OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (LE) Mariah Carey Holiday 2013

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When OPI came out with their limited edition ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ gold leaf top coat as part of the Bond Collection (reviewed here), it became an instant – and rather expensive – success,  spawning many imitations. This year’s luxury limited edition version comes in the form of ‘Pure 18k Gold and Silver Top Coat’, part of the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collections, and seems to embody a more delicate almost feminine appeal. So very diva, dah-ling!


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (limited edition) (CAN $37.50) – a clear and exceptionally easy flowing base hue loaded with brilliant irregularly shaped silver/platinum pieces, in an opaque platinum hued bottle, coming in a collectible box. There are plenty of flakes per brush stroke, so you never need to “fish” any out of the bottle, and once applied the finish is not only super glossy, but smooth to the touch as well. This top coat can definitely be worn alone for an understated (and workplace-friendly) touch of bling, but it definitely comes into its own when layered over another shade. My preference for something this decadent, is to have it juxtaposed against a darker colour, the better to bring out each & every silvery shard.

The following swatches are with 1 coat of Pure layered over 2 coats of Visions of Love (reviewed here) - the final look sealed with OPI’s Top Coat. Instead of a usual application, I opted to try something different, by adding the Pure Top Coat to the upper portion for all nails except the middle finger, where I placed it near the tip instead. The effect looks almost like lace and takes nothing away from the stunning vampy shade beneath it. For the last 2 swatches, I then added 1 coat of OPI’s Matte Top Coat (originally reviewed here) and the effect was unbelievable; the mattified version seemed to emphasize every single piece of the Pure Top Coat that much clearer – love it!


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love)


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love)


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love)


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love)


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love, mattified)


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OPI – Pure 18k Gold & Silver Top Coat (over Visions of Love, mattified)

 

If you missed out on last year’s luxury top coat, then here’s your chance to make up for that. Granted, this product definitely falls on the higher end of the price spectrum – especially for nail polish, but so worth it for the effect it gives and how incredibly easy, as well as flattering, it is to wear. Then again, the holidays are just a few weeks away and I’m thinking that this could be that perfect item to place on your wish list …

The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection is limited and available now. For all updates, feel free to follow via website/twitter/facebook

 

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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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