Thursday, July 21, 2011

OPI Serena Williams Grand Slam! France Collection

I love OPI collaborations; I think they produce some cool polishes backed by interesting ideas/concepts. Enter Serena Williams and the Grand Slam! France Collection, which features two polishes and two shatter topcoats. Crackle polish has been The Thing for a while now, and I don't think it's going anywhere soon.

Rally Pretty Pink is a mauve-purple base with a load of gold shimmer. It is pretty similar to Zoya Faye, but I would say Rally Pretty Pink is slightly rosier in hue. Again, totally Princess Leia's bikini, right? Right? This took three coats to be completely opaque.
Add a little Red Shatter and you get this! I know a lot of people were pleasantly surprised by this unlikely combination, but I just can't get into it. I do like the Red Shatter, though. It has a jelly consistency to it, like the fake blood you can buy at Party City for Halloween. I wonder how it would work over a black polish? Also, wouldn't it be gross to layer it over a nude "mannequin-hands" polish? It would look like your fingertips were all bloody. I kind of want to try that, just to see...how morbid of me. Oh yeah, and I think Red Shatter looks like dried ketchup when it sets.



Spark de Triomphe is a glitter party that was damn near impossible for me to capture in a picture. Clear base with all different particles of gold and silver glitter--micro, regular, hexagonal. In the bottle it looks more silver, but on the nail the gold holds its own and the result is a lovely combination of bling. Above is three coats, and there is still a little VNL. It dries quickly, but bumpy, so a topcoat would be a good idea.
Now I really didn't think I was going to like White Shatter, but as it turns out, I do! It's pretty unique, and even though I'm not in love with this combination, I think it could look really cool over some other colors. I had a white crackle polish in the 90s, and the nostalgia for Tamigotchis and rainbow-colored windbreakers is hitting me hard.

All in all, I like the collection. I'm not fawning over it or anything, but I think a lot of people will really enjoy these sets. Is the crackle fad over? I don't know. But OPI has done a nice job with the Shatter formulas. Serena Williams obviously has an eye for nail polish, and I hope she continues making little mini collections like this. Thoughts?
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