Last week we got invited to attend the Coty Nail Bar - a pop up nail haven with exclusive access to Coty's newest nail polishes from a number of brands. Unfortunately, Emma was off gallivanting in New York so I went along to represent Dahlia Nails. The event was in a private room at a hotel on Regent Street and I was met by smiling faces and a cocktail bar - so far so good! I got over my nerves of attending solo and had a lovely chat with some of the Coty ladies, along with treating myself to a gorgeous mani from Claire (Top Twenty Nails).
The showstopper of the event for me was the new O.P.I. ColorPaints collection. I've seen a few shots of them on Instagram but couldn't wait to see them for myself. They only landed in the UK last week and aren't available to buy yet so I was really excited to try them out. We were lucky enough to get to take home a set so I've got a review for you today.
|L-R: Silver Canvas, Purple Perspective, Pen & Pink, Magenta Muse, Chromatic Orange, Primarily Yellow, Landscape Artist, Turquoise Aesthetic, Indigo Motif|
These polishes are not like anything I have tried before, they're a totally new concept from O.P.I. The collection is made up of nine polishes, a silver base and eight bright rainbow shades. The silver base is a lovely smooth chrome polish, totally opaque in one coat. The coloured polishes are where is gets a little more interesting...
The paints work in partnership with the silver base to create luminescent nails as the metallic undercoat catches the light in all the right ways. I've swatched each colour onto a tester nail to show you the finish. They were not at all like I was expecting, and completely different to any standard metallic polish, despite the metallic effect. I've never seen polish which catches the light like this.
Even though they look beautiful on their own these polishes were designed to be blendable, they are sheer and thin allowing you to layer and mix the colours, meaning your options are limitless. This explains the wide spectrum of colours, you can mix yourself almost any shade you like! I thought I should probably test out what they could do so picked out a trio of warm shades and set about creating a gradient, without a sponge in sight!
I used a small flat brush (just to limit my clean up a bit as I'm not the neatest nail painter) and started off by applying a thin layer of Magenta Muse* at the base of each nail. I then applied Chromatic Orange* to the middle section, layering it down over the red section. I was impressed with how well they blended and the colours layered up to create gorgeous tonal shades. Finally I applied Primarily Yellow* to the tips of each nail. The yellow is the most sheer polish so it was slightly harder to get the colour density but it blended really well. I did a little bit of touch up to deepen the colours and improve the blend but I was amazed with what I achieved without a sponge. There were a few patchy sections but I blame the artist for that. These polishes really do what they say on the tin!
My favourite from the bunch is definitely Turquoise Aesthetic*, which surprised me as I don't usually go for a blue polish. I just can't get over the vibrancy of this polish when applied over the silver base, it's outstanding. I found the darker colours had a slightly thicker formula than the lighter shades making them harder to work with, especially Indigo Motif*, which was disappointed as it's one of my favourites.
Pen & Pink* and Magenta Muse*, the pink and red shades, look different in the bottles but surprisingly similar when swatched. Magenta Muse* is every so slightly richer in colour but I found them very difficult to differentiate between. Pen & Pink* is probably my least favourite as it just doesn't have that much to it and is overshadowed by Magenta Muse*.
I found the polishes easy to work with and layer up which is what they are designed for. I've got a few more ideas of what to do with them so keep an eye out for more! I'm not sure you'll get anything other than abstract designs and fun colour mixtures, but they are great to experiment and play with. I'm looking forward to seeing what else I can do with them!
The O.P.I ColorPaints Blendable Nail Lacquer collection is available exclusively at Selfridges and salons nationwide on 1st July, RRP £12.50 each.
Let us know if you plan to test out these fun new polishes!