Tuesday, April 17, 2012

OPI NY Ballet Collection: Swatches and Review

This was an unexpected love for me. I'm not usually the sheer/pink/nude type, but something drew me in: these are beautiful, elegant JELLIES! I've been crazy about the glitter/jelly sandwiches lately, and I have a feeling these would be perfect for them!



OPI - My Pointe Exactly

This is my favorite. My Pointe Exactly is a light grey jelly that is semi-opaque at three coats (shown). Even with a bit of VNL, I still loved the look of this. Elegant and edgy at the same time!



OPI - Don't Touch My Tutu!

Don't Touch My Tutu is a nice clean white jelly. Along the same lines as Essie Marshmallow but a little bit more sheer, I think it would work even better for the glitter sandwiches. I love the way white jellies make glitter look like sprinkles on a cupcake.



OPI - Care to Danse

Care to Danse is a light purple jelly. The bottle looks more purple than it appears on the nail.  I'm not sure, but this may be my second favorite.



OPI - Barre My Soul

Barre My Soul is a very nice peachy beige jelly.  This would be a lovely base for a French manicure!



OPI - You Callin' Me a Lyre?

You Callin' Me a Lyre is a a peachy pink jelly that's more saturated than the others in this collection. Again, it'd be a great base for a French manicure base.  I think of the collection this was the most opaque at three coats.







OPI - Pirouette my Whistle (over each of the colors above)

Pirouette My Whistle is a clear base with silver micro glitter and large white/silvery pearl hex glitters. Most pictures of this at one coat didn't have too many white hexes, but my bottle seemed to be packed with them. I had to actually TRY not to get too many because I wanted a sparse look. Either way, it's quite elegant for a glitter. I think I like this even better than Nubar White Polka Dot.

All of these applied very nicely and easily in three coats, although it seems easiest to avoid streaks by using medium-thick coats. I suggest waiting a few minutes between each coat to prevent bubbling as well. They do kind of self-level though, which is a plus.

OPI is available at Ulta stores as well as in JC Penney Salons. I prefer JC Penney because if you buy two or more, they're only $6 each instead of $8.50 at Ulta.

11 comments:

  1. Gah, so pretty! Love all your swatches :) I really hope i can get the in Australia for a good price, cause i want them all!

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  2. I'm not one for sheer polishes but I adore these!

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  3. What a goooorgeous collection!! :D Wonderful swatches!! :D

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  4. I haven't really wanted these before seeing your lovely swatches! Now I'm thinking twice...

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  5. This was unexpected love for me too! I drooled and drooled over swatches online, and then scooped them all up after seeing them in person. One word: YUMMY! :)

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  6. I couldn't believe how much I loved these as I'm not a fan of sheers at all. I now have four of them and can't wait to wear them all! Great swatches :)

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  7. oh they all look so beautiful with Pirouette my Whistle!!! I have to get my hands on it!

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  8. I think My Pointe Exactly is my favorite out of the collection as well. The others are super pretty, but I've never seen a grey jelly before. Lovely!!

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  9. They all look lovely on you, can't wait to see what you can create with these!

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  10. You have beautiful hands and nails. What products do you use to keep them in such great condition?

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    1. Thank you so much! I actually don't take care of my hands as well as I should (for instance, I only use cuticle cream when I remember it... usually about once a month, haha). So I suppose I don't really use many products, but Lush Lemony Flutter is my favorite cuticle cream!

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