Monday, 6 May 2013

OPI my pointe exactly

Now I got this nail varnish last year when I went to New York (read about my oh so chaotic trip here) but I've only really got round to trying it out this year and only just posting it now. Before the three colours I bought from the New York Ballet collection I'd never owned a full sized OPI nail varnish before, only miniatures of some of the Katy Perry colours and some from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection so I was very excited to give it a go! Unfortunately, I'm a little disappointed but I'll share my full thoughts after some pictures!

Now from the colour shown in the bottle you would expect a nice thick, opaque grey to be transferred onto the nails. This, however, is not the case. As you can see from the swatches on my nails, it produces a much more sheer colour and isn't all that brilliant. I put 3 coats onto my nails for the pictures and even then I can see the white tips of my nails At first I was gutted. I had waited so long to try an OPI nail varnish and I was expecting the colour pay off to be great (due to their well known reputation) but I was left underwhelmed.

However, it's not all bad really. I guess the colour can be used for those days when you want something a bit more subtle or if you want/need a colour that's not noticeable. Personally I really liked wearing it at school last week, as it wasn't glaringly bright that it looked silly for just an average day at school but it did mean I had a little bit of colour to my nail. Also, in certain lights, the nail polish does actually look slightly lilac which I really enjoyed noticing! Obviously in the bottle it's a distinct grey and that's what you should expect when you go to put it on but in both artificial light and sunlight, it does appear a little lilac-y.

Now as happy as I am about this 'other colour' discovery, I still am disappointed that it doesn't come out a true grey. And honestly, the first coat you put on looks like you've applied a clear or slightly milky varnish which isn't great when, for example, you're in a rush and only have time for one coat. Plus, I have another grey nail varnish from Barry M that provides a much more opaque grey colour and considering it is much much cheaper/easier to get hold of, I would repurchase the Barry M one over the OPI one.

But I don't want this to be a really negative post as I still do have really high hopes for the brand as a whole. The miniatures I've tried in the past have been brilliant and I do actually have another two full sized bottles from the New York Ballet collection to try out so all is not lost! Also, when I think about the collection as a whole, I'm sure that OPI were going for a more sheer and pastel look which is possibly why the colour pay off isn't all that great but I do feel that this varnish is extremely watery which contributes to making the colour sheer as well.

Anyway, I really hope this post doesn't put you off OPI nail varnish (i'm pretty sure it won't!) but I do feel it is important to give true opinions when reviewing a product! The next two colours should be coming in the next few weeks as I like to wear them and try them out for at least a week before writing up my thoughts on here! If you have any other colours from OPI (or any other brand for that matter!) that you think I should try out, please let me know as I'm always eager to try new nail colours (nail varnish's are my weakness...).

That's it from me for now as I just need to finish a bit of work for tomorrow before getting an early night. I've been getting some pretty good sleep's recently (i.e. i've gone to bed early and not woken up at all during the night) yet I keep waking up really tired. I'm not quite sure what's happening but hopefully my body clock pattern will sort itself out soon as it's getting just a bit frustrating now!

I hope everyone's had a really lovely Bank Holiday/3 day weekend and enjoyed the glorious weather we've been having! Unfortunately I've been stuck inside for most of it - revising and working - but hopefully this is just a sneak peak at what's to come in the summer! I'm so excited for my exams to finish so I can really appreciate the weather that's hopefully here to stay! :)


  1. The color looks great in the bottle, but I can't beleve it's not opaque at all!! OPI is usually sooo good :(

  2. I have this shade too, I find it needs a few coats to get a decent colour xx

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  4. Great taupe color!

  5. I think I'd be gutted if I'd paid for this, to have such an awful finish! Usually OPI have much better coverage with their polishes xx

    Gemma |

  6. Ah such a pity, this looks lovely in the bottle but with such a terrible finish I'd never get it! Great post, thank you for the honest review hun! :)

    Andrea | RosyChicc


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