OPI Pirates of the Caribbean

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?




  1. 11th February 2011 / 6:35 PM

    I’m kicking myself that I couldn’t go now!!! looks soooo fun!! Colours are fab!!! love love love!!!!

  2. 11th February 2011 / 6:37 PM

    I love the silver shatter & the greenish polishes!

  3. 11th February 2011 / 6:37 PM

    Thanks for the swatches. I now need the WHOLE collection!

  4. 11th February 2011 / 6:42 PM

    LOVE these. I need the three greeny shades, and the shatter top coat.

  5. 11th February 2011 / 6:54 PM

    I’m quite excited, much better than Texas collection imho. xx

  6. 11th February 2011 / 6:54 PM

    OH. My GOD i need these. like yesterday. I think I jizzed in my pants when I saw the Silver Shatter…

  7. 11th February 2011 / 7:10 PM

    some interesting colours there. shame johnny depp wasnt there eh

  8. Sheenie
    11th February 2011 / 7:27 PM

    I know which one I’m getting – Mermaid’s Tears with the crackle effect. I love the lilac bottles walking the plank!

  9. 11th February 2011 / 7:27 PM

    Are you kidding me?! These are amazing!!!

  10. 11th February 2011 / 7:28 PM

    These are pretty but I was expecting more exciting and vribrant colors! These are a bit muted and dusty. Still some really unique awesome ones in there that I must see in person but I was expecting more vampy-ness.

  11. 11th February 2011 / 7:30 PM

    Oooo I like the look of the silver crackle xoxox

  12. 11th February 2011 / 7:56 PM

    Stunning! I love the silver crackle too which is a surprise, sine I dislike the look of all the coloured CG ones coming soon and I hate silver polish.

    Love them!

  13. 11th February 2011 / 8:08 PM

    I think this is a great collection. I like all the green murky ones and the silver shatter seems to work really well with all of the shades. I love that they did such a fun event too. Great to see something so different!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jane x

  14. 11th February 2011 / 8:56 PM

    Thank you so much for this preview! (and I’m super jealous!!) These colors all look amazing…even the boring pinks and blush colored ones are calling to me…no idea why! And the silver shatter…*dies*

  15. 11th February 2011 / 8:58 PM

    ahhhh these look amazing! finally a new collection from OPI that I really dig! I am not sure about the pink, I must say, but maybe I will even get the pink 😉 the purple is a must-have for me and the grey-green and mintgreen one as well.
    Honestly, I think I might just go for the whole collection.
    I haven’t bought anything from the texas collection, nor from the burlesque and all in all OPI was quite boring for me for the last year.
    But this pirates of the caribbean collection is very nice.
    Personally, I miss a beautiful turqouise or at least a blue-gray or blue-turqouise-gray or something like that, but I’ll get over it 😉
    especially when I hold skulls and gloss bones and the mermaids tears in my hands 😉

    can’t wait for summer :))

  16. 11th February 2011 / 9:10 PM

    Well thanks for the piccies, I love them all, especially on stranger tides. Cant wait, going to be an expensive summer!

  17. 11th February 2011 / 9:35 PM

    This is the first range of theirs where I have liked all the shades in one range.

    I like the look of silver shatter, it looks like you’ve silver leaf’d your nails.

  18. 11th February 2011 / 9:59 PM

    Thanks so much for this post – an OPI collection that I am really looking forward to, love the murky greeny grey colours. Jan x

  19. 11th February 2011 / 10:47 PM

    Oh no. I am going to spend a lot of cash on this collection!

    I love dusty murky creme shades (Parlez Vous being my favourite). And I find a lot of green pastels in particular too harsh and tippexy on my skin, so I want all these greens. And I hate shatter polishes (well the black ones) but desperately want the silver one, it’s such a beautiful effect with the pastels underneath.

    Thanks so much for all the pics! I’m super-excited about these!

  20. 11th February 2011 / 10:57 PM

    I love this entire collection, I want to get everything in it! And the silver shatter over mermaid’s tears – squeeeee!! Thanks for the pictures, the launch looks like it as fun!!

  21. 12th February 2011 / 12:10 AM

    Oh I’m so gealous you have your hands on these!I want Skull and Gloss Bones too! Absolutely amazing!

  22. 12th February 2011 / 6:23 AM

    Not really liking the silver shatter. I do like the two green polishes,Mermaid’s Tears,and Stranger Tides. How many Pirates’ movies is that now? I like Johnny Depp.

  23. 12th February 2011 / 12:19 PM

    you’re so lucky, thanks for reviewing these! i’m not usually a fan of summer collections but this looks amazing 😀 x

  24. 12th February 2011 / 12:40 PM

    Looks like a good day out but not very exciting on the colour front…..that last pinky shade Sparrow me the Drama looks very much like Dulce de Lache don’t you think? Pirates always make me think of golds, emeralds and ruby reds! Quite like the silver crackle effect it would look good over a dark purple or red!

  25. 12th February 2011 / 2:42 PM

    I want Silver Shatter soooo bad!!!

  26. 12th February 2011 / 5:50 PM

    Looks promising! And all cremes? Sorta daring in a way. 🙂

  27. 12th February 2011 / 6:11 PM

    Wow, love the “scenes” you created with each of the shades – so creative and fun!!! Thanks for taking the time to create such yummy eye candy!

    Not sure where I’ve been, but I hadn’t heard about this collex until a couple days ago. Though I usually prefer other brands over OPI because many OPI shades apply quite sheer (and most of OPI collex are SOOO red/pink heavy) I will certainly put my own gripes aside to jump at unique colors I don’t have in my personal collex yet!

    I’m now very excited for Skull and Glossbones, Stranger Tides, and Silver Shatter! Although Sparrow Me the Drama wouldn’t normally interest me, your pic of it on the nails plus your description that cremes from this collex apply like an “opaque dream” have me intriqued!

    Also, your bracelet is very charming!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  28. 13th February 2011 / 4:47 PM

    These look great!! I’m so excited for Skull & Gloss Bones, Stranger Tides & Silver Shatter!!
    thanks for these!!

  29. 13th February 2011 / 6:26 PM

    Hey hon

    WOW likey lots, seen lots of these before me thinks but def a few to add to the collection. Loving the shatter as well makes a change from black xxx

  30. 13th February 2011 / 6:36 PM

    Shiver me timbers these shades give pirates reason to rob, plunder and confiscate arg ! Planks a lot, steady as she rose and sparrow me the drama are must haves for spring.

  31. 14th February 2011 / 1:33 AM

    I have absolutely hated the whole crackle polish thing since day one but this silver one has changed that, I think I’ll have to try it!
    And I love green so anything green-toned gets me, every time. Thanks for the pics!

  32. 14th February 2011 / 7:32 AM

    Uh oh… I think I’m gonna need all of them. Except steady as a rose

  33. 14th February 2011 / 10:54 AM

    Thanks for showing us this! I might actually need the four darker ones and the shatter of course! 🙂

  34. 14th February 2011 / 4:18 PM

    Nice range, much better than the awful Texas range.
    Absolutly love the silver crackle !

  35. 14th February 2011 / 8:46 PM

    I’m not sure how I feel about the “silver shatter” just yet. seems it would look quite a mess from afar. I can’t wait to see it in person to see for myself though =)

  36. 16th February 2011 / 1:03 PM

    this is a wonderfull collection!I love colors excitings!

  37. 16th February 2011 / 11:59 PM

    Love this collection. What a fun day you must have had. Now If Johnny Depp was there, woo hoo!

  38. 23rd February 2011 / 9:40 PM

    Does Sparrow Me the Drama apply more dusky or bright? The bottle looks bright, but your swatch looks more dusky. I hope it’s more muted/dusky!! Please give your feedback 🙂 Thanks!!!

  39. 24th February 2011 / 1:13 PM

    Hi Hay,
    It’s definitely more dusky. Hope this helps!

  40. 22nd March 2011 / 4:27 AM

    I think your swatch of “Sparrow Me the Drama” on your nails is actually “Steady as she Rose”. Correct me if I’m wrong?

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