When I first laid eyes on OPI Stranger Tides from the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, it was like X marks the spot!
Pirate booty is the best kind of booty call! And I wouldn’t mind getting shipwrecked if Johnny Depp was there with me and we were enjoying a bottle o’ rum.
This anemic, murky green won me over because a) I hadn’t seen a green like it before and b) it gave me a slight case of Zombie Hands, which I actually like.
Plus I give kudos to OPI for putting out more greens lately. In the past, we’ve seen red after red in so many collections. It was great to see that they’re expanding and testing the waters.
If you’re looking for a unique green that looks both sophisticated and zombie-ish at the same time, you’ll love Stranger Tides by OPI as much as I do!
OPI Stranger Tides Pictures
OPI Stranger Tides Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of OPI Stranger Tides
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Sage green
- Name: OPI Stranger Tides
- 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: $9.95 CAD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, select salons & Trans Design (currently out of stock, but they could restock)
OPI Stranger Tides Review
I’d describe Stranger Tides by OPI as an anemic green because it’s very pale and could look sickly on some skin tones. But this Zombie Hands effect that it gave me while still being a sophisticated hue really intrigued me. Plus, I don’t own any dupes of this, which makes it unique to me.
Picture a squeaky-clean minty green polish that decided to take a stroll through the shady part of town. It comes back corrupted and several shades murkier as a result.
But even though this is a down and dirty type of green, it can actually look classy because it’s demure. Somehow, Stranger Tides is able to walk the line.
Application & Formula
What a breeze this baby was to apply! Smooth. Perfection. And it has a forgiving formula since even if you apply too much polish in a section, it levels itself out.
Without a top coat, this green creme still shines, but it’s not as shiny as glass or like when you use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. (But you should always wear a top coat to increase your manicure mileage! Yes, I’ll keep nagging you because I’m your Manicure Mom. Now, go and tidy up your room!)
OPI Stranger Tides vs. Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down
These are both awesome colors, but if you aren’t getting both (awww!), then here’s the color breakdown for ya.
- OPI Stranger Tides is a much-lighter murkier green that could wash out some skin tones.
- Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down is the same kind of fatigue hue that green khaki pants come in and I can’t see this shade washing out any skin tones. Of the 2 colors, this one I think is more universally flattering.
Get fresh with the link if you want to see my swatches and review of Caught With My Khakis Down to compare.
Stranger Tides comes with the famous OPI ProWide Brush that is wider (duh!) than your typical nail-polish brush. It picks up a lot of polish and covers more of your nail at one time, so you can give yourself a manicure faster. You’ll also reduce how many times you have to dip your brush back in to get more lacquer.
Some people, however, hate this brush. If you have super-small nail beds, then I’d say stay away from this kind of brush because you’ll get polish all over your cuticles. But if you have average-to-large nail beds, this is perfect and very easy to get the hang of using.
I have small feet (shoe size is 5!), and my toenails are small, too. I find that although I love this brush for my fingernails, I hate it for my toenails because the brush is too big and makes it harder to avoid getting polish on the cuticle.
Stranger Tides by OPI doesn’t have any Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP, so people who are trying to make healthy polish choices will appreciate this.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I’m really enjoying wearing this dirty green, and it’s a breath of fresh air especially since I’ve been seeing so many typical mint greens. Mint greens can sometimes make my hands look really red, but a subdued green like OPI Stranger Tides doesn’t do that.
Do you like murky, anemic greens like I do? Will you be watching The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides? Does Johnny Depp make you drool?