Welcome back for the final installment of #TBT Black Label OPI Lovin’! It’s me ‘n Kellie G playing in our favourite old pre-2006 OPI bottles. You know Kellie G, right? If you don’t, head on over to KellieGonzo.com and have a look at how good she is at playing polish. I feel so very lucky to have been able to play polish with her over the past five weeks. It’s been a good time merrymaking with Kell-eh. (Yeah, I call her Kell-eh because I’m Canadian, eh!) Without further ado, let’s look, yes?
opi bali blossom
OPI Bali Blossom OPI P71– Paradise Collection 1993 (above). Mmm hmm. That really does say 1993. Let me math that for you… 22. It’s 22 years old. I’m betting it’s older than some of you reading this right now. Amazeballz.
OPI Bali Blossom OPI P71– Paradise Collection 1993 (above). We should have a quick look at the back too – zero icons. Zero. But hey, look at the colour! That’s two coats with no top coat. It’s stuffed with that iridescent blue shimmeryness that’s quintessential OPI and it’s got those flashy little reflective flecky bits in there too. Twenty-two years ago OPI was there.
OPI Bali Blossom OPI P71– Paradise Collection 1993 (above). And the bottom label – check it out! It doesn’t even have a NL before the code – it’s coded OPI P71. You know it’s old when.… What a freakin’ treasure this bottle is.
opi paris couture for sure glitter top coat
OPI Paris Couture For Sure Glitter Top Coat over Bali Blossom (above). Then this. What can I even say about this? Unnnhh…. #GimmieThat. Also, I’m sorry that I have a bottle and you don’t. Sucka!!
OPI Paris Couture For Sure Glitter Top Coat over Bali Blossom (above). Whaddaya call a shade like this? It’s what is now (10 years after it came out) commonly referred to as a scattered holographic top coat. When it launched, it was something I had never seen before. China Glaze Fairy Dust? Pah. Revlon Holographic Pearls? Pah. Orly Mirrorball? Ha! Paris Couture For Sure Foreverz!!!
OPI Paris Couture For Sure Glitter Top Coat over Bali Blossom (above). That’s one coat of Paris over my two coats of OPI Bali Blossom and you can see that it doesn’t muddy the shade underneath at all. Come on, admit it, you’re stunned it’s 10 years old.
OPI Paris Couture For Sure Glitter Top Coat over Bali Blossom (above). One more time just because I can. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie!
opi sedona seduction p01 – painted desert collection 1998
OPI Sedona Seduction (above). This is three über-quick and über-straight coats of Sedona Seduction from the 1998 Painted Desert Collection. Yes, she’s another favourite BLOPI. I cut my teeth on streaky shades like these. They taught me so much about quick, straight, even application that I will always be grateful OPI made shades like these and continues to make them. They’re not for amateurs – they need a certain amount of finesse to make them look good. Here, Sedona Seduction shows the lilac side of her soft steely-blue silver. She’s a little shifty, gentle, beautiful and tricky. Despite her finicky nature, I love her. I’ve only done the one swatch because really, it's just so I can show you this...
OPI Paris Couture for Sure Glitter Top Coat over OPI Sedona Seduction (above). Yep, scattered holo. Who doesn’t love rainbows?
OPI Glacier Bay Blues
OPI Glacier Bay Blues C87 – Canadian Collection 2004 over black (above). Fine, yes, I snuck another BLOPI into this post but only because I needed to. You’ll see why, I promise. Before I show you why, here – enjoy the following jaw-dropping magic that is Glacier Bay Blues.
OPI Glacier Bay Blues over Black Onyx (above). Ooooh…. Is that a turquoise shift?
OPI Glacier Bay Blues over Black Onyx (above). Aaaah… is that an oil slick? Jeebz this colour is amazing. Amazing, I say! That's one coat of my Glacier over my Onyx. Putting precious BLOPIS over another BLOPI black (or dark) is a superb way to conserve those HTF polishes. That's not why I do it though, I do it because layering is sometimes the best way to pop a shift in as few coats as possible. While I don't mind doing multiple coats to get a certain result, it's just faster with black. What result was I looking for?
OPI Paris Couture For Sure over Glacier Bay Blues (above). This one. Here’s why I showed you Glacier Bay Blues. Yep, so I could slap my Paris Couture right over top of it. Rainbowz! Wheeeeee!! And lookit my ring finger!
OPI Paris Couture For Sure over Glacier Bay Blues (above). Omgeee. Omgeeeee.
OPI Paris Couture For Sure over Glacier Bay Blues (above). You know you wannit. How could you not? And, just so you know, if you did maybe 2 or 3 coats of Paris Couture For Sure all by itself, you’d end up with a much more linear holo that'll probably make you giddy. That’s what old black label OPI shades do for me – they make me giddy. Who needs unicorns when you can have a BLOPI instead?
I should probably mention that Bali Blossom is one of those shades that is insanely difficult to find but Paris Couture for Sure is not. It’s readily available on auction sites and will run you somewhere around $30. Glacier Bay Blues pops up often and is usually fairly reasonably priced.
Last but certainly not least, let us not forget to go see Kellie’s Throwback Thursday Black Label OPI Nº5. Again, I have no idea what she’s got in her BLOPI Archives. I’m gonna put OPI Jasper Jade out there and maybe even What’s Dune. That’s my guess. Maybe this week I’ll get one right!
If you’re just tuning in, info on what we consider to be a BLOPI (black label OPI) is contained in both of our Part 1 posts.
Thanks for the good times, Kell-eh! You.Are.Best.