OPI Gwen Stefani: Swatched, Reviewed and Comparison-Swatched Too

by Karen Falcon on 12 December 2013 · 14 comments

Gwen Stefani_OPIMy geeky sister has flown the coop so it’s up to me to keep ya’ll entertained for a little while. That’s okay by me. I got stuff to show you! Check it out: It’s the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection of Standout Color in Breakthrough Finishes that’s launching next month. How’s THAT for entertainment? Plus, comparison swatches of similar shades from other brands…. Let’s do this!

In January, OPI and celebrity partner Gwen Stefani will release seven (I only have 6 of ’em to show you today) new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes…

OPI Gwen Stefani Love Angel Music BabyOPI Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby A gold with silvery shimmer. This right here is tied for my favourite from this new collection. It goes on like a dream and dries to a semi-matte finish that is stunning. Love. Angel. Music. Baby looks incredibly glossy when you’re applying it but wait for it… oooh… satiny smooth matte finish.

OPI Gwen Stefani I Sing In ColorOPI Gwen Stefani I Sing In Color Meh. It’s one of those vampy wintery blackened burgundy crème gloss shades that everyone has seen a million times before. Here, I’ll prove it:

OPI Gwen Stefani I Sing In Color Comparison SwatchOPI Gwen Stefani I Sing In Color comparison swatches

OPI Gwen Stefani 4 In The MorningOPI Gwen Stefani 4 In The Morning My other favourite. Lookit that stunning satin finish! You’ll want to use a light touch with this particular shade as the polish consistency is a little thin. The first coat isn’t going to be pretty but keep going and your second coat will give you complete coverage like I’m showing you there. Gimmie that.

OPI Gwen Stefani 4 In The Morning w In True Stefani Fasion TopOPI Gwen Stefani 4 In The Morning with In True Stefani Fashion Glitter Coat If you’re not a fan of satin or semi-matte finishes, OPI has kindly built this fab top coat into the collection. In recent memory, I don’t recall seeing any glitter coat with squares in it like this – I dig it.

OPI Gwen Stefani Hey Baby w In True Stefani Fashion Top CoatOPI Gwen Stefani Hey Baby with In True Stefani Fashion Glitter Coat Here again is In True Stefani Fashion Glitter Coat. I didn’t get any squares in it this time but that’s okay. Layered over Hey Baby, it makes me think of cupcakes ’n sugar.

OPI Gwen Stefani Hey BabyOPI Gwen Stefani Hey Baby And then we should talk about Hey Baby by itself. It’s a glossy pink crème lacquer that’s not the best crème I’ve ever used – but it’s also not the worst. The self-leveling component is a little lacking so you’ll need two generous coats to get good coverage. Yes, it’s pretty. Yes, you’ve seen it before:

OPI Gwen Stefani Hey Baby Comparison SwatchesOPI Gwen Stefani Hey Baby comparison swatches

OPI Gwen Stefani Over & Over A-GwenOPI Gwen Stefani Over & Over A-Gwen Ta Da! It’s the Gwen Stefani Signature Shade and it’s actually going to be available in a boxed set that, sadly, I don’t have to show you.

OPI Gwen Stefani_signature shade box_over and over a-gwen and swarovski elementsThe OPI Gwen Stefani Over and Over A-Gwen nail art boxed set will include Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs. It’s also gonna have nail glue in there for easy application.

UPDATE: If you wanna see how it looks on nails (of course you do!), hop over to thepolishaholic.com forJenn Karr’s OPI Gwen Stefani Nail Art show and tell.

gwen stefani signature shade w swarovski accentsObviously, though, I do have the individual lacquer — which by itself, is 100% nothing to write home about. The only important thing to note is that upon removal, it’ll stain your cuticles and side walls something shocking (as reds like this often do). With the addition of the nail art goodies in the boxed set, perhaps I’ll change my tune. As of now, I will say that I think Over & Over is a particularly apt name for this uninspired signature shade of red. See?

OPI Gwen Stefani Over & Over A-Gwen Comparison SwatchesOPI Gwen Stefani Over & Over A-Gwen comparison swatches

At the time of posting, the OPI Gwen Stefani Push and Shove shade and OPI Gwen Stefani Lay Down that Base top coat are not yet available for preview. Push and Shove is apparently a bold chrome hue to be worn without a topcoat but requires a special complementary (and also complimentary with purchase of Push and Shove) base coat Lay Down that Base. Word on the virtual street is that one thin coat of Lay Down That Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove will yield an intense, mirrored finish – that’s something I’m really looking forward to playing with. I’ll keep ya’ll updated but in the meantime, anything here strike your fancy?

The OPI Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Lacquers ($10.95 each) will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and Swarovski Elements will retail for $18.95.

Manis ’n photos by Karen Falcon (her hands are freezing cold) ©2013 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com

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Everything In Time » Swatches and Reviews of All the Gwen for OPI Nail Lacquers
20 December 2013 at 7:14 pm

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Danielle 12 December 2013 at 1:21 pm

I am kind of disappointed in this collection, especially since it was created with Gwen Stetani in mind. I was hoping for something a little more out of the box and unique.


Karen Mani-Geek 12 December 2013 at 1:27 pm

I absolutely agree – sorta. The box of tricks that goes with Over & Over A-Gwen still has to come in for preview and so does the Lay Down that Base/Push and Shove combo. As a reviewer, I have to reserved judgement until I’ve seen it all but so far, I tend to agree with your assessment. Guess we’ll hafta wait ‘n see!


Ricky 12 December 2013 at 2:53 pm

Where can I find those awesome nail wheels you used for the comparison swatches?


Karen Mani-Geek 12 December 2013 at 3:17 pm

They ARE kinda great, aren’t they? You can’t really label stuff on them and worse than that, you can’t get ‘em here. They were special delivery – direct from China.


Melody 12 December 2013 at 8:46 pm

I like the I Sing In Colour as I don’t have a polish that dark yet. I have been looking for a true chrome finish polish for about three years now, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it when it comes out!


Nicole 16 December 2013 at 12:56 am

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and 4 in the Morning are both pretty but beyond that, I have at least one version of the other three colors in my collection already, and I don’t even like reds and pinks that much. Though I do think Over & Over is probably the perfect red for Gwen, it’s just not at all unique. I’ll be interested to see Push & Shove.


Kat 16 December 2013 at 12:27 pm

I really like your commentary! And thanks for the honesty, I agree that this collection is lacking a little bit.


Karen Mani-Geek 16 December 2013 at 12:46 pm

Your comment totally made my day!
Thank YOU!


Gillian 30 January 2014 at 2:28 am

Problem is that Gwen has a unique style whilst these polishes don’t!. They should have come up with a collection with no dupes and the likes of which we hadn’t seen before…
If I’d been deciding, I’d have done a stamping set instead of studs so that you could create Gwen’s hounds-tooth check and other paterns, I’d have done an amazing unique white, and I’d have done some crazy Harajuku Girls decals and add-ons.


Florence 22 February 2014 at 5:18 pm

I own Over & Over A-Gwen and it is fabulous. Its a classic red cream which is exactly what I was looking for. I wear it with seche clear basecoat and seche vite topcoat with no nail staining. Also today, after 4 days, it doesn’t have a single chip, only wear lines across the tops (and I hand wash my dishes with no gloves). I am a red fanatic and this is the best performing red I own. Top notch!


Amanda 26 March 2014 at 1:22 pm

Hi. Where did you get your awesome swatch wheel? Thanks!


Karen Mani-Geek 26 March 2014 at 5:38 pm

Funny you should ask… Ricky also asked up there – I’m lucky to have a delivery girl who brings ‘em home when she comes.


Amanda 26 March 2014 at 8:59 pm

Thanks. Maybe I’ll order some from eBay. :)


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