OPI knows that there is a cult following for some of its shades. It also knows that more and more people are looking for a gel finish mani without all the hassle of going to the salon every week. So what does OPI do? Well they release 30 of their most popular shades from the regular line of polishes in the OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Shades collection!
I was fortunate enough to receive 10 of the shades to try out and I have swatched them all for you here. All swatches are 2 coats unless otherwise noted.
Funny Bunny – This soft white shade is less stark than the ever popular Alpine Snow (also released in this collection). However, it took 4 coats to achieve the level of opacity seen in the swatch. I worry about chipping in a day or two with that many layers. But if you are a fan of sheer polishes, you can cut down the number of layers and get the longevity you want.
Bubble Bath – Now I’m normally not a huge fan of sheer polishes but there is something about this shade that made me fall in love. I did apply 3 coats so that the colour was a bit more opaque. The neutral pink shade makes this polish ultra chic and it would also be great if you want to revive the classic French mani.
Dulce de Leche – A perfect neutral in my books. A little nude, a little brown, this shade a wonderful cream finish and has some great pigmentation. Will definitely be in my rotation throughout the winter when I want a break from the deep shades of the season.
Strawberry Margarita – What a fun colour for spring and summer! This classic pink shade applied really nicely and has the OPI cream finish that I love.
Cajun Shrimp – I actually own this shade in the regular line of polishes. The Infinite Shine formula is much thicker than the regular one but the colour is the exact same. A perfect, bright warm toned red. Another great staple for spring and summer but can also break up the monotony of darks during winter.
Big Apple Red – Your classic midtone, blue based red polish. Applied really nicely and should really be in your nail polish collection if you are looking for the perfect red mani.
You Don’t Know Jacques! – This darkened taupe/brow/purple shade just screams out FALL! Super pigmented but definitely a thicker formulation than what you would get with the regular line of polishes.
An Affair in Red Square – I can’t wait to rock this on the regular during Christmas. One of my favourites out of the bunch. Great shimmery finish for this deepened red polish. Again, another one of my favourites.
Malaga Wine – Need a wine toned deep red shade in your collection? You may want to stick with this one. I did find it stained the nails a bit when I was removing (but really what deep red doesn’t?). Lovely pigmentation and not too thick of a formulation.
Lincoln Park After Dark – Want to rock black nails but think it would be too drastic for you? Meet the nail polish made for you. From far away, it looks black but up close you can see that hint of purple in it. Makes it less stark against your skin while still giving off those goth-like vibes. I got a ton of compliments on this one when I was wearing it.
Now I have worn a couple of these in my day-to-day life. I have to admit I have yet to try out the base and topcoat BUT I can say that with my Seche Vite these polishes last a lifetime it seems. I’m talking like a week with minimal to no chips. That’s more longevity than other polishes (even regular OPI ones) I use with Seche Vite over top.
The 30 OPI Infinite Shine Iconic Shades are available now. They retail for $16.95 CDN/$12.50 US.
til next time…
Disclaimer: Products sent for review purposes