OPI – ‘Nice Stems Collection’ (swatches & review)

Everything’s coming up roses…or at the very least, rosy! OPI’s new ‘Nice Stems’ Collection is a dainty set of three rose hued polishes and one multi-coloured polish. Just in time for Summer’s full bloom, these shades will be a perfect compliment for your hot-weather looks, with a shade and finish for everyone and a wonderful, easy to apply formula.  All swatches are with OPI’s Natural Nails base coat and Start to Finish top coat.

‘Play the Peonies’ is a delicate whitish-pink shade, with a beautiful pearly lustre.  It has a muted appeal, and while it may seem rather girly at first glance, if you look closely, you’ll notice the shimmery mica in its depths, lending it a modern vibe. I found that you do have to take your time between coats, as it could become slightly streaky.  This shade reminded me of a pale pink version of another OPI favourite, ‘I Vant To Be A-Lone Star’…it has the same dusty/pearly tone. Note how in sunlight (top photo) you can see minute pink and baby blue dancing reflects, while shaded light (bottom photo) gives it a silvery cast. This was three thin coats.

What I did not expect, was that ‘Come to Poppy’ would grab me as much as it has!  This is a spectacular pink/coral polish, loaded with fine shimmer and an almost bluish flash to it.  It’s so richly pigmented, that I had perfect full opacity with just two coats and was pleased to see how smoothly it applied.  Full sun (top photo) gives it such a vibrant warmth, while shaded light (bottom photo) brings out more of the deep pink base, but any way you look at it, this is a shade that will suit basically every skin tone and will make an amazing summer shade…..LOVE everything about it!

‘Be A Dahlia Won’t You?’ is one hard polish to capture in pictures; this is a bright fuchsia shade, with crystalline glass flecks swirling throughout, and at times can give off an almost duochrome blueish flash. It also has that ‘lit-from-within’ look that I so love, and can be quite dazzling when seen in full sun (top photo), but note how shaded light brings out a delicate bluish tinge.  As this has a thinner formula than the rest, you may find that you need three coats (as I did here) to achieve full coverage, but it is so worth it for the brilliant display of light you get to wear on your fingertips!

There has been much hype already about ‘I Lily Love You’, a dainty multi-hued holographic glitter & confetti party in a bottle!  It might seem as a pink version of ‘Last Friday Night’ from OPI’s Katy Perry Collection, but this also includes rectangular and irregular glitter shapes as well.  Apart from the obvious glitter, this polish offers a delicate wash of colour to your nails which can definitely be built up, but will never be fully opaque.  The formula is thick and in a suspension format, but I find that that thickness makes it easy to control the application and placement of the glitter.  As there is a lot going on in this bottle, you will certainly have some form of glitter covering every part of your nails, from the small pieces, the much larger confetti-like ones to the holographic hexagonal pieces.

Note how one coat of ‘I Lily Love You’ gives just a hint of a blush-like hue to your nails, with a few scattered glitter pieces.

With the second coat of ‘I Lily Love You’, apart from the amount of glitter having increased, the shade has now deepened to delicate rose hue.

By the third & final coat of ‘I Lily Love You’, you can see how the glitter/confetti covers the entire surface of the nail, and how close to the bottle colour the polish now seems to appear.  This is a blue based pink, which is technically a cooler shade and thus much more suitable to paler skin types, but the addition of the glitter makes it easily wearable by everyone. As with other lacquers with glitter, the resulting surface is slightly bumpy, but a nice thick top coat such as Sèche Vite, easily gives you a resulting smooth surface. Removal was not as difficult as other glitter based polishes, but still needs some effort to eliminate all traces.

As ‘I Lily Love You’ can also be layered, I applied one coat over ‘Play the Peonies’, with the exception of the middle finger that has two coats.  Note how it completely changes the silvery hue of the base shade, and turns it into a mauve-y pink instead.

With once coat of ‘I Lily Love You’ over ‘Come to Poppy’, there doesn’t seem to be any drastic colour changes, apart from the addition of glitter. I do notice that there seems to be a slightly more blueish tinge now, however (middle finger has two coats of ‘I Lily Love You’) but it still seems a good fit.

‘I Lily Love You’ over ‘Be A Dahlia Won’t You?’ just seems to add another dimension to the vibrancy of the base shade. As with the other two polishes, the middle finger sports two coats of ‘I Lily Love You’ and seems to flash with a blue fire as a result!

Final thoughts:  This is an ultra-feminine collection, make no mistake about that!  The shades however, while classically girly, have been all given a fresh & modern twist with the various additives in each — mica, pearl, glass flecks and holographic glitter. I’ve stated several times how I’m so not a ‘pink’ person, but I found something I liked about each and every one of these and I really enjoy how they all seem to have a different finish/look to to them, making each one unique in its own right. I know that ‘I Lily Love You’ will probably be the one everyone’s aiming for, but for me, the standout shade was definitely ‘Come To Poppy’…an awesome combination of pearly vibrancy or: Pure Summer!

*Disclaimer: product samples were provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration