OPI Kalahari Khaki


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As regular readers will know, once in a while I embark on a bit of a trophy hunting exercise. And by that, I mean sniffing out old and discontinued OPI polishes. What can I say? I like the feeling of having something that isn’t overly mainstream.

From OPI’s 1998 Painted Desert collection (nope, me either), Kalahari Khaki is the second oldest OPI in my collection. I didn’t even know I wanted it until it cropped up on eBay. A few Google image searches later and I decided that this was a polish I definitely needed.

Not only do I get that weird satisfaction of knowing I have something rare and antique in my possession (OK, it’s not exactly a Ming vase, but you know what I mean), I really think that this is a remarkable shade. Ordinarily I would expect khaki to be, you know, green, but this isn’r really. It’s more the colour of the camoflage that soldiers wear in the desert.

Almost verging into duochromaric territory, Kalahari Khaki is an almost gold / almost bronze / almost beige frosty shade, with a fantastic pink shimmer overlay. I don’t know if I managed to catch the pink effect here really but in real life it is quite evident.

Old formula OPI (aka jam packed full of chemicals) is ace. This lasted me days and days and really did wear like iron. It survived cooking several dinners, doing load after load of washing, and even some manual labour in the form of manoeuvuring our washing machine to unblock it. All that, and Kalahari Khaki still looks marvellous.

It was four or five coats to achieve opacity though, so a little on the frustrating side. However, with my Lumos topcoat (more on this soon), it was dry pretty quickly. Happy days.

I think this is going to be something of a marmite polish. I love it, I find it supermelyflattering and definitely like nothing I have ever seen before. I know some of you won’t feel the same way, but that’s ok. I’m really pleased to give this one room in my antique OPI box.


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**Please note this post was written several months ago. Ruby & Millie has since been withdrawn from Boots and so this polish now belongs to the “hard to find” ranks. I wanted to publish this anyway though**

Ruby & Millie seem to have been around since the Ark. I remember when they first appeared in Boots, all my friends getting excited at the prospect of some slightly higher-end makeup compared to what our teenage selves were used to wearing. For many, many years, I received (and loved) Ruby & Millie products on various birthdays and Christmasses, and I think I still have some of their lipglosses on the go. I don’t really know who Millie is, but Ruby seems to be a permanent fixture on many of our TVs, specializing in makeover programmes. I always marvel at how amazing she looks.

Any way. As I said, I was well acquainted with some items from the Ruby & Millie range but for some reason, never their nail polish. Until one day not that long ago I found myself needing to kill some time before a meeting I was early for, so popped into Boots to see what was what. Always a dangerous action, I am sure you’ll agree. And there they were. I think there are about ten polishes in what must be a permanent collection. Some of the colours are…interesting…like bright neon yellows and greens, and Neutral immediately stuck out to me as being the most unique of the range.

It reminds me of what happens when you mix together all of your watercolours as a child. It is not quite grey, purple or green – more of a mix of all three. In the bottle, the silver veining is stronger than it appears on the nail, and it certainly bears zero resemblance to the promotion shots, that make it look like a hot purple with pink and silver shimmer. As we can clearly see here, it is anything but. I like it – it is unique and striking and I’m glad I decided to try it out. However…

…the application was not that easy. The plastic bobble you see on the end is the handle of the brush and is too small to get a proper grip on it. I was concerned several times during the application that the brush was going to go pinging out of my hand and across the room. Also, the neck of the bottle is huuuge. Apply this on a flat surface only, or you may well end up tipping it all down your front.

This is a three coater. And a warning for you too. It takes a long time to dry, and I had tipwear by the end of the second day. It looks amazing when you first put it on, but it looks tired and old very quickly. More quickly than I’d expect something with an £8.50 price tag to do.

So what do you think? Are you sad that Ruby & Millie products are no longer available? Did you have any favourites from their range?