OPI is my go-to brand for beautiful basics, I love their cremes and jellies. Paired with my favorite brush and excellent formula, they rarely disappoint. From the Spider-Man collection, today I’ll show you OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
At first glance, this looks like a regular white creme, but it’s actually not quite white. It’s slightly greyed-out, making it a cool and kinda grungy take on the simple white canvas. I think it’s really chic and strangely exciting for such a “boring” color.
(Sorry for the fuzz and lint on the nails in these pics, I didn’t notice until I saw the macro shot on the screen, and then I had already put more stuff over my mani! Damn fuzzy chairs!)
Looks pretty white, you say? Let’s see it next to a regular white creme, China Glaze Snow. As you can see, the OPI clearly has a grey tint to it.
The formula was slightly on the thin side, but good. It’s a bit streaky on the first coat, but it evens out very well in the end. It’s opaque in two thick or three thin coats, I’ve used three coats here.
What’s your favorite basic or neutral polish with a little twist?
I think the New York City Ballet collection is my favorite from OPI this year. I don’t know why, but these sheer, soft and ethereal jellies just won me over big time. They are just so versatile, both to wear on their own, but especially to use as underwear for glitters and glitter sandwiches. I got no less than four of the six colors in this collection, and today I’ll show you two of them.
First we have OPI Care To Danse?, a sheer lilac jelly. It looks clean and crisp, and it’s perfect for work or to slap some glitter on and use for a blingy party mani.
Next is OPI My Pointe Exactly, which is a sheer grey jelly. I wasn’t quite sure whether to buy this, and when I first tried it, I didn’t even know if I liked it. I think it looks pretty odd on its own, but it’s perfect for layering.
Both of these were pretty easy to apply, just use a light hand and fairly much polish on the brush. The first and second coats are somewhat patchy, but with a third coat they both even out beautifully. They are super shiny on their own, both swatches here are shown without topcoat.
What do you think of the NYC Ballet collection? Did you fall head over heels for these jellies like I did?
Today I have a polish I got in a swap with a very sweet forum friend. This is OPI Pink Me I’m Good, an Ulta exclusive for Valentine’s Day in 2010. I saw some pics of it a while ago, and I fell in love with it. It’s a light pink jelly packed with fine golden iridescent glitter, right up my alley! You know me, if it’s pink or purple with gold glitter or shimmer, it has to be mine!
I have to admit, I didn’t get butterflies in my stomach by looking at this in the bottle, but somehow I was drawn to it and had to put it on today. As soon as it was on my nails, it was love at first sight! It’s a very cute spring or summer polish, and I can definitely see why this was a Valentine’s Day special.
The formula on this was not so good. As most glitter polishes, it was thick and moppy, and it was difficult to get it close to the cuticles. I thought it would be quite sheer because of the jelly base, but it actually covers beautifully in two coats. I’ve used a thick coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite, but it’s still a little rough and bumpy when dry.
PS! Remember to check out my blog sale!
My Helmer runneth over, so I figured it was time to clear out a bit (and make room for MOAR POLISH). That means it’s time for another blog sale!
I think you’ll find a few goodies in this sale, both holos, magnetics, HTFs and some indies. Click the tab marked “Blog Sale” at the top of the page and check out the rules and spreadsheet.
Please shop till you drop!
OMG you guys, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you again! It seems like every time I set out to be more active on my blog, life takes a left turn and I get bogged down in stuff to do which leaves no time for doing nails or blogging. I hope I’ll be less busy from now on though!
Here’s a mani I wore a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been wearing a lot of glitters and indies lately, but sometimes you just want something simple and classic, you know? OPI Smitten With Mittens has been sitting in my untrieds drawer for a while, but when I laid eyes on this beautiful, gold-flecked red, I knew this was the perfect “palate cleanser” color.
Smitten With Mittens was released with the Holiday Wishes collection in 2009, which means it’s limited edition, discontinued and hard to find at the moment. I was lucky enough to find it at nailXchange’s blog sale a while ago, and I think blog sales or eBay are the best options if you want to get your hands on this one.
The formula and application is perfect, it glides on very easily and it’s opaque in two coats. If you want, you could add a third coat to make the color a bit deeper and richer, but I think it looks great the way it is as well.