Wednesday, April 17, 2013

OPI Oz The Great & Powerful Collection Review

When I first saw the Press release for this collection and I heard that there were several sheer colors, My heart sank. Sheer polishes are not something I use in general because of the longer nails. Since I constantly wear polish I tend to have staining on my nails. It's usually not very bad but the idea of a sheer made me feel exposed. I instantly made up my mind that this collection was going to be a nightmare. After swatching just a few my eyes started to open up and I was beginning to see this collection in a completely different light, what I thought were going to be nightmare polishes were actually looking really nice and they were all working so well together. I tend to hate more polishes than love but I didn't really have any in this group that I didn't like. Overall I liked this collection as a whole and I liked the versatility and how you can mix and match and get several different looks. My one issue with this collection is the fact that it is a collection based off the Oz movie and well I think we were all hoping for something more colorful. In conclusion this collection had a good flow for me!
Glints of Glinda
A very sheer light beige color. I used 4-5 coats on this. Not one I'd wear on it's own but I was surprised that I wasn't totally hating this sheer shade on my nails. Good for layering or as a base for a glitter. 

When Monkeys Fly
This polish has caused quite a stir in the Nail Polish community , mostly because of "taco glitters" that are throughout the polish. When I first laid eyes on this polish most of the glitters had sunk to the bottom of the bottle. I saw the large glitters and I just sighed and went meh.... No one likes taco glitter! Last I heard people were so unhappy with this polish that if i'm not mistaken OPI was offering Refunds or returns after being questioned about this polish on their Facebook page. I dropped out of the loop after that so I don't know if that's still the case. Anyway I thought there was no way I'd like this polish right off the bat.... Well to my surprise once I got it on my nails I started to see it in another light. The large gold "taco glitters" did not bug me. for the most part I was able to get them to lay flat on the nail. The aren't as curled as they look manly because they are highly reflective and the light makes them appear more curled than they are. I did use a few coats of top coat but that is nothing I'm not used to when I wear a bulky glitter like this, if you wear glitter loaded indies you know an extra coat or two of top coat just smooths everything over nicely. I did not have any glitters poking through my top coat. Even if you did have a corner poking through, did you know that once your nail is dry you can file that stubborn glitter piece and just top coat it and it's an instant fix! I had no problems with this and I felt very fancy and luxurious with this combo on my nails. The holo pieces were super holo paired next to the gold and I loved it!  I layered it over Glints of Glinda.

I added another coat of Glints of Glinda on top to create a Jelly Sandwich
Don't Burst My Bubble
I admit I was a little scared about this polish. The idea of a sheer white scared me because I wasn't sure I'd be able to properly cover my nails and make the polish look good. the ring finger and pinky have some staining that comes out in the picture but in person the staining was not noticeable. I don't remember how many coats I used in this swatch but just know it was quite a bit 4-6.. basically just kept going .The funny part is that I actually liked this polish a lot, I wouldn't wear it on it's own but I think it's a good layering polish and great for glitter sandwiches. It's a bright white sheer like I've never seen before! 

Lights of Emerald City
I love all iridescent glitter, especially squared! I love how over a light base you get a purple blue look but over a darker base it turns int a golden green look. This is really a simple polish you have two shapes a white square glitter and a square iridescent glitter. So pretty! I do find it funny that if you take a close look at the white glitters they all have a tiny little nub at one corner, from a distance you don't notice but when you stare at the nail you see it. Guess the die that cut the glitter was funky like that. I layered this over Don't burst my bubble. I did take a little time and worked on placing the white glitters where I wanted them to give it a more uniform look. The little extra work paid off. 

I added another coat of Don't burst my bubble on top to create a jelly sandwich. 
I Theodora You
Out of all the non glitter polishes in this collection, this one was a little more opaque than the others. it's  still on the sheer side and requires a few coats but it gave more coverage than the other two. While it's nice I can't help but feel I have several similar polishes like this already.

Which is Witch?
This is an interesting holo glitter mix. You've got three main shapes in play here, a lot of micro holo glitters followed by holo bar glitters and then you have a medium sized holo hex glitter that is more sparse. I like this crazy mix! With just one coat you get nice coverage. I did 2-3 coats layered over I Theodora You.

What Wizardry is This?
This is a textured polish and at first I did not think this color was for me but it ended up being a nice bronze color that looked great with my skin tone. I usually do not go for browns but this has just the right amount of metallic to it to make it slightly more interesting. 

with top coat


  1. I adore the glinda and monekys jelly sandwich :)

  2. There are some nice colors, but I was hoping for something more colorful for an collection based on Oz.

  3. I'm in love with Lights of Emerald City <3

  4. These look great on your long nails :)

  5. Great collection! Love the glitter sandwiches that you did :)

  6. yah, a little sleepy for something based off Oz. But it's still a great collection

  7. yes isn't that one great! love how it glows!

  8. great collection < I love all of them :)
    See you on IG

  9. jsut curious did your "lights of emerald city" bubble a little after you applied it? cause mine did and i was just wondering


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