OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees

Alicia’s nails, 2 coats, sunlight

Where are the Pyrenees? They are a chain of mountains in southwest Europe that borders France and Spain. This is very apt, considering that the polish is part of OPI’s Fall 2009 Spain collection. As you can see, two coats are inadequate. There are bald spots and the colour is less dense than ideal.

With three coats, you can see this polish is its full jelly grey glory. I decided to compare it with NARS Midnight Express because I thought they had similar consistencies. Both had a jelly texture, albeit Midnight Express more so than Suzi, while Suzi had a very subtle shimmer. I really like this polish. It somehow manages to be soft and dark at the same time.

With China Glaze Millenium and silver striper pen

I wore this look for a week, which is a long time for Poppynails-land.

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Urban Decay Shine On

Melissa’s nails, 2 coats, sunlight, iPhone picture

Urban Decay Shine On is a shimmery metallic bronze polish that’s not too gold and not too orange. It looks great on Melissa’s skin and was a breeze to apply.

These are all two coats. As you can see, the colour itensity of the polish is great and on par with MAC Originality. Compare this to the weak Revlon Copperglaze Platinum, which couldn’t cover anything with two coats. We can also see that Shine On’s gold/bronze is much more neutral than Originality.

Melissa’s nails, with OPI Black Shatter, sunlight, iPhone photo

And viola! A leopard theme manicure when Shine On is paired with OPI Black Shatter. After playing with Black Shatter for a few days, I think that it goes the best with glittery polishes. Somehow its matteness dulls the bottom colour so if you are using a creme, your entire manicure looks blah.

China Glaze Millenium

Alicia’s nails, 2 coats, sunlight

Millenium is from the 2009 Khrome collection, and is part of six other metallic colours. This is pure liquid silver and you can (almost!) see your reflection in your nails. The formula is excellent: smooth, opaque and dries very quickly. On the other hand, flaws show up easily so if you have any bumps or uneven ridges on your nails, it’s not very forgiving.

It’s a little crazy to wear on its own so I haven’t. However, I have used this extensively as French manicures and for nail designs, as you can see in the previous two posts. It’s really nice for Christmas- and New Year-themed nails.

With China Glaze Sugar High, artificial light

I dug up this old photograph of Millenium with Sugar High. Whoops! Can’t believe how shoddily painted it is. But anyways, you get the picture.

MAC Originality

This metallic gold/copper/bronze colour is part of MAC’s Pret-a-Papier Spring 2010 collection. Hands are kindly provided by Serena, whose foundation shade is Everyday Minerals in Buttered Tan. She is slightly tanner than I am. What a gorgeous colour! It’s like she dipped her hands into liquid metal.

I wish my hair were this shade of gold! Failing which, I have to settle for admiring her nails in MAC’s Originality.