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Today I bring you part 2 of the gorgeous OPI Skyfall Collection. The polishes are divided into two groups: the Dangerous and the Seductive shades, and I previously reviewed some of the Seductive collection here. Let’s look at some of the gorgeous Dangerous shades today!

First up, a gorgeous “blurple” polish that I adored and still have on from my last pedi, Tomorrow Never Dies.

I love OPI’s description of this:  This eternally intense purple will live forever.

Tomorrow Never Dies is a perfect, gorgeous deep indigo purple with a hidden, duochrome-y red and blue shimmer. The polish was amazing. It’s deep enough to be perfect for fall, but it has this amazing luminosity… it glows from within. And look at that shimmer!!! It is incredible!

I used 2 coats for these pictures, over base coat, with one coat of top coat. Application was perfect and easy.

 

And one more:

I just adore Tomorrow… loved everything about it! The best part? It was super-shiny and non-staining upon removal!

 

Next up, Moonraker, a beautiful, very metallic, grey-tinged silver polish. It is so metallic it almost reminded me of stainless steel appliances… I absolutely loved the cool steeliness of this colour. However, the formula was something else. It was… lumpy, thin. I am not sure where the formulation went wrong, but this polish not only shows brush strokes, I couldn’t even go over an area twice or else it dragged the polish away and created a bald spot. I was disappointed in this formula. Hopefully OPI reads the reviews and reformulates because, you know what, it is a gorgeous, gorgeous polish once on!!

I used 2 generous coats for these pics (over base coat, with top coat):

 

Look at this colour in the sun! It is the perfect polar opposite of OPI Goldeneye:

And the third colour in my Dangerous Shades review, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was one I debated posting here… It was so very close to one of my recent untrieds, Zoya FeiFei, that I wondered whether to devote an entire post just to comparing the two! (And why oh why have I not worn FeiFei yet!)

OPI’s description of Majesty’s is: This misty-green pewter commands attention.

It is a stunning pewter, densely packed with tiny, tiny multi-colour shimmers, the most visible of which I found to be gold, blue and green. It is so glittery, and has an almost holographic effect. It was pretty sheer at one coat… have a look:

But still quite shiny (just one coat over base–isn’t it crazy?)!
Though it goes on quite sheer, I love how the second coat leads to perfect opacity. I found I could wear Majesty’s Secret Service with 2 generous coats, not needing a third. Look at that holographic sparkle!!

I couldn’t resist adding a comparison to Zoya FeiFei, a similarly beautiful pewter sparkler. Can you tell which is Zoya and which is OPI?

They are very similar. Zoya is slightly more blue-leaning, with tiny blue shimmers, whereas OPI On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a green-leaning pewter. It was really hard to capture the differences in a photo, but OPI definitely provides more coverage than Zoya FeiFei. Zoya needed a good three coats to achieve opacity – it was really sheer, while I have on only 2 coats of OPI above.

 

Here they are, identified:

Were you able to tell them apart?

 

Overall, I simply loved the Skyfall collection. The colours were gorgeous and different, and I love that OPI came out with different lines to commemorate 50 years of James Bond and the Skyfall movie! (See the Seductive shades here and check out the incredible OPI Magnetics here!!)

 

Don’t forget that OPI has released a mini set of 4 beauties for the holiday season: Bond-ettes features four shimmery shades from the new limited edition Skyfall lacquers. The Bond-ettes mini set features a spectrum of light to dark shimmers: GoldenEye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, and The World is Not Enough.

For more information, visit OPI.com, follow them on twitter, and become a Facebook fan.

This collection, as well as the mini set, is now at salons and stores, including Nail Polish Canada for online shopping convenience!

Hope you get your hands on a few of these beauties… which do you love the most?

 

 

And to wrap up my OPI Skyfall Collection reviews, enjoy the Skyfall preview!!! I will be watching this movie as soon as it is released – happy birthday to me! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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OPI is bringing it lately. In honour of the 50th anniversary of James Bond, and the November release of the latest Bond flick, Skyfall, OPI has released a 12-shade collection in two parts (I reviewed some of the Seductive shades here, with a few Dangerous shades yet to come). They also released a special edition 18k Gold Top Coat, “The Man with the Golden Gun,” and have now released their very first magnetic lacquers as part of a 3-piece limited edition Skyfall collection. Last but not least, they have also added four new, Skyfall-inspired limited-edition designs to their Pure Lacquer Nail App collection, fittingly called Nice Tux, Positively Shocking, Floating Dragon and Shaken Not Stirred.

Phew!! That is a lot of lacquers in one collection, and I have to say, they have delivered!

Today I bring you the 3 new magnetic polishes, and I was really excited to try these!! Not only is this OPI’s first foray into magnetic polish, it is also my very first experience with magnetics. I immediately fell in love with these colours: gunmetal gray, gold shimmer and rich burgundy. Each comes with its own unique, specially-designed magnetizer to create striped, diamond, or wavy patterns, respectively. What blew me away were the two holographic polishes out of the three!

Morning, Moneypenny is a rich burgundy speckled with holographic particles that shimmer in a rainbow colour on your nails.

This was the very first magnetic polish I tried, and I have to admit, it took me some time to get it right. I redid half my nails at some point!  I first tried to apply this the way I normally apply polish: base coat, one coat on all nails, come back for a 2nd round of polish. I realized that did not work well on every nail as the polish needed to be quite wet to be magnetized. I also have a couple of more curved nails, and I found the magnet did not magnetize these nails evenly – the curved area did not get enough “exposure” to the magnet for a strong design. I tried to get a little bit closer to the magnet, resulting in my touching the magnet with my wet nail, so I had to redo those…. I also found if the polish was too wet or thick, the magnet could pull it up resulting in a bump on the nail.

The best method for me was applying base coat all around, then doing one nail at a time. One coat of polish over the base coat… wait a minute or so for it to dry a little, then add a slightly generous second coat and immediately magnetize. I also held my finger inside the magnetizer (which sits on a surface with the magnet on top) for about 10 seconds rather than the recommended 5 seconds to ensure a clearer design. And allow plenty of dry time before top-coating!! (More on that below.)

Enough talk – here is the final result!

I love the depth that the magnet creates! Oh, you should also know that I used the striped magnet rather than the wavy one (which came with Moneypenny) for this one…  Two notes about this mani: I used my favourite top coat, China Glaze’s Fast Forward, which I have now learned is not nail-art-friendly. It smudged the design even though I allowed a lot of drying time, hence the weak pattern above. Ensure you do not use this top coat with these magnetic polishes. 🙂  Moneypenny also stained my nails slightly orange after wearing it for a few days, but the staining did start to subside after a few polish changes.

You can really see the holographic effect in the flash picture below!

Next up is the other holographic polish, Is That Silva?, a stunning gunmetal gray, and my favourite of the bunch!

It was a breeze to work with this one, perhaps because by now I had some experience with magnetics… 😉

I used the “one-nail-at-a-time” method with this one, and I did not have to redo any nails!

In the above picture, I decided to skip the top coat so that you could see the vivid pattern. You can see I used the striped magnet (that actually comes with Silva) on this again. The slightly grainy appearance on my nails is from what I assume to be the tiny iron pieces in these polishes – they completely smooth over with top coat.

For the picture below, I applied a top coat just on my pinky so that you could see the slightly faded appearance on that nail, as compared to without top coat:

But no smudging!! I used A England’s The Shield top coat. And do you see that amazing holo in the flash picture above?? Love! And the design developed the clearest on Silva, with a beautiful light vs dark gray pattern. I will be wearing this polish again and again, with and without the magnetizing!

And finally, we have Bond…James Bond, a gorgeous, bronzy gold colour.

I found this polish to appear a lot brighter in the bottle than it was on the nail. Once applied, it looked much more bronze, almost antique. This one came with the diamond pattern magnet, which I did not find to give as stark of an effect as the other two:


It is such a gorgeous muted shade.

And I adore the glimmer that you can see in certain light, like in the above flash photo.

All three of these polishes would also look amazing without being magnetized – especially the two holographic ones that stole my heart!

This limited-edition collection is now available everywhere that OPI is sold, including Nail Polish Canada, and comes in a pack with its respective magnet.

For more information, visit OPI.com, follow them on twitter, and become a Facebook fan.

Which one is your fave, and is this a collection you will be purchasing?

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

This is a collection that had me so very excited. OPI doing a Bond collection?? YES please!! A Bond anniversary special collection?? Say no more!

Ever since the handsome Sean Connery captivated our hearts as 007, women throughout the years have swooned over the various actors who have graced the silver screen as James Bond. Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of this historic franchise (read more here), and to celebrate, OPI has teamed with the production company of the Bond franchise to deliver 12 limited-edition polishes in the holiday Skyfall collection.

The polishes are divided into two groups: the Dangerous and the Seductive shades, and today I bring you a few of the Seductive beauties!

First up is my favourite Bond film namesake, Casino Royale. (siiigh….)
OPI describes this as a “high-rolling plum…fit for royalty.” This is truly a gorgeous plum with a creme finish and an incredible high shine, and one of my favourites out of the whole collection.  The only negative about this colour is that it can stain. I removed it very carefully by using fresh cotton on each nail to prevent rubbing the colour.

I used 2 coats for these pictures with no top coat so you can see the amazing shine.

Sun

Shade

Next up, The Spy Who Loved Me, a bold, classic red shade with tiny golden shimmer. The polish is more of a cherry shade though the gold gives it a a warm, orange-leaning tinge. This is one of those colours that you must own. It is a perfect fall shade, with the gold adding depth and warmth. It is a near-jelly, applying very smoothly and drying to a surprisingly high shine (no grittiness here). I love that the gold is very subtle and sparkles delicately in certain light.

Two coats over base coat, no top coat:

Full sun

I love the shot below because you can see the jelly quality in the shade over my index finger:

And to wrap things up, Goldeneye. This polish looks and applies like liquid gold! A clear base, densely filled with two shades of gold, combining for a luxurious, perfect shade of gold. At one coat, this was a little patchy, but with 2 coats – perfection!

Full sun

Please excuse the slightly ruddy look around my cuticles… not sure why they look so red here lol.

In the shade, there is less sparkle but more of a molten-gold look on your nails. It is just spectacular!!

Shade

What I love about Goldeneye is its versatility. You can use it as a topcoat, gradient on the tips of your nails, by itself… it is gorgeous!!

As an added bonus, OPI has released a mini set of 4 beauties for the holiday season: Bond-ettes features four shimmery shades from the new limited edition Skyfall lacquers. The Bond-ettes mini set features a spectrum of light to dark shimmers: GoldenEye, The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, and The World is Not Enough.

For more information, visit OPI.com, follow them on twitter, and become a Facebook fan.

This collection, as well as the mini set, is now at salons and stores, including Nail Polish Canada for online shopping convenience!

I had to include the Skyfall poster for some delicious eye candy.

Oh and while we’re at it, the incredible Adele’s Skyfall theme song has been released!!! Enjoy!

 

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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