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I didn’t think I would be wearing a color like this again until the fall, but since the cold temperatures persist, I took a one-mani break from the brights and put on something to match the weather (plus I have Grey’s Anatomy on the brain!). Sephora by OPI Break A Leg-Warmer! (Urban Ballerina, Spring 2011) is a dark grey creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats, but it was so pigmented that I could almost get away with just one. Although it’s not one of really bluish greys, this one is definitely cool-toned. I have plenty of grey cremes in a wide range of shades, but I think this may be my darkest one! I love how deep and moody it looks…or, should I say, dark and twisty. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Blue 2 on my toes.
Despite the cold and unspring-like weather, I still wanted to put on a bright cheerful color from this Glee collection. Sephora by OPI Diva-in-Training (Glee Collection) is a poppy pink creme:
Picture taken in natural light. (I wish I had sun at the time I took this picture! The color is much bolder, brighter and more saturated in real life.) This applied well, and was very pigmented, yet I needed three coats to cover up streakiness. The streakiness didn’t have anything to do with the application; it had a pretty good flow, but I guess that’s just how the formula is. When I was looking at the bottles on the display, this didn’t really stand out to me. I thought I could pass on it because it was just another pink creme. But once I swatched it on one of those perfume tester sticks, I knew I was going to end up getting it anyway. Looking at my finished mani, I see just how much brighter and warmer it looks on the nail compared to in the bottle. It’s not really “just another pink creme.” Most bright pink cremes I own tend to be on the cool side, but this one had such a warm, happy quality that I couldn’t resist! I paired this with OPI Green-wich Village on my toes.
The weather hasn’t been very warm and springlike, but I wanted to keep up with the brights (and these Glee polishes) anyway. Sephora by OPI Hell to the No (Glee Collection) is a bright medium purple with a strong gold shimmer:
Picture taken in (weak) sunlight. This applied well in two thickish coats. This shade of purple is warm and more red-leaning. I love the gold shimmer! It gives the finish a soft sheen, even in the shade. But of course sunlight really shows how gorgeous it is. Because the shimmer is so fine and dense, the sparkle is more delicate. I paired this with Sally Hansen Forsythia (Salon) on my toes.
I’ve put on a springy green for the first official day of the season. Sephora by OPI Gleek Out (Glee Collection) is a chartreuse green microglitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but the formula was on the sheer side, so I needed three coats for opacity. I love this shade of green! There’s something so bright and fresh about it. And it’s so glittery; it has an awesome sparkle, especially in the sun. As soon as I saw that this polish was chartreuse green, this quote from Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof immediately came to mind: “Chartreuse, the only liqueur so good they named a color after it!” I paired this with Color Club Too Violet on my toes.
I know the official start of spring is just over a week away, but I was so eager to start wearing some brights. Daylight savings time begins tomorrow anyway. Sephora by OPI Slushied (Glee Collection) is a bright sky blue creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well in two coats. I did experience some cuticle drag so I did thicker coats to allow the brush to glide along the nail. I haven’t had an ICEE/Slurpee in years, but I think this shade of blue is pretty true to name! It’s not true blue; there’s some turquoise in there, making it look like a really saturated sky blue. I haven’t worn something like this in weeks, so I’m really glad to have such a bright, happy color on my nails now. I paired this with Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.
For my first mani back home, I wanted to pick something NYC-related. Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora is a black base with golden shimmer, orange flaky glitter, and bits of holographic glitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, reaching full opacity in three coats. This is definitely an eclectic mix of elements. The gold shimmer makes the color look like a blackened olive green. There is a good amount of flaky glitter, and a sprinking of square-shaped holographic glitter. Somehow, this unique mix works together! It looks its best in the sun; the direct light brings out the interesting-looking texture (I say looking because the surface is smooth with topcoat). Something about the whole effect is very outer space-y. It looks so cool; I really do love it. I paired this with Wet n Wild Goldmine (Craze) on my toes.
I am dead tired (and a little hard-of-hearing) after going to the Jay-Z/Eminem concert at Yankee Stadium last night, but I just had to do my nails in the morning (I really can’t help it; I like changing colors before my mani gets the chance to look dull or chip. ) Sephora by OPI Just a Little Dangerous (Rocker Chic, Fall 2010) is a royal purple shimmer:
Picture taken in sunlight. (Please picture this a little less blue!) This applied well in two coats. The color and shimmer look stunning in the sunlight, but the effect is less so when out of direct light; the shimmer is not very noticeable and the color appears a couple of shades darker (but not so dark it just looks black). It’s nothing unique, but I can’t resist these kinds of rich, jewel-toned purple shimmers! I do like the addition of pink shimmer in this one, though. I paired it with Color Club Rule Breaker on my toes.
The unofficial end of summer is drawing near, but I figured I’d get started on the many jewel-toned polishes I’m planning to try this month. Sephora by OPI Teal We Meet Again (Havana Nights, Summer 2010) is a deep teal shimmer:
Picture taken in sunlight. (I wish this photographed accurately! It practically looks like a straight-up blue in this photo, but it has more green in real life.) This applied well in two coats. I actually gasped when I saw this in the light, it’s so gorgeous! The color is very rich and the shimmer is intense. The color is not so dark, but the polish still has a little bit of a lit-from-within quality. A stunner, really. I paired this with Rimmel Marine Blue (Lasting Finish Pro) on my toes.