Ever since I caught wind of OPI Save Me from the OPI Nicki Minaj Collection this year, it went straight on my To-Buy List.
Although I have 500+ bottles of nail polish, I don’t have any bar glitters.
(Well, when I was in high school, I had at least one bar-glitter polish, but I misplaced my entire high-school polish collection…so I consider this to be my first now.)
Instead of giving in right away to instant gratification, I decided to stick to my self-imposed strict budget and only purchase this when I achieved my goal.
This month, I reached my goal, so I rushed over to Trade Secrets and bought a bottle.
Okay, maybe I’m crazy (probably), but this polish was a let-down for me. It’s beautiful, of course, but I was expecting more. (I’m so demanding, I know! :P)
OPI Save Me Pictures
OPI Save Me Ingredients
OPI Save Me Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 2 coats of Illamasqua Kink (This was sent to me by the company.)
- 1 coat of Save Me
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Crappy Artificial Light Photos
(I included these because the bar glitters showed up well.)
√ Silver rainbow glitter
- Name: OPI Save Me
- Collection: OPI Nicki Minaj Collection 2012
- Colours Available in the OPI Nicki Minaj Collection: Save Me, Fly, Pink Friday, Metallic 4 Life & Did It On ‘Em
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $9.95 CAD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & NailPolishCanada.com
OPI Save Me Review
Save Me by OPI is predominantly silver. There’s small, dense silver glitter, and there’s holographic bar glitter that flashes blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and purple. It’s a fiesta on your nails!
While it looks magnificent in the bottle, the reason why I was a bit disappointed when it was on my nails was because it seemed to overwhelm the base colour and make it look too silvery for my liking.
Finish & Grittiness
This is a bar-glitter polish, so there’s noticeable texture on your nails. The bar glitters can be a little scratchy, especially when they hang over the edge of your nails. (I tried to push them back with the brush, but if even a little bit of the bar glitter hangs over the edge, it feels scratchy.) You can put an extra layer of top coat to smooth it out a little.
Some people have described the bar glitter as looking ‘hairy’ on their nails. I agree, it does! 😛 But, really, who doesn’t want to have hairy, holographic nails? 😉
Application & Formula
Save Me by OPI didn’t have a thick formula like I was expecting, but I can see how over the years, this one’s going to thicken up quickly, and I’ll need to use thinner to bring it back to a useable consistency.
Applying this was just okay. You can use the brush to push around the glitter to get the even distribution that you’d like, but I really didn’t like how the bar glitter had a tendency to stick out over the edge of my nails.
In my manicure above, I wore OPI Save Me over Illamasqua Kink, which is a deep green with a rubberized finish.
I was hoping that the green would show up more, but the silvery glitter really overtook Kink.
Very strange, but I thought Save Me would look best over a dark polish. After playing around on my nail wheel, I actually prefer how it looks over Illamasqua Stance (fuchsia violet) and the bare nail wheel (which is white).
(In case you’re curious, you can see my Illamasqua Stance swatches & review here without the glittery top coat.)
Note: All Illamasqua polishes shown here were sent to me by the company.
Final Verdict: 5.5/10
This is a pretty polish that I love admiring in the bottle, but, on my nails (over a dark shade), I sadly wasn’t feelin’ it. Maybe I’ll fall for it over a pastel?
Did you get any of the colours from the OPI Nicki Minaj Collection? What do you think of bar glitter?