Hello friends. It’s been a slow few days chez moi so I ended up busting out all my swatching paraphernalia which includes my lighting and light box. I had been experimenting with swatching in direct sunlight, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results. I hadn’t had a massive swatch session in a long time and I can say I kind of missed it. I just wish that I had prepared myself by purchasing lint free cotton rounds because I had a hell of a hard time dealing with all the fuzzies. Anyway, today I want to share with you my swatches of the OPI California Dreaming Collection for Summer 2017. Being a born and bred California girl, of course I was excited to see a collection paying homage to my home state but the colors just kind of threw me off. Before I get into the details, let me show you some swatches.
OPI To The Mouse House We Go!
This magic red is for kissable lips, polka dot bows and tempting apples.
OPI Me, Myselfie & I
But enough about me, doesn’t this coral look good in my selfie?
OPI Santa Monica Beach Peach
Go ahead and hit the beach, this punchy orange has your back.
OPI This Is Not Whine Country
The merlot the merrier I always say.
OPI GPS I Love You
I couldn’t have pinked a sweeter travelling companion.
OPI Time For A Napa
It’s always the right moment for this bubbly hot coral.
OPI Malibu Pier Pressure
This cotton candy pink has a very persuasive vibe.
OPI Excuse me, Big Sur!
This rose may be soft, but it’s not afraid to speak up.
OPI Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia
Finding the perfect peach is a tall order.
OPI Feeling Frisco
This nude’s bound to put you in a Bayful mood.
OPI Sweet Carmel Sunday
You’re always a treat in this glistening gold.
OPI Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite
Of quartz not! Everyone appreciates this shimmering slate.
Welp, I like this collection and I don’t. Part of me loves some of the shades but part of me doesn’t see the spirit of my home state reflected in this collection.
Was I the only one wishing for a polish called “Welcome to the OC, Bitch!”? Yes? No? Well, ok. I didn’t have any issues with the formula on these polishes. For all of my swatches, I used two generous coats of polish and 1 coat of glossy top coat. I was not expecting some of these shades to have a jelly formula. To The Mouse House We Go! and This Is Not A Whine Country have a jelly formula but they do build up fairly nicely so you don’t really have to worry about VNL. I did want to mention that my swatch of To The Mouse House We Go! has some shimmer flecks–that is not part of the polish; my top coat brush had some shimmer flecks from Sweet Carmel Sunday that unfortunately transferred to my swatch of To The Mouse House We Go! I absolutely love pink and coral polish shades so you can imagine that I quite enjoyed the shades in this collection. My absolute favorites are Excuse Me, Big Sur!, GPS I Love You, Malibu Pier Pressure and Time For A Napa. I found a surprise like in Sweet Carmel Sunday–who am I? The cutest part of the collection was the PR package. I posted some shots on my instagram:
So what do you guys think about the OPI California Dreaming Collection? Have you picked up any of the shades yet? The collection is available in both classic Nail Lacquer and Long-Wear Infinite Shine formulas. Nail Lacquers retail for $10.00 ($13.50 CAN) each and Infinite Shine retails for $12.50 ($16.95 CAN) at Professional Salons, as well as Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, Sally Beauty, ULTA and ulta.com and Macy’s.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!
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Disclosure: These products were provided to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
OPI California Dreaming Collection
OPI California Dreaming Collection