March 6, 2014

OPI Brazil Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]




Here are my four picks from OPI's Brazil collection for Spring/ Summer 2014! As you can see, I went for a few of the warmer shades as well as the lightest neutral. Let's take a look!


First, here is the true coral, OPI- Live. Love. Carnaval:


Live. Love. Carnaval is a bright coral creme. It dries darker than bottle color, but also a little more vibrantly, somehow.  In some light (dim), it borders on being a neon, but just looks like a normal punchy coral in most situations.

I have a crap-ton of coral cremes, and none that dupe this. It is similar to Essie- Cute As A Button, but Live. Love. Carnaval. is a little more vibrant. It's also vaguely similar to Misa- BubblePop, but BubblePop dries to a satin-matte finish, and is a touch lighter.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


I don't think this is a totally unique coral shade, but it is pretty fabulous! 

Outside, shade:



Formula: It's on the thicker side, and pigmented. Goes over nail surface easily and self-levels decently, although the first coat is slightly streaky.  You have a lot of play time with this one. Very nice, mostly opaque in two coats!
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Next, here is OPI- Where Did Suzi's Man-go?:


Where Did Suzi's Man-go? is a tangerine orange sort of color with a creme finish.  It's a very Spring type of orange: slightly faded, and not too eye-searing.

It's darker than Nubar- Orange Creme, and has more pink in it than Zoya- Arizona, although the color values are similar.

Artificial light, three coats:



This one also dries a lot darker than the liquid bottle color, but I'm not sure it's as obvious in photos as in person.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It's slightly chalky, but really not too awful for a pastel-ish color like this.  The first coat is streaky, but doesn't cuticle drag, and does self-level slightly.  The second coat evens a lot of the streakiness, but I needed three for opaque coverage.  Really not bad for this type of color: excellent result if you're willing to put in three coats.
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Next, OPI- Toucan Do It If You Try:


Toucan Do It If You Try is coral-orange creme. Kind of a sorbet color. Like the previous two, it also dries darker than its bottle color.  Also, WHOA, all of these names are so groan-worthy, don't you think?!

It's similar to Orly- Truly Tangerine, but has noticeably more pink in it, and the Orly is darker. Essie- Braziliant is also a bit darker, and of course has shimmer.

Artificial light, three coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It's maybe a little thinner than the first two, with about the same pigmentation level as Suzi's Man-go.  The first coat is streaky, but self-levels better than the others, and you have a lot of play time during application. Second coat doesn't self level as well, but you can still see things starting to even out a lot. The third coat really doesn't want to level out (don't know why), and you can maybe see the result at the edges of my nails...

I probably could've used a fourth coat but I usually refuse to go there for a creme/ non-jelly finish on moral? grounds.
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Last, here is the neutral, OPI- Don't Bossa Nova Me Around:


Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a subtly pink-toned nude creme. It reminds me of Urban Decay's Naked 3 color palette as well as the tones found in Zoya's recent Naturel collection- so, of course, I had to have it!

It' very similar to OPI- Steady As She Rose, but is lighter and not a dupe.

Artificial light, two coats:



I just think this is so lovely and flattering. It'll be super for people with cool undertones.  I also think it's gonna make a great base for nail art- as an alternative to white.

I know I'm not alone when I say it's my surprise favorite out of these four! 

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: Medium viscosity, but not too sheer; the first coat is streaky, and this is the worst self-leveller of the bunch- BUT it's not as chalky as colors like this usually are.  You might get cuticle drag if you go over an area too many times, but I mostly had no problems with that.

Unlike the rest of them, the second coat goes on more easily than the first, and gives opaque coverage! I really can't complain: very decent formula.
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Overall,  I really liked the polishes that I tried from Brazil- but, then again, I am a total sucker for cremes! I was disappointed that the three warm, bright colors all dried darker than their liquid bottle colors.  The bottle hues are so nice, so it's a bit like false advertising...

Most of the formulas here were very workable- not perfect- but there were no real beasts to struggle with, and the neutral especially had a surprisingly decent application.






What do you think?
Did you try any of the other shades from this collection? 



8 comments:

  1. Okay, that decides it, need Don't Bossa Nova Me Around!

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  2. Gorgeous swatches!

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  3. What great picks from this collection. They look so pretty.

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  4. Thanks! I am happy with my choices, and especially happy none are exact dupes to any of the other cremes I have!

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  5. Haha, you DO! Especially with all the nail art/ gradienting you do!

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  6. Aaaah, I kept telling myself I didn't need the two corals of the collection, I must have a million already...but I totally need them.

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  7. I'm DYING over Toucan and Carnaval! I really had no plans to pick up any of these but I might have to. I feel slightly obsessed with the teal, too, but I just know that one'll stain horrifically.

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