I’ve been on a bit of a nail polish jag (more about that later), so I popped into Sephora to look at their exclusive line, Sephora OPI, where I was chagrined to discover that they’re selling off the remainder at $4.50, marked down from $9.50, to make way for new product in September. Okay, chagrin combined with delight at the price, which is also offered online until they run out.
Sure, the $OPIs were more expensive than Revlon, but they represented something important – a way for the huddled masses across the country to sample new and interesting colors without buying blind, as you had to do with Butter London (now stocked at Sephora), Rescue Beauty Lounge, etc., or ponying up for a Lippmann. I don’t know which $OPIs were dupes of existing shades, and which ones spawned their own, but I’ll miss them. I hope they’re replaced with something nice and a tad less expensive.
In no particular order, here are some $OPI faves of mine. Name yours in the comments! FWIW I started to paste in swatches for each, but nail blogs hate it when you steal mani photos (and I don’t blame them, considering the work involved). Plus if you google images, it gives you a ton of mani photographs so you can ponder the shade in different lights, etc.
Metro Chic – the purply greige that took the world by storm. It’s difficult for me to believe they’re really going to d/c this, although there are probably dupes now; maybe it’ll be in whatever line’s coming next.
Run With It – a gorgeous yet subtle office-friendly gold-silver shimmer.
Don’t Feed the Hand Models – stupid name, perfect crème for mannequin hands given my skin tone.
Traffic-Stopper Copper – large and small glitter the color of newly-minted pennies. Stunning over teal or turquoise.
Go with the Flow-er – That’s it in the photo. A bit of an orange snoozefest in the bottle, on the nail it’s an astonishingly bright orange/hot pink duochrome-ish micro-glittery thing of beauty. If there’s a dupe I don’t know it. It’s my pedicure right now, and my toes look like they’re ON FIRE. A reminder that you can’t judge a nail by its bottle.
Seriously, It’s a Naan-Issue (from their Indian Summer collection), yet another stupid name – a cool-toned deep purple creme that manages not to register as black. Lighter, warmer-toned, and/or shimmer/glitter purples are a dime a dozen, but purples like this are very hard to come by.
212 – originally an LE at the NY store, I believe. Off-black with tons of duochrome flakes and holo microglitter, with a base that (depending on the light) looks dark green, brown or almost black.
Your turn! What do you have and love from the line?
image: Go With the Flow-er layered over OPI Galveston (squeee!), from Death By Nail Polish. Those OPI Texas jellies are amazing, for sure. Anyway, GWTF looks like this pic with several coats (it’s sheer), or you can save some work and layer it like she did, over a pink, red, or gold.