Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OPI Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection

I don't know about the rest of you, but where I am the heatwave has FINALLY broken--in exchange for torrential downpour, of course. Oh, well. After three weeks of a heat index of 115°F? I can handle a little rain, thank you very much.

OPI was cranking out cool collections like nobody's business this spring/summer, and for their annual Brights Collection, they released Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...which is made up of pastels and one shimmer crackle topcoat. The colors are great, don't get me wrong. I just don't get why this is the "bright" polishes, since in the past OPI has fired out some pretty eye-catching shades. Oh, well. These are still eye-catching, just not obnoxiously so. I guess it wouldn't kill me to be a little more demure and subtle. Haha.

Skull and Glossbones was the first one I tried, and I was worried that all the polishes in the collection would give me this much trouble, formula-wise. After three coats, it was still slightly streaky. I have heard, however, that many people have had sensational luck with this polish, and it becomes smooth and opaque in just two coats. Maybe it was just my technique. Anyway, Skull and Glossbones does have that weathered gray, somewhat eerie bone coloring to it. Subtle and pretty.

Steady As She Rose is another muted shade, a pale washed out pink. It was almost sweet-pink enough to give it that kind of baby girl nursery quality, but not quite. The formula on this one was excellent and, although it was thin, it covered evenly in two coats.

In the bottle, Stranger Tides did nothing for me. Nada. Zilch. Zip. On the nail? Whoa baby, do I love it! A dusty, dirty pastel green. It reminds me of the paint on military battleships, all faded from the sea and salty air. Two perfect, streak-free coats.

Sparrow Me the Drama. Lol at that name! It reminds me of Laguna Beach, or middle school, where everyone overused the word "drama:" "Oh, my gahhh...I'm so sick of all the drah-muh." But as for the actual polish: I didn't think I was going to like it. It looked boring. But the hue really grew on me. I want to call it a very, very faded, cool-toned magenta. It has the muted look all the polishes in this collection have. I think OPI took that tired, rosy pink we see on the shelves of every manicure salon and gave it a fresh spin. This one is worth seeing in person before you decide to nix it if pink isn't your thing, in my opinion. Two coats.

For whatever reason, I couldn't get a clear shot of Planks A Lot. Haha, another funny name. Dusty light blue purple. It reminds me a lot of OPI Grape Fit from the OPI Brights Collection of 2009, Bright Pair, only slightly deeper and dustier. Again, flawless formula, two coat coverage. If you don't yet own a blue-lavender polish, this one will do very nicely.

Mermaid's Tears is my favorite out of the collection, and I've already worn it as a full mani a few times. It's a dusty jade-turquoise. Not minty or too blue, just a distressed blue-green. This one required three coats to be completely even, but I'm sure you could get away with two.

Silver Shatter is the metallic-shimmer crackle topcoat to accompany these pastels, and I think the contrast is pretty cool. Silver Shatter crackles into wide sections, but the chunks are rather flat and smooth. It must be the shimmer? Anyway, here she is over each polish. I think I like it best over Planks A Lot, but I was surprised at just how much I liked each combination.
Skull and Glossbones
Steady As She Rose
Stranger Tides
Sparrow Me the Drama
Planks A Lot!
Mermaid's Tears

Thoughts on this collection? Were any of you disappointed that these Brights weren't very, erm, bright? I didn't see the fourth installment of the Pirates series. I loved the first one, made it through the second one, and was irritated that I'd paid money to see the third one (what the heck was going on with those weird shell crab things? I just didn't get it.) I do like movie-themed collections, though. Like Shrek! Or Burlesque was pretty cool, too.

Also, if you haven't already, make sure you take a look at the guest post from earlier today; The Manicured Monkey was kind enough to share with us a fun, blue manicure!

And, although this has nothing to do with nail polish, I do want to share what some of you already know. I'm sad to report that, after eighteen beautiful years, we've lost our oldest cat, Daisy. As many cats do, she decided it was her time, left early one morning, and never came back. I am not devastated, as she had had a good, long life, but I will always miss my baby.

I share this because I know so many of you are animal lovers and can appreciate that special love we feel for our pets. Some people have told me that she was just a cat. Um, hi, I know she was just a cat. But she was my cat, and we loved her dearly. She was there beside me through all the moves my family made with the military and waiting for me each time I came back home from school. Although I'm happy I no longer have to guard my ice cream (or Chex Mix, or oatmeal, or turkey sandwich) like a hawk, lest Daisy decide to take a nibble (or seven) it will be much quieter without her rather loud meooooows.
I don't mean to be depressing, or take away from the swatches, I really don't! I just wanted to pass the news along, because I know that many of you can relate to what I'm going through. Love you, Daze Amaze. Chase all the yarn balls you want up there in Kitty Heaven!

But seriously, back to nail polish! Are there any cool combinations you've tried with Silver Shatter? I think I'm going to layer it over black next, because I loved the look of black shatter over silver polish. I'm certainly open to suggestions, though!
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  1. I think for guest blogging I might do a post on the crackle nail polish craze or about color club.
    scandalously polished blog doesn't exits :(. maybe the name was changed or it was moved.

  2. great swatches!! I actually really like this collection, but I feel like maybe the colors aren't too unique? I don't know, haven't decided yet..

  3. F the polish, let's talk about your kitty. I lost my kitty last summer and it was sad as hell. I am sorry for you loss. I hope our kitties are at least playing together up there in kitty heaven. *hugs*

  4. ohmygosh i LOOOOVE the pirates collection. I own three so far: Planks a lot (one of my FAVVVORITES), mermaid tears, and steady as she rose. Haven't tried the last two yet though..... I want to get Silver Shatter and stranger tides... they look so pretty. Thanks for sharing!! :D


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