I have several new things from OPI to mention today and one really has me excited. Believe me, it takes more than “another pink creme” or “yet another hex glitter” to get me excited about nail polish these days.
Do you love wearing glitter polish but hate the thought of removing it? I do, and in fact, sometimes DoR (Dread of Removal) keeps me from wearing glitter in the first place. Just the thought of having to go at the glitter with hammers and chisels to get it off is discouraging. Part of the reason that glitter is so hard to remove is that the larger pieces of it keep polish remover from reaching the polish underneath it. What to do?
Some removers are better than others. There’s the “foil method” which involves soaking cotton pads in remover, placing in on your nails, and then wrapping each nail separately in aluminum foil like little baking potatoes and waiting 10-15 minutes. The warmth from your body helps the remover do its job, but what a pain. Surely someone can come up with something better.
Introducing a new base coat from OPI called….. wait for it…. Glitter Off.
It’s a milky base coat that dries clear. You apply your glitter polish on top of it and then when it’s time to remove it, it all peels off. Theoretically. It’s similar to a base coat that some people use now made from Elmer’s white glue and water. I haven’t tried that because it seems messy.
I don’t have Glitter Off yet but am so buying it when I find it. There are already some reviews on line. Here’s a YouTube review comparing it to the glue method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKlzHDVEcTI . Here’s another review from Adventures in Acetone. Looks like you need to avoid water with your nails for a while, but I’m still up for trying it.
And it’s convenient that OPI comes out with this base coat now because they also have a new set of polishes called Spotlight on Glitter.
As far as glitter sets go, there’s quite a variety here — some have hex, one has square, one has bar. You can see swatches and read the review from one of my faves, Beauty Geeks.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!
I feel like I have enough glitter polishes unless something is really new or unusual, but one thing I don’t have enough of is sheer tinted top coats. Look!
Sheer Tints is a set of four translucent top coats, or you could wear them on their own too. Like food coloring, the look in the bottle is darker than what you get; look at the handle for true colors — violet, yellow, pink, and blue. I’ve read that the consistency is more jelly-like than watery.
I have a few sheer jellies from Zoya that I like called Paloma (magenta), Katherine (purple), and Frida (teal) but I really want these Sheer Tints from OPI. Katherine is kind of a grayed plum and I like the grape-violet look of Don’t Violet Me Down. And I really want the blue.
Beyond Polish has these for sale but they’re going fast. If you don’t know which color you want and would like to try them all, there’s a mini set.
Between all these new polishes, the Brazil Collection, and the Muppets movie tie-in, OPI is having quite the fun, colorful spring!