Nail polish is colour therapy in a bottle.
Whenever I need my spirits lifted, I reach for neon nail lacquer, but sometimes a more subdued shade like this does the trick.
OPI Mermaid’s Tears is a gorgeous aqua, seafoam-green creme polish that’s on a similar wavelength as China Glaze For Audrey, but not a dupe.
This came out with the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, and it was one of the colours that had lots of people buzzing.
At first I wasn’t going to get this, but the more I thought about it (and saw it on others), I couldn’t resist!
Mermaid’s Tears will have you crying for joy – this is bright and cheerful without being loud. The colour gets attention like a pretty lady, but without the catcalls from the construction workers.
OPI Mermaid’s Tears Pictures
OPI Mermaid’s Tears Swatches
All swatches have:
- No base coat or top coat!
- 2 coats of OPI Mermaid’s Tears
√ Sea foam pale pastel green
- Name: OPI Mermaid’s Tears
- Collection: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection 2011
- Colors Available in OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection: Stranger Tides, Skull & Glossbones, Mermaid’s Tears, Steady As She Rose, Sparrow Me the Drama, Planks a Lot & Silver Shatter
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $6.80 USD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select beauty-supply stores & salons
OPI Mermaid’s Tears Review
Mermaid’s Tears by OPI is a pretty sea-foam green that is soft yet vibrant at the same time. It’s a colour that’s easy to wear and that looks great on every skin tone and any age. I’ve never seen anyone look bad wearing a colour like this!
I think that the creme finish makes it look fresh and more sophisticated than if it was chock-full of glitter. Plus the shade is so gorgeous on its own that it doesn’t need any pomp and circumstance to get attention.
It dries shiny even without a top coat – take a look at my swatches (they’re all without a top coat)!
Application & Formula
Polishes like this are a dream to wear not only because they look great, but they apply perfectly! The formula is very smooth and opaque, so you get flawless coverage effortlessly.
You need two coats to achieve full opacity, and the dry time is average.
Sorry, I really wish that I could provide you with a full list of ingredients, but (once again), the label was removed before I bought it.
The good news, though, is that all OPI polishes have the new formula that’s free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP – the Big-3 chemicals.
OPI Mermaid’s Tears vs. China Glaze For Audrey
I’m sure that this is the question on your mind because Mermaid’s Tears looks very similar to For Audrey. I’ve previously reviewed and swatched China Glaze For Audrey, so check it out if you’re interested in a comparison.
Mermaid’s Tears looks like it has more green. For Audrey has more blue to it. But the overall look on your nails is similar – very clean and lively.
Both polishes apply perfectly, but if there was a fight to the death between the two polishes (Oh no!), I think that For Audrey would come out victorious. Why? It costs less, plain and simple. Otherwise, these two are BFFs.
Final Verdict: 10/10
I think it’s safe to say that we can all agree that this polish is da bomb, yo! It’s sometimes hard to find a universally-flattering polish, but OPI has done it!
Do you feel guilty wearing this polish because of all the tears that innocent mermaids have shed? Would you buy OPI Mermaid’s Tears even if you already have China Glaze For Audrey?