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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

As I am continuing in my tradition of striking while the iron is hot (LOL)... I bring you the months-old OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection.  Unfortunately, this one that got put aside while I had to take a little break and I'm just now able to review it.  However, as the movie is due to be released on DVD in November, I figure I'm still relevant.  Heck.  I'm now ahead of the curve.  :P

Anyway, this was OPI's "Brights" offering for 2011, and that kind of threw me, as their brights collections in the past have been extremely vibrant, and bright hues.  These colors, as a whole, are far more subdued that past collections.  However, I actually think it's a misnomer to call them pastels.  While the are lighter shades, there is still a vibrancy about them that I would not associate with a pastel shade (as when I think of pastel, I think of soft baby-ish colors).

Mermaid's Tears - Mint green creme.  This one has perhaps a bit more blue in it and is perhaps a tad brighter than a traditional mint.  However, it still gave me a dreadful (say that in a pirate voice) case of red-hands.  The color is absolutely beautiful, but I just can't wear it.  :(

Planks A Lot - Slightly dusty, mid-tone purple.  This one is probably on the lighter end of what I consider mid-tone.  However, it's much darker and brighter than what I consider to be a light purple or a lavender.  There is a slight dustiness to it, but I don't think it's a dupe for RBL Purple Haze (though if any one wants a comp, I will be glad to do one).  

Skulls and Glossbones - Pale grey creme.  Yes, this one is a pale grey, but going back to the vibrancy I mentioned above, it's not a color that looks white.  It is most definitely grey.  It's also got enough warmth in the base to not give me dead-hands, but it's not exactly what I would consider to be a warm grey.  It also has a touch of green in there to give it just a slight dirtiness (along the lines of Stranger Tides, but not nearly as funky).

Sparrow Me the Drama - Tea rose creme.  When I was swatching this, I thought it may be a dupe to RBL Smitten, but after looking at pics, I don't think it is.  Sparrow Me the Drama has a smidge of purple in it, whereas Smitten is a true rose creme.  That said, it a gorgeous color, and it looks amazing under Lippmann Glitter in the Air

Steady as She Rose - Pale dirty rose creme.  Again, like most of the other colors in this collection, Steady as She Rose has a slight dirtiness to it.  These colors really do fit in well with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.  It is a pale pink, so you wouldn't think it would be that unique, but the dirtiness really sets it apart. 

Stranger Tides - dirty, artichoke green.  This color is completely funky and it didn't work with my skintone.  That said, I completely loved it. 

Also, the formula on these was fantastic.  I had no application issues with any of the colors and each color was opaque in just 2 coats. 

I kind of wish that they had included a bright Caribbean blue with this collection (perhaps lose one of the pinks), but I think being a collection based on a movie, it was cohesive and well-thought-out.

Additionally, along with these 6 cremes, OPI released Silver Shatter along with this collection...

Here it is swatched over Stranger Tides with no TC. 

The fact is, I stink at crackles/shatters.  I hate that you have one chance at getting it right.  You also have to have just the right amount on your brush and go in the right direction.  It's just too much pressure.  LOL.  I have problems with getting the right amount on the brush, so I either end up with a thin coat with drag marks or a thick coat that never cracks.  That said, the finish on this one is gorgeous and if you and crackle work well together, I think this would be an amazing option to add to your collection.

This collection is out now and OPI retails for $8.50 a bottle.

these were sent to me for review


Hannah said...

I love these colours I think they are all really chic. The fact that they go with the film is so fun. love skull and glossbones and mermaids tears. I dont think I'm loving shatter polishes. prefer my nails to look neat and shatter always always looks messy no matter how you apply.


Unknown said...

I just love the pink and violet in this collection )=
The shatter too of course ^^

natalie said...

You should do a giveaway with the polishes you said you can't wear!

JanandJill.com said...

Wow these are so cool. I like the pastel tones to a lot of them . I actually think the skulls one is my favorite.


Alex said...

This is one of my favorite collections. I really love the colors! Great swatches!


Krissy said...

Very pretty. I think I'll be getting Steady As She Rose and Skulls And Crossbones. The other colors are close enough dupes to the Sinful Coloes I got.
That is a little weird they put out these out as "brighs" and such soft colors for a POTC movie.

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xo said...

I have to have the purple one at least! I'd love to have the whole collection though of course XD


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Anonymous said...

I've got Stranger tides, planks a lot and mermaid's tears -and those are my favourite :)

Anonymous said...

Nice colours!

M. said...

Hey Megan, Love your blog's name. OPI became available recently in India and they are charging $10 and more for it!! I love sparrow me the drama and I the last glittery one.

This shade looks quite similar to the sparrow one, that's an Indian brand and it costs $2 for 8 ml....so, I can live with this I guess:P
Cozy Mulberry

Floral Nails said...

Very nice colors!

GGB said...

OMG all the colors are lovely, but i especially love the "mermaids tears" that green is so beautiful!

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