The Last OPI…?
I got some new polishes the other day, and I just couldn’t wait to try out a couple of them.
Sallys had a couple of OPI bottles on Sale, so I picked up ‘Barre My Soul’ for under £5! I really love my China Glaze ‘Oxygen’ and I thought that this would be a great addition to that ‘not quite white’ look I found I adore.
At the moment my nails are stained rather badly from the Blue Eyed Girl that I wore last week (you’d think two coats of base would have worked…) so a colour that makes your nails look nice and nude is a bonus.
Like most OPI polishes that I‘ve found, Barre is pretty thin and runny. Of course once you know this you can take precautions and avoid any tragic mistakes. Being the colour it is though – any slips are almost invisible and clean up should be a walk in the park.
So… I love this colour. I knew I would. Its light, delicate and makes my nails look clean even with the staining.
But – and there is always a BUT when I talk about OPI it seems – The formula is vile.
Not just bad, not just annoying. VILE.
Now I’ve always found OPI polishes to be thin and runny, so this wasn’t such a huge shock to me that this was too. However, I was NOT expecting this to be as watery as it was. I felt like I was painting my nails with cuticle oil – it was a nightmare.
I’ve well documented my dislike of sheer polishes, but this took the biscuit. I’ve read reviews that call this a sheer jelly, but I don’t see it. There is nothing squishy about it (unless you count how many coats you need to get coverage – it’s about a mile thick) and it took 5 coats (5!!!!) to get bottle colour. Not only did it take 5 bloody coats, it’s still ~%#&ing streaky!
I make sure my nails are nice and buffed before adding polish. I use basecoats. I make sure there is no oil on my nails before application… and this polish makes my nails look like the Loch Ness Ridge Monster.
As you can tell, I really didn’t like the end result, so I got out another new polish – Gold Coin by Revlon. Using some tape and a make-up sponge, I did a gold tip gradient…ish… thing…
I liked the end result, reminds me of the current trend:
But any similarities were accidental.
I will be putting this polish to one side and will try it another time when I’m not so bloody angry at it. So glad I didn’t spend the £18 on the bottle! Another OPI failure for me…
Maybe I should just call it quits with the brand?