OPI's Soft Shades collection for 2013 (sent for review) is a set of three sheers, three glitters and one new Liquid Sand shade, all inspired by Disney's Oz The Great And Powerful. I don't plan on seeing the film since the original one still terrifies me, but the polishes are pretty much the opposite of traumatizing and nightmare-inducing.
What? Come on. Don't try to tell me that the Wizard of Oz isn't scary. It is. ANYWAY. Soft Shades.
(over OPI Don't Burst My Bubble). A clear base (with slight blue-ish tinge) with medium square opalescent mylar glitter and large pearlized white glitter squares. I love the idea of this glitter but not so much the execution. The clear base is very thick and gooey and the glitter is very sparse which makes it difficult to apply. You end up with thick, globby nails and barely any glitter. I'm going to thin this and see if it applies any easier, but I still think it could use just a touch more glitter in the base so more ends up on the nail.
The formula on the cremes was good, and the glitters were smooth but thick. The sheer cremes have a thicker texture than last year's Ballet soft shades and were a little streakier for me, but maintain that same self-levelling super-glossy quality that I liked about the others. I didn't have trouble with any shade except Lights of Emerald City, which was thick and goopy. Dry time on these is very fast.
Pretty and delicate with a touch a glitter. Good for Spring or for office wear. I personally preferred the milky jelly look of the NYC Ballet Soft Shades (especially as a glitter sandwich), but these are still flattering and natural. They're neutral enough to be worn by a wide range of skin tones and they didn't give me a problem with streaking.
The Liquid Sand finish still doesn't have my heart, but I love What Wizardry Is This? with topcoat. Also: awesome name. I have to recite it all dramatically every time I say it. What wizardry is THIS??
This collection is available now!
(This was sent for review.)