OPI RETRO SUMMER 2016: COMPLETE MANIGEEK GUIDE

Six new limited-edition summer shades swatched, reviewed and compared for you!
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Six new limited-edition summer shades swatched, reviewed and compared for you!
OPI Retro Summer 2016 Swatches Review Comparisons

OPI Retro Summer 2016

The OPI Retro Summer 2016 sure is retro! And when I say Retro, I mean that any of you polish junkies out there probably already have some of these shades sitting pretty in your Archives. Newbies to the world of polish are gonna be happy though. There’s some summery I-Want-Ice-Cream-Now stuff in this 6-shade collection!

opi retro summer 2016 swatches & review

OPI Towel Me About It_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Towel Me About It – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Towel Me About It – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above) is a pretty creamy, dreamy pale yellow that I did in three coats. Your technique will more than likely need a tiny shift so you don’t use any sort of brush pressure at all. Between coats, give it a good couple minutes to set so you don’t pull up the coats underneath. It’s finicky and if you can’t figure out how to float your coats, it’s going to make you mad. Pretty though. And dupey – but I’ll show you that later. Down there. After the swatches.

OPI Im Getting a Tangerine_OPI Retro Summer 2016 Swatches Review

OPI I’m Getting a Tan-gerine – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI I’m Getting a Tan-gerine – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above). Two floaty coats – again, no brush pressure. My coverage here looks great, but to my eyeball-actual, it’s just adequate, a touch patchy. Dunno why OPI is making me have to do three coats when we all know they can make this shade a two-coater. Grrr. I don’t like to work for perfect payoff. The more coats I have to do, the more irritated I become.

OPI SPF XXX_OPI Retro Summer 2016 Swatches Review Comparisons

OPI SPF XXX – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI SPF XXX – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above). OPI is calling this “an orange-red that’s so hot it’s off the charts.” I’m calling it a creamy dusty coral-leaning orange. Formula-wise, this one is excellent. Two coats with a couple minutes of dry time between and you’ll be good to go.

OPI Whats the Double Scoop_OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection Swatches Review

OPI What’s the Double Scoop? – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI What’s the Double Scoop? – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above). This shade of pink makes me happy. It’s a wonderfully pigmented, super-saturated bright cotton-candy pink that goes on fairly easily if you can get your brush parallel to the nail and float. them. coats.

OPI Flip Flops and Crop Tops_OPI Retro Summer 2016 Swatches Review

OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above). Bubblegum pink in two easy coats. The formula here is definitely better than some of the others and immediately after you’re done your second coat (after a good couple minutes of dry time on the first), you might not be pleased. Just wait another minute and it’ll all level out. You’ll see. It’ll level and the shine that pops will make it all worthwhile.

OPI Sailing and Nailing_OPI Retro Summer 2016 Swatches Review

OPI Sailing & Nailing – OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Sailing & Nailing – OPI Retro Summer 2016 (above). Gah! This icy blue! She took me three coats to get to this level of greatness and she’s still a touch patchy down the sidewalls. Is three coats worth it? If you want this kind of colour payoff it is.

Now we should see what I’ve got lurking in The Archives that comes close, yes?

opi retro summer 2016 comparison swatches & dupes

OPI Towel Me About It Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Towel Me About It comparison swatches

OPI Towel Me About It comparison swatches (above). Apparently, I have a couple of OPI yellows.

OPI Im Getting a Tangerine Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI I’m Getting a Tan-gerine comparison swatches

OPI I’m Getting a Tan-gerine comparison swatches (above). That’s it. That’s all I got. What you got?

OPI Whats the Double Scoop Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI What’s the Double Scoop? comparison swatches

OPI What’s the Double Scoop? comparison swatches (above). Similar to many but not the same.

OPI Flip Flops and Crop Tops Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops comparison swatches

OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops comparison swatches (above).

OPI SPF XXX Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer Collection 2016

OPI SPF XXX comparison swatches

OPI SPF XXX comparison swatches (above). Seriously, who didn’t make this shade?

OPI Sailing and Nailing Comparison Swatches Dupes_OPI Retro Summer 2016

OPI Sailing & Nailing comparison swatches

OPI Sailing & Nailing comparison swatches (above). If I hadn’t bought myself a version of the blue Essie Mint Candy Apple, I wouldn’t have a dupe for this shade. But I did. So I do.

And finally, because I took the shot and didn’t want it to go to waste…

OPI Retro Summer 2016 Comparison Swatches Dupes

OPI Retro Summer Collection 2016 comparison swatches

The OPI Retro Summer 2016 Collection will be available in regular nail polish ($10USd/$12.50CAd each) and GelColor beginning June 1st, 2016 from all the usual places. For best results, always buy from a licensed OPI retailer like Ulta.com, or TradeSecrets.ca. And then there’s always Amazon.com. For more information, I direct you to OPI.com.

OPI Retro Summer Collection Swatches Review Comparisons

OPI Retro Summer Collection 2016

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