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This is the last of the James Bond-themed polishes I have to try.  I may not have gotten the whole collection, but I loved all eight I did buy.  OPI Goldeneye (Skyfall, Holiday 2012) is a honey gold, tiny irregular flake glitter:


Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, and for a glitter in a clear base, was very opaque. I got total coverage in three coats. I don’t jump to buy gold polishes as much as I used to; though I like wearing gold jewelry, somehow I prefer silver polish. But this isn’t your standard yellow gold glitter. I find this honey gold a more flattering shade; it’s darker and has an antiqued look. I may just be seeing things but I think there’s orangey-copper glitter mixed in there to break up the uniformity of color. I also love this type of glitter! The irregularity in the shape of those tiny, crushed-up flakes makes for a more interesting finish.  Unfortunately I had no sun to photograph this in, but it does have a beautiful, almost foil-like sparkle. I paired this with China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald on my toes.



Most of the Bond franchise came before my time. When I was old enough to watch the movies, Pierce Brosnan was Bond and I wasn’t really enthusiastic about him. So the first Bond film I watched with interest was the namesake of this polish (and I’m certainly enthusiastic about Daniel Craig ;)). OPI Casino Royale (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a rich plum creme:

Casino Royale

Picture taken in sunlight. This was well-pigmented and applied smoothly, giving full coverage in two coats. This color doesn’t really scream “holiday” to me, more fall-like and vampy, but it is refreshing to see among the usual reds, greens, silvers and golds. Although I’d still call this a vampy polish, it’s actually not that dark of a shade. I find it fitting that the polish called “Casino Royale” is a purple, because one of the things I always associate with that film is Eva Green as Bond girl Vesper Lynd, wearing a gorgeous purple gown with a plunging neckline accented with diamonds (I wish I had a photo!) The dress was a cooler royal purple while the polish is a warmer plum, but this still makes me think of it anyway. I paired this with China Glaze Tinsel on my toes.


So far this month I’ve been trying one red polish per week, so I’m continuing the pattern with OPI The Spy Who Loved Me (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012), a bright candy apple red with red and gold microglitter:

The Spy Who Loved Me

Picture taken in natural light. (Unfortunately the lack of sunlight doesn’t show off how it sparkles, but with the depth this polish has, you can still see that it’s there.) This applied well; even with the slight jelly-ness of the base, the formula was still pigmented and I got complete coverage in two coats. This type of polish is not unique, but I still get at least one every time the holiday collections roll around because red microglitters are gorgeous! I love how the formula is strongly pigmented but still appears sheer enough to let the microglitter shine through. The depth of finish combined with the smooth and glossy surface makes it seem like I’m looking at the glitter through glass. Perhaps I’m being influenced by the gloomy weather but this looks extra bright and cheery. I can see why this shade of red has the word “love” in the name; in addition to being very holiday-appropriate, it also looks Valentine-y. I paired this with China Glaze Poinsettia on my toes.


So far I’ve been mostly switching back and forth between this year’s OPI And Essie holiday collections.  After a couple of manis in a row of the latter, I’m returning to the former with OPI Live and Let Die (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a blackened forest green with gold and green irregular microglitter:

Live and Let Die

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; the formula was nicely thick and pigmented and I got full coverage in two coats.  This is a gorgeous, deep shade of green. Since it’s a forest green, it leans slightly more on the yellow side. It is very dark, so in low-lighting situations it practically looks black. I don’t say this often about greens, but the shade’s so deep that it looks vampy. Naturally, the finish looks best in the sun, where you can see all the microglitter light up. It’s the type of microglitter I love, too, the kind that looks like tiny, crushed-up flaky glitter. I’ve jumped the gun a bit; the official start of winter is still a week away, but this is totally perfect for the season.  I paired this with China Glaze Emerald Sparkle on my toes.


This may seem more vampy than festive, but it is part of a holiday collection I’m on track to actually finish this season. 🙂  OPI Skyfall (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a deep brick-maroon creme:


Picture taken in weak sunlight. (The sun kind of washed out the color so it looks more brick red here when it actually look more maroon in person.) This applied well; the formula was thick and pigmented and I got solid coverage in two coats. When I first saw this collection, I wasn’t so wowed by this polish, especially in comparison to the other pretty, sparkly ones. I felt kind of obligated to get it because it is the namesake of the collection and the latest James Bond film. But it ended up looking great on the nail! The solid formulation makes the finish look so smooth and creamy. It’s also a nice  vampy shade, and I love having it on my nails at the length they’re at right now. It may not seem that holiday-like because it’s not glittery, but there’s something warm and cozy about it. I paired this with China Glaze 5 Golden Rings on my toes.


To be honest, I’m not really that enthusiastic about the holiday season, but one thing I like to do is holiday color-themed manis. I’m starting with OPI You Only Live Twice (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a raspberry reddish-pink microglitter:

You Only Live Twice

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well and gave full coverage in two coats. I feel like I buy a polish like this each year in OPI’s holiday releases, not that I mind, because I love this color in this finish! It doesn’t contain different colors of microglitter but it’s sparkly just the same. The formula has a slight sheerness so that microglitter can shine through. This shade ultimately falls under the pink category, but with that much red in it, it definitely has a holiday vibe. It makes me think of ribbons, or ribbon candy. 🙂 I paired this with China Glaze Winter Berry on my toes.


On this last day of November, I figured I’d get one more “earth tone” in before I get started on the barrage of holiday colors. OPI The World is Not Enough (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a cool taupe microglitter mixed with champagne and pink:

The World is Not Enough

Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied well, but the slight sheerness required me to do three coats for full coverage. I wish there had been stronger sunlight to bring out the secondary microglitter colors more! The sprinkling of pink is especially pretty. Personally I prefer the cool-leaning taupes, and this one is a very cool-toned, smoky shade, so much so that I feel like it could look almost gunmetal if not for the warmth added by the champagne microglitter. Because of all that fine, densely packed microglitter, it sparkles so much, and very delicately, as with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. While this could be classified as a neutral, it’s far from boring! I paired it with China Glaze Swing Baby on my toes.


I was so excited to find out that OPI’s holiday collection this year would be James Bond-themed! I wanted the first one I tried to be one of my faves. OPI On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Skyfall Collection, Holiday 2012) is a smoky blue-green microglitter mixed with gold, pink-purple and royal blue as well:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but was a little on the sheer side so I needed three coats for full opacity. When I first saw this collection I had this pegged as one of my favorites, and it does not disappoint! It’s a fine, dense microglitter, so the sparkle is delicate but also very intense. This can look different in various lighting situations, but it’s not a true color-shifting duochrome. In bright, direct light, it looks more steely-blue, as in the photo. Out of direct light, the green tones come out more, revealing a sea-like shade. There’s an undercurrent of champagne gold microglitter that provides the light contrast to the smokiness of the base. The other colors are harder to pick out at only a quick glance but they break up the base color, making the finish more unique and interesting. I also love its rich smokiness. Something about this says “refined opulence” to me. I paired this with China Glaze Jitterbug on my toes.




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