OPI GWEN STEFANI HOLIDAY 2014: ALL THE SWATCHES! #Epic

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Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 all swatches

The OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 collection is almost here (and has actually landed in some places). It’s big. We’re talking about 12 shades of polish, 6 limited edition glitter top coats, and one super spectacular 18k gold top coat to round the whole OPI Gwen Holiday palette out. Enough chit chat! You know what comes next, right? Prepare to go blind.

opi gwen stefani holiday = wrap it up!

So let’s crack on and check out some of the big reds for holiday, yes? I’ma stick all the glitter coats in here and there and slap up lotsa pictures from a couple different angles so you can see what a change in light does to the polish shade. Sometimes the difference is subtle and sometimes all it does is help show you the shimmer. Ready?

OPI What's Your Point-setta Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: what’s your point-settia? 

Oooh! Poppy red that’s a OCW!!! I love a OCW! and I love a poppy red so you know that right now, I’m smiling.

OPI So Elegant over OPI What's Your Point-Setta? Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: so elegant over what’s your point-settia?

Hmm.. I didn’t get a particularly good distribution of those big fat hex glitter bits. I think perhaps my technique needs work or those silver hex things needa be smaller. It’s pretty though – and festive.

OPI So Elegant over OPI What's Your Point-Setta? Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: so elegant over what’s your point-settia? .

Yeah.. my distribution sucks. Also, I slapped some topcoat over it on account of the sticky-out-y bits to try and level it out some. It worked – to a degree

OPI Cinnamon Sweet f08 Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: cinnamon sweet

Wait. If that other one was poppy, what’s this one? I’m gonna call this classic red because that’s what it is. Also, it’s a OCW!!!! Woot! I love that!

OPI Snow Globetrotter over OPI Cinnamon Sweet Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: snow globetrotter over cinnamon sweet.

And here’s another one of those limited edition OPI Gwen Stefani glitter coats. You know what’s in there? Super-light prism reflector hex glitter bits! What the heck am I talking about? Well you see that middle finger? You see that big blue-ish sorta glitter bit? Well it relects light and depending on the angle of viewing, it can look blue or yellow or rainbow-y. Neat, right?

OPI In a Holidaze f05_Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: in a holidaze

Ah. There it is. The perfect holiday red – the one with a good shot of blue in it to warm it all up. But this is a jelly sorta red. She’s thin (note the little dribble that’s flooded into the cuticle of middle finger) but she builds easily in two coats. Don’t overload your brush or it’ll be Flood City. Trust me on that, k?

OPI In a Holidaze Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: in a holidaze

From this angle she doesn’t look as warm but she’s still beautifully holiday.

OPI I'll Tinsel You In over OPI In a Holidaze_Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: i’ll tinsel you in over in a holidaze

Bar glitter? Sqare glitter? Dot glitter? Okay! It’s festivus maximus all up in here! That’s a single coat of the limited edition top coat – I loaded up one side of the brush, wiped the other side off on the bottle neck, and slapped the blob side down and did a push-‘n-pull to move it around and get even coverage. Sounds tricky but really, so easy.

OPI Just Be-Claus Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: just be-claus

Oh look, more red. Wait. No. It’s burgundy. Or burgundy-ish. Or maybe we can call it merlot. Or beet. Or hey! Maroon! Call it whatever you want but if there isn’t a red in this collection to suit you, I’ll eat my entire family-size bag of Cheetos in one sitting.

OPI Fashion a Bow Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: fashion a bow

It’s just an awesomesauce shade of reddish-orange. I can’t handle my love for this shade. Gah! Too good! And it’s a OCW?? Get out!

OPI Don't Speak 18k Gold Top Coat over OPI Fashion a Bow_Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: don’t speak 18k gold top coat over fashion a bow

But wait. Seriously? How much do you love this? Gimme that. I don’t care how much it costs. Give it to me.

OPI Don't Speak Top Coat over OPI Fashion a Bow_Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: don’t speak 18k top coat over fashion a bow

One more time because I can. One coat of this over one coat of that and lookit. Need I say more?

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: unfrost my heart

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: unfrost my heart

Silver foil. Hmmm… where have I seen this before.. Uh maybe in OPI San Francisco? Maybe in OPI Coca-Cola? Well, if you don’t have a shade like this one, get this one. It’s remarkably non-streaky in two easy coats. Plus that, it looks pretty cool if you put glittery things over it. Glittery things like…

OPI Comet in the Sky over OPI Unfrost my Heart Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: comet in the sky over unfrost my heart

Super-light-reflector-iridescent-glitter bits! Wheeee!! I know they have a name and someone out there can fill me in but for now, I’m just gonna sit here and swoon over this kinda stupendous glitter coat.

OPI Love is Hot and Coal Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: love is hot and coal

Yes, it reminds me of OPI Warm Me Up. Yes, it reminds me of OPI Queen of the Road but I don’t care. I adore this kind of shimmery charcoal espresso a lot. Yes, shimmery. Yes, stunning.

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: love is hot and coal

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: love is hot and coal

If you make that zoomy-zoom, you’ll see the shimmery-ness where the light hits it. Beauty.

OPI Comet in the Sky over OPI Love is Hot and Coal Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: comet in the sky over love is hot and coal

Sometimes I do things with glitter than I’m not quite sure about. I really can’t decide if I like this or not. It’s interesting but I don’t quite think it’s for me. Your thoughts?

OPI Christmas Gone Plaid f04 Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: christmas gone plaid

Ha! My label says Christmas Gone Paid. Best! But let’s not focus on that. Let’s focus on this mesmerizing shade of deep forest green that’s actually green and not black. Seriously, you can’t get much deeper green than this and still have it show green. Did it stain my cuticles? You betcha. Was it worth it? You betcha! Why?

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: snow globetrotter over christmas gone plaid

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: snow globetrotter over christmas gone plaid

Come on! How freakin’ great is this combo? When I look at it, I see a snowglobe with those little tiny trees in it and I’m shakin’ the crap out of it to make it snow inside there like a blizzard. I love.love.love this – it screams holiday all over the place.

OPI First Class Desires F11_Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: first class desires

This reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Don’t care right now though because I’m sort of too busy swooning. It’s like a really good grape with these golden flecks stuffed in it and when you slap your two easy coats on, it’s almost like the gold just sits right underneath the surface and makes it all crazy kinds of appealing. New Year’s Eve anyone?

OPI First Class Desires Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: first class desires

See that gold fleck in the bottom of the bottle there – it translates to the nail remarkably well. In my estimation, this right here is a stand-out shade.

OPI Sleigh Parking Only f12 Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: sleigh parking only

Oh look… a blackened burgundy. Yawn. But wait! Just wait!!

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: don’t speak 18k gold top coat over sleigh parking only

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: don’t speak 18k gold top coat over sleigh parking only

Aren’t you glad you waited. Ha! I made that and you can too. All you need is one coat of the gold go-juice and one coat of sleigh parking and Ta Da! Smashing!

OPI Don't Speak 18K Gold Top Coat over OPI Sleigh Parking Only Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: don’t speak 18k top over sleigh parking only

This is the box you’ll be looking for and she ain’t cheap – she’s gonna retail for $37.95 CAD so put it on your wishlist and tell your friends you need it to be wrapped up all nice and gift-like. When they give it to you, act surprised. “Oh! How did you know I wanted that?”

OPI I Carol About You Gwen f03 Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: i carol about you

I love purple polish and I don’t care who knows it. And a purple like this? Gimmie. Here in this shot it pretty much looks like a regular royal purple, right? Maybe you can see a touch of shimmer where the light hits it but prolly not.

OPI I Carol About You f03 Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: i carol about you

But if you look here at the bottle-butt, isn’t that a metallic sorta shimmer? I mean, it looks like shimmer…

OPI I Carol About You Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: i carol about you

And then, right around where the artificial light hits it, lookit that shimmery happiness that’s hiding in there! I can see it over here because my image isn’t compressed by the magic that is the internet so if you wanna see it over on your side of the screen, zoomy-zoom. It’s subtle and it’s lovely and errrybody who loves a royal purple is gonna buy this – bet on it.

OPI Rollin' in Cashmere

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: rollin’ in cashmere

Oh hey, a satin-finish chrome-esque golden thing. Sorta conjures up memories of OPI 50 Years of Style from the was-just-released Mustang Collection, right? Yeah... let’s just say 98% dupe-tastical.

OPI Kiss Me or Elf Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: kiss me – or elf!

As much as I love a royal purple, I love this even more. It’s my Grabby Hands colour and it gets me every single time. From this angle, you can see there’s a light metallic shimmer along where the light hits it the polish.

OPI Kiss Me - or Elf! Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: kiss me – or elf!

And from this angle, you can see the shimmer in the bottle. It translates to the nail in an oh-so-subtly alluring way.

OPI Snow Globetrotter over OPI Kiss Me or Elf Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: snow globetrotter over kiss me – or elf!

And here.. well what can I say that you can’t already see? Clearcoat almost pops Kiss Me – Or Elf! as a metallic and that Snow Globetrotter with those iridescent hex glitters just makes everything into a happy holiday funtime.

OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: red fingers & mistletoes

Ha! You thought I did all the reds already. But I didn’t. I saved my favourite red from the whole shebang until last. Yeah. There it is. Splendid, right? Perhaps even resplendent? But wait…

OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 and OPI 2013 white gold & silver top coat

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: opi’s *2013 white gold & silver top coat over red fingers & mistletoes

I don’t have words for how I feel about this. (*please note this is the 2013 top coat and not the 2014 Don't Speak 18k Gold top coat).

OPI 2013 Pure 18k White Gold & Silver Top Coat over OPI Red Fingers and Mistletoes_Mariah and Gwen Holiday 2013 and 2014

opi gwen stefani holiday 2014: opi 2013 white gold & silver top coat over red fingers & mistletoes

Nope, still don’t have words. Okay, maybe I do. Gimmie That!!!!!

And there you have it friends. The whole shebang in one big, blindingly picture-heavy post. This OPI Gwen Stefani collection is supposed to launch in October and luckily, it’s October. It’s on-counter all over the place in the US and in Canada ($11.50CAD), you can get it at your fave nail places online like ulta.com and nailpolishcanada.com and Trade Secrets. How many you gonna get? How many you gonna put on your wishlist? Me? Almost all.

For more OPI information we invite you to visit OPI.com. For a whole bunch of other things like OPI Nordic, OPI DS 2014, OPI Pink of Hearts for BCA, and OPI Peanuts for Halloween, just click those linky things. See ya’ll soon and thanks so much for stopping by. Your visits mean the world to me. Really.

xoxoxox

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