I got my hands on the newest top coats from OPI. They are called Brilliant and Plumping. So I decided to do a little test.
I have a color that has a ton of texture in it and thought that this would be the best way to find out if they make a difference in how the polish looks with both the new top coats!
Here is a macro shot of the glitter polish by itself. You can see the lumps and bumps of the glitter chunks. It feels rough to the touch.
Just the glitter polish-no top coat
I used one coat of the Brilliant top coat on a nail with the same glitter polish. The consistency of this top coat seemed like other top coats.
You can see where it has evened out the lumps and bumps a bit and given it more shine! Very pretty. It feels less rough than without the top coat.
Polish with Brilliant Top Coat by OPI
And finally, I used one coat of the Plumping top coat over glitter polish. This top coat had a thicker consistency than regular top coat but still dried in the same amount of time.
This really does add plumpness between the lumps and bumps of the glitter polish. It also feels almost smooth to the touch. Remember that I used glitter polish, so it is quite a feat to give a smooth feel with one coat of top coat!
Glitter polish with Plumping Top Coat by OPI
Available at fine salons and distributors everywhere!
The release of OPI’s Fall Winter collection, entitled the DC Collection which features collaboration from the beautiful and talented actress, Kerry Washington, is one of my favorite collections. Although it is a fall release, where you find predominately dark shade, this collections delights me with its lighter colors such as “Never a Dulles Moment” and “Freedom of Peach”
The usual 12 colors plus 3 more picked especially by Kerry Washington. (marked with ***)
Here they are.
CIA-COLOR IS AWESOME
A dark blue green that will suite any business attire. A great option instead of straight black.
FREEDOM OF PEACH
This color is the perfect blend of fall color but still has a lightness to it so you don’t feel weighed down by the color!
INSIDE THE ISABELLETWAY ***
Creamy medium mocha brown. I think it would look great with Pale to The Chief for nail art!
KERRY BLOSSOM ***
This is a classic winter shade in a deep darker plum tone. Classy.
LIV’IN IN THE GRAY ***
Another of my favorites. This gray is the perfect grey for my liking. An opaque medium dark grey that will work with any skin tone.
A fun berry toned red for those cooler nights.
NEVER A DULLES MOMENT
Such a great change to see some bright colors in a fall release. It lightens up the whole collection and will let us nail artists create vibrant winter nail art.
OPI BY POPULAR VOTE
More of a bluish red. Nice to have a choice in your reds.
PALE TO THE CHIEF
This one of course will be the base for a lot of nail art. Creamy nude a little on the darker side than summer shades of nude.
SHHH’S-IT’S TOP SECRET
This color mixes dark grey and browns to give us a almost black but still dark dark brown tone.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Another great neutral tone for winter. This creme texture will work well with all the others in this collection. Can be for business or weekend wear. Muted brown would be a good description.
STAY OFF THE LAWN
Lively dark green shade but completely classy.
SUZI-THE FIRST LADY OF NAILS
This is more of a camo green. I like the creme texture of this one as well.
WE THE FEMALE
A sexy burgundy red. Straight up sexy!
YANK MY DOODLE
Besides the fun name, this color is so great for fall. A bit of a burnt orange or pumpkin color.
I noted after I took the photos of the swatches that this whole collection is cremes. Interesting and lovely collection.
Available at fine salons and retailers, your local professional supplier and by checking in at www.opi.com
I can say that Kerry Washington’s personality is all over this collection. Stylish, fun, classy and a little sassy. The lady is simply beautiful!
Darby Stanchfield and Kerry Washington from https://www.instagram.com/darbysofficial/
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I just received the new Tru Neon Colors from OPI for review. At the perfect time to do my friends nails for the hot bathing suit weather that we have right now in Las Vegas.
I first put a (blended upward) coat of white polish. Once that was dry, I used the dry brush techique to randomly place splashes of all the different shade the Tru Neons have.
As I was working, we were talking about the Shark exhibit that is here in town, and it made me think of bubbles coming up out of the water! So, I added some dots of the different shades! They were super fun to do, and she loves being in her bathing suit in the water, so these seems perfect for her!
Here are the colors that I swatched WITHOUT the white base. They are really highly pigmented so you can use them either way!
“No Faux Yellow”
“Pants on Fire”
“No Doubt About It”
“Green Come True”
Available in fine salons and authorized distributors.
As part of the Nails: Mastered program, we were tasked with creating nails that could be done by the end consumer (you as a customer not a nail professional) and also asked to photograph them in a way that OPI might use on their own social media as a tagged or re-posted item.
The only other criteria was that is was using the newest collection from them, New Orleans!
Here is the excerpt from submission! And my final photograph.
“O.P.I. love this golden Fleur de Lis”
My initial thought for a design was to do something that include music/musical notes. Too typical I felt. So I decided to look at instruments and saw the beautiful lines of pieces. Flowing around and swooping back in. The color of instruments being brass, I wanted to use that somehow too. The wrought iron includes a lot of Fleur de lis, so when I found an easy to use decal, I knew that was what I would do. To keep it simple for the end consumer, I used 2 coats of color in “Got Myself into A Jam-balya” and once dry, I added a swooping line to mirror the cuticle in “Let Me Bayou You a Drink” as a nod to the lines seen on instruments. I simply applied the Fleur de Lis decal on the other hand on the pointer finger. Adding a simple dot of “Let Me Bayou a Drink” to create continuity between both hands. Colors chosen for their softness to counter the cacophony of it all!