I found out last week that I would be getting 6 of the OPI Holiday 2015 Starlight polishes as part of the Preen.me VIP program. I’ll be doing swatches and some nail art designs, so I will be breaking this into two different blog posts! I’ll be starting out, naturally, with my swatches and overall review of the polishes I received.
I’m going to hop right in without much preamble. This is a picture-heavy post!
By the Light of the Moon
By the Light of the Moon is a metallic silver base brimming with various sizes of silver glitter. That description sounds pretty, right? It looks beautiful in the bottle as well. Sadly, that is where the good ends. This one is similar in concept to other OPI polishes released earlier this year: Pineapples Have Peelings and Baroque… But Still Shopping! Much like those polishes, By the Light of the Moon has the dubious effect of making it look like you applied metallic polish over diseased zombie nails. The polish itself is very opaque and it completely covers the glitters so you end up with a very lumpy finish. Shown in these swatches at 1 coat with 1 coat of Seche Vite.
In an effort to set this antagonistic polish on its’ own redemption arc, I decided to try sponging the polish on. The good news is that it looks marginally better when sponged on. Marginally.
When sponged on, the glitter in the polish actually gets an opportunity to not be buried by the base, so it adds some glitz and reflectiveness that help make it a little bit less offensive. In this state, it reminds me of crumpled, used-up aluminum foil. These swatches are shown with three sponged coats and 2 coats of Seche Vite (and they were still lumpy).
Press * For Silver
Press * for Silver looks to me more like a pale rose-gold in the bottle, but ends up more of a silver tone on the nail – but that changes a lot depending on the lighting. This is a metallic polish with a fair amount of silver, giving it a very frosty feel. Sadly, brush strokes are very visible. Shown at two coats topped with Seche Vite.
It bummed me out how streaky this was, because I absolutely love the color! Redemption time again, I decided to sponge it on.
What!? Look at how transformative that is! I don’t mind taking a couple of extra minutes to sponge a polish on if this is the result I get!
Cosmo With a Twist
Cosmo with a Twist is a muddy plum-colored base loaded with blue and purple shimmer. In most lighting, I found the purple shimmer to be dominant, but under my photo lights, the blue popped like crazy – so look to the bottle shot to get a better feel for the actual color. Shown at two (thankfully) smooth and perfect coats, topped with Seche Vite.
Center of the You-niverse
Center of the You-niverse is a black creme loaded with silver shimmer with black glitter. I’m not sure why the glitter was included because it doesn’t translate to the nail at all. I really love this one! The formula was smooth and perfect and it was easily opaque in two coats. Shown topped with Seche Vite.
I’m in the Moon for Love
I’m in the Moon for Love is a shimmery metallic plum. This one is really beautiful, I love this kind of color. It’s not streaky at all and goes on super smooth. Shown with two coats and topped with Seche Vite.
Infrared-y to Glow
Infrared-y to Glow is a neat glitter topper with holographic glitter and larger pieces of pink and gold check mark glitter in a clear base. I admit the larger glitters are a bit of a funky shape, but I think the glitter colors really look nice together. While I didn’t need to do any fishing to retrieve glitter, I did have to pat my brush around to get them where I wanted them. Shown in my pictures is one coat of Infrared-y to Glow over I’m in the Moon for Love topped with Seche Vite.
So, it is obvious I am not sold on the glitter embedded metallic polishes like By the Light of the Moon, but of the six polishes I was provided with, I like the rest pretty well. I do think, considering the Starlight theme, that there was room for OPI to really push the mainstream envelope and it is a shame that they didn’t take advantage of it. The good polishes are pretty safe in color and finish, but the metallic lump polishes detract a lot from the entire collection.
Let me know how you feel about these! I’ll have another post up later this week with some nail art looks I have created with this set.