OPI Make Mine Sparkling Limited Edition Gift Set; Wine and Dine Me and Incognito in Sausalito

I haven’t done a polish review in a long time; largely because, for reasons I’m yet to figure out, my damn nails keep breaking! I don’t know why and it’s driving me up the freaking wall. I did manage to grow them out for New York, but the week I got back-literally that very week- they all broke off again, one by one, and I’ve not managed to get them back since. It was almost as if I had willed them to grow especially for the trip.

Close up of my nails in NYC. This legit makes me want to cry.

Close up of my nails in NYC. This legit makes me want to cry.

I’ve recently started a new nail hardening and growth regime, and they have managed to grow out a little, so I’m super hopeful. Come on nails!!!

In the meantime, the good people over at Just My Look offered me the chance to try out one of the OPI box sets, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity. My nails were looking just about on the good side of short, so I figured now could be a good time to re-explore my love for bold, glittery nails.

They send me over a gorgeous gift set containing two polishes; Wine and Dine Me and Incognito in Sausalito.

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I couldn’t really get a good angle on the polish inside the box due to the glare, so here they are again, sans packaging.

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These gorgeous colours are both right up my street. Any regular followers will know that I am a huge fan of dark shades and glitter, and here I have both! I’ll start with the dark blue, Incognito in Sausalito.

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This shade is a navy, bruise blue, so dark it’s almost black. I have an on-going love affair with black nails that I blame on watching Spike in Buffy, so I was over the moon to see this dark, rich shade in the box. It goes on beautifully, too; the pictures below are only one coat, making it that most elusive of things; a one coat wonder!

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Darker shades can sometimes require two or even three coats to give good coverage, so I am always on the lookout for polishes that do it in one coat, which is exactly what this one does. The coverage is amazing, and the colour is so beautifully rich and dark. It’s right on the cusp of black, but with a gorgeously rich and elegant blue tone to it. Lush.

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I couldn’t stop admiring my nails in this shade. I would definitely recommend a basecoat, as I imagine this would stain your nails, but the finish and colour are beautiful, and just perfect if you are looking for a dark shade that isn’t quite black.

The next shade was a glitter (huzzah!) called Wine and Dine Me. I deliberately blurred the second picture a little to give you an idea of the sparkles!

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The first thing I noticed about this polish was how heavy the glitter distribution is. A lot of glitter polishes are very sparse when you actually paint them on, so I was pleased to see that this one spread pretty thickly. I’ve done a montage below of several coats over bare nails to give you some idea of the build up.

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As you can see, it has a very pale blue base; this took me by surprise, as I couldn’t see it in the bottle, but it’s a fab idea as it means that you can wear this over bare nails if you feel so inclined. By coat three it was so thick and shiny it was even starting to resemble gel nails! I can’t remember the last time I had a glitter that you could wear bare, so that was very cool to discover.

For the rest of the pictures I layered 2 coats of glitter over Incognito in Sausalito, just as I think that is how I would wear it normally.

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I really loved the colour scheme of this glitter; lots of pinks, purples and blues, all blended together, with large chunks mixed with a very fine sprinkling of deep purple. The glitter dried slightly matte, which I love for glitter, but make sure you finish with a top coat if you want shine. I also noticed that the extra two laters made the blue base look even dark, almost black; this is obviously because of the blue tint to the glitter base. Not an issue, but also worth keeping in mind if you are planning on layering over a lighter colour.

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I am so happy with both these polishes; a dark blue/black and a purple glitter. What more could I want?? I’ve been wearing Incognito in Sausalito all week at work, and I think it’s the perfect work day polish; dark, without being too domineering. I’m planning on layering the glitter over it to jazz it up for the weekend, so in this box you truly do get a day to night nail look!

Naturally I don’t need to sell you on the virtues of OPI. Fab brush shapes, amazingly smooth application, speed drying, huge range of colours; we all know the drill. Just My Look have a frankly massive range of different shades, including the ones above, so if you fancy having a browse here’s the link!

In the meantime, I am carrying on steadfast with my nail growth regime, and I will update you-hopefully soon- as to whether it was successful. Mega talons will soon be mine!!

 

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OPI Skyfall Nail Varnish Mini Box Set

I love the movies, so whenever a brand releases anything ‘movie’ themed I just have to have it. As a result, I’m always cooing over the Film tie-in products that nail varnish brands like China Glaze and OPI do, and since I’m also a massive Bond fan I couldn’t resist the Skyfall set.

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I had been contemplating some of the varnishes in this collection even before I spotted it- Namely Live and Let Die, The World is Not Enough and The Living Daylights, so when I saw that the first two of those three came in a mini box set I jumped at the chance.

IMG_2941I’ll start with the shades I hadn’t already planned on buying, the first of which is The Spy Who Loved Me.

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At first glance I thought this was a classic red, but it’s actually a deep pink toned red with silver shimmers.

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I’m not too sure about this shade to be honest. It’s pretty enough, but I would rather it had been deep red or bright pink than this weird, in between shade. I don’t mind it, but I wouldn’t have chosen to have it if it hadn’t been part of the set. I also don’t think it’s a very ‘Bond’ shade- splitting hairs I know, but I’m a purist on these things! I’ll use it on my toes in the summer,  but other than that it won’t get much wear.

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The next shade is the inevitable one from a bond collection- the Gold one called ‘Goldeneye’

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I thought this was going to be a thick, condensed gold, something I already have, so I wasn’t too excited. To my surprise, however, it was a rather gorgeous golden flake topcoat.

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This is one coat over bare nails. As you can see, the gold spreads liberally but not solidly, giving a gorgeous finish. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I used it again later in the week over black and it was stunning, like a gold flakie- and as a fan of the flakie look, this was a good thing! Such a lovely finish!

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Now onto one of the polishes I had pre-selected as a favourite, The World is Not Enough.

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This is my favourite Bond film, but as for the polish it was only pretty good. I was expecting to adore it- the bottle shows a rich, gun-metal shimmer, but it came out a little translucent for my taste.

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That was 3 coats, and even this didn’t build up enough for me to be happy. I do like the shade, but I don’t like the semi-transparent finish. I’ll give it a try layered over a dark grey and see if that makes it nicer, but at the moment I’m sadly disappointed.

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The final shade is Live and Let Die, and I knew I was onto a winner with this right away.

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It’s a dark, mossy, blue/green, overlaid with pale green and gold shimmer. In a word, it’s fabulous.

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I love dark, statement nails, so this was a massive win for me. The rich, deep finish was gorgeous, and I loved the shade so much. Absolutely lush.

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So overall the Skyfall nails were good, but somewhat hit and miss. On the plus side, these tiny little OPI varnishes are so cute (mini’s are always a bonus!), and I did manage to get 2 shades I loved at a bargain price- the box set was £12, and the normal polishes are £11. Win. I did also end up getting the other shade I wanted in full size, but that’s another story…..