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Monday, February 21, 2011

OPI Texas Collection - Sorbets

Today, I have for you the first half of OPI's new spring 2011 Texas collection.  This half of the collection consists of 6 "sorbet" finish polishes.  All of which, to some degree, are in the red/orange family.

As the finish on all these is the same, I'm going to only post color descriptions with the pictures and then discuss the finish below.  All these had the same formulation and on all of them, it was 3 coats.

Big Hair... Big Nails - Orange-leaning, tomato red.   OPI's PR info stated "rosy pageant peach", but on me, this was definitely a tomato-y red.  I get the hint of peach, and the more I stare at it, I do see a touch of rose, but the first thing that stood out to me was the orange/red.... which I guess is just a more vibrant way to say peach/rose.  :P

Do You Think I'm Tex-y? - Berry.  Pretty straightforward.  Just a different interpretation of OPI's classic berry cremes (i.e. No Spain No Gain or Manicurist of Seville).  

Guy Meets Gal-veston - Bright coral.  Coral was the descriptor in OPI's PR stuff and while I definitely agree, I almost wanted to use "guava" in my description.  It's feels very tropical and makes me want a fruity drink.

Houston, We Have a Purple - Red-based purple.  Very similar to Do You Think I'm Tex-y? (almost like the differences in No Spain No Gain and Manicurist of Seville, which I mentioned earlier).  One is more grape and one is more berry, but they are quite similar. 

Too Hot Pink to Handle - Bright red-pink.  Again, another straightforward color.    It's a beautiful red-based pink.  Honestly, as boring as it may be... I think this is my favorite of the sorbets.

Y'all Come Back Now, Ya Hear? - Juicy orange.  OPI says it's "tangerine".  Potato, Potahto... same thing.  LOL.  :P  Again, this reminded me of a new take on another OPI polish... Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed Orange. 

One thing you must keep in mind is while the formula isn't thin per se, it isn't your typical OPI formula.  It had a tendency to spread, especially down near the cuticle.  It took me a couple of strokes to get the hang of it, but once I got it... they applied really well.  You can't have too much product on your brush.  In fact, less is more.  You will want to do thin coats with all of the sorbet polishes, otherwise, you will get streaks as you build the polish.  These dry very fast, so while it does take 3 coats to reach opacity, it doesn't take long.  If you are interested, here's a link to a video from OPI about how to properly apply the sorbets (sorry about the link, I tried to embed and it wasn't playing nice)...
Regarding the finish on these... over the past few weeks, in the nail polish community, there has been quite a bit of buzz about this new "sorbet" finish.  Admittedly, it has been as big of a buzz as the hubbub surrounding all the new crackle polishes (:P), but the chatter is still there.  Mainly it's focused on if the sorbets are actually jellies or not.  For my money... while I do see plenty of similarities with sorbets and jellies, I don't think that "sorbet-finish" is just a glorified term for jelly.  To me, these have a milky quality that makes them stand out.  While many people compare jelly polishes to candy or jell-o, IMO, these look like fruit snacks.  I really hope that makes sense... otherwise, it means I spend WAY too much time around 5-year-olds.  :\

Also, I really like the finish on these, and I'm not a huge fan of jellies.  I find them to be frustrating as a true jelly will never reach opacity.  These do.  It takes 3 coats, but they will become opaque.  However, like OPI mentions in the video, you can of course wear these as a colorwash over your nails by using only one coat.  Here, I used one coat of Too Hot Pink to Handle, to show you the effect with just one coat...

I'm not a huge fan of this look, but at least it doesn't look like a streaky mess.  So if you wanted just a bit of color, this might be a good solution.

All in all, like I mentioned above, I really like these sorbet polishes, and I'm kinda hoping that OPI offers more of them in the future (hopefully some in a different color range).  These are available now at B&M suppliers and online at etailers.  OPI retails for $8.50.

These were sent to me for review


Unknown said...

They are so pretty and bright just perfect for spring. They are jelly like? I need to check these out. Thanks for the post.

Aurora's Nails said...

That's a great analogy: fruit snacks! It makes sense. These aren't really anything new, color-wise, but I still really like them!

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The Phalanges Friend said...

I feel like jellies can become opaque...you just have to build them.
I normally wear my jellies opaque, and it can take like four or five coats, but they get there.

A Polish Problem said...

I like a jelly that can reach opacity in 3 coats or less, but if I have to fight with them to get to that point, I just give up. I've tried using 4+ coats on jellies, and it me they always end up gooey.

Fannie, these are "jelly-ish", but IMO, they are different from true-jellies.

S. said...

Big hair big nails look amazing on you !
Xx. S

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