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.


  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!

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

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

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

  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! :)

  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 :)

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

  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!!

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

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

    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!

  11. Hi! How did you get the French manicure underlay along with the polish colors on top? That looks gorgeous!

    1. I actually didn't have any polish on under the colors. That's just my natural smile line showing through :o)


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