Companies like celebrity spokespersons and lacquer companies are no different. But they usually end up confusing me. Sure, sometimes they hit the nail (ha!) on the head, Wet n’ Wild’s Fergie collection is sparkly and cheap, not unlike Fergie herself. The many Kardashian Kollections from Nicole by OPI? Company’s second tier, less expensive product in goofy shaped bottles and geared toward teenagers and mainly available in supermarkets.
But these tend to be the exceptions. NOPI had a Justin Bieber collection. What? How much varnish does the Biebs go through on the daily? Probably not much, but I would assume those little Beliebers go through quite a bit. Oh, geared toward teenagers and purchased at the supermarket. I guess that one makes sense, too.
Aside Alert: I’ve recently been informed that people like lots of pictures to interperse the walls of text on a blog post. While I’m mostly a purist who only adds pictures that are relevant to the topic at hand, when in Rome….
But let’s take a look at a more top-drawer brand. In recent memory OPI has had collections from Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani. I think that all of them, with the exception of the Carey and Stefani holiday collections, have had the polishes named after songs of the corresponding artist. But the songs generally have nothing to do with the colors. For instance, Mariah Carey’s were almost completely dull, boring granny shades. Well, okay, maybe they didn’t fit the songs, but I guess they kinda fit the inspiration.
Then there’s Gwen. And a lot of those made sense. Obviously they had a clear, bright red called Over and Over A-Gwen (oh OPI you corny thing, never change!). It might have even been my elusive, perfect red but it was a “special” addition that came with nail art and studs and a bunch of stuff that I didn’t feel like paying $15 for when I have approximately 48509433 other reds already. The satin black shade? Four in the Morning. Love Angel Music Baby, sparkly gold. See? Those make sense!
Which brings us to Hey Baby.
There’s really not a whole lot to say about this other than it’s pretty much perfect as far as its intended purpose. Sure, there aren’t a lot of bells and/or whistles and it isn’t an incredible Holy Grail color. Let’s face it, there are probably more shades of pink nail lacquer to choose from than any other color. Whatever shade you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find several options without even trying too hard.
So, let’s go under the premise that we’re looking for a specific shade of pink in a creme nail varnish. More subdued than a bubblegum, but still bold. Nothing muted or dusty. Darker than baby pink, but definitely an undeniable pink. No mauves, soft reds or dark roses.
Now that we’ve narrowed down color, it must be a good creme nail varnish. Not the slightest hint of shimmer or frost, but highly pigmented with enough depth to not be even close to a matte. It must apply smoothly, cover easily and level flawlessly. Above all, it must look clean, shiny and glossy enough that three days in you can still quickly glance at your nails and, for just a split second, think they’re still wet.
Which, once again, brings us to Hey Baby.
The color is showing more red on the nail than in person. The bottle color is more accurate with the pink being a bit clearer even than that.
All you expect from a good OPI creme polish. Great color, great formula, great wear. Thanks, Gwen!