Before I get into today’s review, I’d like to explain why I was M.I.A. for a bit last week.
If you follow me on social media, you already know. My cat, Pingu, passed away on Thursday. I had to make the hardest decision to put him to sleep to end his suffering.
He was only 11 years old, and the vet said that he was in a lot of pain and that he was dying. It was all very sudden.
I feel like I made the right choice, but, as you can imagine, it also felt very wrong. It’s hard to say goodbye to a beloved family member. Pets are more than ‘just animals’. They are companions who love unconditionally and who often teach humans the proper way to love!
He lived at my mom’s, but before I moved out in my 20s, I was living with my parents and Pingu. Pingu and I had a strong bond, so even though I sometimes called Pingu “my mom’s cat” because he lived with her, he was really “my cat”! The way his eyes would light up as he galloped to the door to greet me each Sunday I went to visit my mom always made me smile.
Today, I’ll be reviewing OPI Life Gave Me Lemons from the Neons Collection. I actually wore this quite some time ago and had planned to review it last week, but, as you can understand, my priorities shifted, and I was overcome with emotion.
As you know, I love neon nail polish because it acts like a pick-me-up. And I think the name “Life Gave Me Lemons” is appropriate now. It reminded me that even though life seems sucky right now and my eyes were puffy from crying, I’ll eventually have to think positively and take comfort in the happy, heartfelt, and tender moments that I got to share with Pingu. (I may write a blog post to share my wonderful memories about Pingu, a quirky cat with a warm, funny, and loving personality.)
Edit: I’m having a worldwide giveaway for the entire full-size OPI Neon Collection and the new white base coat, OPI Put a Coat On! Enter until May 31 at 11:59 pm EDT for your chance to win!
OPI Life Gave Me Lemons Pictures
OPI Life Gave Me Lemons Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of OPI Life Gave Me Lemons
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Lemony lime (Yes)
- Name: OPI Life Gave Me Lemons
- Collection: OPI Neons Collection 2014
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Neons Collection 2014 press release
- Quick Look: Click here to see my OPI Neons Collection 2014 Quick Look post
- Colours Available in the Collection: Life Gave Me Lemons, You Are So Outta Lime!, Juice Bar Hopping, Hotter Than You Pink, Push & Pur-Pull & Down to the Core-al
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas, salons & beauty-supply stores
OPI Life Gave Me Lemons Review
If you love nail colours that are so loud, you almost need earplugs for your fingertips, Life Gave Me Lemons by OPI will be totally up your alley! 😉
It’s a very bright yellow-based lime green that will have all eyes on your nails. I wouldn’t say that it’s the brightest neon that I own, but it’s still super fun to wear, and I recommend you try it!
In all of my photos above, I’m wearing 3 coats of just OPI Life Gave Me Lemons. Yes, that’s right – no white base coat to make it pop. It already pops a lot solo, and I wanted to show you the coverage and the intensity of it all by itself.
(If you use a white polish or base coat beneath it, you’ll get an even brighter look. But, I think you can totally wear it solo just fine.)
Life Gave Me Lemons by OPI has a matte finish, and it’s nice and smooth. You could really create all sorts of wild nail-art looks with this one!
As with most neon nail polishes, I suggest that you always wear a shiny top coat because I find that makes it really pop. When you just wear neons as-is, they can look dull and streaky. But once you put on a shiny top coat, it seems to even things out and even make the finished look brighter somehow.
Application & Formula
Yellows are notorious for having terrible formulas, but I found that with 3 medium coats, I got great coverage with no bald spots.
Just like your typical neon, this one dried pretty quickly because of the matte finish. This is definitely a plus because you can complete a manicure in a jiffy!
Final Verdict: 9/10
Life Gave Me Lemons by OPI is such a fun nail polish that is a total mood booster. If you’re feeling down in the dumps, reach for this. Every single time you look down at your nails, it’s happy colour therapy at work!
What’s your favourite kind of neon to wear? Do you always wear a white base under neons? Do you prefer neons with a matte finish or a shiny finish?