Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Eat Mainely Lobster...yes, 'Mainely'

While on a recent trip to Ulta I discovered a 2 for $12 deal on 'new' OPI polishes so naturally I picked 2 of them up - I Eat Mainely Lobster, a creamy coral color with a subtle pinky/gold shimmer,  and Color To Diner For, a fiery, slightly orangy red with goldish shimmer.

Color To Diner For
For a girl who loves all things polish, I admit that I've not had a lot of experience with OPI outside of a salon. Prior to the start of this blog I owned 2 OPI polishes, and honestly didn't find myself reaching for them as much as my China Glaze ones...BUT, that may change.

First, the brush on these beauties was fantastic. The end of the brush tube is crimped into a bit of a box, and there were plenty of bristles that fanned out very nicely. The edges of the brush even seemed to tapper up a little bit making for an easy, round application at the cuticle (i.e. minimum clean up!) It was incredibly easy to manipulate the brush to get polish exactly where I wanted it along the side of my nails, and around the cuticle beds. The bristles did not leave streaks! A+ Brush OPI!

Color To Diner For
I was really excited about this color. My fiance loves when I wear red so I am constantly on the lookout for a new, rich, beautiful red (if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments.) But, after swatching it I found it kind of so-so. It was very similar to ELF's Red Velvet (If you want a side by side let me know and I'll make it happen.) Don't get me wrong, I'll definitely wear it again, it just didn't WOW me like I thought it would.
I Eat Mainely Lobster

I Eat Mainely Lobster
The color is not something I would normally go for. For whatever reason corals always strike me as 'grandma-y', but I actually really liked this. I found it to be a little too orangy for my nails, but I love it as a pedi color. (I'll spare you the photos of my feet LOL!) 2 Coats + Top Coat.

In closing I must say that I was quite happy with my OPI purchase. I felt it applied like a nail polish SHOULD apply. 2 coats to opaque (you could probably do one thick one with Color To Diner For but you might as well add the 2nd for more depth of color), evened itself out, no streaking what so ever. Nice EVEN color. Nice shine. Yay.

And just for some extra fun... I Eat Mainely Lobster with Sticks N Stones!

Sticks N Stones - 1 Coat + Top Coat

OPI - Color To Diner For, I Eat Mainely Lobster
Applied like dream - no streaks
2 coats to opaque
Fox Claws is not a big fan of Coral but liked IEML for Pedi's
Sticks & Stones makes everything more fun
No sun, rained all day

<3 Fox

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