favorite sweaters yet, my nails are helping cure my bad case of fall fever, thanks to the OPI Germany nail polish collection.
Inspired by the country that just screams fall (Oktoberfest, anyone?), the OPI Germany Collection is packed with an array of 12 polishes in hues that are awesomely autumnal.
In past fall seasons, we’ve seen very dark, almost-black-looking shades and various greiges (gray+beige), and while the Germany collection has its share of deeper colors, most of them are pure colors that don’t look as if they started out black and have just a slightly different hint of purple or red. What’s more, the glitter stayed in the factory this time, and many of the nail polishes are either creams or have just a slight shimmer.
As usual, OPI has had fun with naming the Germany nail polishes:
Don’t Pretzel My Buttons — A sandy, honey hue. This dries down much more “sand” than it appears in the bottle.
My Very First Knockwurst — An opaque light nude with rose/lilac undertones. My new favorite neutral nail polish.
Berlin There Done That — A lavender gray taupe that matches anything you wear.
Don’t Talk Bach To Me — A subdued mustardy lime. Personally, I think this would look best on darker skin shades (it makes my olive-based skin look sickly).
Schnapps Out Of It! — A tawny cream with rose undertones. Very unique! Dries down a tad darker than in the bottle
Deutch You Want Me Baby? — An burnt orange shimmer to die for! Screams fall.
Danke-Shiny Red — A brilliant ruby red with a slight shimmer. My new favorite red polish EVER.
Suzy & the 7 Dusseldorfs — A pure metallic purple.
Unfor-greta-bly Blue — A futuristic blue that really pops! The kid in me is reminded of the Cookie Monster.
Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! — A deep gray cream nail polish that applies very opaque. The brand describes this color as a “black olive,” but I personally just see a very deep gray.
Every Month is Oktoberfest — A deep, dark plum/black. This looks similar in the bottle to the next polish, German-icure by OPI, but it dries down with plum undertones. Also not as shimmery-appearing when applied.
German-icure by OPI — A rich, burgundy rust. Again, this isn’t as shimmery as it appears in the bottle.
All of this talk makes me want to go have a bratwurst! Which of these gorgeous German-inspired nail polishes has you drooling?