Gold nail polishes usually aren’t my thing because a lot of times, they make my hands look washed out.
Then OPI GoldenEye came into my life, and it took my breath away like seeing chiselled Rob Evans with or without a shirt. (Damnnn, it’s not summer, but it’s hot in here!) Never has a gold nail polish ever made me swoon as much as GoldenEye.
It hails from the highly anticipated OPI Skyfall Collection that’s inspired by the James Bond movies.
While I’m not a big fan of James Bond movies (they’re okay), I’m a huge fan of OPI GoldenEye!
As you can see from my photo, I have the mini bottle from The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquers Set. How cute! I’m going to have to track down a full-size version of it because I already know I’ll be wearing this many times.
OPI GoldenEye Pictures
OPI GoldenEye Ingredients
OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set Picture
OPI GoldenEye Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 3 coats of OPI GoldenEye
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Metallic gold
- Name: OPI GoldenEye
- Collection: OPI Skyfall Collection 2012
- Press Release of OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set: Click here
- Colours Available in the OPI Skyfall Collection: GoldenEye, Skyfall, The Spy Who Loved Me, Casino Royale, You Only Live Twice, Die Another Day, Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Moonraker & The World Is Not Enough
- Amount: 3.75 mL (1/8 fl. oz.) – I have the mini bottle from the OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas, salons & beauty-supply stores
OPI GoldenEye Review
OPI GoldenEye makes your nails look luxurious because it’s very flashy and a true gold-bar type of gold! I really fell head over heels for this. I think it’s going to be a huge hit because while there are other gold polishes on the market, this one makes them pale in comparison!
One thing that stands out about GoldenEye by OPI is that there seems to be a mixture not only of gold, but also of an orange gold. It’s this combination that I believe gives it added dimension and makes the polish really pop!
Even if you dislike or feel ‘meh’ about gold nail polish, you should give this one a shot. It will pleasantly surprise you.
I love how it’s so flashy. It’ll be perfect for New Year’s Eve or some other celebratory event when you want your nails to look like jewelry.
Golds can be really hard for me to pull off, but this one seems to work with my yellow undertones. (If you have a much-richer skin tone than me, wow, this is going to look even more incredible on you! And if you wear it, please take photos of your manicure and show me because I’d like to see how luxe it’ll look.)
The finish is also truly spectacular. There are gold flakes, but it’s not gritty. They lie down flat, so the finish is very smooth.
Your nails will look very metallic and shiny – LOVE IT! Ahhh, when I get a full-size bottle of this, I think I’ll need to buy a back-up of it, too. I have a feeling that this one’s going to sell out fast.
It reminds me of what I loved about OPI Warm & Fozzie, except GoldenEye is way more gold-toned and flashy. But the flake-like finish is a little similar. GoldenEye seems to have more flakes, though.
Application & Formula
It’s very easy to apply – no thick consistency at all. In fact, this polish surprised me because it was so thin. I recommend that you wait a slightly longer amount of time after your final coat before using a fast-drying top coat, or you may get some tip wear like I did.
You may also want to add an extra coat and to put more polish onto your tips or even use a non-fast-drying top coat to reduce the chance of getting any shrinkage.
Also, you need to wear a minimum of 3 coats so that your nail line doesn’t show. While it’s a setback, the colour more than makes up for it.
Even though GoldenEye by OPI was a breeze to apply, it was surprisingly more challenging to remove than I thought. It’s not as bad as chunky, thick glitter polishes, but I did find that I had to scrub a little more than a shimmer polish.
While I like quick and easy polish removal, GoldenEye is worth the extra effort to remove. The colour is amazing, and if you disagree after seeing my photos, you should just try it for yourself because I think it looks better on the nail in person than it does in the bottle in person! (And it actually already does look quite striking in the bottle, so that’s saying something.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
When you see GoldenEye at Trade Secrets (or wherever you buy your OPI from), I suggest that you grab this baby if you’re even remotely interested in it. I can see this one selling out really fast. You may even consider buying a back-up bottle if you love it and will be wearing it often.
Coming from a person who isn’t usually wowed by gold nail polishes, I can tell you that this one is an absolute must-have in your collection! I was surprised just how much I loved it.
Do you like gold nail polishes in general? What metallic polish do you wear the most? Are you a fan of James Bond?
Edit: Yay! Trade Secrets retweeted my tweet about this polish!