Here’s OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air, the 3rd glitter polish that I’m showcasing from the OPI Muppets Collection that’s coming to stores on November 1st.
The name for this one is cute. Kermit’s like a frog prince.
I’m picturing a green Will Smith, which isn’t cute, but whatever. And now I’m thinking about Carlton dancing to It’s Not Unusual. Hehe! 😛 (See the end of this post for a link for a YouTube clip.)
Since Carmela, one of Swatch And Learn’s regular visitors, showed great interest in seeing the green glitter, I obliged. And, well, you all know how I feel about green nail polish, right? 😉
This one like the others I’ve shown looks best when layered over another colour. If you don’t like rocking it solo, please check out my layering swatches later on in this post. Fresh Frog of Bel Air really transforms them and adds depth and obviously glitz.
I’m not quite ready to get off the glitter train just yet. But don’t worry – my stop’s coming up soon.
I don’t have all the colours in this collection, but there’s one more I’d like to show you eventually.
OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air Pictures
OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air Swatches
All swatches have:
- No base coat!
- 3 coats of OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Green glitter
- 3-Dimensional textured look
- Name: OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air
- Collection: OPI The Muppets Collection (Holiday 2011)
- Colours Available in the OPI The Muppets Collection: Rainbow Connection, Divine Swine, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Gone Gonzo!, Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!, Excuse Moi!, Animal-istic, Warm & Fozzie, Wocka Wocka!, Pepe’s Purple Passion, Designer, de Better! & Meep-Meep-Meep
- Press Release: You can view my blog post on the OPI The Muppets Collection press release here.
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was kindly sent to me by PR.)
- Where to Buy: It’s not available in stores yet. It will be released on November 1st and you should be able to find it at the usual places like Trade Secrets and select beauty-supply stores.
OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air Review
This is similar to the blue glitter I showed you yesterday (OPI Gone Gonzo!) that had small glitter and large silver hexagonal glitter suspended in clear polish. With Fresh Frog of Bel Air, the small dense glitter is a primary green and there’s also silver hexagonal glitter.
I can see this being layered over another green to create the perfect St. Patrick’s Day manicure! (Scroll down for swatches of my layering experiments.)
Finish & Grittiness
Even though this looks like it would be really rough and scratchy because of the chunky, texturized look, it really feels fairly smooth on the nail even without top coat.
So you could actually wear it as is if you wanted to, but since I’m used to wearing a top coat, I slicked some on in my swatches. (Although in my swatches on the nail wheel, I didn’t use any top coat. You can see that it’s shiny and sparkly on its own.)
Application & Formula
The consistency is a bit thick, but it doesn’t feel like dried glue or anything that’s unusable. You’ll most likely have to thin this one out over time. Oh, and this baby dries fairly quickly like a lot of glitter polishes I’ve tried tend to.
To get the glitter evenly distributed, you’ll need to go back with your brush and push some of the large hexagons around. This isn’t really a big deal and it literally just takes maybe 2 seconds extra per nail.
Make sure that you wait long enough in between coats for the best results and to avoid bald patches. Of course, if you’re just using one coat, you won’t have to worry about this. (I plan to use this mainly only for layering. It really spices up existing colours.)
I think that most people will opt to layer this over other colours to achieve better opacity and also for easier glitter removal. So I’ve included the below layering experiments to help you decide. Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions!
1 Coat of OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air Layered Over Each
What would you layer under OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air?
In case you plan to wear this solo, below is a swatch of what it looks like with just a single coat on my bare, yellow-stained nail.
Keep in mind that for full opacity, you’ll either need to be more careful than me during application or you should add a 4th coat.
Lots of people avoid wearing glitter because it’s not the easiest to get off. But…I like wearing glitter on occasion because it’s fun. If you can’t do the time, then don’t do the crime! 😛
Previously in my OPI Rainbow Connection swatches and review post, I listed 3 things you can do to make it easier on yourself. Please scroll down that page if you’re interested.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Fresh Frog of Bel Air by OPI is a polish that I’ll definitely be wearing again, but layered over something else. It adds just the right amount of bling.
And now here’s the link to the YouTube clip that features a compilation of Carlton doing his funny dance moves.
Do you think you’ll be getting this green glitter polish? Have you ever layered a holo with glitter with good results? Are you going to watch The Muppets movie when it comes out? Did you used to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?