Monday, August 22, 2011
When I was younger (like 5 or 6), I wanted to be in pageants. I used to wear frilly dresses all the time and parade around in my mom's heels. Sometime's there'd be a faux feather boa or two in the mix.
Anyway, ever since then, I've had a soft spot for pageants. And Miss Universe is a big one!! So, I wasn't surprised that OPI came out with its very own Miss Universe collection to celebrate the event (it should have come sooner!) I also couldn't wait to see it because the Miss Universe competition just screams glitz and I knew this collection would deliver the goods!
There are four shades in the collection. Here are the swatches:
Congeniality is my Middle Name is a bright red shimmer that can go from looking more berry-hued (like in the above pic) to looking like more or an orange-ish red, depending on the lighting. Basically though, I'd consider it a berry shimmer with pink, purple, orange and a hint of blue shimmer to it. It sounds like an awful lot of shimmer packed into one polish, but the shimmer is super fine and together it makes a fabulous shade.
Swimsuit...Nailed it! is a fun blue color with some silver shimmer to it. I also detect maybe some darker tones, like a pewter shade mixed in somehow. It's definitely a pretty blue hue, but just isn't my fave in the collection. I love blue on nails, but for some reason this polish just isn't grabbing me as much as the others.
It's My Year is easily my top pick from the collection. It's a medium plum-based shade packed with tons of shimmer in a plethora of pinky-purple hues. There's also a decent amount of gold shimmer that gives the polish a foil-esque finish. I'm so incredibly in love with this shade--it looks like a completely different color depending on the light, but still manages to get the base plum shade through. This is one shade that has a guaranteed spot in my fave10 polishes for the season!
Crown Me Already is incredibly perfect to top off this collection. It's a chunky silver glitter polish with different sized glitter flecks throughout. It looks great on it's own, but I've tried it over tons of solid OPI hues and it really enhances any polish out there. This shade has all the glitz and glamour that you'd expect from Miss Universe (and then some!)
The whole collection is fabbity-fabulous and is totally worthy of winning its very own crown!
If you'd like to try out the polishes, you can find them at professional salons and spas nationwide including national chains Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA for about $8 each.
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