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OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection

OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection

If you’re a fan of understated elegance and have a penchant for neutrals and muted, meditative tones like peach, beige, and blush, the new OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection launching on July 1st will be right up your alley!

The six new shades are easy to sport and won’t raise any eyebrows in even the most conservative workplace (if that’s a concern of yours).

Even if you live for loud colours, don’t be too quick to rule out the OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection, as the shades can be partnered with metallic, glitter, and brighter hues for a bolder manicure.

Although I love look-at-me nail polishes, I enjoy wearing sophisticated neutrals as palate cleansers. Plus they’re versatile, as they can be worn with practically any outfit.

Check out the rest of this post to see all six colours and to read the official press release with all the details.

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OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

Like cotton candy at carnivals and fruit-flavoured sorbet, the OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection officially launching on June 1st has a roundup of six shades that beckon back to those lazy, hazy days!

(To view the full colour story, check out the OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection press release, which goes into the details and background information.)

All the colours in the OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection glide onto the nails easily, but the formula is on the thin side, which is streaky on the initial coat. Since the consistency is watery, I suggest that you use thin coats for greater control and also wait a few minutes in between coats to reduce any dragging.

To achieve full coverage, I needed to use three coats for all the colours. Even though I prefer polishes that need just two coats, this extra coat wasn’t a big deal, since the polishes went on easily.

The darker colours in the mix, SPF XXX and Flip Flops & Crop Tops were a smidgeon more pigmented than the rest, but they still required that third coat to completely cover the nail line.

My favourites in the collection are SPF XXX (orange), Towel Me About It (yellow), and Sailing & Nailing (blue).

See the rest of this post for swatches of all the colours, bottle shots, and photos of the collectible box I received.

Additionally, I show bottle comparisons of OPI Sailing & Nailing from this collection and OPI The I’s Have It from the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection, in case some of you were curious.

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OPI The I’s Have It Swatches & Review

OPI The I's Have It Swatches Review

One of my favourite childhood movies is Disney’s 1951 classic, Alice in Wonderland. And even if you’re a new visitor to Swatch And Learn, you probably gathered that much, considering that I’ve got a little Cheshire Cat lurking in the blog header. 😉

Needless to say, the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection appealed to me right away, and although I shared swatches of the entire collection on here already, I was compelled to wear OPI The I’s Have It as the first full manicure!

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and according to this nail polish, The “I’s” Have It!

It screams Alice like books with nothing but pictures. (Remember that scene from the movie? Hehe, being a hardcore writer down to the bone, that was the only part in the film that gave me an internal “Nooooooo!” A book with only pictures lacks the mental imagery that only words are powerful enough to conjure. I firmly believe that the pen is mightier than the sword.)

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OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection Swatches

OPI Alice through the Looking Glass Collection Swatches

Yesterday, in my Twitter poll, I asked which of three nail-polish collections you wanted me to swatch first.

The majority (39%) chose the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection, although the Zoya Seashells Collection came in at a very close second (38%).

Taking your request into account, here are all nine colours in the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection (aka the Brights 2016 Collection) swatched!

(If you’re interested in seeing the official press release with the colour story, click the link to see it in a blog post I published previously.)

Which one’s your favourite?

The red and plum had a jelly-like finish, which was very shiny and on the sheer, watery side. However, they could be built up with multiple coats.

The gold has a little silver thrown in, and it’s a textured glitter nail polish. (On me, I think it looks wonky and the texture looked clumpy because the base colour is metallic. It wasn’t my favourite, even though I am a fan of textures.)

My heart raced faster when I tried on the special-edition colour, What Time Isn’t It?, which is a pigmented grey with bar glitter. I don’t have anything exactly like it.

The light and dark blues were my favourite cremes because they pop on your nails!

Overall, the formulas on these were great and easy to apply with most needing just two coats.

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OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection

OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection

Hit the beach with confidence when you’re wearing sunny colours from the OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection, which officially launches on June 1st!

The six colours take inspiration from candy-floss skies, smouldering destinations, teeny bikinis, and tropical beverages.

Slide on your flip flops, tie a bow in your string bikini, and let’s go check out the shades in the OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection!

Edit (May 27, 2016): They’re up! Click here to see my OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection swatches, and let me know which one’s your favourite!

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OPI Infinite Shine Olive for Green Swatches & Review

OPI Infinite Shine Olive for Green Swatch Review

OPI Infinite Shine Olive for Green has my name written all over it. Okay, not literally, but the second I first saw it in the Spring 2016 Collection, angels played harps and fluttered their wings. Pretty much the same thing, right? 😉

OPI Infinite Shine Olive for Green pulls out all the stops! Go, go, go!

It took all my willpower to not wear this one right away. Sometimes exercising self-restraint makes it that much more rewarding when you finally wear a colour you’re been lusting over!

I think Mother Nature was jealous, though, because when I decided to photograph my manicure, it was a cloudy, dark, rainy day. (You’d think that the sunshine would want to come out for this, wouldn’t you?)

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OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection (OPI Brights 2016 Collection)

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection OPI Brights 2016

Circle your calendars for May, and celebrate your ‘unbirthday’ with the Mad Hatter of nail polish!

Things are getting curiouser and curiouser, as we tumble down the rabbit hole towards the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection (the OPI Brights 2016 Collection)!

Whether you want to paint the roses (err…nails) red, blue, or another colour, there’s a shade in the OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection that’ll be your cup of tea.

Which colours are you most looking forward to?

I’m excited to see the nail polishes I put in the top row of my collage because they remind me the most of Alice and her dress.

Also, yes, this OPI Brights 2016 Collection is a tie-in to the Disney movie with the same name.

I’ll probably end up watching it just because the late-and-great Alan Rickman plays the Caterpillar. I highly respect Alan Rickman as an actor and as a person. On a superficial level, I love his voice so much, and I know that I’m not alone. (He could literally just read the names of all the nail polishes in my Helmers, and my heart would beat three times faster!)

P.S. The special-edition black polish with silver, What Time Isn’t It?, reminds me of a book I had when I was a child. It was called What Time Is It When It Isn’t?, and I remember loving the title. (The book never gave any answers, which made it more interesting.) After reading that book, whenever anyone asked me for the time, I secretly always wanted them to ask me, “Excuse me, but what time is it when it isn’t?” Even to this day, I have a strong urge to ask or get asked that question! It stuck with me all these years.

Edit (May 18, 2016): I published a blog post featuring swatches of the entire OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection.

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