Thursday, 19 February 2015

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey | Swatches and Chat

I'm afraid to say that I have not read the book, nor seen the movie, but the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon has certainly made its mark on me...or should I say...on my fingernails!

OPI have recently released their Fifty Shades of Grey inspired set of nail polishes in moody, sensual hues of grey, silver and red. The collection consists of four gorgeous cream formulas, one metallic, and one glitter. 

This mini set was graciously sent to me for review, and I believe I had the first shade on my nails within minutes of it being in my hot little hands. I adore them all, but have a particular fondness for the luscious cream formulas in the set. All six of the shades are sophisticated, glowing, vibrant, and utterly "grown up".

There will be full size purchases made in the near future my loves, I'll give you the tip!

I believe I have mentioned in other nail related posts, that I am a nail polish enthusiast, not a nail blogger. I photograph my mani's in natural light, and enjoy mixing up my shades. If you would like straight swatches, there are a plethera available just a click away on google.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey - Dark Side of the Mood and My Silk Tie

Dark Side of the Mood is a stunning deep, rich, charcoal grey, which takes on an almost blueish hue in some lights. I was surprised to find the first coat to be quite sheer and a little patchy, however the second coat glides on and evens out perfectly. It is one of the those dark, mysterious, almost black polishes that just looks so sophisticated. I am sure the application would be improved with the wide curved brush that the full size polishes have, as opposed to the thiner, straight edge of the mini bottles. This shade is certainly unique in my collection...I think it is just beautiful.

A few days after wearing this as a straight mani, I thought I would try my hand at a free hand french tip using My Silk Tie. My effort is a little pedestrian, but I liked the overall effect. Definitely more practice is in order!

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey - Embrace the Grey

Embrace the Grey is the mid-toned grey of the collection, and again, another favourite. It is just so classy, particularly when paired with gold accessories in my humble opinion. This shade can lean a little warm and has a subtle olive tone to it in artificial light. I found it to dry a little darker on the nail than what you see in the bottle. Very pretty. 

OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey - Romantically Involved

Oh Romantically Involved suprised me! I am typically drawn to cool, blue based red polishes because I feel like they suit my skintone a little better than the warmer reds. Romantically Involved is quite a warm, passionate red, and I loved it. In my opinion, this formula was the most pigmented, and smooth going on the nail out of the whole collection. Two easy coats. Like butter. Glorious.

OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey - Cement the Deal, My Silk Tie and Shine for Me

In the final mani above, I had decided to use a fishtail method on my ring finger using My Silk Tie. A beautiful glowing metallic silver polish, that does unfortunately show vertical brush marks on the nail. I mentioned on Instagram that I had previously seen this fishtail technique used with a single shade of polish that has the tendency to look a little streaky on the nail, and the effect is stunning! Though terribly hard to photograph due to the reflective finish of this polish in particular, my attempt ended up looking a little more like brushed metal...which I loved. I'll have to do a full mani with this shade I think!

Cement the Deal  is a stunning, light blue/grey and is just beautiful. I have seen this shade on many different skin tones, and it is flattering on everyone! I adore it. Again, the first coat was a little patchy, but evened out perfectly with the second. Love.

Shine for Me is a gorgoeus silver and blue microglitter in a clear base that complements the other shades in the collection perfectly. It is not a loud, attention seeking glitter, just a really pretty one. 

So friends... do tell... is the book good? Is the movie good? Am I missing out loves?
Have you got your eye on any of these beautiful shades of polish? Which one is your favourite?

Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Mr Grey will see you now...

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

1 comment:

  1. Amazing Lou! Making me want to get some of these!


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