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Friday, March 25, 2011

OPI Texas Collection - Cremes and Shimmers

Finally, girls, I am bringing you the 2nd half of OPI's Texas collection.  I thought it'd been about 2 weeks since I reviewed the sorbets.  Um, no (insert embarrassed smiley)... it's been a month.    Hopefully, it's better late than never.  :P

So, like I mentioned in the sorbets post, OPI broke this collection up into 2 groups... cremes and shimmers and their new sorbet finishes.  Today, I have for you the cremes and shimmers.  If you'd like to see my review of the sorbets, click here.

Austin-tatious Turquoise - Bright turquoise blue with purple and pink shimmer.  Sigh.  As this one is amazing in the bottle, I wanted to like this one, I really did, but something (or perhaps several somethings) just doesn't work for me.  First off, the color... it's bright and yet washed out all at the same time.  It has almost a muddiness that doesn't work with the bright, caribbean blue.  It takes forever to reach opacity (this is 4 coats) and the formula was think and slightly runny.  I've heard it mention that Iceberg Lotus from Nicole by OPI's Target exclusive spring collection is a good, better formula dupe, but though I have that one, I haven't compared them.  

Don't Mess with OPI - Dusty grass green.  Another one that seems dupe-able.  It reminds me of ChG Starboard, though if I recall correctly, Starboard is less dusty and more vibrant.  Nonetheless, I liked this one okay, but it was nothing memorable.  Formula was a tad iffy.  I had a wonky brush on this one and the formula was uncharacteristically thin.  I also had a bit of a problem with drag.  

I Vant to be A-Lone Star - Pale, silvery blue with a slightly pearl finish.  I liked this one a bit more than the first two.  I did struggle with the formula is it had the same runny consistency as almost all the colors in this half of the collection.  The color is very pretty, like a pale, silvery version of Nubar Blue Hydrangea.  Like that polish, this one also gave me dirty-red-hands.  Also, I get the Greta Garbo reference, but it seems a bit of a stretch to use a quote by a Swedish actress in a collection of Texas-themed polishes (but I fully admit that's nitpicking).  3 coats.

Totally Fort Worth It - Pale, champagne silver with coppery pink/red microshimmer.  This one I really liked.  It reminded me of Color Club Ms. Hautie and Barielle Jess' Champagne Toast.  Both of those polishes were silvery, frosty bases with micro-shimmer/glitter.  IMO, Ms. Hautie was a disaster and, while Jess' Champagne Toast kinda  worked, it still had issues.  The probably with both of them was the thickness of the frosty base. Well, in this polish, the thinness of the formula works.  Because it is so thin, you are able to build up the shimmer without in sinking in the base color.  It was frosty, so you had to watch your strokes, but it wasn't a huge issue.  4 coats.

San Tan-tonio - Warm, medium tan.  Okay, I thought I would hate this one.  I put it on, expecting to go "ugh, get if off" when surprisingly, I loved it.  There's something about this color that works with my pale pink skin.  It's a good neutral without getting into freaky "mannequin hands" territory.  It reminds me of leather.  Also, I think this one would look amazing topped with white crackle.  The formula was still thin, but more manageable with this one.  3 coats.

Suzi Loves Cowboys - Warm, red-based chocolate brown.  Okay, if you could take Stetson and make it a nail polish... it would be this color.  There was a redness to this one that reminded me of mole' (which is appropriate for a Texas collection).  I did find the red-tone a tad off-putting with my skin, but it's such a pretty brown that I can overlook it.  Best formula of the bunch.  2 coats.

All in all, I have to say, I was maybe a tad let down by this part of the collection.  The sorbets were so amazing that I was expecting such greatness from these 6 as well.  Unfortunately, the just didn't meet my high expectations.  San Tan-tonio, It's Totally Fort Worth It, and Suzi Loves Cowboys were my favorites.  Austin-tatious Turquoise was my biggest disappointment, sadly enough.

These were sent to me for review.


Yasmin said...

Thanks for the swatches! I'm kinda liking that tan one as well =P Feel free to check out my blog if you get a chance! http://yasmin-ohwhatfun.blogspot.com/

chell said...

thanks for the swatch!
i loveing the Austin-tatious Turquoise, it's look so beautiful on the bottle, and after i read your review and others now im sure this one is a blah nail polish, so disapointed :(

Minty said...

I Vant to be A-Lone Star looks really pretty. (:

Anonymous said...

Your nails look so weird! Pretty colors though.

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