Sunday, November 4, 2018

OPI Holiday 2018 Collection Swatches and Comparisons

For Holiday 2018 OPI released a collection inspired by the upcoming movie "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms". This is an interesting bunch of polishes, some shades scream HOLIDAY to me while others don't exactly... This collection is made up of 12 polishes, and also includes 3 limited edition special glitter polishes. Grab a snack and something to drink, this is a long and very picture heavy post. These polishes are available now at approved OPI retailers, and I purchased mine for PolishPick.com.

Swatches
Black to Reality
From the promo pics I thought this would be another basic dark red creme... but I was pleasantly surprised to see a blackened red shimmer polish. This is a lit from within shade and I really like it. I'm generally not a shimmer fan, but I think this is exciting because OPI hasn't released a polish like this since like 2012. The formula on this was strange, it felt thick on the brush but not thick on the nail... if that makes sense... I did 2 thin coats for opacity and actually ended up wearing this as a full mani for almost a week with minimal tip wear and chipping. This was a surprise fav for me.

Ginger's Revenge
In the bottle it looks like a pretty basic berry toned deep red creme. And it is a pretty basic color, but it is a color that I adore. The formula was also really nice. I did 3 very thin coats for my desired opacity and look. Do you need this, no.. but if you like reds and vampy polishes then I think you would really like this one. I'm happy to own it.

Candied Kingdom
OPI describes this as a hot and spicy candy shade. I thought this was just another basic red creme, I didn't even notice there is shimmer in this polish until I started swatching. When dry, the pinky toned shimmer is barely noticeable... To me, OPI threw in this shimmer just so people like me couldn't cry DUPE when we saw this latest OPI red. Formula is super opaque, this is easily a one-coater... which is usually awesome but I think this is why the shimmer just doesn't work here. I also left my swatch without top coat so you can see how not smooth it dries :(

Dazzling Dew Drop
Yikes... shimmery yellow polish. I did 2 thin coats for opacity, the formula is really nice. This polish is very "holiday" in my opinion, but it is just not for me. Be careful with removing this one, the shimmery particles wanted to stick to my skin. This may be close to Oy Another Polish Joke, but I don't own that (or anything else close) to compare. 

Envy the Adventure
This is the polish I was most excited for from the promo pictures... and I do like it, but it doesn't wow me like I was hoping it would. This is a kelly green crelly polish, but it does reach opacity in just two coats. I do actually like the color, I just wish it was a true OPI creme polish and not a crelly. This polish also dries a shade or 2 darker, which makes me like it more.

March in Uniform
This is a nice navy that leans a bit purple/blurple. As much as I love the color the formula on this one is weird. It is similar to the weirdness of Black to Reality. I wish OPI would just stick to their amazing creme formula that we all know and love. I'm not sure what pigments OPI used here, but it doesn't have the super skunky ultramarine smell that other rich blue/blurples tend to have.

Dreams Need Clara-fication
OPI has decided this is the "hero shade" of the collection, probably because it is named after the main character from the movie... it definitely isn't because this color is special or exciting. Even though it is pretty basic, I really love this polish. I did 3 thin coats for perfect opacity and found the formula to be thin but easy to work with. 

Lavendare to Find Courage
OPI compares this polish to a blooming flower... to me this is a pretty basic pinky lavender creme polish. The color is nice, formula is nice, overall this polish is just nice. It isn't a color I find flattering on my skin... but if you like colors like this then I'd say pick this polish up as it is nice. I did 3 thin coats for smooth opacity. 

Berry Fairy Fun
Shimmery, almost metallic berry. Not a fan honestly. This polish is more opaque than I expected, but the formula and color are meh in my opinion. I have to give OPI credit for making this a pinky-purple polish and not a holiday shimmery red berry. Even though I don't love this, it is something unexpected which I can appreciate. 

Toying with Trouble
Bright pink creme polish. Super basic and dupable, but the formula is amazing!!! Almost a true one coater. Even though I am not a huge fan of bright pinks, I can get on board with this one because of the formula. 

Dancing Keeps Me on my Toes
This is a shimmery white with some teeny tiny micro silver and gold glitters that are sadly pretty hidden by the shimmery base. I did 3 thin coats for opacity. I left this swatch without topcoat so that you can see the glitters/texture. The formula is fine on this, but I just don't understand this polish :(
 I don't have anything really close to this, but I think it may be close to Happy Birthday, Kyoto Pearl or maybe even Oh My Majesty. 

Tinker, Thinker, Winker?
 
 
Hello OPI, welcome back to the age of holographic polish! OPI has released holo polishes before, but it has been a while since OPI has launched a silver holographic... or really any true linear holographic polish at all. Obviously this isn't the most intense linear holo polish in the world, it is a much larger particle holo, but I freaking love it. I did 4 thin coats for my preferred opacity. I have already worn this polish as a full mani 3 times, and my mom has rocked this as an accent nail. 

Dreams on a Silver Platter
This polish is an interesting mix of silver glitters and pale champagne glitters. The base also has super tiny gold-ish micro flakies. I did one coat over black on all nails except my ring finger, there I did 3 coats of Dreams on a Silver Platter alone. If you want to wear this alone, I would recommend sponging the polish on because it got a little thick on my ring finger as I tried to reach opacity. 

Gold Key to the Kingdom
This polish has yellow gold glitters and white glitters with super tiny barely gold toned micro flakies. I did one coat over black on all nails except my ring finger, there I did 3 coats of Gold Key to the Kingdom alone.

I Pull Strings
This polish looks rose gold but it seems to actually be made up of pale champagne glitter, copper glitter, and red micro flakies. I did one coat over black on all nails except my ring finger, there I did 3 coats of I Pull Strings alone. This is my favorite of the 3 glitters, I think it is the most unique color and mix of glitters.

Comparisons
Black to Reality(pointer/ring) vs Every Month is Oktoberfest(middle)vs Germanicure by OPI (pinky)
I can't believe I haven't worn a polish like this in literally years, because I used to love them. All 3 are different and I do love the colors, but the formula on German-icure and Oktoberfest are so much better than Black to Reality. I really loved Black to Reality... until doing this comparison, now I feel underwhelmed by it. This made me realize I have been missing out by not wearing these OPI OG polishes has been a big mistake and I'm happy to have rediscovered them.

Ginger's Revenge (pointer/middle/pinky) vs Malaga Wine (ring)
These are basically dupes. Ginger is a hair darker and Malaga is a hair brighter, but unless you love deep vampy reds like this, you do not need to own both of these. I'm not sure if Malaga Wine is readily available anymore, so Ginger might be an easier shade to find. Both have easy formulas so I don't think you can go wrong with either polish.

Candied Kingdom (pointer/ring)vs Tell Me About it Stud (middle)vs Got the Mean Reds (pinky)
Stud and Mean Reds are true OPI creme formulas, while Candied Kingdom has a super thick almost goopy formula probably due to the subtle shimmer. They all look much closer in the bottle than on the nails. Candied Kingdom is also a bit darker than the other 2, so definitely not dupes. Taking color and formula in to consideration, I don't think that Candied Kingdom is necessary to keep for my collection :(

Envy the Adventure (middle/pinky) vs Jade is the New Black (ring) vs Stay Off the Lawn (pointer)
I expected Jade and Envy to be a lot closer than they actually are. None of these are dupes, and I do really like all 3 polishes, so I am happy to own all of them. If you are not a green polish lover like I am, maybe you don't need all of these, even though they are all different.

March in Uniform (pointer/ring)vs Umpires Come Out at Night (middle) vs OPI Eurso Euro (pinky)
These are all super close, but none are actually dupes. As neither of the older OPI shades are easy to find now the closeness doesn't both me. Of all 3, Umpires is my favorite for color and formula. I also think March would be close to Roadhouse Blues, but I no longer own that to compare.

Dreams Need Clara-fication(pointer/ring)vs The I's Have It(middle)vs You're Such a BudaPest(pinky)
Obviously these are not dupes, but The I's Have It and Dreams Need Clara-fication are really close, but Dreams is more purple toned. Also, since when is BudaPest a terrible polish? I gave my original bottle to a friend and recently picked up a new one at Ulta, and the formula is absolutely awful. It is so thin and runny and I swear the color is different now. Such a bummer :(

Lavendare to Find Courage(pointer/middle/pinky) vs Seven Wonders of OPI (ring)
I think this would be closer to Purple Palazzo Pants, but I don't own that anymore. These are clearly not dupes, but as they were released so close to each other I wanted to compare them. 

Toying with Trouble (middle/pinky) vs You're The Shade That I Want (pointer/ring)
These are crazy close and if you aren't a fan of bold, pink polish... you definitely don't need both of these. Trouble is slightly warmer toned compared to Shade so therefore it is my favorite of the two. Both have impeccable formulas though, so if you love pink I recommend picking up one or both of these for sure. 

Tinker, Thinker, Winker? vs all the glitters in this collection
Obviously these aren't dupes, but I wanted to show them all next to each other. I honestly don't see why all 3 of the chunky glitters were necessary for this collection. Yes they are all different, but they give such a similar look on the nail. I'm pretty sure Tinker might be a dupe for DS Coronation, but as that is long discontinued I'm excited to see it resurrected here.

If there is a new polish that I haven't compared to anything it is because I don't own anything close to it. Check out Phoebe Moon on youtube because her video featured a lot of comparisons that I had in mind but don't personally own.

I purchased this collection from PolishPick.com, if you decide to purchase this collection or anything else they sell please select "Sparkle & Polish" at check out so they know I sent you :)

Stay Sparkly,
A

Sunday, September 9, 2018

OPI Peru Collection Fall 2018 Comparisons

As you saw in my previous post, this collection is not my favorite OPI has released lately, but as much as I was not interested in these colors I had a really hard time finding dupes.
If you missed my swatch post, you can find it here :)

Comparisons
Grandma Kissed a Gaucho (pointer/ring)vs Lost My Bikini in Molokini (pinky)vs Infinite Shine Grapely Admired (middle)
 
Obviously Molokini is not close at all. Gaucho is a crelly and is much warmer/more red toned of a purple. Grapely Admired is almost a dupe colorwise, it is slightly lighter and pinker. If you like colors like this, I would pick Grapely Admired over Gaucho due to the formula differences. I think this is probably pretty similar to some pre-existing OPI shades, but I don't own many of them because I am definitely not a purple polish person. This may also be close to I Manicure for Beads, but I no longer own that to compare.

Don't Toot My Flute (pointer/ring) vs Polly Want a Lacquer (middle/pinky)
These are similar in tone, but Flute is a tiny bit darker and more blue toned. I think this may also be similar to Do You Lilac It? but I don't own that to compare.

Lima Tell You About This Color (pointer/ring)vs Pink Ladies Rule The School (middle)vs Kiss Me I'm Brazilian (pinky)
Definitely not dupes. I think Lima could potentially be a dupe for Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj collection from winter 2012. I also kind of feel like if you mixed Pink Ladies with Brazilian you would make Lima Tell You About This Color...

Lima Tell You About The Color (pointer)vs Suzi Will Quechua Later! (middle)vs
Seven Wonders of OPI (ring)vs  Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains (pinky)
I know these 4 aren't dupes, but since they are all in the same collection I wanted to see them directly compared to each other. I did 3 coats for all of these polishes, and I am glad to see they look more different on the nail than I expected. But real talk, I don't think I will keep any of these so check out my destash for these and more OPI and other brands.
Suzi Will Quechua Later may be close to Lucky Lucky Lavender and/or Purple Palazzo Pants, but I don't own that to compare. I also didn't have anything else that looked close to Seven Wonders of OPI and I couldn't think of a recent past OPI color that might be close to it. 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains (pointer/ring)vs Machu Peach-u (middle)
vs Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (pinky)
These are definitely not dupes. I found this color especially hard to dupe because I feel like it dries much darker and more purple toned on me than I expected it to. These polishes were less different in the bottle than they appear on the nail.

Machu Peach-u (middle) vs Climb Every Castle (pointer) vs
My Vampire is Buff (ring)vs Hopelessly Devoted to OPI (pinky)
I was honestly hoping this shade would be a dupe for Vampire as that has been my go to creamy nude polish for years and my bottle is very very low and kind of thick at this point, but these are definitely not dupes. None of these are dupes, but they were the potentially closest options in my collection. Seeing all of these next to each other, I actually like everything except for My Vampire is Buff. 

My Solar Clock is Ticking (pointer) vs I Love You Just Be-Cusco (middle)vs
Como se Llama? (ring)vs Yes My Condor Can-do! (pinky)
Again, I know these 4 aren't dupes, but as they are all new in this collection I wanted to see how they compare to each other. I did 3 coats of polish for all but Condor. I didn't have anything to compare with My Solar Clock is Ticking, but I think this may be close/dupes with Yank My Doodle from the Fall 2016 Washington DC/Kerry Washington collection. 

I Love You Just Be-Cusco (middle/pinky nails) vs Amore at the Grand Canal (pointer/ring nails)
These are really really really close, dare I say almost dupes on the nail.
Amore is slightly darker and more of a true red while Cusco is more dusty and brick toned.
Formula is really good on both. I think Cusco may also be close to Romantically Involved from the Winter 2012 50 Shades of Grey collection. 

Como se Llama? (middle/pinky nails) vs Can't Read Without My Lipstick (pointer/ring nails)
This color may be close/dupes with OPI Scores a Goal from the Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil collection but I do not own this anymore to compare the two. Lipstick is more berry toned than Llama, but they are decently close. Llama looks almost chocolate toned when shown directly next to this true deep berry red polish. 

Yes My Condor Can-do! (middle nail)vs Sleigh Parking Only (pointer nail)vs
Lincoln Park After Dark (ring nail)vs Guys and Galaxies (pinky nail)
Condor and Sleigh Parking are pretty much dupes, which is cool since Sleigh Parking is older and not easily accessible any longer. Galaxies is much more red toned rather than true deep/dusty purple where LPAD is more a blue toned dark purple comparatively.

Alpaca My Bags (pointer/ring)vs Ayahuasca Made Me Do It (middle/pinky)
I know Alpaca and Ayahuasca aren't dupes, but as they are both from this collection I wanted to compare them. I'm not sure if these are the most flattering colors on my, but they are 2 of my favorites from this collection. Both polishes have the same thin creme formula, I did 3 coats each for opacity. Even though the formula is thin it didn't pool and it self leveled really well.

If you are still interested in any of these polishes or anything else from PolishPick.com please use my code "Sparkle & Polish" at check out so they know I sent you. 

Stay Sparkly,
A

OPI Fall 2018 Peru Collection Swatches

You guys... this collection... yikes... To me this screams late 90's OPI and that is not a good thing. So much pink, beige, red... All of the stunning blues, teals, and greens that OPI has been pumping out lately are sorely missed here. Although this looks basic and there are some near dupes within the collection itself, I had trouble finding actual dupes in my own collection. OPI has been killing it lately with bold, bright, and fun collections and this just seems like a detour in the wrong direction.
Real talk, OPI did you make this collection in 1998 and lose it somehow and then just find it again when you moved offices? I won't judge... but like... OPI is that what happened? Not only are the colors super dated and old looking but the formulas are not on par with what OPI has been releasing lately. The formula is very reminiscent of 1990's era OPI polishes with the super thin formulas.

I purchased this collection from PolishPick.com, they have very reasonable prices on OPI and other brands and also quick shipping. If you feel like picking up anything on their site feel free to use my code (Sparkle & Polish) at check out so they know I sent you.

Swatches
Grandma Kissed a Gaucho
 
OPI describes this as"flirty purple". Yikes... a jelly... I do not like jelly polishes at all, and I do not like purple... This is no for me :( I did 3 thin coats here... Formula is okay, not too thin or goopy, I just do not like this at all. This polish, along with about half of this collection will be added to my destash shorty, hopefully someone else will enjoy this one since I don't.

Don't Toot My Flute
OPI calls this lilac and I would agree. This is a nice, basic pale purple with a good formula. I did 3 thin coats for opacity here.

Suzi Will Quechua Later!
OPI compares this shade to a "rose-tinted sunset", I think it's more of a dusty mid toned pinky purple.  This polish has one of the best formulas from this collection. I did 2 regular coats for opacity, the polish was nice and creamy and very easy to apply. Sadly I just do not like colors like this at all, but if you like pinks and purples I would recommend this because the formula is so nice.

Lima Tell You About This Color
OPI describes this as an "exciting new pink", I'm not so sure if thats really accurate... while I don't own a lot of pinks, I can tell you this looks very basic, not exciting, and dupe-able. Color is boring, but the formula is really nice. I did 2 regular coats for opacity. If you love pinks, well you probably already have a dupe of this, but if not I don't think you would be disappointed by this polish. 

Seven Wonders of OPI
OPI calls this mauve... I'm not sure I agree. Maybe closer to dusty purple toned nude? This is weirdly close to my skin tone so I don't think it is flattering on me, but the formula is pretty good. I did 2 coats for opacity. 

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Mountains
This is a super dusty pinky nude. Grandma chic. Total mannequin hands for me, and that is not a good look for me. I think this polish would be stunning on someone with a deeper skin tone, but for someone as pale and cool toned as me this is just not flattering. Formula is fine, I did 2 coats for opacity. Again not a bad polish, just not my personal taste. disclaimer- this polish photographed slightly more nude and less pink toned than it is in real life. 

Machu Peach-u
OPI describes this as"soft peach"... but this is literally beige. Maybe slightly peachy toned beige, but beige. This polish dries down a bit darker than in the bottle. Truthfully I prefer the bottle/wet polish color more than the dry color, but I like this shade a lot more than I thought I would. Weirdly enough, this polish applies much better using thicker coats rather than thinner ones, for that reason I did 2 regular coats for opacity. 

My Solar Clock is Ticking
This is definitely a "grandma" type shade, but I actually really like it. It is very subdued and subtle without being beige. This dusty light brick red took 2 thin coats for opacity. Formula was fantastic, if I did thicker coats I think this could have easily been a one-coater.

I Love You Just Be-Cusco
OPI call this a "romantic red"... I guess I would agree..? It is red, and red by default is a romantic color. It isn't the most exciting shade but I do really like it. To me this is a very classic OPI color. Love the color, love the formula, this is a favorite for me from this collection. I did 2 easy coats for opacity, formula was super easy to work with. Even though this is pretty boring, I love it.  

Como se Llama?
This is described as boastful burgundy... It is burgundy and quite pretty but the formula on this is not great. Sadly, this has one of the worst formulas of the collection. It is thin and strange. When I did my comparison swatch it was much hotter and I had the air conditioning on quite high. That time this polish was very gloopy. When I did the swatch it was cooler and I didn't have the air conditioner on and the polish was thin and runny. Very weird, not ideal... but I really love this color so I'm willing to work with a problematic formula.

Yes My Condor Can-do!
OPI describes this as purple. And yes it is technically purple, but it is a deep purple that somehow manages to look rich and slightly dusty at the same time. This is another one of my favorites from the collection. Formula is pretty meh, but again worth is for the color in my opinion.

Alpaca My Bags
OPI considers this a green, I would say this is much more of a dusty teal with green undertones. This doesn't have the typical OPI creme formula, but while it was thinner than I prefer it applied really easily and smoothly. I did 3 thin coats for opacity. I wore this shade as a full mani for a job interview and I GOT THE JOB!! so obviously this is my favorite from the whole collection :)

Ayahuasca Made Me Do It (Ulta Exclusive)
This dusty mid toned green is the only store exclusive I picked up from this collection and it is by far one of my top picks from this collection. The formula is thin but really easy to work with. It doesn't pool or drag, I used 3 thin coats for perfect opacity.

Normally this is where you would find dupes and comparisons, but since this post was already pretty long I'll be making a separate post for those. You can find them HERE
Stay Sparkly,
A