“Hey baby! Hey baby! HEY!”
Today’s post is on OPI Hey Baby, which is part of the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection coming to stores officially in January 2014.
When I wore it as a full manicure, Old Man Winter didn’t cut me any slack. On all the days I was wearing OPI Hey Baby, the only chances I had to photograph it were gloomy, overcast days.
(I don’t have any studio lighting setup, so it’s always more of a challenge in the winter capturing the natural light before I head out for work in the mornings or sometime on the weekends. Sure, I could buy daylight bulbs, but you know what? I just don’t want to. I’d rather rely on Mother Nature, since she has the best lighting. Hehe! And, thankfully, even though I live in Canada, it’s not forever winter!)
However, I think you’ll be able to get a good idea of the colour, since I shared photos of OPI Hey Baby in natural light and with my camera’s flash.
OPI Hey Baby Pictures
OPI Hey Baby Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of OPI Hey Baby
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Glossy creme finish (Yes)
- Name: OPI Hey Baby
- Collection: OPI Gwen Stefani Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection press release
- Quick Look Post: Click here to see the Quick Look post on the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove & Over & Over A-Gwen
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons in January 2014
OPI Hey Baby Review
While pink isn’t a shade that I gravitate toward a lot, when I do wear it, it’s fun!
Years ago, I avoided pinks because I had trouble finding the shades that suited my skin tone. However, after blogging for a while and trying out more pinks, I’ve warmed up to them and enjoy them a lot more than I ever did. (But I’m still definitely a greeeeeen fieeeeend all the way!)
Hey Baby by OPI is a medium pink with a totally girly, bubblegum appearance that’s carefree, cheerful, and bright.
It’s loud enough to make your nails stand out, but not enough so all eyes will be on them, like how a neon would put them in the limelight.
I think that a lot of people who like pinks will enjoy this shade because it’s traditional and stays within the mainstream comfort level. (I can see everyone from little girls all the way up to older ladies liking this hue.)
The glossy creme finish of Hey Baby by OPI is simple, but is the reason why the colour is able to stand out. (It isn’t covered up by any shimmer or glitter, so you get the true colour coming out with guns blazing!)
Application & Formula
Since it’s a creme, application is a breeze! It glides onto the nails smoothly and evenly, plus the pigmentation is great – just 2 coats to get full, opaque coverage.
Also, because of the finish, it’s a cinch to remove – no need to scrub your nails.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
If you’re a fan of pinks, you’ll absolutely love this, but I’m a green lover, so while I really enjoyed wearing this, it wasn’t a shade that made my pulse race and pupils dilate. Hehe!
Aside from her signature red lips, when I think of Gwen Stefani, I think about the time when she used to sport bright pink hair. So I can see why she chose this pink in her collection, although I imaged that it would be more of a fluorescent pink.
Would you be pretty in pink and wear OPI Hey Baby? Did you like Gwen when she sported pink hair? Have you ever dyed your hair pink or any other playful colour?