OPI – The Texas Collection (swatches & review)
Today I bring you 4 shades from OPI’s upcoming Texas Collection: Do You Think I’m Tex-y?, Suzi Loves Cowboys, Guy Meets Gal-Veston and Don’t Mess With OPI. The colours, for the most part, are much like the Lone Star State itself – vibrant, bold and flashy. The finishes are varied and will appeal to many tastes, ranging from shimmery hues, sheer jellies and rich creams. All swatches are with Sèche Natural base coat and 3 coats of lacquer, no top coat.
While ‘Do You Think I’m Tex-y?’ looks like a vibrant magenta cream in the bottle, I was rather surprised to find how sheer it really was. This seems to be the jelly version of OPI’s Miami Beet (from their 2009 South Beach Collection) with an almost identical blue-based undertone, but with an obvious difference in the finish. Even though I did not achieve full opacity even with 3 coats, I really like the fresh & airy look that it gives nonetheless. It’s an interesting and light way to wear such a vibrant shade, and it will suit basically every skin tone, from cool to warm. The formula, while sheer, evened out well and leaves behind an excellent high glossy shine. Last photo: index & ring fingers – Do You Think I’m Tex-y, middle & pinkie fingers – Miami Beet (2 coats).
‘Suzi Loves Cowboys’ is a luscious mink brown, with plummy undertones and a smooth creamy look. While fairly well pigmented, I found that this one needed 3 coats as well to achieve a deep & full opacity, but well worth it for the resulting colour, a true rich chocolate. The formula was thin for a creme but flowed well and seemed to be almost self-levelling; a very easy shade to apply. Even though this is the darkest shade in the collection, it stays true to its brown tone and doesn’t look black like so many dark polishes can.
‘Guy Meets Gal-Veston’ is another one of those shades that looks like an opaque cream in the bottle but is instead another soft looking jelly. Once again, this one is the sheer version of another polish from OPI’s 2009 South Beach Collection, ‘OPI On Collins Ave’ and looking at them side by side, you would swear that they are identical – but only in overall base tone. Even with 3 coats of Guy Meets Gal-Veston, you can still see a visible nail line, especially when compared to OPI On Collins Ave. I did not expect to like this one as much as I do, having never been a jelly polish fan, but it is at once delicate and edgy; the deep pink/coral base keeps it from blandness and I can totally see this as a must-have summer pedicure colour. Last photo: index & ring fingers – Guy Meets Gal-Veston, middle & pinkie fingers – OPI On Collins Ave (2 coats).
Of course since every collection must have a green, we have ‘Don’t Mess With OPI’, a dusty clover shade. This one had the thickest formula and was the most highly pigmented of the 4, but you can definitely get away with 2 coats if needed. This shade seems to be a more muted version of ‘Jade Is The New Black’ from OPI’s 2010 Hong Kong Collection, but without the same teal undertone. What I really love about this colour is that while vibrant, it’s not an ‘in your face’ shade, making it one of the more easily wearable green lacquers I’ve seen. The formula was good, but a touch on the thick side so I recommend thinner coats to achieve a smooth finish; expect a lovely glossy shine. Last photo: index & ring fingers – Don’t Mess With OPI, middle & pinkie fingers – Jade Is The New Black.
Final thoughts: There doesn’t seem to be any wild or eclectic colours in this collection, which should make the shades more wearable by a bigger cross section of consumers, but it’s the various finishes which make things interesting. There are the trendy hues, but in in more toned-down formats and the jelly sheer versions of vibrant shades, which is a great and fun way to wear brights for the Spring/Summer seasons. From the 4 polishes I tried, the two sheer shades had a very glossy finish, as jelly types usually do, while the other 2 creme shades had a smooth & almost buttery consistency. I can’t speak for the rest of the shades in this collection (yet!), but I can honestly say that the ones I reviewed here, did not disappoint!
Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration