Even before I was a beauty junkie, I had heard about the magic of OPI polishes. They were everywhere: drugstores, nail salons, beauty supply shops. Any time anyone was wearing a lacquer on their nails, it was a safe bet that they were wearing this brand. So, naturally, as my interest in cosmetics grew, I had to find out for myself what all the hype was about (not just with this brand, but with polish in general). I started off my collection with OPI Ink. This brand is famous for changing up it’s polish lineup several times a year, but for those who want to try this baby, it’s part of the permanent range (in their Brights section–don’t worry, it’s not that bright).
This polish is a beautiful dark royal purple–not blackened, but a touch darker than plum–with warm, ruby toned shimmer. The shimmer is fine and spread evenly throughout. The shimmer is more noticeable in brighter light, naturally, but isn’t invisible in dimmer conditions, either. It’s a beautiful shade, and unlike anything else I own (but my collection is very small). But it’s really just a purple with shimmer–not rare or impossible to dupe (even within the brand’s own range–Nevermore from their 2010 Halloween collection appears identical). (4/5)
I admit, polishes just hate sticking to my nails. It’s not so bad, since I like to switch up my manicure about every week. Most polishes can manage to get through that time. Sadly, OPI Ink wasn’t one of them–I had sizeable chipping after a measly two days. (2/5)
This lacquer has one of the thicker formulas I’ve come across on the market. It wasn’t so thick that it affected application, though. It still went on the nail smoothly and evenly, without any issues. The shimmer, as mentioned, also looks even and neatly placed on the nail without any work. It needed two coats for opacity, but was easily achieved. The dry time was normal, and the polish had a touch of natural sheen to it (but a shiny topcoat really makes the difference). So it applies nice enough, but didn’t have any real staying power. On the plus side, all of OPI’s polishes went 3-free in 2006. (3.5/5)
OPI polishes come in rounded, tapered glass bottles with rubberized caps. The caps are great because they’re long enough for all size fingers to comfortably hold and the rubberized texture keeps them from slipping. The brush was on the shorter side, but it got the job done well. These aren’t the smallest bottles in my collection, but they’re easy to store and look nice on display. (4.5/5)
I purchased my bottle from Ulta a while back for $8.50 USD, but the brand has since upped the cost to $9 USD a bottle. Each polish contains 0.5 fl oz., which is both the average cost and weight one would expect from a polish. I think the polish is lovely enough to warrant the price–it’s truthfully not a special polish, but it has no major flaws that would make me say it isn’t worth what you pay for. (5/5)
For being my first foray into OPI I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t impressed, either. The polish is nice, but not much else. I think the shimmer is what really draws appeal to this polish–even looking at it in the bottle, it’s reminiscent of deep space (and the effect translates to the nail), so it’s definitely pretty. But it’s not that uncommon, either. (3.5/5)
I think my lukewarm feelings about this polish are clear. It’s not bad, it’s not amazing, it’s good enough. This kind of purple is gorgeous for the cooler months (and is on trend for Pantone’s Color of the Year), but there’s nothing about this shade that makes me think you should run out and buy it, either. If you like it, try it. At this price point, it wouldn’t be a waste. (3.75) C+
OPI polishes are available at drugstores, mass retailers, beauty supply stores, salons, and cosmetic shops, like Ulta.
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