It isn't often I get overly excited when it comes to nail polish collection releases and collaborations. The OPI partnership with Gwen Stefani was an exception. I found myself excited to see what this collection would offer when it was first announced in October. The collection will feature seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss- Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”
Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is only available in a boxed set ($18.95 CAD), which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. I don't have the boxed set to show you but I do have the beautiful polish! The other two creme shades are I Sing in Color, a rich blackened burgundy, and Hey Baby a bright pink.
Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. The matte gold effect of Love.Angel.Music.Baby is so fun. A lovely and less garish way to sport gold nails. The matte black effect of 4 in the Morning is so cool. I think this is probably my favourite shade in the collection. In True Stefani Fashion is a gorgeous silver holo glitter polish that is quite dense and gives a beautiful effect in only a single coat. It could easily be worn alone with 3 coats.
I wish I could show you proper nail swatches but I have the saddest nubbins right now. All swatches shown are with 2 coats and no top coat. You can see how glossy the finish is on the creme shades!
Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. I don't have this shade to show you but it sounds fun!
The collection will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $18.95 CAN.
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