Hi everybody! It’s me! And it’s the limited edition 12-shade OPI Grease Collection 2018! I know, right?? It surprised the heck out of me, too!
When word got out that my 5yr+ streak of OPI coverage (that’s over 70 Manigeek posts with OPI as headliner + many years of others written by Janine) was at an end, one of our long-time readers found that unacceptable. She formulated a sneaky plan, gathered together cohorts from the US and Canada, and a few days later, the limited edition OPI Grease 2018 Collection landed on my desk along with this card in my Instagram inbox:
So, thanks to all of these sweet, generous, devious ladies, I present to you, the Friends of Manigeek OPI Grease 2018 Swatches & Review!
OPI Don’t Cry over Spilled Milkshakes – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Is it a teeny tiny bit minty? It kind of looks a teeny tiny bit minty. I think she’s a teeny tiny bit minty. Also, she’s 3 coats to get me to a level-and-streak-free kind of finish. Somehow I feel like it should be doable in 2, but for me, not possible.
OPI Meet a Boy Cute as Can Be – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Weirdly, my brush here isn’t cut as evenly as OPI brushes usually are. I think somewhere in the last few collections they’ve either changed their manufacturer, or have had a slight lapse in quality control. If my brush had been perfect, I really, really feel like I could have done this in 2. It’s a beautiful springy shade of creamed butter and sugar. If you bake, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Exactly.
OPI Was it All Just a Dream? – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Oooh! Look at this 2 coats of been there done that! She dries down a little darker than the bottle shade but only a nerd would notice. Also, right now it's waaaay earlier in the day than my regular painting time so the cloud cover is making it look almost matte. It is not matte. By the way, if I've already lured you over to the dark side (aka the Girly Bits Cosmetics Hocus Pocus side), hit this with some Hocus Pocus. You can thank me later.
OPI Teal Me More, Teal Me More – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Huzzah! A dusty teal green! The formula? Swell! In a pinch, you can totally blast out the door in 1 coat, but 2 will give you a better finish and a better shine.
OPI Frenchie Likes To Kiss? – OPI Grease 2018 (above). These next three words are going to freak you out. Ready? No really, ready? Two coats + top. I know! I know! You’re all “No way!!” I’m all “Yes, way!” My 1st coat was my normal kind of skim coat that I use to give me complete (but ugly) coverage. I let it dry, then slapped on a slow 2nd. Done.
And I should mention the violet shimmer you’ll see in the bottle if you hold this in your hand – yeah, it’s mostly stealthy unless you get exactly the right light, but it does have purpose. It makes this shade glowy and almost pearly. I think it’s a winner.
OPI Hopelessly Devoted to OPI – OPI Grease 2018 (above). 2 coats with a hint of streaking down the sidewall. To be fair, it’s a lovely shade of whitened salmon cream cheese that does nothing for me except make me wish I had a bagel.
OPI Pink Ladies Rule the School – OPI Grease 2018 (above). 2 coats and the formula on this is fan-freakin’-tastic. It’s great. That’s all I got.
OPI You’re the Shade That I Want – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Hey! You can OCW (one coat wonder) this! Did I? Nope. I did 2 because I wanted to super-saturate this awesomely pigmented amaze shade of amaze. And that’s with no top.
OPI Summer Lovin’ Having a Blast! – OPI Grease 2018 (above). It’s good. It’s orange. It’s 2 coats and no, I have no idea what somehow got stuck to my pinky nail.
OPI Chills Are Multiplying! – OPI Grease 2018 (above). 2 coats of this stealth-shimmery blue should get you where you need to go. Just don’t go too slow or you’ll pull up the coat underneath. I know this happens because I sorta maybe kind of did that on my thumb. But wait! Easy fix! Lemme show you!
Girly Bits Refresh, Refresh, Refresh over OPI Chills Are Full of Clunktastically Long, Irritatingly Punctuated Shade Names That Really Grind my Gears (above). I’m pretty sure my Girly Bits just crushed it! I win!!
OPI Danny & Sandy 4 Ever! – OPI Grease 2018 (above). Know what? That’s 3 coats. It’s reflective enough that you might only need 2, but I needed 3. And, while it’s true that I love to mattify shades like these to get me a cool satin matte metallic finish, I did not. Instead I’ll leave that up to you and I’ll just do this…
China Glaze Fairy Dust over Danny & Sandy 4 Ever! (above). Tiny rainbow sparkles! Yay!
OPI Tell Me About It Stud – OPI Grease 2018 (above). And finally, this. It’s 2 coats, blah blah blah, jellyish, blah blah blah, saturated, shiny red. There’s really nothing that can make this a better red except maybe…
OPI Tell Me About It Stud (above). That’s right – a unicorn.
And that’s it! And it’s all brought to you by a gang of 15 hardcore Manigeek fans who just can’t live without their Beautygeeks OPI swatches.
I’ve thanked them all already but I’m gonna do it again here and leave you their IG accounts so you can maybe follow these other nail nerds who just love polish. Thank you, to each and every one of you. You all mended my broken 💔 OPI heart and brought it back to whole. You’re wonderful, generous and massively appreciated:
@nailsenvacances, @alliekatze, @katv865, @k.lanktree, @kimbabijgessell, @kuklacath, @mamasmadskills, @mcbeagleally, @morgantaylor938, @movemountains, @nailsaloveaffair, @planesandpolish, @prismatic.sky, @sugibaker, @tipsntopps
Because of you, I feel like the luckiest girl in da world! 🌍
15x xo k.
Oh! Did I mention that along with Grease, they also had the OPI Pop Culture collection delivered (all kinds of sneaky-like) to my desk? Because they totally did! And I’m totally working on it to show it to you soon! These girls are The Best!