OPI 4 in the Morning from the Gwen Stefani Collection is a sharp contrast from yesterday’s post, isn’t it?
The neon rainbow dotticure was all gumdrops and unicorns floating on a candy-floss cloud. But today’s manicure is like an anatomically correct rubber superhero’s suit!
When I saw OPI 4 in the Morning in the bottle, I didn’t know it would take me for a spin around the block with the convertible top rolled down!
Oh yeah, I am in love with this! It’s edgy, of course, because it’s dark and foreboding. But the satin finish gives it an editorial feel.
In fact, I loved wearing this polish so much that while I wore it for several days straight!
P.S. You’ll see that on my thumb and ring finger, there’s a tiny ‘bump’. Apparently I got some mystery lint on my nail, but I only noticed after I finished painting my nails. It didn’t bother me because it was barely noticeable. It’s only on the blog when nails are blown up larger than life! Can’t let a little imperfection bring a whole manicure down, right? 😉
OPI 4 in the Morning Pictures
OPI 4 in the Morning Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of OPI 4 in the Morning
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
- Satin finish (Yes)
- Name: OPI 4 in the Morning
- Collection: OPI Gwen Stefani Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection press release
- Quick Look Post: Click here to see the Quick Look post on the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove & Over & Over A-Gwen
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons
OPI 4 in the Morning Review
4 in the Morning by OPI is a very dark grey that’s almost black. At first, I thought it was similar to Illamasqua Scorn, but this one actually has small specks that Scorn doesn’t have. These specks help to give the colour a bit of an interesting greyish sheen rather than make it look very glittery. Also, they’re more apparent in my photos than in real life.
I think that it’s because of this sheen that 4 in the Morning doesn’t look very harsh. There’s a softness about it, but it’s still edgy without being a traditional gothic black nail polish.
What really makes me love OPI 4 in the Morning is the satin finish. It’s not a flat matte, but it’s also not shiny. It’s almost like frosted glass in terms of texture. I think it feels luxurious!
Also, when it sadly came time for removal, I was pleased to see that this nail polish is easy to remove. It comes off as quickly as a creme polish, which is a snap!
You may be wondering if wearing hand lotion affects the finish. Well, I wore this for several days straight and had to wear a lot of hand lotion because my skin has been feeling dry this winter. I was happy to learn that the lotion didn’t make the polish go from a satin to a shiny finish. It may have added a little sheen after about 3 days of using hand lotion, but it wasn’t so drastic.
Application & Formula
4 in the Morning by OPI applied smoothly, and it was a breeze to get every part of the nail completely covered. Even with one coat, it covered well, but with 2, I got the look I wanted.
The formula dries very quickly, and I think it’s neat how it goes on wet and shiny, but as it dries, it becomes more of that satin finish I love. You can literally watch it dry!
I must have gotten a piece of mystery lint on 2 of my nails, and I didn’t notice until the very end. With a regular, shiny nail polish, if that accidentally happens, you can paint another coat to cover it and smooth out the look. However, I found with the satin finish, it’s less forgiving if you accidentally get something on your nails. (As you can see from my photos, on my thumb and ring finger, I wasn’t able to paint over and make it ‘disappear’.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I loved wearing OPI 4 in the Morning much more than I thought I would, and I can definitely see myself wearing it again solo or as a base for nail art.
Plus I really loved how you can visibly see it drying. That’s pretty fun!
Which of the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection nail polishes interest you the most so far? Would you dare to wear this satin-finish grey? Do you also think it’s neat to see a polish dry and go from shiny to a satin finish?