The first OPI Infinite Shine 2016 release is loaded with perfect polishes that go on like buttah. We can talk about the wear in a bit. First, let’s look!
opi infinite shine spring 2016 swatches & review
Here’s the thing about OPI: they’re just wickedly consistent. More often than not, you pick up a bottle of OPI, slap on a base, do two quick ‘n easy coats, add a top, and you’re done. And this Spring 2016 Infinite Shine release is no different. It’s pretty much two coats to a flawless finish.
OPI It’s Pink P.M. – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). This stuff has a thick-yet-perfect consistency which gets it to opaque in two coats. It dries down to a perfect shine with that great plasticized finish even without top coat. Formula-wise, it’s one of the better pale pinks out there right now.
OPI Half Past Nude – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). I’m a polish pusher. That means when I polish, I push the polish around with the brush to get it to go where I want it. Half Past Nude doesn’t work that way. What you’ll have to do for exact coverage is to use the brush as parallel to the nail as you can and let gravity do most of the work. Don’t use too much pressure or you’ll streak and pool. If you can get that technique down, you can get this shade on in two coats.
OPI Sunrise to Sunset – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). I’m a broken record when it comes to OPI. Two coats to perfect creamy mango. Or peach milkshake. Or if you’re OPI, “this golden orange shines with golden light.” Like, what? Nah, creamy persimmon. I dunno – it’s orange cream, man. Orange cream. This is what it sounds like in my head when I scramble around in there looking for colour descriptors.
OPI Rose Against Time - Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). Oooh! No broken record here! This was three coats – she was still slightly patchy in two so I added a third for level. Still came out pretty great though, huh? But three coats for a colour this easy to dupe? You decide.
OPI Don’t Provoke the Plum! – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). Again, just two coats to get here, and you’re going to think you can do it in one. One won’t obliterate all VNL (visible nail lines) so do two, okay?
OPI Don’t Provoke the Plum! (above). Here’s another reason to do two coats. Check out my pinkie – it’s much lighter than my other nails. That’s one coat of Don’t Provoke the Plum! The second coat deepens, darkens, and gets you to the shade you see on my other nails (and in the bottle). It’s such a remarkable dusty grape –raspberry that you must do two coats. That’s where the special hides, in coat #2.
OPI In Familiar Terra-tory – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). Wait for it… OCW!!!! #TrueStory #Wunderbar #GimmieThat. This muted coral-y cream deal surprised the jeebz out of me. It’s not really in my favourite shade wheelhouse but the One Coat Wonder-ness of it had me grinning like a dork.
OPI Olive for Green – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). My notes for this say “2 coats. Heart. Heart. Heart”. You don’t need more information than that, right?
OPI Reach for the Sky – Infinite Shine Spring 2016 (above). And finally, there’s this beauty. I want to say it’s blue-grey but really, it’s like a dove grey with a shot of blue so dove blue. Maybe? Whatever you want to call it, it’s my collection winner. You’re going to start with it and think you can do it in one coat. Trust me and do two for depth of colour. Then swoon.
A word about the wear: I gotta mention I didn't use top coat for any of these shots but I alway suggest you do. There are UV sensitive ingredients in the OPI Infinite Shine top coat (that’s why it’s in an opaque bottle) which do dry a touch faster when exposed to bright natural light. It also dries to a more flexible finish which means it doesn’t chip so much as wear. When used in conjunction with the Primer and Gloss coats, depending on how hard you use your hands, you can get up to 10 days of decent wear. YMMV (that’s internetz code for Your Mileage May Vary).
Availability: the OPI Infinite Shine Spring 2016 shades will available shortly all over the place as of sometime now. In Canada, try your local tradesecrets.ca or thebay.com. You can also hit my favourite but I don’t think they’re in stock there yet. In the US, Ulta.com will have them soon too. If all else fails, they're already on Amazon.com but for best results, always buy from a licensed retailer.