#TBT: MY FAVORITE BLACK LABEL OPIS - PART 1

Kellie G, My BLOPIs, and me - all sittin' in a tree.
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Yes, that really is how I store my OPI sticks.

Hallo fellow polish junkies! It’s a special day in ManiGeek Land! It’s a day where Kellie G (yes, THE Kellie Gonzo of KellieGonzo.com) and I play in our Top 10 Black Label OPI polishes – together! I've made you a happy lazy-link for Kellie's #TBT Favorite Black Label OPIs: Part One. Mmmm... black label opi... 

OPI 3 Plums, I Win!

OPI 3 Plums I Win Black Label OPI Beautygeeks

OPI 3 Plums, I Win! See the BL on the stick? That's how I keep track of what's a BLOPI and what's not.

OPI 3 Plums, I Win! (above) is from the Las Vegas Collection 2003. She needs 3 über-quick, even coats to get to what you see below but as with most BLOPIs, she dries faaaaast on account of the chemical stuff in there (which have since been banned.)

OPI 3 Plums I Win Las Vegas 2003 Black Label OPI Beautygeeks_1

OPI 3 Plums, I Win - Black Label OPI - Las Vegas Collection 2003

OPI 3 Plums, I Win! (above). I don’t know what it is about this shade – maybe all the different shades of plum-berry that show up in the almost frostyness? I dunno. Can’t explain. I just love it and always have. I have a wicked soft spot for OPI shades with this kind of finish, I really do.

OPI 3 Plums I Win Las Vegas Collection 2003 Beautygeeks_2

OPI 3 Plums, I Win - Black Label OPI - Las Vegas Collection 2003

OPI 3 Plums, I Win! (above). Does anyone make a shade like this today? Anyone? If they did, wouldya buy it? Huh?

OPI Kinky in Helsinki

OPI Kinky in Helsinki Black Label OPI European Collection 2002_1

OPI Kinky in Helsinki - European Collection 2002

Then there’s this OPI Kinky in Helsinki from the European Collection 2002 (above). Yes, European. There’s another version out there from 2009 that’s from the Colorcopia collection. That one ain’t no BLOPI. Nope. The number on the bottom will be different. Mine is E08 and the later version is E22.

OPI Kinky in Helsinki European Collection 2002 Black Label OPI Beautygeeks_2

OPI Kinky in Helsinki - Black Label OPI - European Collection 2002

OPI Kinky in Helsinki 2002 (above). If you've been playing in OPI for as long as I have, you know that some of these highly pigmented shades can actually be done in one massive coat. That up there (above) is one very generous coat of Kinky in Helsinki. It's light and bright and dries so quickly! Fuchsias stuffed with blues are my nail lacquer crack. I think this is probably what started it. Darned crack!

OPI Kinky in Helsinki Black Label European Collection 2002 Beautygeeks_3

OPI Kinky in Helsinki - Black Label OPI - European Collection 2002

If you do two coats, you get this. How's that colour saturation from a 13-year old shade, huh? Pretty stellar.

A Final Word on BLOPIs

For my purposes, BLOPIs are all pre-mid-2006. The smell of ‘em will knock you on your butt. They’re all stuffed with chemicals that have now been banned from production (ie. not even close to 3-free), they all have that old skinny OPI brush, and they’re all beautiful. Labels change though and you can't simply judge by a label. Labels on product coming out today are black. Last year (and back to about 2006), they were green. Sample labels are also black (and have been for many years). If you have questions about BLOPIs, ask away, but please don't go around buying "black label" polishes just because the label is black. That's not the only criteria, k?

Stay tuned, friends, next week Kellie will have two more favorites ‘n I’ll have two more! You got any precious BLOPIs in your Archives? Which ones? Tell!

And hey! Don't forget to go see Kellie's TBT Favorite Black Label OPIS: Part 1 - I haven't even seen them yet – I've got no idea what she picked! We haven't talked about our lists so it'll be kinda cool to see how many of 'em wind up being the same shades. I figure we'll have at least 4 of 10 the same. At least!

Manicures and photographs Karen Falcon (BLOPIs 4Eva!)
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