NOTW: OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not nail swatch.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not nail swatch with white/silver  jewelry.

Ah Paris..so much to see so little time.  That magical city has great meaning for me, Paris was the destination of my honeymoon.  Being the history fanatic I am, my husband knew better than to suggest some tropical paradise for our first vacation as husband and wife. Surrounded by such amazing works from Michelangelo to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Louvre was as close to heaven on earth as there could have been.  So when OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not ($8 US/.5 fl. oz.) caught my attention, I could not help but see if the color, formula, and wear were as magical as it’s namesake.

The Color/Formula:

The color of this polish is very appealing.  OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not contains pink, blue, and red micro shimmers suspended in a violet base color.  Gorgeous!  This is one of those colors that will appear true on the nails to what is seen in the bottle. Louvre is not too vampy, it will not appear dark in natural lighting, it does reflect a blue sheen in sunlight and flash photography.  The formula is typical OPI, it has a medium consistence and glides effortlessly on the nails without any streaks.  Opacity is reached in two silky coats.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not swatch.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not swatch.

The Pros:

The price of this polish should be enough of a pro, however I cannot stop there.  The wear time is fantastic, I could get five days without any chipping.  This will vary according to one’s activities.  The brush is wonderful, it splays out nicely to coat the nails in 3 strokes or less.  Louvre has such color depth, this color will be suitable on a variety of skin tones, nail lengths, and age groups.  This color will also pair nicely with white/silver or yellow metal jewelry and any outfit imaginable.  The amount/price ratio and availability are also quite alluring.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not against gold jewelry.

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not with gold jewelry.

The Cons:

Do be careful and apply a base coat, this color can tend to stain the nails during removal.  However, IMHO, Illamasqua polishes and Deborah Lippmann’s Bitches Brew are the worse offenders for staining.  Using pure acetone or Zoya nail polish remover usually solves this issue.

OPI polishes are sold online everywhere (or so it seems).  In store OPI is sold in Ulta, Harmon, Target, some Bed Bath and Beyond locations, and some CVS locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you, if a trip to Paris to visit The Louvre is not in the immediate future, take comfort in knowing OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not is just as appealing and complex as the grand museum it is named after.  Should you invest in OPI?  Oui mon ami.  Should you visit the Louvre in your lifetime? Assolutamente.  Appreciate everything this wonderful world has to offer.   As Confusious once said,

Everything has beauty, but not everyone see it.

Take pleasure in the beauty around yourself and within yourself.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees.

There are some things I will not do for the sake of self-preservation.  I will not drink, smoke, go bungee jumping, ride a motorcycle, go camping, swim in deep waters (or any water…I cannot swim), wear a bathing suit (shield your eyes), or ski.  OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees ($8 US/.5 fl. oz.) is as adventurous I as will get!

The Color:

The color of this beauty is a bit difficult to capture.  There are very fine shimmers scattered throughout this seemingly cream formula.  I tried to photographed Suzi against various backgrounds to showcase this deep navy/gray concoction.  Oh, what dedication.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees against a white background.

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees against a white background.

Suzi lasted on my nails 5 days before any chips began to surface.  As always, wear time depends on one’s activities.  OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees is also a 95% duplicate color for Dior Blue Label nail lacquer and the limited edition Nars Galion.  Blue Label has a touch more blue in its formula, Nars Galion is deeper and does not have the super fine shimmers that are present in Suzi.  I owned and returned Blue Label because the brush, IMHO, is a poor design.  I found it nearly impossible to achieve a flawless manicure. Admittedly, Dior’s formula is better than OPI’s, but I could not justify owning a $24 nail polish when Suzi was so similar.  I put that money toward a Tom Ford Blush brush 🙂

The Formula/Pros:

This is one of my favorite nail polishes.  However, Suzi has a very thin consistency, the first coat is very streaky, you may question whether this polish will retain its texture.  Suzi does correct herself, with the addition of a second coat; she becomes cohesive and opaque right before your very eyes.  After two coats, the results are smooth, dark and refined.  All trickery is rectified 🙂  The brush is lovely and well suited on a variety of nail widths and lengths.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

OPI Suzy Skis in the Pyrenees.

The Cons:

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees does resemble a black polish from afar.  It’s complexity is revealed only from a close proximity. In store, availability is an issue.  You can easily acquire Suzi online from various websites.  My local Ulta had it for the longest time and now Suzi seems to have encountered a dry spell.  Regardless, the following online shops are stocked at the time of this post:  Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Drugstore.com, SalonSavings.com and Overstock.com.  OPI is sold, in stores, at Ulta, Harmon, some Bed, Bath & Beyond locations, and some CVS locations.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you missed out on Nars Galion or are unwilling to spend the money on Dior Blue Label, give OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees a whirl.  In the spirit of integrity, Suzi is not very appealing on the first coat, but the second coat does lay all doubts to rest.  I don’t know about Suzi, but rest assured, I will not be braving the cold in the Pyrenees mountains.  I much rather sail along to neighboring France, stop off at a cafe, and wrap my perfectly dark manicured fingers around a buttery croissant.  Yeah I said it, I ‘m a “City Gal” all the way.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

 

NOTW: OPI Bubble Bath.

OPI Bubble Bath.

OPI Bubble Bath.

This has been a very long week.  For anyone who has older kids, this week and next week is “Finals week”…It represents the finality of my patience and vitality!  I needed something on my nails that was quick and easy.  My choice for this task was OPI’s Bubble Bath ($7 US/ .5 fl oz).

The Pros:

For starters, OPI happens to be one of the best “drugstore” nail polish brands on the market.  The formula of their polishes are fairly consistent throughout the line.  As you can observe by the picture above, Bubble Bath gives the nails an instant polished and elegant look.  This pinky/beige color is appropriate for all events, outfits and nail lengths.  The brush on OPI polishes is right up my alley; it is slightly wide.  OPI’s brush is not as euphoric as Rococo, but it is pretty darn close.  The most attractive feature is the price!  Depending on what retail location you choose to shop, OPI Bubble Bath can range anywhere from $6-9 dollars.

The Cons:

For every Ying there is a Yang.  OPI has faults as well.  This polish needs three coats to reach the opacity shown in the above photo.  There was nothing quick or easy about the application.  With the addition of a base and top coat,  five coats of polish were needed to make Bubble Bath work.  Does anyone have the time or inclination to apply this much polish to their nails?  I certainly do not.  However, I did for the sake of this post.  I rarely use this polish because of how labor intensive it can be.  Can you visualize the beads of sweat forming on my forehead?  Oh, the horror(a)!!!  What drama.

OPI Bubble Bath ingredient list.

OPI Bubble Bath ingredient list.

If you are wondering where the ingredient list is located for OPI polishes, it is hidden under the name of the polish, under the base of the bottle.  Tricky OPI…under careful scrutiny, my eye spies Formaldehyde Resin as an ingredient.  Formaldehyde Resin is used to make nail polish shiny and durable.  This ingredient can be a problematic for those who have sensitivities to Formaldehyde in general.  If that is the case, Deborah Lippmann’s polishes are 4-free (no formaldehyde, no toluene, no DBP, and no formaldehyde resin).

OPI Bubble Bath is not limited edition and can be readily found on Ebay, Amazon.com, Ulta and several online shops.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to consider OPI Bubble Bath for the color, affordability and accessibility.  However, if these three factors are of no concern to you, blow all caution to the wind and search for a similar color that does not require so much work.  For the love of all that is good and pure, I have enough on my plate with “Finals”….I need not have nail polish stealing precious moments away from my already fleeting life.  Told ya… I can be dramatic!!!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-