OPI | Fifty Shades of Grey Collection

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey opener


OPI has just recently launched their limited edition Fifty Shades of Grey Collection (CAN $11.50/each) in collaboration with the movie of the same name that comes out in theatres this Valentine’s Day. While the book that inspired the movie (that also spawned a billion other Fifty Shades-related marketable items) left me unmoved (check out my original ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ post here for a much better read in this genre), I happen to have a major weakness for the colour grey, so for that reason alone I would have fallen for this collection anyway.

And while not exactly all 50 shades (thank God, or I’d probably still be swatching), the five greys shown here are all luscious & gorgeous representatives of this somewhat ephemeral colour, all grounded by that one sensual red note for even more visceral appeal.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey

OPI | Fifty Shades of Grey Collection

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OPI | Fifty Shades of Grey Collection


OPI Cement the Deal swatch

Cement the Deal | With its blueish undertones in the base hue, Cement the Deal can appear either concrete grey or more of a softer dove grey hue. The formula is simply superb: a hybrid crème/jelly that applies in a self-levelling way, finishes ultra-glossy, and displays an excellent opacity. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Embrace the Gray swatch

Embrace the Gray | With a formula that is basically identical to the one above, the main difference here is that Embrace the Gray falls a few degrees darker in tone, making this more of a sealskin grey. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Dark Side of the Mood swatch

Dark Side of the Mood | At first glance, this appears as just another blackish hue, but it is well named, for it has a slightly moody nature. Dark Side of the Mood is a deeply smoked charcoal colour with tiny, sparse silver flecks throughout that make occasional appearances. The formula is jelly-like in texture and semi sheer at the first coat, but becomes completely opaque with the second layer. There’s a subtle moiré pattern you can see at some angles – total LOVE. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI My Silk Tie swatch

My Silk Tie | An utterly brilliant white-based silver foil/metallic hue. Not as quick drying as other metallic shades (which works in the formula’s favour), you do need a steady hand in application to minimize any visible brush strokes – although they do seem to level out on their own to some degree. My Silk Tie comes to a fully opaque gleaming finish at 2 coats

TIP: for the smoothest finish, start with base coat followed by your first coat of polish, then apply a layer of matte top coat, finishing with your second coat of polish. For a foil/metallic texture like this, top coat is optional, as it only adds protection and no extra shine factor (in fact, it may even dull the natural brilliance).


OPI Shine For Me swatch

Shine for Me | Complex doesn’t even begin to cover this; Shine for Me is a semi-sheer pearlized base hue with navy coloured fine and ultra-fine hexagonal glitter bits. The formula is another surprise, with an excellent density that means it will stay exactly where placed (no pooling into cuticles or running along the sides of nails) and while 2 coats are more than sufficient to reach full opacity on shorter nails, longer lengths might need a third layer (or simply left at 2 coats for a different take altogether). Relatively smooth to the touch with a top coat, an extra plus is that no major effort is needed for removal either (at least, not compared to other glitter polishes). Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat


OPI Shine For Me macro swatch

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection | Shine for Me (detail)


OPI Romantically Involved swatch

Romantically Involved | Let me begin by saying that OPI sure knows how to do red. With its balance of both blue and brown undertones in the base of this crème/jelly hybrid formula, Romantically Involved appears rather cool-leaning with the first coat, but then takes on a much warmer tone with the application of a second layer. Lush, seductive, and somewhat carnal (which is what OPI was definitely going for, I’m guessing), the best part is that this shade is 100% non-staining upon removal. And absolutely, ridiculously glossy. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Shine for Me over My Silk Tie nail art

Shine for Me & My Silk Tie nail art | A simple, yet effective nail art look (especially if you’re nail art-challenged like me): Start by applying 2 coats of My Silk Tie and letting that dry completely. Take Shine for Me and wipe of most of the excess off the brush, and starting at the cuticle end of the nails, apply in a downward motion, feathering & fading it out as you go (leave the nail edges free of any glitter). Repeat with slightly more at the top for added depth. Finish with top coat to seal everything in and smooth out any delineation marks.

Wouldn’t this look make for a spectacular ‘Ice Queen’ mani?


The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, may have had me reeling in laughter (true story: I ultimately committed the most blasphemous thing a book-lover can do; I actually ∗gasp∗ threw away all 3 books of this series), but OPI’s Fifty Shades of Grey Collection has me ooh-ing and ahh-ing in appreciation … redemption. An entire collection of grey lacquers may have turned out, well, rather boring – but the little twists & turns of this grouping is a winning combination, in my opinion. Go ahead: surrender to this collection. You know you want to.

Available for a limited time through fine salons and spas nation wide. Visit www.opi.com for more brand information

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press samples provided for my unbiased consideration

16 Responses to OPI | Fifty Shades of Grey Collection

  1. Latoya says:

    The nail art is lovely Eugenia – I can’t agree that you are nail-art challenged, though, any time you attempt it, it looks fabulous! I’m not interested in this collection as a whole though – grey nail polish is a tricky shade for me, and I’ve yet to find one that I really find suits my skintone. They’re often too blue or too green-leaning…one day I’ll find my perfect shade! 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Awww, thanks momma-to-be! I’m in awe of those that can pull off intricate nail art – not even my background in art can help me there, lol! As to finding the right grey shade for you, I don’t have my full stash at my disposal, but I’m betting I can find a shade that will look fab on you!

  2. Agata says:

    Cement The Deal is my favorite, it looks like a perfect grey to me. And that nail art you created is stunning and so elegant! Do you think you will go see the movie?

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you, Agata! As to the movie, I definitely will NOT be seeing it in theatres, and if I do happen to see it, most likely it’ll be when it comes out on the movie channels. The book was lukewarm at best and there are way better options in this genre – but I do love all the makeup collections that were inspired by this book!

      • Agata says:

        I agree with you. I read the books but they left me unimpressed. I can’t imagine the movie being any better.

      • Eugenia says:

        I confess to being curious about the movie — but not enough to warrant paying theatre prices to go see it, lol! I’ll wait until it comes out on the movie channels, but I’m really not expecting it to be better than the book (although I do hope so!)

  3. Linda M says:

    I’m so glad you had this up today, just came home with the set of mini’s! I dont have any greys, so i thought it would be a good way to try some out. I am also looking for a good clear red right now and hoping this might fit the bill as it doesn’t look orangey, pink or purple. Someone let me know if i’m missing a great clear red! LOL Thanks for these swatches/

    • Eugenia says:

      There are several amazing reds out there (check out Dior #999, Louboutin Rouge, CHANEL Dragon) as well as numerous options from OPI & Essie, to name but a few. The red in this Fifty Shades Collection has brownish undertones, so it’s a not a true red per se, if that’s what you mean by “clear red”, but it’s gorgeous just the same AND doesn’t stain!

  4. Marisa says:

    I’m in love with the gradient you did in the last mani!! Great swatches as always ;0).

  5. Nemo says:

    Your swatches are lovely as usual, but I cannot escape the idea that we’ve seen all of this many, many times before. I have no attachment to the books, so I think this whole thing is a pass for me; the only possible reprieve might be Shine For Me, but I wont be hunting it down – if I see it and I like it, then maybe. As for the book, having heard raves I went out and read a sample on Amazon. I laughed when I saw how poorly it was written; and that was that. It struck me as something a 15-year-old might write… no offense to teenagers ;p

    • Eugenia says:

      By now, it’s become obvious that it’s kind of hard to reinvent the wheel colour-wise, so where brands are starting to stand out and focus their attention on, is with the formula (which makes me so happy, I cannot even begin to tell you). That being said, yes – grey is grey and red is red and there are only so many variations of each we may need in our nail polish wardrobe, but what makes the shades of this collection worthy, is how awesome they perform (and, hello? A non-staining red?! Sign me up!). With regards to the books, I was like you – fell for the hype & bought all three before reading any excerpts. Big mistake. Sigh…

  6. I love me some OPI and I love me some grey! It’s like a happy, happy combo!

  7. Belinda says:

    Love what you did with shine for me & my silk tie. Such a simple way to add great dimension to already fabulous colours!

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