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I know the holidays are far off but I’m anticipating having a lot more holiday-themed polishes to wear next month, so I thought I’d take care of this one now. OPI Merry Midnight (Holiday Wishes, Holiday 2009) is a deep reddish-purple base with champagne and blue microglitter, and orange flaky glitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied pretty well but as expected, the base was rather sheer, to allow the glitter to shine through. I needed three coats plus a few touchups for solid coverage. It’s totally worth it, though, because the end result is gorgeous! The base color builds to a rich plummy shade, and the different types of glitter look great mixed in there. It’s great that the flaky glitter is so prominent! It looks like burning embers. There’s not much blue microglitter but when it catches the light it just pops. The champagne microglitter isn’t really distinct, but it’s definitely needed to give the finish a more rounded, complete look. This polish has a lot going on but all the elements somehow work together in a lovely way. I paired this with Milani Totally Cool 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 really love blackened shades, and I’m wearing another one today. MAC Baby Goth Girl (Style Black, Fall 2009) is a blackened plum shimmer with tiny pinkish copper flaky glitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. Application was good; the color was completely opaque in two coats. This color is very dark, but I don’t think it could be mistaken for black; it always looks purple in the center (I guess that makes this a lit-from within shade?). I’m really loving the addition of flaky glitter; it’s what makes this polish really unique. I paired this with Sally Hansen Plum It (Salon) on my toes.
I wore a lot of greens this past December, but I never wore olive! MAC Seriously Hip (Style Black, Fall 2009) is a blackened olive green shimmer with tiny gold flaky glitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. Application was really good; I got full coverage in two coats, though I almost got away with just one. I think this polish is aptly named; it is SO cool! I love blackened shades like this, and the flaky glitter looks so interesting. It’s another one of those colors that looks simply amazing when it catches the light. This is definitely one of my favorite MAC polishes. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Charge It! on my toes.
Have you ever bought a polish for the name? I can’t say I’ve bought a polish I didn’t like just because I liked the name, but if I really like a certain polish’s name it makes it that much more special in my eyes. Sephora by OPI’s Absinthe Makes the Heart (Sleigh of Hand, Holiday 2009) is certainly one of my favorite polish names! It’s a smoky grey-green with gold and silver microglitter, as well as tiny, tiny aquamarine and copper flaky glitter:
Picture taken in natural light. Not only do I love the name, I absolutely love this color! It’s not your typical emerald green; the fact that it’s greyed out makes it very unique. And the combination of different colored/sized glitter gives it more depth. It applied well, I needed two coats for full coverage. I suggest waiting a minute or two between coats/before topcoat to avoid cuticle drag, though. This looks nothing like absinthe but I don’t care!:
I definitely think this is one of SOPI’s must-have colors. I paired it with Barielle Out-Grey-Geous on my toes.