OPI Pearl Of Wisdom


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The other night I was just getting ready for bed when all of a sudden a massive chunk of my existing manicure just suddenly peeled off, taking a large chunk of the tip of my nail with it as well. Curses! It was so late that I couldn’t bear the thought of replacing it with a full manicure, so instead, I removed the offending polish, sorted out my broken nail, and reached for the first sheer polish I could find.

Pearl of Wisdom is from OPI’s Hong Kong collection of 2010 and is not the sort of thing I would usually go for. However, after wearing this for a day, I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked. It reminds me of the sort of polish I would wear to school, bearing in mind nail varnish was banned, so if you were going to rebel, you had to do it with much subtlety.

You’re seeing two coats here, with no topcoat. It dried super-fast and the application was ridiculously easy. For all the time I spend agonising over every millimeter of my nails, it was a refreshing change to just slap it on and forget about it.

The colour is lovely. Mainly pink, with a hint of green, this also contains teeny tiny pearlescent glass flecks. It has all the lustre of a pearl and is basically just very, very pretty. Delicate and sheer, the strong pink flash made my nails look perfect and groomed and for once, I didn’t wish that I was layering it over a darker shade.

What do you think? How often do you reach for the sheers in your collection?


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How’s about another sneak preview of one of the OPI Muppets  polishes then? I showed you Gone Gonzo! last month, one of the crazy glitters from the collection, now it’s the turn of Designer, de Better! which is one of the shimmery metallics.

No, I don’t get the name. Maybe all will be revealed when we get to see the new Muppet film later in the year. But lets look at the polish, for it’s a good one. At first, when I swatched this on a bit of white paper, I thought it was almost a holo. But it isn’t I’m afraid.

What we have here is a chromey silver foil that is jam packed with pink and orange fleck. Totally smooth and easy to apply, this was easily opaque in two coats. Those with short nails could manage with one. I have no topcoat here as it dried super fast, plus I’m always nervous of using quick-drying topcoat over metallics.

There are zero brush strokes, and the flecks in it cover up most of the flaws in the surface of the nail, which is impressive for a metallic. Like I say, the application and appearance is perfect. Under electric light, this takes on an almost mirrored quality (complete with slightly rusty orange particles!), reminiscent of a lighter Chanel Kaleidoscope.

I really like this. Like most foils, the wear is excellent. Well, I’ve been sporting this since Friday night and it still looks good as new. And I love the fact that I have nothing like this in my entire collection – a rare event indeed. 

What do you think?


*PR sample*