Thursday, March 28, 2013

OPI Oz The Great And Powerful Collection, Part 1

This year's OPI Soft Shades collection is a tie in with the Disney movie Oz: The Great and Powerful, which opened earlier this month. I was fortunate to get a set of the polishes to try out and review. There are three sheer pastel cremes, three glitters, and one Liquid Sand color in this group. My lightbox is not wide enough to accommodate seven OPI bottles lined up next to each other, so I had to get creative with my bottle shots.





I was originally going to put this whole collection into one post, but once I got into choosing the photos to use, I realized I have so many that it made more sense to split it into two parts (that's what happens when I get more than one glitter to play with). So today I have the three cremes, and tomorrow I'll have the texture and glitters, with the cremes in a supporting role.

Let's start with Don't Burst My Bubble, which is a very pale pink. My swatch is three coats; that still leaves a hint of visible nail line, and that doesn't bother me one bit with a color like this, especially since this is well behaved and not streaky like some sheer cremes can be.



On my rosy skintone, Don't Burst My Bubble looked more pink on than it did in the bottle.



The next pale creme, I Theodora You, is definitely pink in and out of the bottle; my rosy tones didn't affect it. I Theodora You is a touch more opaque than Don't Burst My Bubble; swatch is once again three coats, no base or top coat.



Glints of Glinda is the third pale creme. (I think anything with "glints" in the name needs to have shimmer or glitter, but for some reason no one asks me before they name their polishes.) It's a warm beige, similar in opacity to Don't Burst My Bubble. Of the three pales shades, this was the one I was least attracted to, as I'm much more a pink person than a peach person. Once I had it on, I was very surprised at how much I liked it. Three coats gave me a sort of "juicy mannequin hands" look (I don't know if there is such a thing, but if there is, this was it). I'd wear this if I wanted some shine (no topcoat needed) but didn't want to attract too much attention.



I think the key to Glints of Glinda looking better on me than other similar shades is the sheerness of it that lets my natural rosiness come through just enough to blend the polish color with my skintone.



As with last year's Soft Shades collection, New York City Ballet, OPI did a great job with these sheer cremes. They apply nicely; it doesn't take crazy close attention to get them on without streaking. These don't seem as sheer as the Ballet sheers and the colors don't seem at all dupey of those, so I went ahead and bought Don't Burst My Bubble and Glints of Glinda for my personal collection after I sent these samples on to Lucy.

The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.

10 comments:

  1. I purchasded this whole set but haven't found the time to swatch them- I am hoping to this weekend. Thanks for great swatches!

    I'm toying with setting up indoor lighting via lightbox and wondered if you'd share how your set-up is? Specifically, what light blub do you use? Thanks!

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    1. Sasha, I should probably do a post about my setup at some point, but here's an old photo from before I had this blog and was using the box to document my yarn stash:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_d/1579491036/

      The lights are Ott Lite knockoffs I got at JoAnn Fabrics. When I first started with the lightbox, I only had one, but I found two gave me more even light and more options for tweaking if needed.

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    2. Thanks so much! I appreciate you taking the time to reply and leave me a link to check out.

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  2. Overall these seem pretty boring for Wizard of Oz polishes... :( *shrugs* Maybe they'd make sense if I watched the movie. lol

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    1. Lizzy, I agree--it's something like the year the Soft Shades was circus-themed and I was all "pastels at the circus???" The glitters (tomorrow's post) are more Oz-y, I think.

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  3. Oh, perfect! I love all of them :)

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  4. i have I Theodora You and its a lovely colour on...perfect pale pink!!

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  5. Wow, I've had no interest in Glints of Glinda until these swatches... I still probably won't actually buy it, but now I can see how someone might want it.

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