Some people see a cute puppy and want to take it home. Others check out a hot guy at the bar and want to take him home. I see green nail polish and just have to have it!
But sometimes I’m let down. Such was the case with OPI Who the Shrek Are You? from the Shrek Forever After Collection.
The snot-green color wasn’t what put me off as you might think. In fact, I actually dig the color because it reminds me of spring and I can’t wait until winter’s over.
Find out why I was so disappointed in this color, and why it doesn’t live up to OPI standards.
(January 19, 2017 Edit: It has been six years since I posted this review! A lot of time has flown by. WOW! I have recently re-swatched OPI Who the Shrek Are You?, and I decided to include a newer swatch of it here, since it depicts the colour better. See below. The rest of this post contains my original review and photos from 2011.)
OPI Who the Shrek Are You? Pictures
OPI Who the Shrek Are You? Swatches
(All swatches are with 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat, 2 coats of OPI Who the Shrek Are You? & 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat)
Want to see how OPI Who the Shrek Are You? compares to Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill, which is a similar spring green? Check out my Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill swatches, review, and comparison swatches here!
Claim: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED
- Fun, bright color
- Name: OPI Who the Shrek Are You?
- Collection: OPI Shrek Forever After
- Colors Available in the OPI Shrek Forever After Collection: Who the Shrek Are You?, What’s with the Cattitude?, Funky Dunkey, Rumple’s Wiggin’, Ogre-the-Top Blue & Fiercely Fiona
- Amount: 15 mL
- What I Paid: $5.25 USD
- Where to Buy: Trans Design, Trade Secrets & various beauty-supply stores
OPI Who the Shrek Are You? Review
OPI Who the Shrek Are You? is the perfect bright spring green. Yeah, some may liken it to snot or vomit because it isn’t your typical, pretty girly-girl color, but that’s why I like it.
Unfortunately, when I wore this color, it gave me a case of lobster hands! By comparison, it makes my skin tone look reddish even when it’s not. Strike one!
OPI Who the Shrek Are You? also had a very thick formula that was runny at the same time. Strike two!
And after applying only two coats, it bubbled like crazy! There was no salvaging it even with a thick, correcting top coat like Seche Vite! Strike three!
In my OPI Who the Shrek Are You? swatches, you won’t see the bubbling because I snapped the photos before the polish was dry. When it dried, the bubbles were all over each nail like polka dots! It was so terrible that I had one of two choices:
- Remove everything & start fresh
- Add a glittery top coat to conceal the imperfect finish
I decided to go for the second option. (Stay tuned for my review on OPI Glow Up Already!, which is the glitter top coat I chose to go with.)
Final Verdict: 4/10
While OPI Who the Shrek Are You? is a fresh green that I had to own, I think it looks way better in the bottle than it does on my nails. And the fact that it bubbled so badly that I couldn’t wear it on its own gets two thumbs down from me.
If you decide to pick up this shade, I recommend adding nail-polish thinner to it to help with application.
But, after trying to wear this polish twice with disastrous results, this is a color I won’t be reaching for again anytime soon.
Have you ever bought a color you were excited to wear but then were disappointed with its performance? Which brand and color was it?
(Update: I added nail-polish thinner to my bottle, and now it applies beautifully and without any bubbling. My new Final Verdict Score is now an 8/10.)