For Summer 2016, OPI has launched 6 new shades in their Infinite Shine gel-lacquer formula that range from a white-based blush to a soft tan, hues that are not only classics and staples in anyone’s nail polish wardrobe but that also reflect some of the trends seen on the latest runway shows.
The Summer 2016 Collection (CAN $16.95/each) is tailor made for a neutral-lover such as myself; these goof-proof colours not only go with everything but also seems to enhance one’s hands, making fingers appear longer and ballerina-elegant. The Infinite Shine system is a meant to provide that gel effect without the need of any curing via led lamp (it uses natural light to achieve similar results) and is a 3-step affair; to get the best performance from these shades, it’s suggested to first start with the Infinite Shine Primer, followed by your shade of choice, then you finally top everything off with the Infinite Shine Gloss. For review purposes, I skipped both the Primer and Gloss but was nevertheless quite impressed by the natural glossy finish of all shades.
OPI | Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection
No Strings Attached | A soft greige-y nude with a pink undertone in a medium-thick formula that shows some patchiness upon the first coat. The only finicky shade of the bunch, I suggest applying 3 thin layers for the best coverage (unless you’re not as anal about things like that as I am, in which case 2 coats will do fine). The bonus is that as the polish sets, it seems to magically self-level imperfections and thus ending out quite even.
Coats: 3 (as thin as I could get them)
Staying Neutral On This One | A white based nude with blush undertones in a thinner formula than No Stings Attached, and therefore much easier to work with. With an excellent flow & opacity, this shade is a fabulous alternative to wearing a straight-up white polish, and I’d say suitable for a broader range of skin tones as well.
Don’t Ever Stop! | A ‘doll-skin’ peachy nude with the same (and easier to apply) thinner texture to the formula as that of Staying Neutral On This One. Warmer-leaning in nature, this shade is still light enough that it will be universally wearable by all; also looks totally amazing as a pedi shade, especially against a light tan.
Can’t Stop Myself | Pale apricot cream nude in a stellar formula: smooth flow, easy application, no patchiness/streaking and coming to a self-levelling glossy finish. I confess that at first I was ready to dismiss this colour as so totally not my type, but there’s this hard to pin down unique look to this shade that I surprisingly & absolutely LOVE! (As a sidenote, Kylie Jenner recently posted pics of herself wearing a shade that looks exactly like this)
Coats: 2 (easy-peasy, at that)
Hurry Up & Wait | A dusky rose nude (antiqued?) in a hybrid crème-jelly formula that leaves behind that plush & cushiony look at the finish. With a better application and colour saturation than No Strings Attached, I have to say that I’m not exactly a fan of how this shade looks on me (might be due to my tan ∗shrugs∗), although I can’t fault how beautifully it applies.
No Stopping Zone | A soft caramel nude in a crème-jelly hybrid formula and while definitely warm-leaning, I suspect it will look pretty amazing against a wide range of skin tones. A great tan hue for the über-fair and the perfect ‘mannequin-hands’ shade for those with medium to darker complexions.
Has OPI redefined the wheel with this collection? Obviously not, but what makes this small range stand out is the formula. With the exception of No Strings Attached (although I do love love love the colour) that didn’t seem to match up to the rest as far as ease of application goes (for all I know, it may have been just a batch issue), these are by far the easiest nudes I’ve worn to date and while the cooler end of the colour spectrum may not be as well represented, my thoughts are that each and every one of these can be made to work on pretty much everyone. An added bonus to using the 3-step system, is that you get super long lasting and chip-free wear … always a welcome touch.
OPI items provided courtesy of the team for review consideration