OPI POP CULTURE COLLECTION 2018 SWATCHES & REVIEW

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OPI Pop Culture Collection 2018 Swatches Review

OPI Pop Culture Collection Swatches & Review

Hi! Just me again! If you stopped in to see our Friends of Manigeek OPI Grease 2018 coverage, you saw that a bunch of the most amazing nail nerds totally ninja’d me this OPI Pop Culture Collection along with Grease & this lovely card.

Friends of Manigeek vs OPI Grease 2018

from my ninjas

It all landed at my desk on Friday afternoon and it’s been a massive rush to get it to print for you. Because of the holiday weekend, I’ve been painting at off times so haven’t had the exact hours of the day that I usually like to shoot. What does that mean? Um, crap Ikea desk lamp + my paint splattered desktop. Still, the colours on my side of the screen are accurate and I think the mixed lighting actually helps to show you the “special” finish.

opi pop culture swatches & review

The instructions on the little ring label say “apply two coats on bare nails and let dry a few minutes until gloss turns into a Bubble-like finish. Do not use top coat to preserve the look.” So what did I do? Exactly that. Every swatch is 2 coats with zero top. It’s also dry – like 40 minutes dry. Really dry. As dry as it gets.

OPI Pop Star - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pop Star – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pop Star – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). Huh. I actually really like this colour (I said colour, not finish) but when it’s still wet, it all just looks gross. The stuccos need to dry down before the effect can really be seen and even then, I’m not sure about it. It’s possible that a 13-year-old me would have thought it fun.

OPI Pop Star - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Pop Star - OPI Pop Culture Collection 2018

OPI Pop Star (above). If you look just above the P on the bottle, you’ll see a there’s a shot of blue shimmer in here. It barely translates to the nail but it does serve a purpose – it unobtrusively lightens and brightens. All of these shades have shimmerz.

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Days of Pop – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Days of Pop – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). That’s 2 coats because those are the instructions. I sure could have done a third but waiting for this stuff to dry before I shoot it is as boring as watching paint dry. I find doing a thin first coat and a whack of a 2nd is the best way to go. And you need a whack of a 2nd because the texture on the first eats polish the way Liquid Sand eat top coat.

OPI Days of Pop - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Days of Pop – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Days of Pop (above). Wanna know what my notes say? They say “Hahahahaha! No.”

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). Fine. I can’t lie to you. I’m SO NOT thrilled to paint this that I used my 2 coats of Days of Pop as a base coat and Bumpy Road as the Top. It’s opaque enough that it covers the other blue but the 3rd coat adds even less appeal than I thought possible.

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Bumpy Road Ahead (above). I have to avert my eyes. I can’t look right at it.

OPI Pink Bubbly - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pink Bubbly – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pink Bubbly – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). Mother told me that if I have nothing good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. I really, really like the caps!

OPI Pink Bubbly - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Pink Bubbly – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pink Bubbly (above). I also really, really like the colour! It’s a hugely vibrant, enthusiastic, saturated pink that dries down shiny! Too bad about the uh… bubbles.

OPI Pops! - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pops! – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pops! – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). I can’t decide if this is poppy red, or poppy orange. I know, right? I just imparted crazy amounts of information!

OPI Pops! - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Pops! – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Pops! (above). Know what else OPI Pops? Crazy lobster hands.

OPI Hate to Burst Your Bubble - OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Hate To Burst Your Bubble – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Hate To Burst Your Bubble – OPI Pop Culture 2018 (above). My notes? Well they simply say “Good grief.”

OPI Hate to Burst Your Bubble - OPI Pop Culture 2018 2

OPI Hate To Burst Your Bubble – OPI Pop Culture 2018

OPI Hate To Burst Your Bubble (above). If bumptastical egg yolk yellow is your jam, I tell ya what, OPI has totally got you covered.

And thankfully for me, that’s it! I am insanely grateful this isn’t one of those massive 12-shade collections with a further 3 limited-edition shades – I surely couldn’t have handled it. As it stands, I did my very best to make these shades look good and I’m not even sure I succeeded.

Finally, while I think Roy Lichtenstein would have been touched by this homage to his American pop art, I do think that bacterial culture also deserves a nod.

Now, thanks to the 15 Ninjas (to whom I am also insanely grateful), we get to talk about this fantastically fantastic collection of wonder! So? Let’s hear it! I want all the thoughts! Every last one of ‘em!

Postscript: I have discovered that using a Pop Culture nail to scratch a mosquito bite is very, very satisfying. 

manicures & photos karen falcon (thanks again to all of you who contributed to keeping the 5-year OPI streak alive – you’re BEST!)
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