Big Apple Red made its debut in the New York Collection way back in 2000 and has since become a classic in the line. It’s easy to see why, it’s a classic middle of the road red, nice opacity and shine and, of course that famous OPI smooth as a dream creme formula.
But it enough? I don’t know. I’m on a perpetual search for The Perfect Red. Although red is one of my favorite colors, I don’t really wear a lot of red polish. I think it’s because for so long there weren’t many options in nail varnish and red was pretty much the default go-to. Plus I can’t wear red unless my nails are fairly long because short, stubby nails + short, stubby fingers + red polish = man hands.
So, while Big Apple Red was the closest for quite some while to my dream red, it wasn’t quite there. And I only have it in a mini because I couldn’t quite commit to a full size bottle of a color I don’t wear that much when the search was still on. That’s also why the bottle shot shows Seche Vite instead. The mini is too small to really show but a bottle is something to hang onto so you don’t relapse into Claw Hand.
As you can see, this was one of the 70% of times that I forget to wrap the edges. Pro-tip: If you’re wearing red, make a real effort to remember to make it the 30% that you remember to wrap because it’s a lot more noticeable than with a lighter color!
What keeps this from being The One? It’s a nice clear, true red but I think it leans just a skosh blue. And, while I’ll take a red that leans blue over a red that leans orange every day and twice on Sunday, it’s not The Perfect Red. I’d also like it to be just a tad more squishy, like a crelly rather than a straight creme. But, it’s shiny glossy and fabulous so I highly recommend it for someone that isn’t as picky as me.
I’ve since gotten a couple of candidates that just might be The Perfect Red, but I need to compare them head to head. I think at some point I’ll do an entire post consisting of the Tournament of the Reds. I’ll need to wait a bit longer until my nails grow out a little more so I can go all Dragon Lady Style with it and quite possibly crown an Ultimate Grand Supreme Empress of the Reds!