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.
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.
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|
|Sparrow Me the Drama|
|Planks A Lot!|
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.
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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