OPI Vesper from the OPI Bond Girls Collection coming out in May is quite deceptive in the bottle.
And, like the Transformers, there’s more than meets the eye with OPI Vesper.
This is the type of nail polish that you really need to read a review about or see photos to know what you’re getting. Just looking at the bottle isn’t indicative of what you’ll get on your nails. More on this later…
OPI Vesper Pictures
OPI Vesper Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 2 coats of OPI Vesper
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
√ Deep purple
- Name: OPI Vesper
- Collection: OPI Bond Girls Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Bond Girls Collection press release & quick swatches of all 6 shades
- Colours Available in the Collection: Vesper, Pussy Galore, Solitaire, Tiffany Case, Honey Ryder & Jinx
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons (Available in May)
OPI Vesper Review
Vesper by OPI is a very dark eggplant on your nails. And you may never know that if you just look at the bottle.
In the bottle, it looks like this is going to be a raisin colour. But, on the nails, it has much more of an aubergine personality.
I found that it was very dark and one of those near-black shades.
The interesting thing is that you’ll remember, when I photographed the official swatch nail board after coming back from the exclusive OPI event, Vesper looked a lot like a lighter purple than here! Strange!
I noticed also that when I inspected my nails, parts looked lighter purple and other sections looked aubergine, despite the fact that I painted my nails evenly.
So I inspected the bottle closer, and y’know what? I could see spots…as in little particles that had landed on the bottom of the nail-polish bottle. I wonder if that has anything to do with it. It might, since I didn’t shake my bottle up prior to using it.
Vesper by OPI has the Liquid Sand finish. This means that it has a lot of noticeable texture on purpose. The gritty feeling isn’t sharp. And technically, you’re not supposed to apply a shiny top coat over it, but if you do, you can bring out the sparkle. This is good for those who maybe aren’t into the Liquid Sand finish, but who still adore the colour.
Application & Formula
Applying Vesper was a cinch. It went where I wanted it to go, and it wasn’t clumpy or dry. I found it very easy to cover my nail.
With just one coat, I got amazing coverage, but I applied a 2nd because I’m in the habit of using two. (You won’t need a third coat.)
The Liquid Sand finish has one of my favourite nail-polish formulas because it dries really quickly. (At least, it does so for me. It could change depending on how thick of a base coat you use, I’ve heard.) But, for me, it dries super fast!
With a Shiny Top Coat
I don’t think I’ll ever wear Vesper with a shiny top coat, but in case you’re interested, I took a photo. (Sorry for the blurriness. All my photos of this came out poorly. I may have to re-take this on a sunny day, so it’s easier for the camera to focus.)
Remember earlier how I described how there were small particles that settled to the bottom? I shook up the bottle and then applied it to this nail wheel. Then I put a thick coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat over it. With a top coat, you can really see those little particles I mentioned!
If you want to wear this the shiny way, note that you may need to use multiple coats. Also, this polish eats up top coat like it’s been starving since 1999, so if you want a completely glossy, smooth finish, you’ll have to work for it.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Vesper by OPI is a seriously gorgeous, gothic-looking nail polish that I enjoyed wearing. The only reason I didn’t give it a higher score is because right now, I’m feeling the happier, brighter shades more. Maybe it’s because I’m excited about spring warming up and turning into summer. I’ve had enough of winter’s dreariness, and I want vibrant colour!
But, in terms of formula and application, this one is a great addition to the Liquid Sand family. I’m glad to have it, and I’m sure I’ll wear it again, but just when I’m in that mood for something dark.
Do you prefer dark or light Liquid Sands? Would you wear Vesper? Do you wear a top coat over Liquid Sands, or do you like to wear them as-is?