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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – OPI Your Royal Shine-ness & Servin Up Silver from the OPI Glam Slam! England Collection

opi your royal shine-ness and opi servin up silver nail polish from the opi glam slam! england collection for summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

After I posted about the OPI Glam Slam! England duo with Grape…Set…Match quite a few of you requested that I also share my thoughts on Your Royal Shine-ness. To be honest, I wasn’t even planning to talk about this polish because it looked like just another silver foil in the bottle and I have more than my share of those.

Turns out I have to thank you all for prodding me into giving it a whirl because it ended up being one of those “Don’t judge a book by its cover” kind of moments. And isn’t that the whole point of this series and my blog in general? Keep reading to see what I mean.


Formula & Application: OPI nail polishes are now 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin) and free of camphor, which can be an irritant. This is a new development as OPI’s pre-Texas were only 3-Free. I just wish OPI had changed the color of the print on the labels so buyers can identify 4-Free polishes like they did when they made the switch to 3-Free.

The OPI Pro Wide Brush is flat, wide and medium in length. It’s of average stiffness and easily spreads out on the nail when pressed. The only downside to the Pro Wide brush is that it can be too wide for slim fingers or little toes.

As with most foil metallics, this polish gives great coverage in two coats and unlike traditional metallics, it doesn’t leave you with brush stroke madness on the surface. The formula is smooth and workable, which is great for amateur polishers.

As I mentioned above, I didn’t expect much from OPI Your Royal Shine-ness. I ASSumed it to be a twin to some of the other great foil metallics I own; China Glaze Cheers To You, Orly Shine and Sonia Kashuk Smoke & Mirrors. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is more unique than that. YRS-ness actually has a bit of a tarnished feel thanks to the mix of silver and gold foil particles. That allows the color to look both silver and slightly pewter depending on the light. To me, this is like the foil version of Spark de Triomphe with its mix of silver and gold glitter.

opi your royal shine-ness nail polish swatch from the opi glam slam! england collection for summer 2011

Adding a layer of OPI Servin Up Silver amps up this look to full-out disco ball dance party. The fine holographic micro-glitter particles light up your nails like multi-color twinkle lights while the larger holographic sequins create bursts of color whenever the light hits them. This would make an amazing NYE manicure and an eye catching summer pedicure. But you better make sure your feet aren’t busted if you wear this on your toes because everyone will be looking down to check out this combo.

opi servin' up silver nail polish swatch from the opi glam slam! england collection for summer 2011

Bottom Line: I know better than to trust a bottle yet I completely ignored my own advice and thankfully I listened to all of you and gave Your Royal Shine-ness a try. It turned out to be quite an original metallic. If you happen to shy away from silvers because they are too cool for your skin tone, this may be the perfect solution for you. The gold really warms up what could be a very cold color.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: No doubt about it… STASH!

OPI Your Royal Shine-ness and Servin Up Silver from the OPI Glam Slam! England collection are available now at salons and spas nationwide including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret and ULTA. OPI nail polishes retail for $8.50/ea and the Glam Slam! duos retail for $14.95 for two .5oz bottles.

Which of the two OPI Glam Slam! England duos do you prefer? How are you feeling about Your Royal Shine-ness? Do you know of other foil metallics that mix silver & gold like this one? What nail polish have you tried lately that looked unimpressive in the bottle but ended up winning you over on the nail?

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  1. Nailderella says:

    It seems really nice! I love that it looks quite “warm”! Thanks, great review!

  2. Laura says:

    Wow! This looks like an amazing colour! Especially because I love silver tones as they match almost everything.
    Too bad I’d already busted my budget on another OPI colour. T_T

  3. Kristina says:

    I just got my Chanel Graphite polish delivered yesterday, yes I’m an early adopter LOL. I will be curious to see if it looks anything like the OPI Your Royal Shineness. These pics look great, thanks!

  4. lciaravi says:

    Oh my! I was really underwhelmed by this when I saw it. The ads were so ‘meh’ , yeah i’ve seen it before. thank you for the enlightenment which may also lighten my wallet. They’re both SO gorgeous!

  5. I love this! You have the first swatches I’ve seen that don’t show just silver. I am deff convinced now that I need it! Thank you!

  6. Gabriela says:

    I just read about how formaldehyde has now been listed as a cancer causing chemical (via Naturalnews.com) and to know that OPI has taken the next step to keep up with the times….I look forward to growing my OPI collection. About your review :) I love glitters and mettalics (although metallics are not forgiving on overdue mani/pedi) but after seeing the holographic glitter I’m definitely getting this set!!! Thanks for the review!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hi Gabriela, just to clarify, OPI has removed Formaldehyde Resin from their polish formula which is a different ingredient than Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde was never in nail polish, only some treatment products. However, it’s been found that some people have allergies to Form. Resin which I believe is the reason brands are moving towards removing it from their formulas.

  7. olga says:

    Servin up silver is just gorgeous!!! I wonder how it’ll look like on top of other colors.

  8. NailPolishFan says:

    I didn’t think that I was going to like this nail polish collection at all, but I have to say that these are really pretty nail polishes.And I like how you get a nail polish and either a shatter or sparkle nail polish with it.The nail polish color that looked unimpressive in the bottle but looks great on my nails is Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue.In the bottle it looks like flat periwinkle, but on the nail it’s bright, but not to bright.But it does have a funny smell to it. That’s okay though I still like it{:)

  9. Danielle says:

    I made the same assumption and this puppy is sitting in my untrieds. Maybe I’ll give it a go too!

  10. maya says:

    I love it, can’t wait to own it. I don’t have the purple/grape one either, but I prefer this one based on swatches.

  11. Tara says:

    I love silvers and glitters! I’m going to have to get my hands on this collection!

  12. Sarah says:

    I just wanted to mention that not all of OPI is 4 free now. It seems like they are trying for that, but havn’t made the switch yet. some of the Pirates had formlyhide resin in them.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I’ve checked four of my six Pirates bottles and they are all 4-Free, the other two have sample labels so it doesn’t include the ingredients. Which polishes have Formaldehyde Resin? The ones I’ve looked at all list Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin which is different.

  13. Deb says:

    OH. MY GOSH. That’s a gorgeous combination! I’m sure it’s already too late for me to get these, but I feel like I need them.

  14. Rachel says:

    Wow, that really is unexpected! I might have to pick this up now!

  15. Kayla says:

    these are fantastic! i need to buy asap.

  16. ach167 says:

    I’m just loving all these duos! I would love to wear this as a party manicure for the summer.

    Do you know if Serena wore one of these duos at Wimbledon? It looked like she could of been wearing the Grape…Set…Match with an accent nail in a white with glitter??? But it almost looked too dark, maybe she wore a navy? I would love to see her sporting these collections!

  17. Chris says:

    This would be a great color to wear to a party! Super sparkly!

  18. Chelsea says:

    I love this manicure! I have been doing this combination (silver foil with silver/holo glitter) for a couple of years. I call it “disco robot”

  19. Carrie says:

    Man, I want Serving Up Silver so hard now, the other is a bit gold for my taste (I like my silvers on the cool side) but that other is just gorgeous.

  20. Tiffany says:

    Love the polishes – they’re available now? They aren’t even showing on OPI’s website…
    Also, I thought it was called Servin’ Up Sparkle??

  21. Susan says:

    This combo looks so much like “Looks Like Rain, Dear” from Sephora.

  22. Sarah B says:

    I couldn’t wait til NYE to try this out as a manicure and you weren’t kidding about a disco dance party! Love this combo!

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