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OPI Soft Shades 2013 Collection inspired by Disney’s ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

OPI Soft Shades 2013 (opener)

 

While I anticipated a new Soft Shades collection by OPI, I confess to being taken by surprise upon learning it would also include glitters. And inspired by an upcoming Disney movie featuring Oz, who is apparently great and powerful now (“pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” – watch the original Wizard of Oz movie, if you don’t know what I’m referring to). Still, what I never expected, was how deeply & madly I would fall for each shade … I don’t know about the movie, but “great and powerful” is quite accurate where these beauties are concerned.

All swatches are with base and top coats.


Oz-Great-and-Powerful-Poster

Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful (source)


OPI Soft Shades 2013

Soft Shades 2013 Collection & What Wizardry Is This?


OPI Soft Shades 2013 pastels

Acting as anchors for the collection, are the 3 delicate pastels (left to right): Don’t Burst My Bubble, I Theodora You, and Glints of Glinda


OPI Soft Shades 2013 glitters

Each of the 3 glitters brings a fresh & unique tone to this collection (left to right): Which is Witch?, Lights of Emerald City, and When Monkeys Fly!

 

Don’t Burst My Bubble – a sheer, cool-toned, and milky baby pink hue in a jelly formula, applying in a self-levelling way and leaving a high gloss finish behind. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


OPI Don't Burst My Bubble swatch

OPI – Don’t Burst My Bubble


OPI Don't Burst My Bubble swatch 2

OPI – Don’t Burst My Bubble

 

Which Is Witch? – (layered over Don’t Burst My Bubble) a clear base filled with prismatic/holographic glitter in ultra-fine, small, and mid-sized hexagonal shapes, along with razor thin prismatic threads thrown in for even more visual appeal. Application is effortless, with a good amount of glitter dispersed along the nail per brush stroke. Coats applied: 2


OPI Which Is Witch swatch

OPI – Which Is Witch?


OPI Which Is Witch swatch 2

OPI – Which Is Witch?


OPI Which Is Witch sandwiched

OPI – Which Is Witch? sandwiched between Don’t Burst My Bubble layers


OPI Don't Burst My Bubble comps

 

I was curious to see how Don’t Burst My Bubble compared to similarly hued Soft Shades:

  • index finger: Barre My Soul (2012 NYC Ballet Collection, reviewed here) – the most beige leaning, sheerest
  • middle & pinkie fingers: Don’t Burst My Bubble
  • ring finger: Step Right Up! (2011 Femme de Cirque Collection, reviewed here) – closest in tone, most opaque & thickest formula

Glints Of Glinda – a warm toned and sheer milky nude/peach shade in a jelly formula, with an exceptional glossy shine at the finish. An Ultra clean-looking neutral hue that is also perfect for sandwich layering combos. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


OPI Glints of Glinda swatch

OPI – Glints Of Glinda


OPI Glints of Glinda swatch 2

OPI – Glints Of Glinda

 

When Monkeys Fly! – (layered over Glints of Glinda) a transparent base with gold and holographic glitter in small, medium, and large hexagonal shapes, as well as ultra-large gently curved hexagonal gold pieces. Fairly easy to spread, there is minimal placement required to disburse the larger glitter – best to apply thin layers. Coats applied: 2


OPI When Mokeys Fly swatch

OPI – When Monkeys Fly!


OPI When Monkeys Fly swatch 2

OPI – When Monkeys Fly!


OPI When Monkeys Fly sandwiched

OPI – When Monkeys Fly! sandwiched between Glints of Glinda layers


OPI When Monkeys Fly sandwiched macro

OPI – When Monkeys Fly! sandwich detail


OPI Glints of Glinda comparison

 

From the last 2 Soft Shades Collections released, the was only one shade that looked to be in the same family as Glints of Glinda:

  • index & ring fingers: So Many Clowns…So Little Time (2011 Femme de Cirque Collection, reviewed here) – similar formula, several degrees lighter, more beige toned
  • middle & pinkie fingers: Glints of Glinda – slightly more jelly-like, flesh toned

 

I Theodora You – a semi-sheer and warm leaning milky pale rose hue in a jelly formula, which needs a touch more care in application than the other two pastels to avoid any visible bald spots, ending in a high gloss shine. Coats applied: 3 (thin)


OPI I Theodora You swatch

OPI – I Theodora You


OPI I Theodora You swatch 2

OPI – I Theodora You

 

Lights of Emerald City – (layered over I Theodora You) a clear base with an incredible array of small mylar square glitter that gives off iridescent flashes, offset by larger white square glitter throughout. Minimal effort is required to get a fair amount of each type of glitter along the nail, although I found it best to place a drop of polish on the nail then quickly spread the pieces around with the brush. Coats applied: 2


OPI Lights of Emerald City swatch

OPI – Lights Of Emerald City


OPI Lights of Emerald City swatch 2

OPI – Lights Of Emerald City


OPI Lights of Emerald City sandwiched

OPI – Lights Of Emerald City sandwiched between I Theodora You layers


OPI Lights of Emerald City sandwiched 2

OPI – Lights Of Emerald City sandwiched between I Theodora You Layers


OPI I Theodora You comps swatch

 

From the previous Soft Shade Collections that I own, there were 2 contenders for I Theodora You:

  • index finger: You Callin’ Me A Lyre? (2012 NYC Ballet Collection, reviewed here) – same formula, a degree more peach-leaning
  • middle & pinkie fingers: I Theodora You
  • ring finger: In The Spotlight Pink (2011 Femme de Cirque Collection, reviewed here) – sheerest of the three, similar tone


OPI What Wizardry Is This

 

What Wizardry Is This? – a semi-sheer (but easily buildable) bronze hue with olive undertones bearing minute pink & green glints, in OPI’s new Liquid Sand finish. Effortless to apply and relatively quick-drying, removal was also a breeze, with no staining left behind, and no top coat needed. Coats applied: 3 (very thin)

A word on OPI’s Liquid Sand finish:

First of all, my photos do not capture every nuance of this finish; from the many questions I received regarding this new texture (and by the way, I really should have begun with OPI’s Mariah Carey Collection where this finish debuted, but I couldn’t resist showing these first!) allow me to clarify:

  • it’s nowhere near as bumpy as glitter, nor as coarse-looking as shatter
  • the finish most closely resembles the ultra-fine grit of a nail file
  • finishes matte, but not dull
  • there is an embedded fine shimmer
  • softy gritty to the touch, quite pleasant actually
  • takes a few minutes for the effect to fully develop
  • does not easily chip
  • can be switched up by the addition of top coat, but I personally feel it defeats the purpose that way


OPI What Wizardry Is This swatch

OPI – What Wizardry Is This?


OPI What Wizardry Is This swatch 2

OPI – What Wizardry Is This?


OPI What Wizardry Is This swatch macro

OPI – What Wizardry Is This, detail


OPI What Wizardry Is This glossed

OPI – What Wizardry Is This, top coat added

 

Final thoughts: I almost don’t know where to start; suffice it to say that this entire collections is a resounding smash hit for me! The pastels surprised me by being wearable both alone, as well as useful for layering – and were not simply rehashed hues from previous Soft Shades Collections. The glitters took my breath away; unique, original and proportionately balanced, I would say that OPI has taken notice of all indie glitter lacquers permeating the market at the moment, and has definitely jumped into the game with this group. Another bonus is the addition of the new Liquid Sand shade, acting as the perfect yet quirky counterpoint to some of its more flamboyant companions here. The good thing is that OPI got it absolutely right with this collection, and something about the look of all these lacquers just. totally. works.

This collection will be available as of early March, set to coincide with the release of Disney’s ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’. Mark your calendars, my beauties – you don’t want to miss these shades!


OPI Soft Shades 2013 (closer)

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