You've been waiting for it friends, and you know I love to deliver! It's your OPI Starlight Limited Edition Collection 2015 swatches, review and comparisons. Yup, it's your Complete Manigeek Guide to OPI Starlight. I got your swatches of all 18 shades, I got your review, and I know how you love those comparison sticks, so I've got some of those too. It's a buttload of work and there's probably something I missed. If I did, just holla and I'll see what I can do.
opi starlight swatches & review
OPI Love Is In My Cards (above). Let's start with the reds. I mean it's a Holiday collection so why not start there? That's two stupendously easy coats of this blue-leaning red and there's no top coat on it. This formula is perfection – you know why? Well that's because OPI has made this red a bajillion times before. I'll show you. Later on. Down there. Below. Below, below. At the bottom.
OPI Ro-man-ce On The Moon (above). Ooooh... I do love this kind of bright glowy shimmery borders-on-metallic polish that OPI is so very good at making for me. This outstanding red looks like there's a fire inside it. Stuff like this made me a fan of OPI many, many years ago. The last time OPI put out a red like this was in 2013 so if you didn't get that one, get this one! Don't worry – I'll show you the 2013 shade later. Down there. After the swatches.
OPI Let Your Love Shine (above). Oh! Hello glittertastic deep red! You're quite lovely and your two-coat formula is mighty smashing too. You're also remarkably shiny (and smooth) even without a top coat. I think I'll keep you.
OPI Guys & Galaxies (above). You're looking at this and thinking you've seen this shade from OPI before. Maybe you have but I don't know if the formula for it has ever been this good. That's two simple coats of this hugely purple-based oxblood maroon and again, that's no top coat. You're going to want to be careful with removal – slap your acetone-soaked pad on your nail and pull it straight off. Don't twist it around or you'll be sorry. Trust me on that, k?
OPI Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite over OPI Guys & Galaxies (above). Fact: I have notes for this glitter. They say "WTF". It's like all the little glitter bits that were left over after making a glitter polish went into this bottle. I'm a grown-up; it's just not for me. Nope.
OPI Press * For Silver (above). Oooh! A frosty, champagney, rosy silver! That's two quick coats to help minimize streaking, but the streaks don't dry all the way down. They just don't. That means it's another bottle from the Starlight Collection that I can live without.
Wait! I changed my mind! Wait! If you take one coat of OPI Ce-less-tial is More and slap it over your two coats of Press * For Silver (above), you end up with that outstanding champagne confection up there and you know what? I dig it. I think it has something to do with those seriously powerful holo glitter bits that add a tiny-but-wicked punch of sparkle. I take back the bad things I said about Press * For Silver. I didn't know what I was saying.
OPI Is This Star Taken (above). Hey! That looks kinda neat. Here's OPI's description: "iridescent icicles fly in this smooth gold." Lemme at it!
OPI Is This Star Taken? (above). I'm not sure what's happening here, but wait. I have another shot for you so maybe we can figure it out together. I should mention how I applied the stuff too: I used one thick coat and let the stuff do whatever it was supposed to do in terms of level.
OPI Is This Star Taken? (above). I liked that flash of holo in Ce-less-tial is More but here, in bar glitter form, in an incredibly opaque gold, I'm at a loss for words. When it dries down, the texture gives me shivers. And not in a good way. Let's look at it one more time just to be sure I'm seeing it right...
OPI Is This Star Taken? (above). Yeah... No. Just no. What were you thinking, OPI?
OPI Comet Closer (above). Whew! I'm glad that other gold thing is done and we can move into more refined territory. This beautifully cool gold went on in two easy coats. The finish is nearly satin-matte (which is hard to tell because it's still so shiny) and slightly textured. It's lovely and barely streaky. You might be able to get away with one thicker coat, but I generally do two to get the full depth of colour.
OPI Comet Closer with Top Coat (above). If you're wondering if top coat boosts the shine on this shade, it doesn't really. All it does is level it out very nicely and take care of that textured finish.
OPI By The Light of The Moon (above). Oh. Great. A silver OPI Baroque... But Still Shopping. As with Baroque, I find this polish somewhat unsophisticated and odd. You need to let it dry some before you top coat. As it dries, the streaks settle a little and make it marginally more palatable.
OPI By The Light of The Moon with top coat (above). Top coat helps. But not enough for my liking. It still doesn't get this stuff to smooth. I think I'm just not on board with mixing glitter bits with opaque polish. See that spot on my index that looks like I zugged it? I didn't. That's just a lump formed by what I am now going to call "underglitter." Ugh. *shudder*
OPI I Drive a SuperNova (above). OCW!! (That means One Coat Wonder, but you know that because I made that up way back when, and now ya'll in the nailiverse have totally embraced it and that makes me smile.) So yes, that's one splendid coat of bright, shimmery silver. Application doesn't even require great speed because it's not very streaky at all. It's just a perfect holiday silver foil.
OPI Super Star Status over OPI I Drive a SuperNova (above). Overglitter is where it's at. Or at least this kind of overglitter. It's all kinds of sparkle in one easy coat. Silver 'n' gold and very Liquid Sand in texture, I like it. A lot. There's no top coat in that shot so if you're not a fan of textured finishes, just add a couple coats of your thickest top. You'll need a couple. This stuff eats top coat for breakfast.
OPI No More Mr. Night Sky (above). Did I mention I like the shade names of the Starlight Collection? They make me giggle. True story. So, this here shade is a semi-sheer smokey grey base with a serious lilac personality that took me three coats to get to opaque. The coats are thin, though, and the purple, pale aqua, and silver flecks add enough oomph to give you the overall look of a shimmery, bright gunmetal grey.
OPI The Center of the You-niverse (above). OPI calls this an "endless space black shimmer," and really, it is. I think it's quite lovely to look at and during the holidays, it's got a nice little sparkle. And we should talk about the tiny black confetti bits stuffed into this bottle: On your first coat, you'll think they're weird. In fact, you'll think the whole polish is weird. When you're done your second coat, it'll look like it does up there and then you'll want to add a top coat just to get rid of the tiny confetti bumps and smooth it out. I'm not sure what the confetti bits are for (because you really can't even see them), but there you are.
OPI Two Wrongs Don't Make a Meteorite over OPI The Center of the You-niverse (above). Somebody out there is going to figure out how to work this glitter thing and have it look good. That somebody sure ain't me. It's pretty clear I have no idea what to do with it. At all. Right?
OPI I'm In The Moon For Love (above). That's two easy coats to that dusty-ish shimmery plumberry. The OPI brush and the OPI formula go together so well it's really the reason OPI remains my favourite polish brand of ever. Painting with this stuff is just plain easy. Oh! And there's no top coat on there! It's really that shiny!
OPI Infrared-y To Glow over OPI I'm In The Moon For Love (above). When I'm at a loss for words, sometimes I just turn to the press sheet: "Strike up the glam with red confetti and glitter." Uh huh.
OPI Give Me Space (above). Guess what! I have nothing else like this in all of my OPI Archives! Like, nothing! You're looking at this and thinking it's not that special, but really, it is. It's a scattered blue holo. Unfortunately, the holo is über-fine and very difficult to pop when you're inside in normal light, so mostly it just looks like a sparkly blue. But...
OPI Give Me Space (above). If you punch this shade in the face with your desk lamp, you might just be able to pop the holo enough to see it. The bottle and my ring finger give you an idea of how fine the holo is, and my index will give you an idea of how little power these tiny bits of holo really have. Outside in bright sunlight, Give Me Space will be a whole 'nuther story. I'm not going to ruin it for you. Just go get a bottle and see for yourself.
OPI Cosmo With a Twist (above). Ooooh... aaah... I know, right? That's three coats though. Three. But don't let that deter you. It dries fairly quickly with the addition of your QDTC (quick dry top coat – durr). Let's shift the light so you can see it's not just heavy with purple microshimmer...
OPI Cosmo With a Twist (above). This fantastical bottle of polish is loaded with both purple and blue flecky stuff. It. Is .Stunning. Deep, dark, beautifully lit up when the light hits it, and perfect. I love, love, love it! But wait...
OPI Cosmo With a Twist vs OPI INK (above). Yes, it's different from OPI INK. There's not nearly as much blue in INK as there is in Cosmo. Do you need 'em both? Uh, I do! GimmeGimmeGimmie!
And that's the end of the swatches and review of OPI Starlight 2015. But you know what's coming, right? Wheeeee!!!
opi starlight comparison swatches
I've whipped through every OPI stick I have in order to do your OPI Starlight comparison swatches. To go through the rest of the brands would have taken me forever so I figured you could come to me for those. If they're similar/dupetastic enough and I have the sticks, I'll take the pics. If not, I'll let you know they're not close enough, k?
And with that, I'm done. Whew! I'm heading to couch shortly but before I go, I gotta tell you that Starlight is due to hit counters the beginning of October. Several retailers jumped the gun on that, so if you haven't yet been able to find it yet, don't worry, it's rolling out now. In the US, you can hit Ulta.com. In Canada, you have a couple good online options: tradesecrets.ca and thebay.com. Oh, and it's launching in GelColor too! Wheeee!!
Let us now begin our discussion of this Holiday 2015 Collection. Do we like it? Do we not like it? Do we think there's anything special in here? You now I'm always curious to hear what you think. Always.