Here’s a demure polish that’s way outside my comfort zone. It’s the popular OPI Bubble Bath.
Seeing this polish on my fingernails was strange – like being transported into an episode of The Twilight Zone…except not nearly as cool.
I’ve had it in my stash ever since I got into nail lacquer more seriously, but I only busted it out now. That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone considering my swatching history.
Truth be told, I’m much more comfortable having a bright or loud hue on my nails than I am having something soft on them.
And while I’ve seen people embrace the Mannequin Hands trend, I couldn’t really see myself joining in. But sometimes you just gotta try to see if you like it.
While I think the colour doesn’t clash with my skin tone like I thought it would, I’m still not completely loving it on me.
Because it’s so discrete, every time I looked down at my nails, I felt like I needed to paint them. I felt naked! It was like wearing a lace bra over your t-shirt. I felt very self-conscious (and un-Lady-Gaga-like).
Maybe it just takes some more getting used to. I’ll try other Mannequin Hand-esque polishes to find out for sure. Perhaps I’ll grow to appreciate them. Or maybe you can take the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink…haha!
Do you like soft, muted polishes like this, or are you like me and usually gravitate toward bold hues?
OPI Bubble Bath Pictures
OPI Bubble Bath Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 4 coats of OPI Bubble Bath
- No top coat!
Claim: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED!
√ Soft neutral
- Name: OPI Bubble Bath
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $5.25 USD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & Nailsupplies
OPI Bubble Bath Review
Bubble Bath by OPI is not my cup of tea. Yes, it’s a pretty, soft, marshmallowy white with a tinge of pink that most people find easy to wear. But I’m an oddball – I feel most comfortable with loud and vivid hues on my nails.
If you want something that’s going to ‘go’ with everything, this is one of those colours. If you want something that’s natural and the opposite of flashy or trashy, this is also for you.
OPI Bubble Bath is a creme polish with maybe a slight jellyishness to it because there’s still Visible Nail Line. And even without a top coat, this dries fairly shiny. (But you should always wear a top coat anyway.)
Application & Formula
The formula itself goes on smoothly, but it’s a streaky mess from 1 coat all the way up to 4 coats! It’s on Makeup Santa’s Naughty List fo’ sho’!
Normally I don’t expect a polish (especially a light one like this) to be a 1-coater, but I wanted to mention that it’s very streaky with 1 coat in case you were thinking about using this colour for a traditional French manicure. It looks awful!
Then, I worked all the way up to 4 coats to see if this is a colour that could be worn by itself. Nope! It’s streaky, and I didn’t bother trying 5 coats because, honestly, I didn’t have the patience for it and I doubted that anyone else would, either.
How to Make OPI Bubble Bath Less Streaky
For those who are stuck with this polish and still want to wear it instead of write it off as a waste of money, it is salvageable if you put in some extra effort.
All you need to do is layer it over a good white-creme polish. But, really, I don’t think this colour is special enough to warrant this extra work.
OPI Bubble Bath contains Formaldehyde Resin, so it’s not Big-4-Free.
Final Verdict: 3/10
The colour doesn’t make my heart skip a beat. The formula is streakkkkyyyy. I really dislike this polish. Can you tell? Haha!
Sorry, OPI Bubble Bath, but instead of relaxing me, you give me more stress than you’re worth. For this reason, you’re totally Busted on Swatch And Learn!
One positive? Despite its name, at least it didn’t bubble!
Funny moral of the story? Nice polishes finish last!
What’s the most number of coats you’ve ever used when polishing your nails? Can you recommend any opaque Mannequin-Hand polishes for me to try? (I’m around an NC20.)