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Get your creep on this Halloween with OPI’s ‘Zom-Body To Love’! (I have had Queen’s hit “Somebody To Love” attached to my brain for weeks now, thanks to this!) From the new ‘Pair ’em, Scare ’em’ duo, this set also includes ‘Black Shatter’ (previously reviewed here), but it’s this unique “glow-in-the-dark” shade that will give your nails THE ultimate All Hallow’s Eve mani. Made with phosphorescent material, this lacquer needs to be “charged” up with light before it can strut its stuff, then it will glow for a while in a darkened environment, before slowly fading back to a more dormant state – but can always be juiced up again when exposed to some more light. All swatches are with Deborah Lippmann’s Rehydrating Base Coat.
‘Zom-Body To Love’ in its natural state, reminds me of that vintage milky green shade found on many 1950’s era appliances. Upon enlarging the photo, I noticed that this hue also has some ultra fine particles throughout, most likely the cause behind its luminescence. The formula has a jelly-like feel to it, and applies exceptionally smoothly, if not slightly on the sheer side. In order to garner as much of the glowing effect as I could, I first applied a coat of OPI’s ‘Step Right Up’ (previously reviewed here, from the Femme de Cirque Softshades 2011 Collection) as “underwear”, then added three thin coats of ‘Zom-Body To Love’ over that – no top coat.
Take ‘Zom-Body To Love’ into the depths of night, and witness its ghoulish charm! Eerily glowing with an almost malevolent light, it comes to vivid life!
This view taken with flash, shows a softer, more celadon side of this shade; upon enlarging this image, you can see evidence of the phosphorescent particles.
I was admittedly curious about the addition of ‘Black Shatter’ with this release, but after swatching and testing the two together, I understood. Seen in an everyday setting, it’s a striking combination, with the soft celery green hue of ‘Zom-Body To Love’ gently peeking through ‘Black Shatter’s’ cracks. But taking this look over to the dark side, yielded rather spectacular results! The following swatches all bear a coat of Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted To Speed Top Coat.
When seen in the deepest, most darkling night, the ghostly hue of ‘Zom-Body To Love’ appears like fierce embers burning hotly beneath a “decaying” surface.
Sunlight not only changes this combination’s entire demeanor, but lends an intense luminosity to the base shade.
Shaded light adds an almost sophisticated touch to this look, highlighting the military-esque leanings of the base shade, with the Shatter toning it down.
A final view taken with flash gives this duo the look of a “cat’s eye”, and appears to be almost looking back at you!
Final thoughts: If you think that this is simply a fun & kitschy holiday inspired lacquer/duo, think again! While it has the unique ability to glow in the dark (given the right conditions, as described above), it also makes an amazing daytime polish. Bearing an almost “radioactive” look to it, I loved the look of ‘Zom-Body To Love’ on its own, as it reminded me of OPI’s ‘Damone Roberts 1968’ – which I do not own, but so desperately wished for! This duo may have been borne especially for Halloween, but something tells me its appeal will linger long after the final bit of candy is consumed!
*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration