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A Few Words on… Rationalization
Q: What do you do when you have so many bottles of nail lacquer that you can’t decide which color to use?
A: Go out and buy more!
- I got four OPI minis for less than the cost of one and a half full bottles, and I was considering two or three of them.
- The Zoya was on clearance at Ulta. And I have no pale yellows at all, much less with a shimmer. You can’t fight kismet…
- After my Sally Club discount, a 15% off coupon and a BOGO offer, the FingerPaints were less than $2.00 each! And the only FingerPaints I’ve ever tried are the stripers, so it qualifies as research.
OPI – Strawberry Margarita
There are usually at least a couple polishes from OPI’s seasonal collections that really make a splash and are added to their open stock. Strawberry Margarita was first introduced in the Mexico Collection way back in 2006, but then was awarded a spot in the permanent lineup.
A position that is well earned, as this is a really great pink and one of the best summer polishes you’ll find. I wear this a lot in the summer, but I wore it to Ulta recently so I could compare it to the new Kiss Me I’m Brazilian shade from the spring collection. Lots of times I see a color and fall in love with it and MUST HAVE IT!, then I get it home and realize I already have one or more colors almost just like it. Since I already had it on, I decided to go ahead and get the review out of the way.
The picture shows it as more coral than it really is, in person it’s a dark pink that’s….well that’s pretty much the color of a strawberry margarita! I’d call it a rose, with no orange and no leaning into red territory. It’s a bright one, but not a glaring neon. A shade that can really go anywhere but it shines in the summer sun. Of which there isn’t any right now…
As OPI usual, the formula is a dream. Smooth, creamy and excellent coverage in two coats. I don’t have the bottle in the shot because it’s a mini, and if it had been a full size brush, one coat might have done it. And topped with some Seche Vite, it’s one of those that look so squishy and juicy that you just want to bite into it (but I wouldn’t recommend doing so!).
In answer to the burning question of this post, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian and Strawberry Margarita aren’t even close. KMIB is a much lighter pink, more of a bubblegum, but a little softer. So did I get it? Oh yeah, but I was good and just got the mini!
ZOYA – Stevie
There’s always some “new and exciting” trend in nail polishes. For the last year or so, it’s been textured polish. I personally don’t care for them for a few reasons. First and foremost, I like my nails to be shiny and glossy with a glass-like appearance. I live for top coating! Matte, crackle, textured…I just don’t go for the no topcoat required stuff. But it’s not just the look that gives me trouble. I’m a picker. If there’s the least little bump or snag, I’ll pick at it constantly. Not only is picking at stuff rather unseemly, it does a number on the nail/s doing the picking.
But they say there’s an exception for every rule and this is mine. Zoya Pixiedust. I love Zoya polishes, which is the only reason I even paid any attention to them, and the collections they come out with have some really gorgeous colors. Not only were they gorgeous, they have mad sparkle without having separate bits of glitter added to them! Pixiedust is aptly named. They remind me of the coloured sugar that you use to decorate Christmas cookies.
Another plus is that, among all the textured polishes, I think Pixiedust is probably the smoothest. Not too lumpy or rough, kind of like granulated sugar. So, no topcoat be damned, I toss on a couple layers of Seche Vite on the top of it and, while not perfectly smooth and glassy, it’s enough so that I’m not tempted to pick.
I love pretty much any and every shade of purple and this is a wonderful lavender or lilac colour. Not too light, but not so dark that it borders on a straight purple. I haven’t tried any other brand’s textured lines, so I have nothing to compare it with, but it goes on like a dream. Although it’s not as smooth as a normal polish, of course, it just glides right on with no lumps and globs. I can get a really thin coat on with no problems at all. It will still be pretty sheer at two coats since it’s a pretty light colour and I think this was four coats, but it dries super fast so it’s no big deal.
I hate that my crap pictures aren’t showing the crazy sparkle on this one. All of my camera software is on my laptop and my screen went out a few weeks ago. So I’ve just been making do with my iPad. With no flash, some pictures come out pretty good and some…not so much. I’m thinking about making a good light box and hope that does the trick, because it really is so fast and easy to upload them right from the iPad camera app.
OPI – Stranger Tides
Well, my pictures are looking a little ragged and my nails aren’t much better, but if everybody waited for everything to be perfect then not much would get done, now would it? So, let’s just say to hell with it and light this candle!
OPI does two full collections in the spring and fall with geographic themes (this spring it’s Brazil). In between those, they do a small collection which is generally tied in with a summer movie (this year it’s Muppets Most Wanted). In 2011, the summer movie was Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and this polish is from that collection.
With the exception of a few shades that I love, I’m not much of a green fan (nail polish or otherwise) and never would have gotten this if it hadn’t been part of the mini bottle set. Which is one reason that I love minis, because so often those polishes that I would never buy separately become favourites. Such is the case with Stranger Tides.
From the outside of the bottle it looks like sickly pea green. On the nail, it becomes a soft sage that’s dirtied up to give it some interest. I really love colors that might otherwise be pastel when they’re muddy and grungy! This one becomes surprisingly neutral when wearing it, not the same old boring beige and taupe, but also not one that screams GREEN!! at you.
There aren’t many that do a good old fashioned creme like OPI does and Stranger Tides is no exception. The first coat is a little streaky, but not nearly as much as most light greens and blues are, and it evens out beautifully with the second coat. Although I could get away with two coats on most polishes, I usually give an extra one for the Corps. Just because….
Top it off with a coat of my beloved Seche Vite, and there you have it! I like this one so much that I not only purchased a full size bottle in addition to the mini, but I might have gone overboard (ha!) and purchased several. I need to do something about this back up compulsion of mine….
This is My Quest…
This blog will follow my quest to use every single bottle of nail polish in my collection. Not just test it, but a full fledged manicure, complete with pictures and reviews! At least, that’s the plan. You can read about this in more detail on the “About” page.
Right now I’m just getting started and still building the framework, so there isn’t much to see yet. There might be extra frills and dressings added later, but I’m hoping to have just some basics done in a week or so and start adding posts, pictures and all that good stuff.
If my ideas sound interesting to you, welcome! But even if you don’t give a damn about nail polish, you never know when I might go rogue, so stick around and see what happens…