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OPI Hello Kitty Collection Swatches & Review

By on January 7, 2016
in OPI, Spring 2016
OPI Hello Kitty nail polish collection

OPI Hello Kitty nail polish collection

When I first heard about the OPI Hello Kitty collection last summer I sighed and thought, “Here come ALL THE PINKS!” If you know me, and by now I assume most of you do, you know pink is not my taste. That being said, the Hello Kitty universe is very much a celebration of all things adorable in pink and primary hues. In that sense, OPI embodied the Sanrio sweetheart’s spirit yet they managed to create some unique pinks that melted this pink-hater’s heart.

Formula & Application

OPI Hello Kitty nail polish is 4-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin). It’s been brought to my attention that some colors are 3-Free, and contain Formaldehyde Resin, while others are 4-Free (w/o Form. Resin). The colors in this collection are 4-Free. If you have a Formaldehyde Resin allergy it is 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.

Since there is a wide range of finishes and pigment levels in this collection, I’m going to address application individually below.


OPI 5 Apples Tall is a bright red creme. It leans a little warm, but I would consider it a pretty true red. The formula has a good, thin flow with decent pigmentation. I was able to see a bit of my free edge through the second coat, so I used three thin coats, but those with a heavier hand may get away with less.

OPI 5 Apples Tall - Hello Kitty

OPI 5 Apples Tall – Hello Kitty

OPI 5 Apples Tall comparison

OPI 5 Apples Tall comparison

OPI Charmmy & Sugar is a lavender-laced pink pearlescent shimmer mixed with small multi-colored hex glitter. The metallic nature of the shimmer base allows the sheer formula to provide decent coverage. I used three coats here, and you can still see my tips on camera, but in person it’s not as noticeable. The foil-esque quality makes it pretty reflective. As you can see below, it’s a bit a of chameleon in that the pink shimmer hides in direct light. You see it more at an angle. Also, it’s unique to my collection, with China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum being the only thing even remotely similar, and they don’t have the same smooth glitter finish.

OPI Charmmy  & Sugar - Hello Kitty

OPI Charmmy & Sugar – Hello Kitty

OPI Charmmy & Sugar comparison

OPI Charmmy & Sugar comparison

OPI Kitty White is a semi-sheer shimmer with the same iridescent quality as Charmmy & Sugar. In the swatch picture you can’t really see that there are tiny pink and blue specks floating in the sea of icy white. I used three coats here, so pigmentation is lacking. Because the formula is so thin and smooth, I would consider this a layering color. OPI Girls Love Diamonds is Kitty White’s closest cousin with Diamonds being more pigmented. I would opt for GLD if you want full coverage, Kitty White if you want to layer.

OPI Kitty White - Hello Kitty

OPI Kitty White – Hello Kitty

OPI Kitty White comparison

OPI Kitty White comparison

OPI Let’s Be Friends is a milky, cool baby pink creme. It’s thick with pigment, but I could tell on the first coat that it’s a bit streaky, so I floated a generous bead of polish over the nail to avoid streaks. In spite of that, I still needed three coats to get full coverage. Though with three coats it looks kind of thick on the nail. It looks like a neutral on its own, but next to Zoya Dot and essie Romper Room you can see how pink it actually is.

OPI Let's Be Friends - Hello Kitty

OPI Let’s Be Friends – Hello Kitty

OPI Let's Be Friends comparison

OPI Let’s Be Friends comparison

OPI Look at My Bow! is a cool, bubblegum pink. It’s bright, but not neon, and the formula is lusciously creamy. It’s a little less pigmented than I would like, so I used three coats here. Milani Color Statement Doll Face is just as saturated, but a little warmer.

OPI Look at My Bow! - Hello Kitty

OPI Look at My Bow! – Hello Kitty

OPI Look At My Bow! comparison

OPI Look At My Bow! comparison

OPI My Pal Joey is a true, primary blue creme. It’s really well-crafted. The formula is silky smooth and pigmented. It’s a joy to apply, delivering full coverage in two thin coats. What I love most is that it’s like NOTHING else in my stash. Zoya Sia is darker, JINsoon Cool Blue is more cobalt and intense. It’s a blue unicorn!

OPI My Pal Joey - Hello Kitty

OPI My Pal Joey – Hello Kitty

OPI My Pal Joey comparison

OPI My Pal Joey comparison

OPI My Twin Mimmy is a taxi-cab yellow creme. Like most yellows, it is plagued by formula issues. It’s streaky, thick with pigment and lumpy. I used three coats here and it’s still not great, but four coats would have taken forever to dry. Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine and Zoya Darcy are both pretty close to Mimmy, enough that you only need one of the three.

OPI My Twin Mimmy - Hello Kitty

OPI My Twin Mimmy – Hello Kitty

OPI My Twin Mimmy comparison

OPI My Twin Mimmy comparison

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! is a jet black creme. It’s really saturated with pigment, barely needing two coats. In a world where a lot of blacks are sheer on the first coat, this one stands out. That’s what sets it apart from OPI Black Onyx, better coverage.

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! - Hello Kitty

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! – Hello Kitty

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! comparison

OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends! comparison

OPI Small+Cute=♥ is a rosy pink creme. It falls between Let’s Be Friends and Look at My Bow! in tone, but is definitely on the warm side though I wouldn’t call it peachy. Just more of a soft blush. I had some issues with streaking due to the thicker feel. That meant I needed three coats for full coverage. In comparison, Nubar Cover Girl is more subdued while JINsoon Dolly Pink is cooler.

OPI Small+Cute=♥ - Hello Kitty

OPI Small+Cute=♥ – Hello Kitty

OPI Small+Cute=♥ comparison

OPI Small+Cute=♥ comparison

OPI Spoken from the Heart is a raspberry creme. Like My Pal Joey, the formula is flawless. Thin, pigmented and so smooth. Two coats = perfection. Because it’s such a warm shade, it doesn’t have any color twins in my collection. OPI described it as a coral, but I’m not seeing that. Essie Peach Daiquiri is the closest I could find, but Spoken from the Heart is much much better. I’m kind of regretting not using this at my last pedicure. I think it will make anyone look more tan, if you like that kind of thing (my pasty self does!).

OPI Spoken from the Heart - Hello Kitty

OPI Spoken from the Heart – Hello Kitty

OPI Spoken from the Heart comparison

OPI Spoken from the Heart comparison

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel is a smooth fuchsia glitter mix. It’s a fine full-coverage glitter that looks like crushed gems. I only needed two coats and was happy to find that it doesn’t eat top coat. All of my pink glitters are either too warm or too light, so I’m showing shimmers next to it simply for color reference. I’d say the color is a blend of CND Sultry Sunset and Marc Jacobs Oui.

OPI Starry Eye for Dear Daniel - Hello Kitty

OPI Starry Eye for Dear Daniel – Hello Kitty

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel comparison

OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel comparison

OPI Super Cute in Pink is a Barney purple creme in that it leans pink. Some might call it pink on its own, but next to all the other colors it really screams purple. Like the other darker cremes in this collection, the formula has great flow and delivers on coverage, becoming opaque with two coats. While I don’t have an exact match for this one, I feel like there are a lot of close calls for this shade. Formula X Gemini isn’t far off, just more pink.

OPI Super Cute in Pink - Hello Kitty

OPI Super Cute in Pink – Hello Kitty

OPI Super Cute in Pink comparison

OPI Super Cute in Pink comparison

OPI Say Hello Kitty is a special-edition color that is only sold as part of a kit with Swarovski crystal bow accents. It is a hot magenta flecked shimmer. The bottle shows that some of the particles have a golden tint, but it doesn’t really show up on the nail, except to add a hint of warmth. The formula has a squishy texture that requires a thinner application to avoid lumps or pulling the polish at the tips. It’s a bit on the sheer side, to suspend the shimmer, so I used three coats. Compared to OPI Ladies & Magenta-men, Say Hello Kitty is more sparkly and lighter.

OPI Say Hello Kitty! - Hello Kitty

OPI Say Hello Kitty! – Hello Kitty

OPI Say Hello Kitty comparison

OPI Say Hello Kitty comparison

Bottom Line: OPI Hello Kitty was a total surprise for me. As I mentioned at the start, I don’t really do pink, yet I found myself attracted to quite a few of them in this collection, enjoying their girly sweetness. Being a sucker for sparkle and collector packaging, Say Hello Kitty is a winner. And the uniqueness of Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel and Spoken from the Heart with their top-notch formulas make them stand-outs. My Pal Joey is a no-brainer. It just makes me happy, to apply and wear. Charmmy & Sugar is intriguing, but a bit too cloying for me. It feels well-suited to a younger audience. The only one that definitely gets a pass from me is My Twin Mimmy. There are better yellows in nail world than this lumpy mess.

OPI Hello Kitty is available now at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, and ULTA. OPI nail polish retails for $9.50/ea. The LE Say Hello Kitty package retails for $19.95. You can find OPI Hello Kitty online at,,, For more info, visit

Are you planning to snag any of the OPI Hello Kitty colors? How do you think OPI did at representing the HK world? 

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    The caps of these bottles are cute with the Hello Kitty faces on it. Some fun bright shades too.

  2. Arathael says:

    Very nice pix/swatches! I am not a big fan of cremes, so I will probably pass (except maybe the blue), the shimmers/glitters are not bad…

  3. Cindi says:

    I just took off Let’s Be Friends and Charmmy & Sugar that I wore all week. They are a pretty combo. I did pick up My Pal Joey and Spoken From the Heart too. OPI did an outstanding job with representing Hello Kitty and even Look At My Bow! is the same exact color as Hello Kitty’s bow. Well done, OPI.

  4. Em says:

    I agree with you 100%, I am not a pink polish fan yet I found myself buying nearly all of these. The formula for my 5 Apples Tall was AWFUL though, thick and goopy so I am hoping I got a flub bottle. But beware, I think wear time on these are horrible. They chip so much quicker than other OPIs I own…I was hoping to see if you had input as to if you experienced the same? Otherwise great swatches and awesome review as usual..thank you!

    • Bummer that 5 Apples Tall was such a mess for you. I hope it was an isolated incident. You should see if you can exchange the bottle. I haven’t worn any of the colors for an extended period of time, so I can’t speak to the chipping.

  5. Natalie Brown says:

    As a Hello Kitty and nail polish collector, I’m so excited about these shades! I think they did a really great job and the glitter and pinks are for sure my favorites. Thanks for the beautiful swatches and in-depth review of each. :)

  6. kel h. says:

    look at my bow and spoken from the heart are my wins here. i love pinks!

  7. Amanda says:

    I, like you, am NOT a fan of pinks. That lead to me having a similar train of thought as you, that this would be filled with pinks and therefore perfect for my pink AND Hello Kitty loving nieces. I too turned out a bit wrong, cuz I like a fair amount of these! The ones I’m most drawn to are Charmy & Sugar, Kitty White, Never Have Too Many Friends, Spoken From the Heart, Starry-EyeD For Dear Daniel, and Say Hello Kitty. I probably won’t get all of them, especially not the LE one at that price, but I do like the look! Thanks for sharing, Michelle!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Its a pass for me since I don’t do pinks either, and the rest don’t call to me in any way other than “meh”, but that said they seem to live up to the HK name overall. Pink lovers will rejoice I’m sure :)

  9. Raabh says:

    Hi, Michelle! Greetings form Brazil!

    I’m not a big fan of pink either, but I really liked Super Cute in Pink.
    I got My Pal Joey and Starry Eyed for Dear Daniel. I’m thankful that they did other colors in this collection besides pink, without going out of the ehole HK universe.
    Beautiful swatches, as always!

  10. I love pink but I never thought at this age I’d fall for a Hello Kitty collection, but every shade is a winner. Charmmy & Sugar is too cute for words!

  11. Amazing post Michelle! Your comparison swatches are fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to do those, I know they take quite some time. I think OPI did a fantastic job at representing the HK world. These are all so cute and adorable which is what represents HK :) Thanks for sharing!!

  12. What an amazing post! Your swatches and your comparison swatches are incredibly helpful. I’m loving OPI Super Cute in Pink– it has the perfect amount of purple in it.

  13. This collection is perfectly the Kitty herself! Love every single one!

  14. MarciaF says:

    I think OPI picked perfect colors for Hello Kitty. I’d never want the black or yellow but they do fit. As a fan of pink nails once in a while I’d have fun picking out which ones to wear.

  15. Erika says:

    I have my eyes on a handful of the polishes in this collection. Your review of the individual shades has cemented my choices.

  16. Julie says:

    There’s definitely a lot of pinks in this collection, but they are all so pretty and wearable. I love your side by side swatches against similar colors!

  17. Shipra says:

    LOVE Hello Kitty! These are just too cute – love Chammy & Sugar the most! <3

  18. Honeygirlk says:

    I LOVE Hello Kitty. I definitely think that this collection screams her :)

  19. Candy says:

    Hi! First time here. Thank you for the in-depth info. I ordered the blue and 5Apples sight unseen and now I’m trying to decide which additional colors to buy so this was very helpful!

  20. 5 Apples Tall is my favorite shade of the bunch.

  21. Tiki says:

    Is it bad that I would only want these for the caps. I have friend that is on the hunt for the collection. sigh

  22. Bailey says:

    The shades are very much HK appropriate, but I’m a little bummed they weren’t a bit more interesting.

  23. Destany says:

    I think I’m going to need My Pal Joey. That blue is stunning.

  24. Such a thorough review, thank you! Now I know for sure which ones I need to get.

  25. Casey says:

    I picked up My Pal Joey at JCPenney during a 2-for-$12 promotion in their salon (it worked out better than paying $10 just for the OPI Show Us Your Tips! I really wanted). It’s a nice mid-tone blue, and I don’t have anything like it since my other blue cremes are either darker or lighter. The rest of the collection got a pass – I’m trying to cut my polish buying down to only really unique colors this year and none of them passed muster.

    Is anyone else giving side-eye to the “limited edition” color? If the Swarovski bows are “free” as the box copy claims, that means OPI wants us to pay almost $20 for a not-terribly-unique fuchsia sparkle. Which, LOL FOREVER.

  26. Ashley Clevenger says:

    Super Cute in pink reminds me of Tokyo a go-go(?) From Morgan Taylor Hello Pretty Collection. I love all these HK. Sanrio has an official nail artist who did a super cute HK mani with these.

  27. Kelly says:

    I am loving Kitty White, Let’s Be Friends, Never Have Too Mani Friends!, and Super Cute in Pink shades.

  28. Candace says:

    The polishes are adorable and oh so colour-rich. I’ve been wanting to try them mostly just because of the name “Hello Kitty” lol (always been a fan) but it looks like most of them are pretty similar to the regular brand OPI polishes. That being said, I am also a sucker for the sparkle, so I will definitely be trying “Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel ” soon! Love these swatches, thanks for sharing.

  29. Chris says:

    I sort of dismissed My Pal Joey as just another blue creme. But now that you’ve declared it to be a blue unicorn, I must have it!

    I filled up my blue polish rack completely. Seriously. I have no idea where MPJ will live when it gets here. Lol.

  30. First of all, wow, did you buy them all yourself? Your Nails are so beatiful, lucky you.
    So talking about the colors. Even if it would be mostly pinks, I´d probably try two of them. But I think diversity is always important. I dont want to look like a teeny girl to a job interview for example :D.
    But all naked would also be a problem I guess.

    • Hi Renée! OPI provides me with product samples. I disclose that at the bottom of all my posts. And thank you for the compliment. I hate my nails, but the grass is always greener, you know?

  31. emmabovary says:

    I was really unsure about this collection and have to admit that I know little about HK in general, but I ended up buying Spoken From The Heart as it looked such a happy shade, I’m yet to wear it but am pretty confident I chose a winner and a colour I’ll get a lot of wear out of.

  32. Amy Graace says:

    I was out shopping and on a whim yesterday and decided to look for some new nail polishes. I had never heard of the Hello Kitty collection by OPI. In fact I was certain I was too old to buy anything Hello Kitty! However, I purchased “Let’s Be Friends”. I’ve been wanting a neutral pink-ish polish, but I have fair skin with pink tone, so normally pink nudes look terrible on me! This one was exactly what I have been wanting, its milky white with baby pink stands out perfectly on my skin, without being loud or obnoxious. I was still embarrassed to by Hello Kitty so I cut the wrapper off the top of the cap when I got home!!!! Anyway, I was thrilled to find your review of the collection and thank you for doing such an AWESOME job describing the polishes and providing the photos!!!! I’m actually now considering going back for 2 more colors from the collection.