November 8, 2012

OPI Skyfall Collection Winter 2012 Polishes [Swatch]



Left to Right: You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, Live And Let Die, The World Is Not Enough


Today I have my picks from OPI's Winter 2012, James Bond-themed, Skyfall Collection.

First up: OPI- The World Is Not Enough:


The World Is Not Enough is a warm, metallic, silvery taupe shimmer/ glassfleck polish with flashes of pink and bronze.  It's a very unique color, and almost has a multichrome effect, depending on the lighting situation.  This is not a polish to pass over!

Artificial light, three coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




The red you see on the ring finger nail is reflected from my shirt- this polish is super shiny and reflective, and very pretty in real life!



Sun:




Formula: It needs three coats for opacity (as I find a lot of similar glassfleck finishes do) but is a nice formula otherwise.  Easy to work with.  You could probably layer it over a similarly-toned color too, if you wanted to.
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Next is OPI- Live And Let Die:


Live And Let Die is a teal-leaning dark green base containing yellow-gold shimmer.

Artificial light, two coats:


The shimmer is very apparent in the bottle, but not so obvious on the nail, although still noticeable.  It's not a 'secret shimmer' polish, but it's definitely not in your face either.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


Sun:


The shimmer does, predictably, show up more in the sunlight. 





I think it's a nice Fall/Winter color.

Formula: Thick, but easy to work with, covers in two coats. Self-levels well.
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Next, probably the most talked-about of the Skyfall collection, is OPI- The Living Daylights:


The Living Daylights is a clear base full of medium hexagonal glitter in three colors: silver, aqua/ teal, and orange.  It's an interesting color combination- very Miami Dolphins.

Artificial light, The Living Daylights sponged over Live And Let Die:


I didn't do a full manicure for swatches because I think this one is meant as a layering polish.

Outside, shade:


Up close:


Formula: Typical chunky glitter-in-a-suspension-base formula.

I almost didn't commit to this polish because I'd seen a swatch showing the glitter curling at the edges, which to me, is sort of egregious for a major brand to allow to come to market. I wanted to see in real life, though, so I gave The Living Daylights a shot.

Unfortunately, I think it does curl just a bit, as you can see in the above photo.  It's not terrible, but it does make it more difficult to wear, and you need more coats of topcoat to smooth it out. I would absolutely love this polish if the hexies laid flat, but alas.
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Lastly, and my favorite that I tried, is OPI- You Only Live Twice:


You Only Live Twice is a gorgeous cool-toned, berry pink-leaning, red glassfleck/ shimmer.  This one is very Holiday appropriate, but still wearable throughout the year.

Artificial light, three coats:






Window-filtered daylight:


Here it seems like there are even some golden-orange glassfleck particles!

Outside, partial shade:


If you have cool-toned or very pale skin, this polish will be amazingly suited to your coloring!





I absolutely love this one, and am definitely keeping it forever!

Formula: Was on the thinner side, with a bit of VNL after two coats, needing three for opacity.  It was easy to work with though- and completely worth it, as the color is so saturated.



What are/were your favorite Skyfall polishes?

6 comments:

  1. At the moment I'm wearing Skyfall and GoldenEye, but my favorites are The World Is Not Enough and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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    1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service looks beautiful, but I had Zoya's Fei Fei, and I think they're pretty close, so I passed on that one. The World Is Not Enough is a special polish!

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  2. I can't say it enough...your photos are PERFECT!

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    1. Aw, thank you! It's kinda disassociating seeing your own hand over and over and over, so it's great to get some outside perspective, lol.

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  3. Hmmmm... I really like the last one. I'm kind of ifffy on this collection. I'm so glad to know about the glitters curling up. I don't like that either.

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    1. I was kinda iffy too! I think the glassfleck finishes are especially nice though- the other two I could have (should have?) skipped.

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