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Though I’m not really in a festive mood, I went ahead with a Halloween-themed mani/pedi for today. OPI Metallic 4 Life (Nicki Minaj Collection) is a black base loaded with different-sized silver hex and square glitter:
Picture taken in natural light. Considering the type of formula, this was pretty easy to work with. The first coat went on a bit sheer so I ended up needing three for full coverage. Surprisingly the mani doesn’t look super-thick. The finish looks a bit dull on its own but topcoat remedies that. A single coat should be fine to set it and make the finish less rough, though you’d need to add more if you’re after that glassy-smooth feel. The sparkle factor is high; the black base is absolutely loaded with high-contrast silver glitter. I see three types in there: medium and small hex glitter, and tiny square glitter. It’s not a unique color combo but it does work so well. The use of “metallic” in the name is misleading; I’m glad this is a lovely glitter as opposed to a frosty metallic. I paired this with OPI Hot & Spicy on my toes.
Somehow I fell into a pattern of wearing warm brights like red, pink, and orange in May, then switching to blues and greens in June, so I’m sticking to it. OPI Fly (Nicki Minaj Collection) is a bright teal creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though it wasn’t as solidly pigmented as I thought it’d be, so I used three coats for even opacity. There are so many teals out there now that this is hardly unique, but I really can’t resist them! Whenever I see one in a collection I’m so drawn to it. This one is pretty and bright, not neon and not exactly electric-vibrant, but it is a bold shade, a lovely pop of color. I paired this with OPI Suzi & the Lifeguard on my toes.
I figured I’d try one more pastel-like color before the end of the month. OPI Pink Friday (Nicki Minaj Collection) is a light sweet pink creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; it was pretty pigmented but was a little streaky so I needed three coats for even coverage. I only call this pastel-like because this doesn’t seem to be a true pastel. It’s light and because of the high pigmentation level it has a strong presence on the nail. However, it lacks that glowy, whited-out starkness characteristic of pastels. Not that that detracts from this polish; it’s nice to see a light pink that actually looks pink, not super-pale. It’s incredibly sweet-looking, like a cross between cotton candy pink and bubblegum pink. I paired this with Sally Hansen Fairy Teal (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.
I’ve worn this sort of green three manis in a row now, but since they’ve all had different finishes I don’t feel like I’m being repetitive. OPI Did it on ‘Em (Nicki Minaj Collection) is a chartreuse creme:
Picture taken in (weak) sunlight. This applied well but the formula was a little streaky so I needed three coats for full coverage. I find that cremes with this type of formula tend to be prone to tip pull when used with a quick-dry topcoat, as you can see. I’ve really come to like chartreuse on nails a lot more than I used to. I’m surprised by how bright this is! It’s not a stark, glowy neon, but it’s still very, very bright. Plus, the fact that it’s chartreuse makes it look radioactive anyway. I paired this with Sally Hansen I Pink I Can (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.
I thought I wouldn’t buy any more crackle polishes (and I don’t have that many anyway) but I saw this and I just really wanted it. OPI Super Bass Shatter (Nicki Minaj Collection) is a fuchsia-purple microglitter. I thought it was interesting how different it looked when put over different colors, so I put it over both Color Club Age of Aquarius and Color Club MODern Pink:
Pictures taken in sunlight. I used three coats for each of the Color Club polishes. Super Bass Shatter applied smoothly. I wish it was made into a regular polish too, because it’s gorgeous; something I’d definitely want to see on my whole nail. You’re not supposed to do multiple coats of the shatter or else it won’t crackle, so it looks a little bit sheer over MODern Pink (but looks perfectly opaque over Age of Aquarius, strangely.) Over the pink, the color looks more fuchsia, while over the teal it looks more purple; it’s like I have four colors on my nails! Since this is a microglitter crackle polish, there’s a nice contrast in not just color, but finish as well. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Never Enough Shoes on my toes.