One thing is for certain: OPI knows how to do a glitter polish. While I’m trying to get through wearing all my Zoya colors at least once, I keep running into OPI glitters—both old and new releases—which keeps setting me back, since I’m always tempted to try them ASAP. Teenage Dream was already in my stash from much earlier in the year, so this is more about my two newer acquisitions.
from the Glam Slam! France Collection (May 2011)
Spark de Triomphe
This polish is Teenage Dream’s older, classier sister. Just like Dream, Spark is a clear base packed with microglitter and medium glitter, but in silver and champagne gold for both glitter types, instead of Dream’s champagne pink for micro and holographic for medium. The result is much like someone taking the Arc de Triomphe and its oh-so-slightly yellow stone and blinging it out. (Fun fact: the interwebs can’t seem to agree whether the Arc is made of limestone or marble.) It may look slightly greenish/bluish on the pictures because Zoya Charla did a number on my nails the week before by staining them blue, which I guess at certain angles showed through even two thick coats of Spark.
from the Burlesque Collection (Holiday 2010)
Bring on the Bling
Of the six glitter polishes in the collection, five are clear bases packed with small glitter in six colors: gold, silver, orange, blue, green, and purple—Sparkle-iscious is the odd woman out. Each glitter, with the exception of silver, takes a turn making up a much greater proportion of the mix, creating a different overall hue. Bring on the Bling’s featured glitter is gold. Depending on the light, the mix of colors makes this polish shine anywhere from entirely bronze-gold to mostly silver with bronze-gold lowlights.
When I first skimmed through the collection swatches, nothing really caught my eye, but after finally renting the movie, I decided to give the polishes a second look. It’s kind of funny that the movie made me want to look at the polish and not the other way around. Bling stood out to me this time, and I was so excited to try it when I received it, even though I had painted my nails with Spark a couple days before, that I decided to try my first tape manicure and paint on an accent stripe. It turned out well, though the result was rather subtle.
OPI + glitter = magic. I hope their holiday and collaboration collections continue to deliver in the sparkle department. Or maybe not, so I can avoid adding any more polish to my wishlist!