OPI Lights of Emerald City Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Wednesday)

OPI Lights of Emerald City Swatches & ReviewOPI Lights of Emerald City is one of the most highly anticipated glitters from the Oz the Great and Powerful Collection because it contains square glitter, which isn’t commonly seen in mainstream lacquer.

What Wizardry Is This?, the taupe Liquid Sand from this collection, was the first shade I wore. Lights of Emerald City was the second!

Lights of Emerald City is best suited for layering, and I thought long and hard about what to pair it with. I wanted to create a dreamy/sleepy effect, so I ended up reaching for the lovely Zoya Wednesday.

What would you pair with Lights of Emerald City?

** This post is rudely interrupted by a sicko. **

So…I’m sick. :(

As I’m typing this on a Friday evening, I’m coughing up a storm, and my throat is extremely sore. If you thought that the Liquid Sands look like sandpaper, maybe you should look at my throat, because it feels like it’s coated with sandpaper.

I was knocked out by this crazy cold, and I had to take a sick day from work! (My immune system is usually a beast, so I was surprised to fall under the weather. Then again, a lot of people I know have been coughing like crazy.) It sucks to have to stay in on a Friday night, but getting better is my top priority.

I’ve been sleeping for most of the day and drinking plenty of water and soup, but I still very much feel ill with that fuzzy-head feeling.

Thankfully, I had all the photos for this post already saved and cropped on my computer, so I didn’t have to spend as much time on this post as usual.

So, please bear with me as I’ll be replying to all your sweet comments and tweets much slower than usual. Also, I do still plan on picking the winner for the OPI Liquid Sands giveaway as promised, so stay tuned. (Hehe, and before I ship the winner’s prize, I promise to sanitize my hands before touching it!)

You should really hear my voice – it sounds insane. I imagine this is what the Grumpy Cat’s voice would sound like – very deep, swerving different octaves randomly, and dying out after a few words. When I called in sick, I’m pretty sure the only way they knew it was me was because of caller ID!

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Claim: TRUSTED

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Key Notes

OPI Lights of Emerald City Review

Colour

Lights of Emerald City by OPI has a whimsical quality that is usually more reminiscent of indie nail polishes. Since I hardly have any of those (except for a few gifted to me by friends), I was extremely excited to wear this!

The base is clear, which is good because that means you can layer it over anything without altering the colour.

There’s large, opaque white square glitter. The smaller square glitter has a magical quality – it’s translucent and opalescent! I love the way it looks when the small glitter overlaps the large glitter.

Together, this pairing is really special. If you don’t have any indie polishes or even very few, this will stand out in your collection.

The small glitter can look pastel pink, blue, green, purple, and yellow. But when the light hits it at a certain angle (even in dim lighting), you get bam-in-yo-face orange!

The effect this creates on your nails is pretty cool. Let me attempt to explain it. You know when a high-rise building reflects a sunrise or sunset in its glossy windows? This is the effect Lights of Emerald City creates. I feel like I have tiny windows from Emerald City on my nails, and the sun is rising or setting. It’s quite special because none of my other polishes create that effect.

Finish

Lights of Emerald City is a glitter polish, and you’ll notice some texture, but it wasn’t really sharp, especially after applying a top coat.

I found that the glitter was submerged in a generous amount of polish, so I think that’s why it coated the glitter.

When you remove this, your base polish will come off first and then the white squares will be the ones who just don’t want to call it quits! (Keep taking the remover to them no matter how hard it tries to manipulate you with those puppy-dog eyes!)

Application & Formula

This polish was exceptionally smooth because there’s so much of the clear base. I didn’t have to use the dapping method. However, there were times when none of the white squares ended up on my nail, which is why I decided to opt for a second coat. This seemed to coax more squares to come play.

Although I didn’t think to do it at the time, I suggest that you shake this bottle prior to using it. I noticed that the squares tend to sink to the bottom, so this is probably why I wasn’t able to get as many on my initial coat.

Layering Combinations

Lights of Emerald City by OPI is meant for layering. I would strongly advise against using it by itself.

Here are some quick colour combinations I came up with. The first 3 polishes from the left are jellies. (If you add one coat on top, you can create a Glitter Sandwich.)

The black is also a jelly, but it’s way more opaque, so I don’t suggest using it for a Glitter Sandwich.

Finally, I was curious to see what it would do to a holo. After seeing the result, I would urge you to NOT use this glitter over a holo since it actually detracts from the holo’s beauty!

Natural Light (Left-Right): Zoya Katherine, Zoya Paloma, Zoya Frida, China Glaze Liquid Leather & Urban Outfitters Green Holo

Click on any of the above links if you want to see my detailed review and swatches.

OPI Lights of Emerald City Layering Combinations

Pros

  • White glitter & translucent/opalescent square glitter that are quite unique for a mainstream polish
  • Base is clear, so you can layer it over any other nail polish
  • Creates a whimsical effect
Cons

  • Sometimes the large white squares don’t want to go on your nail because they sink to the bottom of the bottle (so shake up the bottle first)

Final Verdict: 8/10

I’m very happy to have this in my collection, especially because I haven’t really dipped into the indie-polish realm yet. Lights of Emerald City by OPI really stands out, and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it again!

What would you layer this with? Which is the one colour from the OPI Oz Collection that you’re most intrigued by? Are you feeling under the weather, too?

** Now it’s time for me to go make some more soup before going to sleep again. I don’t have a Smorgasbord Sundays post scheduled or any content prepared for tomorrow, so just as a heads up, if there’s no new post on Sunday, it’s because I was too ill to work on the computer. However, I will try my best to put something up, since I don’t think I’ve ever missed a day of blogging! But…health always comes first. **

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16 thoughts on “OPI Lights of Emerald City Swatches & Review (Layered Over Zoya Wednesday)

  1. Brianna

    Aww feel better Mary! Rest up and maybe you could do a short post on something sick-related for tomorrow, like a favorite soup or blanket or something. I wasn’t sure about this, but I really started to like it by the end. The little squares are like flakies except squares I feel, and I love how they look! I like how this polish is more like an Indie too, I haven’t tried any and it’s nice to get something like it where you normally get your polish.
    Brianna recently posted: Red and White Polka Dot Mani

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      Thank you! I took your advice and did a quick blog post on being sick. I’m still feeling under the weather today, but I’m trying to drink a lot fluids and stay extra warm.

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  2. Melissa

    Hi Mary Love this color. I’m so glad that you shared this one because I was on the fence about buying this one. I have a few purples that I could layer this over. Great job as always, Hope you feel better soon. :~)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It would look wonderful over a purple! The possibilities are virtually endless because the base is clear. :)

      Thank you! I’m resting up as much as I can, although today, I had to force myself to go to the grocery store because I was running out of food. The cold really hits you harder when you’re ill. It felt like the longest trek ever, and then when I got home, I went to lie down on the bed to regain some energy I had used up.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Laure!

      Thank you! I can’t wait to feel better again. It was such a luxury to not feel this weak. It’s still not out of my system, but at least it’s not getting worse.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      That sounds like a nice combination!

      Thank you – I’m still feeling sick, but I had a bit of energy to reply to comments. But I’m doing so while lying down. Sitting up straight and typing seems so draining at the moment!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Maddy!

      Thank you! The flu really took me by surprise. Think it’ll take a little longer for it to completely go away. Still feel very tired…

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  3. Shelby

    Looks like this would make a fabulous jelly sandwich! It is on my wishlist.

    Thanks for powering through your illness to bring me this swatch, your blog if one of my go-tos for swatches before I buy! Get well soon!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Shelby!

      Thank you so much! I’m finding it’s hard to fully recuperate because the weather has been exceptionally cold the last few days. Just when I thought I was getting better, I’m starting to feel sick again. :(

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Olivia!

      That it is! :) I can’t think of many other square-glitter polishes in my collection, so I reallllly cherish this. Plus it’s so pretty to look at in the bottle. (I probably spent too much time just admiring it even before I wore it.)

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  4. another Cristina

    I looked up this polish because I was excited about the square glitters, but now I think I will be passing on this one. All the swatches I’ve seen of it really don’t appeal to me, even over beautiful colors like aqua and purple. I really don’t like the look of the smaller opalescent glitter, and I feel like it would really detract from whatever polish I would choose to layer over.However, I’m glad you shared your lovely swatches, and hope you are back to good health by now!
    another Cristina recently posted: Chic in 18k gold-Commander in Chic with Sephora by OPI gold topcoat

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey another Cristina!

      Money saved is always a good thing! And yes, I kicked the flu, so I feel 100% again. :D Thanks for thinking of me!

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