theagoraphobicfashionista@gmail.com

Thursday, 8 November 2012

OPI and the Overhype

One thing I've mentioned briefly on here before is overhype. It's always something I've been so careful about. Because I think about where every penny in this household goes I don't allow myself to buy into the hype so to speak. Yup... it's going to be one of *those* posts. Note the word overhype.

One brand that I had heard about SO much was OPI. Specifically The Rainbow Connection glitter polish. And then I started reading more and more OPI reviews, started looking at swatches and it's fair to say it was a brand at the forefront of my lust list. 

Recently Fragrance Direct launched a range of OPI nail lacquers at an extremely competitive price. For one week I debated which colour to treat myself to. I even pulled my husband into the decision making process. It was hard. First ever OPI? Had to be a good 'un. So I opted for a ''fail safe'' red.

OPI Nail Lacquer
Big Hair Big Nails


I loved the colour upon seeing it. You can't go far wrong with a good bright red shade.


3 heavy coats later....



So. Incredibly. Unimpressed. 

I had expected a good solid colour, instead after 3 coats the polish was still semi translucent. A couple of people told me to try up to about 5 or 6 coats for opaqueness but honestly? For the price a polish by OPI goes for, 3 coats is already pushing it enough in my opinion. 


OPI Big Hair Big Nails... Big flop.

Will I try another? Don't get me wrong if I spy The Rainbow Connection within my budget I'll be snapping it up. And maybe someday I'll try another basic OPI lacquer but for now consider me relatively put off and hugely disappointed. 

Beware the hype. 

Sera
xo

39 comments:

  1. so disappointing! their glitters are lovely (i have bring on the bling which is an amazing gold) but i can't really rave about any other plain shades that i have. they're average at best. especially compared to the likes of models own and barry m, which are nearly always opaque in just two coats and are less than half the price!

    helen xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It sounds gorgeous Helen, I didn't look into the shade I was buying turns out it's meant to be semi sheer. Ah well!

      Delete
  2. 3 coats is ridiculous! All of the opi's I have tried have even pretty good but not amazing.. Definitely an overhyped brand! Especially considering they are so, so expensive. Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm of the school of thought that budget beauty brands more than hold a candle to their more expensive counterparts - I still firmly believe that ;) x

      Delete
  3. That's awful!and they are so expensive:( I recently tried nails inc (the free one with glamour ) and I was very impressed but I'm still not sure I could spend that much on polish xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nails inc is fab! I got the Tate last year and then picked up the red one in Glamour there so so so impressed but still would only ever pick them up on offer x

      Delete
  4. oh they are expensive! glad i read this review!! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think for this polish in particular unless you're looking a semi sheer jelly like appearance it's not the right shade. Might try another....

      Delete
  5. This is from the texas collection which was what opi calls a sorbet finish, basically they were pretty much all semi-sheer finishes. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Emma, at least I know to stay away from that now! x

      Delete
  6. I love opi! I can honestly say every polish of theirs that I have tried has been great. BUT every brand has the of dud, I'd definitely give it another go, I have a gorgeous red called red got ayres rock that is opaque and gorgeous after one coat. Think you mighta just got the bad one of the bunch chick :( try Sally's if there's one up your way, they usually have a bin of them hugely discounted. Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll look out for that one Bex, this one just wasn't for me :( x

      Delete
  7. awhh I love OPI... very disappointing to hear that! x Marina

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OPI and I (on this occasion) were not to be :( hopefully I'll get to try one that's better! x

      Delete
  8. I saw this shade in TKMaxx the other day and thought it was really pretty. This isn't one of their normal polishes though, so don't be put off! It's a "Sorbet" finish one (just OPI's name for a jelly) so it's supposed to go on sheer and then after three usually thick coats, it looks glossy but semi sheer and squidgy like jelly! I think that finish doesn't suit everybody, especially those with longer nails with a visible free edge (my free edge is so white that it really shows through) but I love the look on shorter nails.

    Also polishes like this are great for glitter sandwiches. Alternate one layer of the jelly with a chunky glitter and keep going and the effect is gorgeous!

    Alternatively, just paint on a coat of white and it'll make the coral/red look opaque.

    Sorry didn't want this comment to be so long, but I'd hate to think you were disappointed! I only have about 10 OPIs and I love them, they're all creme finish and take 2 coats maximum with amazing so you should definitely try some more! Just google them before you buy and read a few blogs so you're 100% that you like the finish! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AHHHHHH! Thanks Fay!! Glad I know that now xx

      Delete
  9. I've not tried Opi polishes before, but this sounds so disappointing for an expensive brand. The colour looks just like Barry M's Bright Red. I think I'll be sticking to that £2.99 beauty instead of splurging on something that doesn't deliver!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Barry M is fab right enough - I've their indigo, gold foil and red wine and I adore them all (would love more!) x

      Delete
  10. Hum, I've had nothing but good experience with OPI, but I've only had dark colours I got in a mini set as a gift (black, dark red, purple etc.) but I also used it with their 321 base, topcoat and strengthener (also very expensive). I chose a dark blue to wear for my wedding and wore base, two coats of polish and clear top coat. It lasted a week and I got lots of comments on how good my nails were.

    I think the colours are nice, but the thing that makes them stand our against cheaper brands is that they last such a long time and shine so well, but to be honest is this is so dependent on the clear topcoat then you could try that with a cheaper polish?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh, I only have one bottle of OPI, a lilac one which I really do like, but I only got it because I found it really cheap on ebay. I don't think I use nail polish often enough for it to be worth paying the OPI price tag.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think regardless of how often I'd use it it's still a little on the pricey side for nail polish x

      Delete
  12. I have a feeling this is one of their jelly ones which are meant to have a sheer finish to them. I don't personally like these but I have tons of their solid, creme finish ones and LOVE them!
    Don't give up just yet...try another one because they really do have the most beautiful colour range and the ones I have are all lovely solid colours. Ebay is a good place to buy them from, or the mini collections that are 4 cute dinky bottles for £11. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is indeed Mrs D. The minis sound a great wee bargain I'll definitely look out for them! Thanks :) x

      Delete
  13. Hi Sera, I have to say, I've only ever had 2 OPI polishes and both have been really good. The first one I got was called something like 16 candles on the cake or something and was a lovely red - infact it was the first red I'd ever worn and it was amazing to put on and the finish were spot on (good brush). I actually used that varnish as the bar for all other polishes and how well they apply. The latest one I got was Skyfall - yup, I fell for the hype. I've got a feeling that the brush is not as good - not as precise but I can't fault the actual polish itself. I don't know anything about the jelly ones but I don't think I would be keen on those - I like my solid shades.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good to know Sue! And yay on your first red! I've jotted that name down so I'll remember to keep my eyes peeled for bargains ;) x

      Delete
  14. It's still a lovely colour on you. Right to beware of buying into something just because of the name though! I find many Rimmel polishes very good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I'll be more hesitant in future Ash x

      Delete
  15. I got this shade on discount in Sally's and thought it would be a good toenail shade but it was wayyyy too sheer to use for toes!
    I did use it on my fingernails though and really liked it - I've two coats on here:
    http://www.belfastbeautylove.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/notd-opi-big-hair-big-nails.html
    I guess it depends what you expect from a polish, but I really liked it!
    S xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just been over to have a look and it looks so much better on you!xx

      Delete
  16. Really nice colour, what a shame about the finish! I only own an OPI top coat... never felt the need to buy any of the colours when there are no many cheaper polishes on the market.

    www.charlottescollection.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  17. I work as a beauty therapist and use Opi constantly and have loads of shades and have to say I have only ever had one like this, all my others (about 30) are just 2 coats and your done. Sad that this was your first purchase x

    ReplyDelete
  18. AGH! I was such a HUGE OPI fan until last week when I bought one of their German collection 'Germanicure' and it was 3 boats and still practically see-through. Super disappointing, but I have no other problems with the rest of my collection (aside from the price, but God bless coupons!)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I absolutely love OPI. I have about 20 shades, and I show no signs of stopping. Most of the colours I have are wonderful, however there are a few sheer ones; Guy Meets Gal-Veston, I'm looking at you! I think you just need to be wary of the shades you choose. Good luck with your next OPI purchase.

    Nicola:
    www.the-dailyswatch.blogspot.co.uk
    @nicolayoung13
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  20. Don't buy Rainbow Connection. There are a million dupes. Essence - Circus Confetti is one, Technic do one, China Glaze have another one coming - Pizzazz, and OPI duped themselves - Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the S-Kylie is basically Rainbow Connection in a different bottle and you can get that on Littlewoods/Very.co.uk, keep an eye out for after-Christmas sales or voucher codes, that's when I buy my Nicoles from Littlewoods xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've seen the technic one have to pick it up yet though xx

      Delete

Love to hear back from everyone!
Sera x