Hello, my lovelies! How are you doing today?
I am super excited because I have 6 of the shades of OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection for the Holidays*to share with you.That means that is SWATCH TIME!! Are you ready to choose your nail colour for the Holidays?
The Breakfast at Tiffany's collection is an homage to the iconic movie starred by Audrey Hepburn which happens to celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year! Are you a fan of Audrey? You bet I am, and I couldn't miss this collection for the world.
This collection includes plenty of reds, from the darkest oxblood, to the brightest red that'd make your eyes tear, as it is a nuance many of us choose for complimenting our chic outfits during the Holiday season. But there are also a few other shades in it, all of them very sophisticated and glamorous. The collection includes 12 new shades in regular nail polish, of which you can have a preview here. In addition, there are 6 new shades in the Infinite Shine formula, out of which 5 are completely different from the regular range. So there you go 12 + 5 =17 new colours. Totally craaaazy!
What is Infinite Shine and how is it different from the regular nail polish?
Infinite Shine is an OPI range of nail polish with a special hybrid formulation, that applies like regular nail polish but behaves like gel, without needing UV lamp. This kind of nail polish needs a specific basecoat and topcoat from OPI. You can learn more about it on the articles I wrote here and here. You easily recognise the bottle from afar thanks to its glossy silver cap, whereas the regular polishes have matte black caps.
For all the colours I am swatching today, I've used "OPI Primer" as basecoat and the "Gloss infinite shine" topcoat, both are supposed to seal the manicure and make it shine and last like gel.
Soooo... without further ado: INTO THE SWATCHES!!
First is I believe in Manicures, the name evokes a quote by Audrey Hepburn. This is described like precious light blue, and that's exactly what it is. I had no trouble what so ever applying this colour (it wasn't always like that for me, let's say my relationship with Infinite Shine formulas has had highs and lows). It was perfectly opaque in two coats. I can't stop staring at this blue it is delicate, modern and chic at the same time!
Next is Girls Love Pearls. Welcome to brushstroke city! I love love love this shade, and I wanted so much to make it work. I was extra careful when applying it still the brushstrokes were showing terribly. I supposed the topcoat would help to smoothen things out. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. I'm so sorry! I really wanted to love this one. It is opaque in two coats, and if you don't really mind brush strokes (which aren't that visible from afar, the truth being told) then you might want to give it a try. I'm a brushstroke-phobic, so I can't cope with it.
But who could ever say no to the darkest of dark purples? I'll have a Manhattan shows purple in most lighting situations, but it is almost black with a hint of purple. Elegant, sophisticated, opaque in two effortless coats, smooooooth and glossier than glass.
What are you saying, purple is not your thing? Seriously? Well, then tell me you wouldn't wear this "burnished mahogany" with your little black dress and totally slay! Party at Holly's is so classy and timeless! It applies like butter, I seriously believe OPI has been working hard on its Infinite Shine formulas. This is definitely flawless.
If a colour has ever been red carpet ready, this is it. Can't tame a wild thing is literally screaming "Bring me my OSCAR pleazzze!" Young, modern, fizzy, fresh and red!! what else can you ask to a nail polish? Glossy as you could see your reflection on it? Got it. She is the winner.
Ring the buzzer again is a more traditional scarlet red that will fit the highest exigencies of sophistication (don't make me say... posh... there you go I said it). You can't go wrong with this kind of shades and I truly believe every woman should have a scarlet red in her vanity! This one applied like a dream in two breezy coats.
Application, wearing and removal
All the six shades were super nice to work with, fully opaque in two coats and all were super smooth and glossy except Girls love pearls which shows brushstrokes. My first experience with this range last year was not that good but I am happy to see how much the Infinite Shine formulation has improved. Thumbs up for that!
As the Infinite Shine formula has a long-wearing claim, I have done a wearing test with two of the shades, using, of course, the Infinite Shine primer and topcoat. I chose I'll have a Manhattan and Party at Holly's for the test. While the latter lasted perfectly for 7 days with minimal signs of tip wear, which on me is a great result, Party at Holly's chipped on the 5th day, which is not all that great. To be completely fair, I should say I have been doing all my regular household chores -and them some- and I'm not precisely gentle with my nails. Anyway, for a long lasting nail polish it could do better.
Removal was easy as cake, even for the darkest colours I only used acetone-free polish remover and I did not experience any kind of staining or weird things. So it does behave as regular nail polish in that respect.
The Breakfast at Tiffany's collection is utterly glamorous! Whichever shade you choose you'll be sure to nail it (but seriously whoever is going to pick just ONE, right?).
The OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's collection launched in mid-October 2016 in Switzerland and will be available for at least three months. The regular nail polishes retail at the recommended price of 19.90 CHF/bottle (15 ml) and the Infinite Shine polishes retail for 24.90 CHF/bottle (15ml). All the colours are available in GelColor as well. You can find your nearest point of sale here: www.opiswiss.ch/wheretobuy.
*Press samples. The opinions on this article are purely my own.