OPI Purple Palazzo Pants is the kind of purple-toned pink that I admire in the bottle. But it’s probably too cool-toned for my skin. Nevertheless, like peace, I give polish a chance! (You never know if you’ll land on one that flatters.)
It reminded me a bit of OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, a polish that I know I have somewhere around here. (Back in the day, I wore that, and it sadly didn’t work out for me. It would look incredible on someone whose skin tone is either richer or fairer than mine.)
When I first laid eyes on OPI Purple Palazzo Pants, which is from the OPI Venice Collection for Fall/Winter 2015 that I did a Quick Look post on, it reminded me right away of MAC Dodgy Girl, the cool-toned purplish-pink lipstick that I lusted after, even though I can’t quite pull it off!
Life is too short to put extra restrictions on yourself when it comes to having fun with colour, and nail polish is an easy way to infuse the rainbow into your day.
I try to practice what I preach, so even though this colour may not be the most flattering on me, I wore it for a couple of days because I like it. And, so far, nobody has made a distasteful comment to my face or from behind a screen about it.
(Maybe that sounds like an invitation to trolls. It’s not! However, I’ve had my fair share of trolls over the years who leave mean-spirited comments on social media or via e-mail. No worries – after all, I’ve got my ‘big girl palazzo pants’ on now, right? 😉 Hehe!)
OPI Be There in a Prosecco, from the Venice Collection that I did a Quick Look post on, reminds me of extra-creamy French vanilla, but it could just be that I have a sweet tooth.
Although you won’t catch me wearing shades like this often, when I do, I tend to appreciate them.
OPI Be There in a Prosecco is a wonderful palate cleanser to wear when you’re in between peppy or vampy nail polishes.
Against my skin tone, it’s several shades lighter and has a beige-yellow undertone that I found to be flattering and brightening. It has a clean appearance without veering into stark territory, and it has the soft, everyday elegance that I enjoy. Plus it pairs well with nearly anything!
I like the name, as it suggests urgency. I’m a fast worker, and I respect those who also are able to get things done quickly and efficiently without relying on a crutch of worn-out excuses or not getting around to things, due to laziness. Save the ‘humming and hawing’ for singing in the shower. Okay, maybe just the humming part. I’m not sure how you’d ‘haw,’ unless it’s a ‘hee-haw’…
Yup, I get that all from the polish name. Hehe! There’s a lot to be said about a name. After all, a rose might not smell as sweet if it were called a thistle or a skunk cabbage. (Extra points to those who got that reference.)
It’s as obvious as a fluorescent-green-and-hot-pink camouflage shirt that you love a manicure so much when you’ve worn it for 7 days straight.
That was exactly the case with OPI Gelato on My Mind, which is from the Venice Collection that I did a Quick Look post on.
It’s a soft, clean baby blue that reminds me of cloudless cartoon skies, and only on Monday night did I finally bring myself to remove it!
When I painted all my nails with OPI Infinite Shine Non-Stop White, it reminded me of when my friends and I used to paint our nails with whiteout in high school…except OPI has a smoother and creamier formula than the stationery supply, of course!
I’ve been looking for a one-coat white nail polish for a very long time, even though I rarely wear a full manicure of just white.
While OPI Infinite Shine Non-Stop White isn’t fully opaque in a single coat, it has very good coverage, especially for this clean white.
With my nails looking like snow, this manicure resembles a fresh, new slate.
I feel like a white manicure looks very summery on other people, and sometimes it’s very chic. On my nails, though, I feel the strong urge to paint a design on top or layer it with glitter or dots.
Today, I have a quick look at the OPI Venice Collection, which arrived in my mailbox just yesterday! (It’s very picture-heavy!)
If you follow me on social media, you saw that last night, I attended a fun event previewing Fall/Winter 2015 and current products by KISS and Broadway Nails (imPRESS) held at the Trump Hotel in downtown Toronto, and I got to meet Marni Burton, a makeup artist who’s worked on celebrities such as Milla Jovovich, Shania Twain, and Brooke Shields!
When I got home and checked my mail, the OPI Venice Collection was waiting for me. It included even more than just nail polish this time!
After picking up my jaw (hehe…because it had fallen on the ground in a puddle of my own drool), I grabbed my camera and got straight to work, snapping photos of everything.
Not only did OPI’s PR send me the full 15-shade collection (that includes the 3 limited-edition colours), but they sent it in a beautiful, collectible box, along with cute recipe cards (for real dishes you can make), some edible treats, and a masquerade mask! (Heck, even the cardboard box everything was shipped in was customized by OPI. What a great touch! I love it when companies pay such close attention to all the little details.)
In this post, I show you everything, plus, of course, quick swatches of all the colours.
Keep your eyes peeled like a banana later because after I wear some as full manicures, I’ll be reviewing the colours separately and in-depth with more swatches of each.
If you followed me on social media since Friday, you already saw some photos that took while at the Canadian National Exhibiton (aka the CNE / The Ex) in Toronto.
This Summer Carnival Dotticure is what I wore to the CNE!
It was my first time trying out the KISS Polish Pop nail stickers. (The neon dots are the stickers.)
Everything else, I painted myself and tried to create a cohesive look to incorporate the fun neon dots.
With photos zoomed in so closely on my nails, you can see the transparent outline surrounding the neon dots, but in real life, it’s not quite as noticeable.
They’re worth playing around with, especially if you don’t have dotting tools, a lot of nail-polish colours, or the time to do freehand designs.
The black lacquer I used is China Glaze Liquid Leather, the pink (used on my thumb, which you can see in other photos in this post) is Duri Venom, the green is Duri Summer Rain, and the white is OPI Infinite Shine Non-Stop White.
In 2011, I reviewed OPI DS Glamour on here in this post. But, it was time to pull it out again because it’s one of those oldie-but-goodie nail polishes that I consider to be a classic.
Funny thing is that I wore OPI DS Glamour on a sunny day, so I was expecting that by the time I got home, I could catch the tail-end of the rays for a photo that showcased the holographic nature.
The true beauty of a holographic nail polish shines through in bright sunlight.
However, Mother Nature had other plans for me. 😉 The clouds covered up the sky, despite me rushing home straight after work.
I took photos in artificial light, natural light, and flash. The flash photos you’ll see later on are closer to what you see in the sunlight – explosive scattered holographic goodness!
Since this is an older, discontinued OPI Designer Series nail polish, it’s trickier to find because it wasn’t kept in the permanent collection.