Sheers and bridal shades aren’t really my thing. Mainly because I hate the look of my natural nails and need full coverage. However, a couple of the OPI Soft Shades 2015 colors look intriguing in the bottle. And after reader Magda commented earlier this week that she is a fan of the pink glitter, I figured it was time to dive in and give the collection a try.
Formula & Application
OPI nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP) though it’s been brought to my attention that some colors contain Formaldehyde Resin, but not all. Since my sample bottles don’t come with retail labels, I have no idea of which shades may contain the allergen. It’s best to check the label in store before purchasing.
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.
There is a lot of variation in pigmentation and application in this collection, so I’ll address that below. And there are no comparisons in this review.
OPI Act Your Beige! is a creamy cameo-type beige. It is sheer, milky, and applies smoothly. I built it up with three coats to give you a better idea of the color.
OPI Make Light of the Situation is a clear-based sparkly top coat. It’s a mix of fine, pearly shimmer, crystal clear glass flecks, and small, hexagonal, holographic glitters that create an eye-catching effect. I used one coat over Act Your Beige! and OMG is it stunning. Pictures truly don’t do it justice.
OPI Chiffon My Mind is a crystallized cream. It’s too streaky to be worn as a sheer, but needs four coats to build up. I think it’s the iridescent pearl that causes the problem. It makes the consistency a bit thicker and chalky feeling.
OPI Put it in Neutral is a pink-y nude creme. Like Act Your Beige!, it’s intended to be worn sheer, but I found it streaky. I used three coats here to best show the color.
OPI Petal Soft is a clear-based glitter with baby pink hex glitter, tiny white round glitters and large white floral pieces. I applied two coats over Put it in Neutral and, despite some serious rolling of the bottle, had to dig for the flower.
OPI This Silver’s Mine is a muddled, pewter frost metallic. To put it bluntly, it’s a giant PITA to apply. I tried it over two different base coats, waiting for them to fully dry, and it was a streaky, lumpy disaster. I’m showing it with three coats over Seche Vite and it’s still not great.
Bottom Line: I’ll give myself credit for trying a Soft Shades collection since I normally pass them by. With the lone exception being Make Light of the Situation (a MUST imo), the collection is a snore-fest of poorly constructed shades. And it’s not just because they’re sheers or neutrals (aka not my style). If they were well made, I’ll be happy to recommend them. On that note, Act Your Beige! is fine for a neutral sheer, but it’s not a game-changer. The rest, don’t waste your money.
The OPI Soft Shades 2015 collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillards, Regis, ULTA and online at LoxaBeauty.com, ULTA.com and eBay.com. OPI nail polish retails for $9.50/ea. For more info, visit OPI.com.
Thoughts on the Soft Shades? How often do you were sheers or neutrals? Do you plan to get any of these? Make Light of the Situation, maybe? Say yes, it’s so good!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.