Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All About OPI

A recent attempt at organising all my beauty products revealed that my weakness definitely lies in nail polish. I seem to have litres of the stuff. While my Revlon nail polish collection continues to grow, my OPI collection remains modest but treasured. Part of the reason why I don't have that many OPI polishes is the exorbitant price of OPI in Australia. The limited edition, chunky, dense glitters that I'm generally drawn to can also be a little hard to find. (Still lamenting the fact I never managed to track down Mad as a Hatter from the Alice in Wonderland collection.) If price and availability weren't an issue, my whole nail polish stash would be OPI. It's just better.







From left to right: Rainbow Connection, You Don't Know Jacques!, Parlez-Vous OPI?, Teenage Dream, Not Like the Movies with Black Shatter (which dries matte) and clear top coat.

You Don't Know Jacques was the first ever OPI polish I bought, after seeing it on Rumi's nails and deciding that I had to have it (she sells it so well in this picture). It's a dark mushroom/taupe which shouldn't be flattering or even interesting, but somehow just works. Parlez-Vous OPI? was a spontaneous purchase, I was immediately drawn to this slightly dusty, medium-dark purple. This was before my nail polish habit blew up, so I didn't have anything remotely like it. I probably didn't even have a single purple polish. I don't wear this in warmer weather but it's the perfect polish for the colder months.

I've already waxed lyrical about OPI's glitter polishes. Teenage Dream encapsulates everything I love about nail polish. I must scout a backup bottle. I'd recommend painting Rainbow Connection with a light, neutral base coat (shimmer or creme), because I don't think it looks as good over a naked nail, which I've done in these swatches. I usually don't have issues removing glitter polish, only because after a few days I find it comes a bit loose by itself and I just peel it off.



The same polishes as the previous picture, but substituting the index finger with My Private Jet and the middle finger with The One That Got Away. My Private Jet is supposed to have holographic glitter but it doesn't really show except under flash photography. A friend remarked it's reminiscent of a granite kitchen benchtop which is extremely accurate. The One That Got Away is much richer and deeper than the picture shows, a jewel-toned garnet/wine metallic with raspberry shimmer. If Katy Perry did anything right, it was her OPI collaboration.

25 comments:

  1. I love the Taupey/Browny/Nude colour that's first in the top photo :)
    I love OPI, I only have one, but just order a summer mini collection from BuyaPower and I'm so excited, I think they look so classy and I love the names too :)

    Laura xoxo

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  2. Parlez-Vous OPI? is such a beautiful colour!!!
    OPI are awesome! But they are quite pricy! I do like sasatinne brand nail polish as its affordable! And the colour pigmentation are sooog good!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! I have to say, what draws me in to new blogs and what makes me a returning reader, is professionalism and quality. Your blog has both and is written incredibly well. Not to mention your pictures are gorgeous. What type of camera are you using? Look forward to reading more from you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel similarly about your blog :) The camera I am using is a Nikon
      D40.

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. :) New follower.

    Melissa
    t-g-life.blogspot.com

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  5. Teenage Dream is one of my all time favorite nail polishes!!

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  6. I love the Teenage Dream one!!! Sparkles = :)

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  7. I love all of these OPIs! So pretty! :) x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. omg I must buy rainbow connection - amazing.

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  9. i definitely have to say that i love the first picture than the second. the purple and green shades are amazzzzing!!!

    http://harperandmonroe.blogspot.com/

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  10. There's something about looking at nail polish that just makes me happy :) Great polishes and post!

    I've subscribed to your blog :) Hope you'll join me on my blog, I'd love to keep in touch.

    Liz

    http://solonelyingorgeous.blogspot.jp/

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  11. I love this post and OPI!! where abouts in Australia are you from? I recently discovered that Price Attack sells OPI Nail Polish from around $14-$16 depending on the stores location, which is better than the RRP at David Jones. I've got the Katy Perry one and I agree, it's so pretty :) i'm now following. feel free to check out my blog and follow back if you like.

    xx janak'trina

    My Vogue Obsession

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    1. I'm in Sydney :) Haven't checked out Price Attack
      for OPI, might do so next time I see a store. I know there are definitely places like smaller nail salons that sell OPI for less than the recommended retail. But sometimes they don't have the ones I want. Followed you back :)

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  12. Nice stash of OPI! I find that they are quite expensive retail unless you can find a nail supply store that sells them for less than that. Teenage dream is one of my must haves for any nail polish collection and Rainbow collection is a nice alternative to Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday.

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  13. The glitters are so pretty! Esp. Teenage Dream!

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  14. LOVE the shatter! looks so amazing.

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  15. Love the all of polish. OPI is great.

    Great blog.
    http://myminibag.blogspot.com

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  16. OPI is my favourite nail polish brand. Such great colours, i love the rainbow connection one!

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  17. Thank you for visiting my blog! =) I like yours very much and I'm a new follower. =) Your OPI's look great and you have pretty much the same number of them as I do, they're expensive in Europe too... Such a shame, because they are sooo beautiful, I agree!

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  18. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!
    Amaaazing colours, love the purple one :)

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  19. wow! sooo cute nails *-* i love it

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  20. You've got a nice collection there! I love Teenage Dream - I thought it was overhyped when it first came out, but your photo makes it look so pretty! I'm definitely adding it to my shopping list :)

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  21. ooh pretty, love the glitter polish

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  22. I love Teenage Dream, It's my favourite polish I own! I love how its shimmery and holographic at the same time Rainbow Connection has been on my wishlist for sooo long it looks beautiful The One That Got Away and My Private Jet look amazin' too xx

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  23. I own 8 (or maybe 9) OPI polishes :) I want to own more but they are SO DARN expensive over here... its insane really. One bottle cost about 17 euros. I have bought most of the ones I have on sales and then two of them are bought full prized just cause I wanted them so badly :D
    My Private Jet is my most beloved OPI polish. Ive heard that there are two different versions (if not more) of the polish. The old version has a lovely holographic look to it but its said to be more sheer and the new MPJ is more opaque, lighter colored, with finer less prismatic holographic glitter. I own the newer version and I love it :)
    I love the glitters you own :)
    hugs

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