Get ready, because this is a big collection of nail polishes for the season. The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection is a fantastic mix of classic red and sparkle shades, mixed in with six Liquid Sand polishes.
Mariah Carey is truly synonymous with the holiday season, says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. People around the world listen to her festive, iconic songs – ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is a personal favorite – and these 18 lacquers evoke the warmth, beauty, energy and positive spirit that’s present in Mariah’s music.
I mean, can anyone disagree with that? “All I Want For Christmas is You” is probably the most played Christmas song during the holiday season, and after all these years, it still manages to be a huge hit. There are eighteen limited edition shades in this collection, and I have all of them for you inside!
I grouped the eighteen shades into three groups of six. The first group contains almost all shades of red with the exception of a sparkling gold. Let’s take a look:
All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI): A classic maroon creme shade. Rich, sultry, and sophisticated. It was opaque in two coats.
Cute Little Vixen: A shimmering red-violet shade. It’s funny, in the bottle it doesn’t really look that purple to me, but you can really see how much the violet tones pop out. It’s a really pretty shade that looks darker around the edges and brighter in the middle of the nail. Opaque in two coats.
In My Santa Suit: Another classic red, with a subtle metallic glow to it. So shiny and very opaque in just two coats.
Visions of Love: A rich burgundy creme that just so happens to be one of my favorite colors for the fall and winter. It reminds me of OPI’s “Lincoln Park After Dark” which is a classic favorite of mine. Perfectly opaque in two coats.
Underneath The Mistletoe: A candy apple red jelly-based polish with bright red glitter suspended in the jelly. Just gorgeous. This also had a surprisingly great formula for having a jelly base…it only required two coats.
My Favorite Ornament: A champagne glitter that just so happens to be VERY opaque in two coats. This is a lovely glitter shade to work with and reminds me of New Year’s Eve!
The second group of six polishes is an eclectic mix of glitters and shimmers. Let’s look at the next group of swatches:
Sleigh Ride For Two: A chocolate-brown burgundy shade that I find to be beautiful. It almost looks like a shimmering merlot color, but it also has tones of chocolate brown in there. Again, this was perfectly opaque in two coats.
Warm Me Up: A metallic olive-grey that was rich and only needed two coats. This is a great classic metallic shade for fall and winter, although nothing too terribly unique.
Ski Slope Sweetie: Holy gorgeousness. I don’t know if I have anything in my collection quite like this polish. It is a golden pearl shade with a VERY noticeable golden reflect to it. It was a little thick but nothing that you can’t work with. I used two coats for the swatch above. This is beautiful for the holiday season and beyond, especially those of you who need to wear more conservative shades to the office but still want something with some personality.
Wonderous Star: A gold-flecked shimmer with bits of black glitter in it. This took two coats and the black glitter inside of it went on evenly, which I was happy about. This is another shade that reminds me of New Year’s Eve, and could work for the office since it’s demure, but contains little pieces of glitter.
All Sparkly and Gold: Pure gold glitter suspended in a jelly base. This needed three coats, but it was very opaque after those three coats.
I Snow You Love Me: This is a classic OPI glitter fail. It’s a clear polish with loads of large holographic glitter that sinks down to the bottom. Unless you feel like going fishing with a toothpick in a bottle of nail polish, I’d steer clear of this polish, because all you’re going to get is clear polish (and maybe one speck of glitter if you’re lucky).
The last group of six polishes are all OPI Liquid Sand formula shades. These are to be used without a top coat and they are left to dry matte, but with a sparkling finish. Take a look:
Silent Stars Go By: Textured light pink-champagne sparkle. Not everyone is a fan of the Liquid Sand finish, but I love it. I think it looks unique, edgy, and the polish lasts a long time on your nails. This took two coats.
Make Him Mine: A glistening rose-gold glitter. L-O-V-E. I adore rose gold anything and this shade delivers. It has specks of silvery looking glitter in it as well which really just completes the effect. Opaque in two coats.
Baby Please Come Home: A sparkling, glittery lilac shade. Opaque in two coats and really lovely for an eye-catching manicure or pedicure.
It’s Frosty Outside: A classic sparkling silver metallic glitter. The formula on all of these Liquid Sand polishes is fantastic.
Kiss Me At Midnight: A frosted ice blue with loads of glitter in it. I was really excited to try this shade because it’s the one polish that stands out amongst the reds, shimmers, and metallics. This is perfectly reminiscent of winter and New Year’s. Stunning.
Emotions: A classic textured black. I have to confess that I was a little baffled as to why they included a plain black in the collection but then I realized they are calling this a “coal” shade, so I guess it makes sense. I’m not a huge fan of the textured look with non-sparkle shades, but I know some people are. This one required three coats.
The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection is limited edition and will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
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