I’m going to put today's link to Kellie’s #TBT BLOPI Part 3 Post right here before I forget. You know Kellie Gonzo, right? Well if you don’t, here’s her Instagram – she cracked 10,000 followers this month! Wooo hoooo! Go, Kell-eh! We're doin' a cross-post kinda dealie where we're both picking two of our most loved Black Label OPI shades and showing them to you for Throwback Thursday.
Because I’m in an über-hurry on account of the fact I left this rather late, without further ado – my picks for BLOPI love this week:
opi eat’n eggplant
Uunnnh. Eggplanty shimmery brown from the 1998 New England Collection. I mean look at it. If you saw that shade today, you’d totally know it was OPI. You might not know what year it was, but you’d know that it was an OPI, unquestionably. Let’s look some more!
There’s some kind of shimmer that OPI has used since the beginning of time (did I mention this shade is 17 years old?). It changes the whole colour of the polish depending on the angle of light. Eat'n Eggplant can go from dark eggplant to a plummy coppery brown. Dunno how. I just know that’s the way it is.
Do you need to know that’s three thin and fantastically easy coats with zero top coat? The old OPI shades are thinner, go on easier, and dry faster than the shades of today. It’s the toxic goo in there that makes it so good (or bad if you’re all 3-free or 5-free, which I clearly am not).
What’s with this dot? Well it’s a dot of orange acrylic craft paint (easily removable with water should I need to do so). All my Black Label OPI shades have one somewhere on the top like that. I store them in baskets in a shelving unit so looking down on a basket, I can easily spot the BLOPIs. Remember the OPI Mystery Marshalls/Winners/TJ shades? Those have green dots. Regular green labels have no dots. So organized. So nerdy. So geeky. I know.
The lid on my bottle of OPI Eat’n Eggplant was stuck shut. And when I say stuck, I mean stuck. How does ManiGeek solve that problem? Channel locks. Specifically, channel locks with a rounded grippy tooth part, not straight but curved. Those things go around the base of the cap close to the bottle, turn, and voila. Open sesame! My channel locks have not failed me yet. They live right here on my desk. Hot water? Pah! Channel locks for the win.
Gah! Too much pretty!! Lookit that OPI Purple-opolis! Look at it! Look at that paint job! It’s perfect right out of the bottle in two super-fast and incredibly easy coats and again, no top coat. I invite you to examine the gold shimmeryness that makes this shade special.
Maybe this shot is a little better? That gold reflective shimmer just makes my heart want to explode with love. No, I’m not kidding.
I don’t have words.
Seriously, no words. Okay – a few words but just to tell you that it’s from the 2004 Greek Isles Collection. She's 11 years old and is as beautiful today as she was the day she was born. OPI Purple-opolis was re-released in 2009 as a green label with the Colorcopia collection – nerds like me know these things.
So? Your thoughts? Do these posts make you wanna start searching eBay for that OPI shade you had 15 years ago? After you share your thoughts, we should both head on over to see Kellie's #TBT BLOPIs Part 3! I don't know what she's picked – can't wait to see!
And the linky parts to our BLOPI posts: Kellie’s Part 1, Kellie’s Part 2, Kellie’s Part 3. My Part 1, my Part 2, and you’re already lookin’ at my Part 3. Both Kellie’s part 1 and my part 1 will have all the info you may or may not need regarding what we think constitutes a BLOPI. If you’re brand spankin’ new to these posts, a BLOPI is a Black Label OPI, old and toxic – and for me, kinda like crack. See ya’ll next week for Part 4!