9 March 2010

OPI – Passion

This turned up in the post yesterday; had forgotten completely that it was on its way to me so that was a nice surprise. It’s the first pink I’ve had in my collection since I was about 15, and so I was a bit apprehensive about it, and after application remain so. It’s a true baby sweetie pink in the bottle, but not in a bright, trashy way. It is very subtle. Application, as with all OPI, was fine (picture is 2 coats) but I just don’t know what I think of the colour. My camera isn’t sophisticated at all, so the flash hasn’t done me any favours here, and the colour comes out a lot ‘whiter’ than it is. Looking at it on my nails now, it’s quite sheer (I can still see the tips of my nails) but it is a real pink sheer. It almost looks as if my nails have grown brand new baby-coloured nails overnight; they’re like my own nails, but shiner and more pink. And I don’t really know if I like it. In some lights it’s a lovely sheer, glossy rose hue, but in others you can’t see it at all. When I’ve got the time, I’ll swatch again with three coats to see what difference that makes, but I have a feeling it’ll end up a bubblegum colour, which, although good for some, doesn’t work on me. I don’t do pink. Usually.
The other thing is it’s not really a true reflection of the bottle colour either. If it was more opaque on application I think it would make a difference, i.e. if it was more obvious, but it’s almost as if the nail polish is apologising for being pink and is trying to tone itself down by being so sheer it might as well be clear.
Obviously I’ve gone mad now, creating some sort of cripplingly shy nail varnish with issues expressing itself, but I really don’t know what else to say. I’m just not impressed or unimpressed. It just is. I don’t know…maybe it would show better on darker skin tones? I just might as well have used a pinky base coat and be done with it. MEH.

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