I grew up spending many a night in car lots with my parents on our way home from eating out. My dad loved wandering through the rows of cars, with no pressure from salesmen, to check out the latest releases. And even though he has to own a van for work, the man loves American muscle cars. He used to fix up and drag race them before I was born.
I guess it’s no surprise that my first serious boyfriend was also into muscle cars, specifically the Ford Mustang (he owned a ’87 Fastback). Thanks to him and my dad, I know way more about the car than I should. For that reason, I was excited to see what the OPI Mustang collaboration, celebrating the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary, would bring us.
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.
In this collection, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, despite the variation in finishes, most of the colors deliver a smooth application and full coverage in two coats. Though the white and, oddly enough, the black are the opacity exceptions. Angel with a Leadfoot is a bit streaky while Queen of the Road goes on a bit sheer. Both need three coats.
OPI 50 Years of Style is a classic gold with a brushed finish to celebrate the Mustang’s Golden Anniversary. It a muted feel that reminds me of brushed metal car rims. As you can see, this one can suffer from brush marks so I find it best to apply a stroke down each side then finish with one smooth stroke down the middle.
OPI Angel With A Leadfoot is a creamy basic white. I don’t see much difference between it and Alpine Snow.
OPI Queen of the Road is a brown-based black with silver shimmer that is meant to be reminiscent of Mustang’s black interior. It’s a bit sheer but builds up well. It’s not quite as inky as Zoya Raven or Chanel Black Satin. The brown gives it a warm edge.
OPI Race Red threw me off. When the collection first arrived, I was like, “Where is Race Red?” All I see is an orange. Well, this very orange-based “red” is it. I would say it’s a burnt orange as there is no actual red in my collection that looks anything like it.
OPI The Sky’s The Limit is a brilliant blue chock full of gold and blue glass flecks. And before you say, Catch Me In Your Net, they’re actually very different. Similar finish, different base color. CMIYN is decidedly teal whereas this is firmly on the blue side of the line. Plus, Sky’s the Limit is so much more pigmented.
Bottom Line: This isn’t the first time OPI and Ford have partnered together. They released a trio of shades for the fifth generation of Mustang that launched in 2005 that included two reds and a silver.
Given that this is the anniversary, I expected them to stick to a classic color palette with a surprise or two. Though, I secretly hoped we’d see a shade based on the Ford Mystic paint from the 90s. I mean, wouldn’t you want to wear a multi-chrome based on this? Maybe next time.
That being said, I’m loving The Sky’s The Limit and Race Red, even though it’s not red, for their uniqueness. And I’m not really into pinks but Girls Love Ponies has a great formula.
OPI Mustang is available now at salons and select retailers nationwide including ULTA and ULTA.com. OPI nail polish retails for $9.50/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Thoughts on the OPI Mustang collection? Do you plan to pick up any of these shades? What kind of color do you associate with the Mustang?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for OPI. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy. Mustang image via TheMustangSource.com