Friday, 15 July 2011

OPI Stems Collection Swatches

Pin It Please excuse the state of my nails, life has been tough on them lately & while I no longer bite them, I pick at the skin around them as a nervous habit that I forget I'm even doing; which is why they don't look so nice in photographs :(
Perhaps I should make a pledge to try not to do that for the next week. Will let you know how I get on, I don't have high hopes!!!

On with the collection!!!!!!!!! Not out in NZ yet, hopefully they will be by August.

Come To Poppy

Come To Poppy (flash)
Come To Poppy - Is a beautiful coral pink pearl polish. The flash made the colour look a lot bluer pink than it is. Really pretty and nice to see some pearl finishes back in stores, it makes these kinds of colours more wearable for older ladies & a wee bit softer too. The formula is the best yet from OPI's 3Free polishes. Pretty much covers perfectly in one coat. I did two for good measure though. Goes on like butter, richly pigmented and opaque, AMAZING!

Play The Peonies

Play The Peonies (flash)

 Play The Peonies - is a very light pink pearl. Same formula as CTP. This reminds me of Suzi And The Lifeguard from OPIs South Beach Collection, except it is a few shades lighter - way more white obviously. I did 3 coats but I think 2 would have been fine if I hadn't been shaking so badly. I take a medicine that's side effect is shakiness and today my hand had a mind of its own when I was trying to apply this one so I had to even out the application with a third coat, Hopefully next time my hand will behave!

1 coat I Lily Love You over Play The Peonies

1 coat I Lily Love You over Play The Peonies (flash)
I Lily Love You has a pink jelly base with tons of irregular flakes of opalescent sparkles. Definitely a layering polish I think. Doesn't it look pretty over PTP?! Very complimentary I think because it also darkens PTP making it a bit pinker. I haven't tried it over CTP but I doubt it will look as good as this. I can't wait to try this over other bases!

I didn't get the fourth polish (Be a Dahlia Won't You?) in the collection because it looks awfully similar to CG 108 Degrees & I don't need any more pinks in that shade or finish.
I really love this mini collection from OPI, so simple & sweet and most importantly WEARABLE! They're also a bit different from what everyone else is offering for summer so I like that!
What do you think? Love it or leave it?

I see this is already out, at least Beyond Beauty has it in stock so I suppose you'll be seeing it in a store near you the next time you look!
xxx NPA

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