OPI Rainbow Connection is the polish that I was most excited to see in person from the OPI The Muppets Collection for Holiday 2011. It was also the one I predicted that will be the first to sell out.
Now that I’ve worn it, I can firmly say that I still stand by that prediction. So when it’s released in stores on November 1st, try to snatch up Rainbow Connection before it’s too late.
With all the hype surrounding the new and old versions of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, I already anticipated questions regarding if this is a dupe or not.
Further down the post, I will address this issue in greater detail, as well as the polish’s opacity and layering capabilities. I’ve also included swatches of my layering experiments.
OPI Rainbow Connection Pictures
OPI Rainbow Connection Swatches
All swatches have:
- No base coat!
- 3 coats of OPI Rainbow Connection
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Rainbow glitter
√ 3-Dimensional textured look
- Name: OPI Rainbow Connection
- Collection: OPI The Muppets Collection (Holiday 2011)
- Colours Available in the OPI The Muppets Collection: Rainbow Connection, Divine Swine, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Gone Gonzo!, Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!, Excuse Moi!, Animal-istic, Warm & Fozzie, Wocka Wocka!, Pepe’s Purple Passion, Designer, de Better! & Meep-Meep-Meep
- Press Release: You can view my blog post on the OPI The Muppets Collection press release here.
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was kindly sent to me by PR.)
- Where to Buy: It’s not available in stores yet. It will be released on November 1st and you should be able to find it at the usual places like Trade Secrets and select beauty-supply stores.
OPI Rainbow Connection Review
Rainbow Connection by OPI is exactly what it sounds like – rainbow glitter! In a clear base, you get 3 different sized metallic hexagonal glitter in silver, green, yellow, blue, orange, and pink.
I don’t like clowns, but this is clown vomit, and I like that!
(No hard feelings, Bozo and Krusty. And especially no hard feelings to Stephen King’s It…*shivers* Creeped me out when I watched that movie as a young child. No, I do not want a balloon! Go away!)
Finish & Grittiness
This is a chunky glitter polish that looks like you went buck wild in the arts and crafts room! I usually don’t wear glitters like this, but I love this one because it’s so festive and it screams parrrtaaaayyy!
Surprisingly, even though there are lots of large chunks, the finish on your nails is much smoother than you’d expect. It’s not sharp and rough. Of course it’s not as smooth as butter like a creme polish, but it’s nowhere as scratchy as your typical glitter polish.
Using a thick top coat will help smooth it out even more. But if you want it to be absolutely smooth like a creme polish, you’re better off using a cheaper clear top coat and then putting on a thicker layer of a good top coat after that. Since I was fine with the finish after one coat of top coat, I didn’t bother putting on a second.
Also important to note is that I didn’t have any problems with the large hexagons curling up. I was able to get all the glitter to lie flat on my nail.
Applying Rainbow Connection is different than applying a regular polish. You can’t just use 3 long strokes to cover your nail. After painting your nails normally, you’ll have to move some of the glitter around with the brush (especially the larger hexagons) for even distribution.
Wait a while in between each coat to ensure that it’s dry. If you don’t, you’ll get bad patchiness. But if you wait, the coverage will be better. And even if there are small bald spots, you can dab a little polish on to fill it with glitter.
As expected, OPI Rainbow Connection has a thicker consistency, but it’s not unmanageable. I can see, though, that over time, this polish will thicken and you’ll need to use lacquer thinner to get the consistency back.
This polish dries very fast. After painting my left hand and waiting just a few minutes, it was dry enough to paint a second coat.
The beauty of glitter polishes is that you can layer them over lacquer you already own to completely transform them or make them more fun and festive.
And the great thing about Rainbow Connection by OPI is that it contains multi-coloured glitter so you can pretty much layer this over any hue your heart desires.
My heart desires a lot, so I had to try it over 5 different colours. It looks wicked over black, but I’m loving it over a vivid blue the best.
1 Coat of OPI Rainbow Connection Layered Over Each
Which layering combination is your favourite?
Hmm…green polish is my favourite to wear, but I guess I was too excited to see what Rainbow Connection looked like over other colours that I forgot to try a green! *Gasp* What’s happening to me? Am I sick?
I plan to wear Rainbow Connection pretty soon, so for a full manicure, I’m going to put it over a green polish and then I’ll most likely blog about it and show you what it looks like.
In my first bunch of swatches near the top, I showed you what it looks like on its own, with 3 coats to cover up most of the nail. You can see that there are still some areas that are patchy. If you’re more careful with your application or if you use another coat, I’m pretty sure you can get complete coverage.
And just in case you wanted to see what only 1 coat looks like on a bare nail, I tried that, too. (Yep, the tip of my nail is stained yellow from a pesky polish. Hope you don’t mind. I wanted to show you this on my actual nail and not on a nail wheel because sometimes opacity is hard to tell on a nail wheel…at least I think so.)
Is This a Dupe for Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday?
I don’t own any Deborah Lippmann polishes (although Across the Universe is on its way to me). However, after looking at Scrangie’s Happy Birthday swatches of the old and new Deborah Lippmann versions, I’d say that the overall look is very similar to OPI Rainbow Connection, but it isn’t a dupe.
The most obvious differences:
- Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday has square glitter (in the old version) & red glitter
- OPI Rainbow Connection doesn’t have any square glitter or red glitter
Oh yeah, and there’s a significant price-tag difference, too:
- Deborah Lippmann is about $18 CAD
- OPI is $9.95 CAD
Deborah Lippmann has a fancy square bottle, and OPI is classic and round.
I’d go for the OPI. And when this is released in stores in November, I’m planning on picking up a back-up bottle.
Edit: Other OPI Rainbow Connection Dupes
I acquired 2 polishes that look very similar to OPI Rainbow Connection. Please see my comparison post for details.
As beautiful as this polish is, I still need to remind you that because this is chock full of chunky glitter, it’s harder to remove than, say, a creme or shimmer polish.
There are a few ways to make it easier on yourself:
Use an Acetone Polish Remover
I’d recommend using acetone remover because it’s more heavy duty than non-acetone, but I realize that some people are trying to stay away from that chemical, so make your own decision. Some say that pure acetone works best, but I haven’t tried it. The regular acetone remover is strong enough for me and I’m wary of using pure acetone.
The Top Coat Method
Use a cheap clear non-fast-drying top coat and paint the nail you want to remove polish from. It will soften up the glitter a little bit if you leave it on for a bit. Don’t wait for the top coat to dry (that’ll defeat the purpose). Then use your polish remover on a cotton ball/pad and remove the polish as usual. Repeat these steps for each of your nails.
The Foil Method
Soak a cotton ball with your nail-polish remover. Place it on top of your nail and then wrap tin foil around your finger to hold it in place. Wait about 10-15 minutes before removing the foil. Then remove your polish as usual.
Hmm…this was a longer post than I thought it would be! Hope you liked the swatches, review, and tips!
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
OPI Rainbow Connection is a true beauty that’s really fun to wear. I prefer layering this rather than wearing it solo. I also think this would make a great New Year’s Eve manicure.
Oh, if you didn’t already see the OPI press release on the entire OPI The Muppets Collection, please click here for more information and promo pictures.
Edit: Although I wasn’t born when it came out, I think The Muppets’ The Rainbow Connection song will bring back a lot of good memories for some people, so I’ve included the YouTube link above. Enjoy!
Do you like heavy glitter polishes like OPI Rainbow Connection? Do you have any additional tips/tricks for glitter-polish removal? Are there special occasions that you like to wear glitter polish to or do you wear it whenever you feel like it?
Edit: Just found out today (Monday October 3rd, 2011) that OPI tweeted this blog post to their followers! It totally made my day. Check out the little screenshot I took of it!