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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

OPI Serena Williams French Duos Review + England Press Release

Hi all, I sincerely apologize for being out of comission for awhile.  However, today, I received the new press release for third installment of the OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam collection and since the "French Open" Glam Slam duos have been sitting on my desk for awhile, I figured now was the perfect time to swatch them.  Fair warning, however, as it's been awhile since I've swatched, my pictures are not great... so please bear with me.

As the come in pairs, I'm going to review them as such.  However, I will descibe each of the polishes individually.

This first duo is the combination of Spark de Triomphe and White Shatter.  When I first saw the image for this combination, I was immediate smitten.  I even tried to duplicate it, because I couldn't wait for it to be released.  And while I like what I created, I must say that I really love this combo.  Spark de Triomphe is a champagne gold glitter.  The large and small round glitter is suspended in a clear base, but because it's so dense, you don't really see the base.  It took 3 coats to reach opacity.  I love this glitter and think it would work so well for the "glitter tips" look, I was so fond of, before my life cut out all time for polist.  :P 

As for White Shatter, I like this one as well.  It didn't create the "leopard" look of Black Shatter, nor did it crackle like the ChG white crackle.  However, it created more linear cracks.  I know it looks bumpy, but that's simply because I didn't apply a TC.  Once you use a TC on the shatters, all the bumpiness goes away.  :)

This second combo, of Rally Pretty Pink and Red Shatter, was the one that had me feeling a little more dubious.  I mean, they should work it theory... purple and red are complimentaty colors on the color wheel, so it makes sense, but I just wasn't sure how they'd work on the nail.  Turns out... pretty dang well.  Rally Pretty Pink is actually a bit of a misnomer, IMO.  I do see the pink in the shimmer, but in my mind, this is more of a dusty plum with golden metallic shimmer (much like Zoya Faye).  It's a beautiful polish on it's own, but when combined with the red shatter, it is even better.  First pic is 3 coats of Rally Pretty Pink, as it's a bit thin.

Also, Red Shatter, in and of itself, is great.  The base seems very jelly-like so it applied very well.  The consistency of the formula was one of the best I've seen in a crackle polish.  Plus, as it's a pink based red, I can't wait to try this over pale pink.

The Glam Slam duos are available now and retail for $14.95 each.

Additionally, like I mentioned above, I got the release for the "Wimbledon" installment of this collection, and let me tell ya, girlies... I am dying for the purple.  :)  Here's the release...

Get “Unbeatable” Sparkle!

OPI Unveils Three New Shades from
Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection.  To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.
The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.
 “England’s premier tennis tournament warrants colors with extra glitz and glamour,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The next big trend in nails is making lacquer look 3-dimensional by adding different micas and glitters, turning fingertips into jewelry. With two bold metallics and a sparkling glitter, these colors are fit for royalty.”
“For stand-out nails, I love experimenting with different glitter shades,” explains Serena Williams. “The new Glam Slam! England lacquers can be worn alone for a bright pop of color, or layered with Servin’ Up Sparkle to create a textured effect.”
Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list.  Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.
New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


The Preppy Student said...

I like both duos!

Despina T. said...

Wonderfull post!i really like your blog.i am following you.hope u follow me back and we can keep in touch :)

Gabrielle - I LIKE IT FAST said...

Ooo, I like the gold one!


Anonymous said...

Hi :) Nice blog you got there, I was wonderin if we could be friends and follow each others blogs? ^__^ Thank youuuu.~

Anonymous said...

I like them, i love glitters&shimmers! But I don't fancy the crackle with the Spark de Triomphe....but it's OK :) I was wodering whether you're gonna announce the winners of your giveaway ;;))

Libby's Pink Vanity said...

Rock those reds!!!!!


Anonymous said...

I loved!!! You have good taste, congratulations.
Look at my blog, will be an honor to have her as a follower!!



Unknown said...

http://kutekrazynails.blogspot.com I love OPI nail products, and even I use Art Deco by L.A. Colors. But this type of polish sure is different!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings said...

We just love OPI nail polishes and are waiting for the Grand Slam! England to come out. Just checked on Friday at our local Ulta and they are not out yet. Can't wait! We are now following you!

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings
Please visit us!

Unknown said...

love the gold one! so pretty! BTW, nice blog. Definitely going to follow you :)

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