Mani Monday: OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 -- The First Swatches of the Complete 18-Shade Collection

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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 nail polish collection

All I want for Christmas is OPI! Well, some of it anyway. “This season is all about red, glitter and texture for nails” – so says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive VP & Artistic Director. If that’s true, then the brand-spanking-new OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Limited Edition collection is bang on. Almost.

The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection features a whole whack of reds, a couple burgundy shades, and a big bunch of Liquid Sand polishes. We don’t think you’ll need the whole collection. There are two or three shades we think are special, but we’ve swatched all of them for you so you can make your own decisions. Without further ado, we're wicked chuffed (too chuffed to wait for Monday) to bring you the first images of the entire OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection – that’s right, all 18 bottles.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection -- The Red

OPI Cute Little Vixen Holiday 2013

OPI Cute Little Vixen

OPI Cute Little Vixen: a low-shimmer, slightly metallic red with violet undertones.

OPI Underneath the Mistletoe Holiday 2013

OPI Underneath the Mistletoe

OPI Underneath the Mistletoe: a dark red with just enough glitter to give it a nice little punch.

OPI All I Want for Christmas is OPI Holiday 2013

OPI All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)

OPI All I Want For Christmas (is OPI): a solid red cream you’d expect from OPI. They say it’s maroon, I say it’s poppy.

OPI In My Santa Suit Holiday 2013

OPI In My Santa Suit

OPI In My Santa Suit: perfect shimmery holiday red. I’m going to say it’s poppy again, this time plus a nice silvery shimmer.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection -- The Burgundy

OPI Visions of Love Holiday 2013

OPI Visions of Love

OPI Visions of Love: a seductive mahogany red with winter written all over it.

OPI Sleigh Ride for Two Holiday 2013

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two: beautiful seductive mahogany red (hmm… where have I heard that before?) with a slight shimmer.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection -- The Glitter

OPI My Favourite Ornament Holiday 2013

OPI My Favorite Ornament

OPI My Favorite Ornament: pretty, pretty bright sparkly gold glitter.

OPI Wondrous Star Holiday 2013

OPI Wondrous Star

OPI Wondrous Star: My first look at the bottle brought high hopes. But I’ve done three coats there and it simply reminds me of black pepper. Maybe I should have done five? And then I had this really great idea…

OPI All Sparkly and Gold with Wondrous Star Holiday 2013

OPI All Sparkly And Gold + an accent nail of OPI Wondrous Star

OPI All Sparkly And Gold  + an accent nail of OPI Wondrous Star: Ah Ha! I found the joy. That’s one coat of Wondrous Star on my ring finger over a complete two-coat mani of All Sparkly And Gold.

OPI I Snow You Love Me Holiday 2013

OPI I Snow You Love Me

OPI I Snow You Love Me: I pulled out the brush, looked at the size of the three bits of confetti that came up, and decided that instead of trying to paint it on, I’d use a pair of tweezers and make a disco ball accent nail. Don’t judge – I’m a nail painter, not a nail artist. It’s pretty in the bottle but I just have NO idea what to do with it. (See my glitter-placement inspiration here at chalkboardnails.com -- that woman is An Artist.)

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection -- The Other Two

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie Holiday 2013

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie: sheer with white and gold pearlescent shimmer. I dig it. (Winter wedding, anyone?)

OPI Warm Me Up - Holiday 2013

OPI Warm Me Up

OPI Warm Me Up: If I were forced to pick a favourite.... It’s a stunning chocolate espresso with the best subtle glimmer of silver. Holiday? I dunno. Fall/Winter? Yes! Yes! Yes!

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 -- The Liquid Sand

OPI All Sparkly and Gold Holiday 2013

OPI All Sparkly & Gold

OPI All Sparkly & Gold: I showed this glitter shade to you earlier in this post; a closer look is nice.

OPI It's Frosty Outside Liquid Sand Holiday 2013

OPI It’s Frosty Outside Liquid Sand

OPI It’s Frosty Outside Liquid Sand: Oh, a frosted silver sand! Surprise! Not.

OPI Baby Please Come Home Liquid Sand Holiday 2013

OPI Baby Please Come Home Liquid Sand

OPI Baby Please Come Home Liquid Sand: Now that’s just pretty. When you look at the bottle, you know that it’s going to be the best kind of silvery lilac Liquid Sand. It is.

OPI Make Him Mine and OPI Silent Stars Go By Holiday 2013

OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand (left) and OPI Silent Stars Go By Liquid Sand (right)

OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand (left) and OPI Silent Stars Go By Liquid Sand (right) You’re looking at this image and thinking exactly what I thought, right? On my left hand is Make Him Mine (OPI uses the word “rose” to describe it) and on my right, Silent Stars Go By (OPI uses the word “pink” for this one). I use the words “too much the same, why stick both into one collection, OPI?” to cover both.

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight Liquid Sand Holiday 2013

OPI Kiss Me at Midnight Liquid Sand

OPI Kiss Me at Midnight Liquid Sand: Huh, blue Liquid Sand for Holiday. I don’t get it.

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand Holiday 2013

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand: And finally, to round it all up and leave you with what I think is the best of the whole shebang, it’s OPI Emotions Liquid Sand. It’s flat black and it’s textured, it’s coal-like and somehow magical. It.Is.Stunning. Gimmie That.

Now you’ve seen it all, let us discuss this 2013 Mariah Carey Holiday collection from OPI. Come on, you know you wanna.

The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection ($10.95 each) is available from professional salons, spas, TradeSecrets and Amazon.com.

Manicures & Photographs Karen Falcon (sometimes she wishes she had an extra hand).
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