Last Friday Night is my favorite Katy Perry song. She sings about a stranger in her bed, smelling like a mini bar, dancing on tabletops, skinny dipping in the dark, breaking the law, a broken chandelier, and more mischief.
And when I first caught wind of the OPI Katy Perry Collection, I had heart palpitations!
If you’re a nailphile like I am, you know that Katy Perry is one of the few celebrities out there who embraces wild nails. (I love a person who’s fearless with their polish – wear what you want whenever you want. Amen, sister!)
After trying out OPI Black Shatter, I definitely had to test out OPI Last Friday Night! It’s so gorgeous in the bottle, but yeah, it’s really sheer, which has turned a lot of people off.
I’m not a fan of most sheer polishes, so I was determined to achieve the bottle color on my nails. And I think I was successful. Do you agree? Want to know the simple trick I used? (Hint: It involves a China Glaze nail polish!)
OPI Last Friday Night Pictures
OPI Last Friday Night Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 1 coat of China Glaze Frostbite
- 2 coats of OPI Last Friday Night
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Wondering what the polish looks like with shooting star nail art? Check out my OPI Last Friday Night nail art swatches here!
OPI Last Friday Night Swatches (By Itself – Without China Glaze Frostbite Base Color)
- √ Cool blue glitter
- Name: OPI Last Friday Night
- Collection: OPI Katy Perry Collection 2011
- Colors in OPI Katy Perry Collection: Black Shatter, Teenage Dream, Last Friday Night, The One That Got Away & Not Like the Movies
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $9.95 CAD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & various salons & beauty-supply stores
OPI Last Friday Night Review
By now almost everyone has seen OPI Last Friday Night paired with OPI Black Shatter (which I previously reviewed and swatched). And lots of people have seen OPI Last Friday Night swatched.
Instead of rehashing what has been beaten to death, I decided to show you a little trick you can use to achieve the bottle color. Like you, I wasn’t impressed with the sheerness of this polish by itself.
Last Friday Night from the OPI Katy Perry Collection has a light-blue wash with 3 sizes of glitter particles suspended in it. This color’s so sheer that even with 3 coats, you’ll still have Visible Nail Line.
There’s a lot of depth to this polish, which makes it special – it’s almost like you’re looking into the ocean at sunken treasure. The shiny pieces of multicolored glitter are hexagonal. I can see gold, green, blue, and pink. And there’s also fine blue glitter to contrast with the larger pieces, which really adds extra dimension – love it!
How to Achieve the Bottle Color on Your Nails
Layering is the trick! All you have to do is apply one coat of a pigmented medium-to-dark blue before OPI Last Friday Night.
I used China Glaze Frostbite from 2007’s Ski Collection, which is actually a 2+coater. For the best effect, I suggest you use a 1-coater or something close to that. Why? It’ll prevent your tips from looking light even when the rest of your nail is darker.
If you look at my OPI Last Friday Night swatches above, you’ll see that my tips look whiter than the rest of my nail. Had I used a blue that covered the nail better in a single coat instead of China Glaze Frostbite, the finished look would be more uniform.
Glitter polish is notorious for being lumpy and bumpy, but surprisingly Last Friday Night by OPI wasn’t gritty. Yes, you’ll need to wear a top coat if you want that smooth, glass-like finish, but your nails won’t feel like sandpaper if you don’t.
Because this is a high-glitter nail polish, it’ll be harder to remove, but that comes with the territory. On the bright side, since glitter adheres to the nail so strongly, your manicure has a good chance of lasting longer than, say, a typical creme.
Formula & Application
Can you say Goop City? It’s super thick like glue that’s been in a bottle with the lid off. (Good luck if you want to paint thin layers!)
To avoid cuticle drag, I suggest waiting a good 5 to 10 minutes in between coats or you may get bald patches.
Those wanting to avoid toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP in their polish will be pleased to know that Last Friday Night from the OPI Katy Perry Collection doesn’t contain any of those.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
OPI Last Friday Night is a really pretty glitter polish that has oodles of personality, just like the singer herself.
While the formula is thick, sheer, and far from perfection, I think it transforms beautifully when layered over a solid color. This is a color that looks prettier in person than it does in pictures, and I recommend that you get it if you’re a glitter fan.
What are some of your favorite glitter polishes? Have you tried any of the other colors from the Katy Perry Collection by OPI?
Check out my other swatches of the OPI Katy Perry Collection: