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OPI – New York City Ballet Softshades Collection (swatches & review)


What could be more fitting for spring, than these six new OPI SoftShades for 2012, inspired by the New York City Ballet? The performances, the music, the costumes, the pageantry … the sheer romanticism of it all lends itself so perfectly to these soft yet totally modern lacquers.


The grittier nature of New York City shows us its vulnerable side with this image, melding fantasy with reality (source)


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, home of the New York City Ballet (source)


The David H. Koch Theater, with its 2,713 seating capacity and renowned acoustics (source)

Founded in 1948 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine along with Lincoln Kirstein, the New York City Ballet grew from the amalgamation of various other troupes, and has gifted the world with talents such as Maria Tallchief, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Gelsey Kirkland to name but a few, with retired principal dancer Peter Martins now holding the position of Ballet Master in Chief. The NYCB still has the largest repertoire of any American ballet company to this day, staging more than 80 ballet performances throughout the year.



With the exception of the fantasy top coat of OPI’s New York City Ballet 2012 SoftShades collection, the other five shades have several common factors: delicately sheer pastel hues, they almost seem to be an echo of more vibrant shades – ethereal, yet substantial at the same time.  The “sorbet” formula on the five flowed exceptionally well, levelling off absolutely smooth and leaving behind an ultra-glossy cushiony appearance. For such pale colours, I was pleasantly surprised that there was no patchiness and while even at 3 thin coats as I applied here, they still remain somewhat translucent, on shorter nails I can see them looking slightly more opaque. Note that for all swatches, top coat was only applied over the ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ combinations.


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‘Don’t Touch My Tutu!’ is a cloud like off-white hue in a medium thick formula that managed to flow incredibly easily across the nails. This shade is a fabulous way to wear white without fear of looking chalky, so clean looking but never harsh.


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‘Don’t Touch My Tutu!’ layered with one coat of ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ on top:


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NYC Ballet performing ‘Serenade’ by famed choreographer George Balanchine – 2008 (source)


‘Barre My Soul’ is a dusty pale beige hue with subtle warm pink undertones in the base, in a slightly thinner formula than the rest.  This colour reminds me so completely of the look of well-worn and broken in ballet slippers, but in a gorgeously glossy format.


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‘Barre My Soul’ layered with one coat of ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ on top:


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pointe ballet shoes


‘You Callin’ Me A Lyre?’ (…seriously?!) in the same hybrid jelly-crème formula as the rest, is a leotard pink yet muted delicate rose hue. It manages to look dainty and yet something about its mirror shine, gives it a thoroughly modern vibe.


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‘You Callin’ Me A Lyre?’ layered with two coats of ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ on top:


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‘Care To Danse?’ (*I somehow always pronounce this with an exaggerated French accent – don’t ask*) is a cool toned hue in a whisper-thin lavender shade. With its brilliant shine, the colour seems to be somewhat less prominent, but I love the milky appearance it lends the nails.


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‘Care To Danse?’ layered with one coat of ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ on top:


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NYC Ballet’s Swan Lake with Wendy Whelan as ‘Odette’ 


‘My Pointe Exactly’ is an absolutely gorgeous dusty slate shade, that makes me think of lustrous sea glass. This antiqued Wedgewood blue shade has a diffused look to it, as though its being viewed through a filter – so incredibly unique. For some reason, this is the only one of the five that needed a touch more wait time between coats in order to avoid any dragging.


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‘My Pointe Exactly’ layered with one coat of ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ on top:


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ballerinas of the German Ballet, Berlin


‘Pirouette My Whistle’ is quite original in a world where we’ve seen every version of glitter layering lacquer; a significantly thicker formula than the other shades of this collection, this has a denser suspension-like format, yet applies with relative ease. Filled with ultra fine diamond-like silver glitter dust, this also holds sparse larger opalescent hexagonal glitter pieces that add a unique visual depth to its finish.  As this does not finish as glossy as the others of this collection, it can definitely benefit from top coat to really bring out all its many facets. Bonus: smooth to the touch, even before top coat was added.


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Final thoughts: Even though these shades may not be the wheel reinvented, I can’t help but love them just the same. With easy-flowing formulas and a gloss you can see your reflection in, their “sheer” (pun intended!) wearability makes them so incredibly versatile. Saturated hues have their place as well, but every so often it’s nice to take things down a notch with something more neutral, although I have to say that the unexpected hue of ‘My Pointe Exactly’ has definitely got my number! As far as fantasy top coats go, ‘Pirouette My Whistle’ adds a beautiful counterpoint to the ethereal hues of this collection, and in my eyes, so perfectly embodies everything “ballet”. Available starting early April, get ready let out your inner prima ballerina!


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*Disclaimer: product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration