Due to her hit song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, Mariah Carey is as much a staple of the Holiday Season as Bing Crosby. And thanks to my mom’s office, where holiday music plays non-stop from Thanksgiving until the new year, it is ingrained in my brain.
For that reason, it makes perfect sense that OPI would continue its collaboration with Mariah in their holiday collection, OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013. Only this year, not only do we get the usual twelve shades, six being red, we get six new Liquid Sand shades as well. Today, I’m focusing on the non-red portion of the twelve.
Formula & Application: OPI is a 4-free brand (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde Resin). 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.
Because there is such variation in application, opacity and finish with these shades, I’ll address that individually.
OPI All Sparkly and Gold is a burnished, antique gold fine glitter in a jelly-like, sheer base. It’s build-able, becoming opaque in three coats, drying with a texture that requires a thick top coat for a smooth finish. And yes, removal is a bother.
File Under: What was OPI thinking! OPI I Snow You Love Me is kind of a disaster. In theory, it should be a fun layering top coat, with all those holographic, faceted glitters that look like rhinestones. The problem… they are so heavy that they sink to the bottom and even after minutes of shaking, I was lucky to get more than two pieces on a nail. Pass!
OPI My Favorite Ornament is a pale champagne fine glitter in a sheer, squishy base that is easy to control. It reminds me of Essie Beyond Cozy only it’s a bit more golden. The first coat goes on kind of sheer but with three coats, it’s pretty opaque. Like All Sparkly and Gold, it eats top coat so use something like Seche Vite for a smooth finish.
OPI Ski Slope Sweetie is a frosty white flecked shimmer filled with golden pearl. It’s like sun hitting fresh snow. It lacks in opacity so even after three coats, you can see the nail. But, because of the heavy gold shimmer, the color looks opaque when light reflects on it.
OPI Warm Me Up is a cool, silvery dark brown shimmer. The base is like a Hershey Special Dark bar, chocolate-y but not in a warm, hot cocoa way. This one applied rather patchy so while I could get away with two coats on some nails, when I did a full manicure with it, I felt a third coat was necessary.
OPI Wonderous Star [sic] has a clear base filled with icy, crystal flecks and a smattering of black hexagonal glitter. It’s easy to manipulate and you don’t have to work to get the black glitter on the nail but even after three coats, it’s not opaque. It’s best used as a top coat over other shades, though you can certainly wear it on its own.
Bottom Line: I’m all about glitter and sparkle during the holidays so shades like All Sparkly and Gold and My Favorite Ornament are all me, all day long. I’ve been wearing Warm Me Up and I love its cool, unique take on vampy polish so it gets two thumbs up from me. Since Ski Slope Sweetie is similar to China Glaze White Cap, I don’t deem it a necessity.
OPI Mariah Carey Holiday is available now at salons and select retailers nationwide, including ULTA stores and ULTA.com. OPI nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Which shades from this part of the collection are you digging? Have you tried any of these yet? Are you into the black glitter in Wonderous Star?
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