Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Miss Universe Collection

Hey guys!

Sorry that I haven't been around for a couple of days but I caught a cold on Sunday and I've been miserable ever since. I've spent the past 2 days in bed drinking lots of NeoCitran/Buckley's and getting lots of rest. I started feeling just a little better late last night so I decided to snap a few swatch photos and write up a post for today. Hopefully I'll be feeling well enough tonight to paint my nails since my Gaga manicure is looking pretty ragged now.

I've been meaning to do a review/swatch post for this collection for a while now but other posts (and then illness) kept getting in the way.

Keep reading for the review and swatches!

OPI Miss Universe Collection: It's My Year, Swimsuit...Nailed It!, Crown Me Already, Congeniality Is My Middle Name

It's My Year (light plum with strong gold shimmer)
We've seen a lot of this type of colour this year (think OPI Rally Pretty Pink and Zoya Faye) and after reading the description for this shade - a "champagne-rose", I thought that this one would be another dupe for those. However, although it's similar in finish, It's My Year has much more purple than those other shades. The formula was very nice but thin so I used 3 coats for full opacity.

Swimsuit...Nailed It! (vibrant blue foil)
I think this one is the hidden star of this collection! It wasn't receiving much attention before the release of the colours but after trying it, I'm totally in love with it. It's so vibrant and gorgeous! The formula was excellent and it was totally opaque in 2 easy coats.

Crown Me Already (clear base with multi-shaped silver glitter)
I think this is the one that people were most excited about from this collection and although it's nice, I don't find it overly unique. However, it does build up rather nicely, especially for a glitter so it can be worn alone if you'd like but it will also make a good layering polish. Something weird about this polish is that it dried to a sort of matte finish which I was really surprised to see so be sure to add a layer of top coat so you get the fully sparkle effect.

Congeniality Is My Middle Name (pink and purple shimmer in a berry jelly base)
I was so surprised when I first saw this shade in person because if you look back at the press release photos, the actual colour looks nothing like the photos! I think this one is really pretty but I wish the pink and purple shimmer was more pronounced since it's really only noticeable when you look really close. Otherwise it just looks like a shimmery berry colour. The formula was very nice though and it was opaque in 2 coats.

It's My Year, Swimsuit...Nailed It!, Crown Me Already, Congeniality Is My Middle Name

It's My Year, Swimsuit...Nailed It!

Crown Me Already, Congeniality Is My Middle Name

Congeniality Is My Middle Name, Crown Me Already, Swimsuit...Nailed It!, It's My Year

Congeniality Is My Middle Name, Crown Me Already

Swimsuit...Nailed It!, It's My Year

Overall, this is a nice collection that offers four feminine yet bold shades. As I've said before, I love OPI's 4 piece collections because they often include a fun glitter and/or layering polish which gives you plenty of options.

I was surprised that my favourite shade ended up being Swimsuit...Nailed It! since I wasn't expecting it to be anything special but I was definitely proven wrong. If there's one must-have from this collection, Swimsuit...Nailed It! is it in my opinion.

This OPI Miss Universe Collection is available now at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

What do you guys think of this collection?

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