It never fails to amaze me where this blog will take me next. I certainly never expected to be spending a (soggy) morning aboard The Golden Hinde, a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor ship.
The reason for this was the launch of OPI‘s new range, Ahoy Me Hearties, released as a tie-in with the new Pirates of The Caribbean film (On Stranger Tides), which is set to be this summer’s blockbuster. OPI are no strangers to movie tie-ins, and being a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, (and a huge fan of OPI), this is very exciting for me. These polishes will be available to buy from May onwards.
So, on to the pictures, after all, that’s what you’re here for, right?
Mermaid’s Tears. A gloomy mint green creme.
Planks A Lot. Love this name! Vibrant purple, reminiscent of Do You Lilac It?
Steady As She Rose. Probably the least interesting of the collection. Pale and delicate pink creme.
Skull & Gloss Bones. Grungy grey green. I applaud OPI for going there with something so unusual for them.
Sparrow Me The Drama. Pink creme. No doubting this will have an audience among the general consumer but I expect polish hoarders to pass this one by.
Stranger Tides. Named for the new film, I absolutely cannot wait to try this one out. Murky and mouldy and such a fascinating green. I’ve never seen anything like this before.
Silver Shatter. Looks like the shatter/crackle effect isn’t going anywhere just yet then!
I didn’t have a manicure as the queue was ridiculous, plus I wanted to swatch some of new polishes for you, and I’d have delayed doing that if I’d had my nails done at the launch. But here’s the look that Sara from Daily Polish had done. Mermaid’s Tears, with Silver Shatter on top.
And here are some swatches of the polishes I was given to take away. I think OPI may have been tweaking their formula again as not only does it smell slightly different, the cremes apply like an opaque dream.
Sparrow Me The Drama is one that you pink lovers are going to adore. Slightly duskier than the camera has picked up on here, this is all wrong for my skintone but it would flatter darker skins I think. A dusty mauve toned pink, this was opaque in two coats.
I would want Skull & Gloss Bones for the name alone, so it’s something of a relief that it’s a fantastic shade as well. A putty-ish gloomy grey, this has a whole heap of green in it. Perfect for corpse fingers. Not everyone’s taste but I love it.
Here’s the swatches of the whole collection – with silver shatter on the left and as-is on the right.
So, there we have it. OPI have surprised me. I was expecting jewel tones, pieces of eight, shimmery seas, dark rum, tropical sands and parrot shades. Pirates don’t make me think pastels, but I’ve got to say, this is the best pastel collection I’ve ever seen. I like the edginess and murkiness of some of the colours and cannot wait to get my mitts on the rest of them. Thanks to all at Lena White for arranging such a fun and original event.
Also, as a side note, it was an appropriate first outing for my Bones bracelet, fiiiiinally back from being altered by The Great Frog. Not polish related, I know, but still a Nice Thing.
NB – there were four new OPI Soft Shades on display at this launch but I am going to cover them in a separate post shortly.
The small print: Please note that although not watermarked, these photographs are my property. You may reproduce them on your blogs as long as you ask permission first and give full credit and link back. Don’t make me make you walk the plank, eh?