Morning Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great Thursday so far. Mine is already great for several reasons.

  • I’m going to see Big Gigantic in concert with my boyfriend and co. tonight!
  • No more midnight shifts until Tuesday of next week for this girl! I still have the nail tech apprenticeship at the salon today and Saturday, but I’ll take what I can get. ;-)
  • The first Guild Wars 2 Beta Weekend Event starts on Friday!!

I don’t know if any of you have played the original Guild Wars, but I was mildly obsessed with that game when it first came out. I’ve been waiting patiently for GW2 for years and I’m so excited to be able to try it out early (the game releases in late July). Are any of you fine folks taking part of the beta weekend as well? If so, find me in-game! My Guild Wars 2 User ID is Nymeria.4326 (if you get the reference on the name you win 100 internets ;-))

But I digress, let’s get back to the topic of nail polish shall we? :-)

I’m happy to show you the beautiful OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades Collection for 2012! I initially wasn’t too interested in this 6 polish collection because I just really don’t wear a lot of sheers or neutrals. But once I realized that 5 out of the 6 had milky jelly finishes I was all in. :-D

I used Cult Nails Get It On Base Coat for all swatches shown today. All polish swatches without Pirouette My Whistle have Essie Good To Go Top Coat. All swatches shown with Pirouette My Whistle DO NOT have top coat. :-D

 


Care To Danse?

Care To Danse?
Care To Danse?
Care To Danse? is a pale lavender jelly with a milky base. It looks a bit more purple in the bottle than it did on my nails, perhaps I needed a 4th coat to bring out the color a little more.

You Callin’ Me A Lyre?

You Callin' Me A Lyre?
You Callin' Me A Lyre?
You Callin’ Me A Lyre? is probably one of my favorites in the collection. Yes, you heard me correctly. I said that a sheer neutral pink polish is a favorite of mine! 8O I used 3 coats here as well.

Barre My Soul

Barre My Soul
Barre My Soul
Barre My Soul is a white based very light beige and another one that I really enjoyed. If I ever do wear neutral polishes I gravitate toward beige and a jelly beige is just… Love. :-D Again, 3 coats.

Don’t Touch My Tutu!

Don't Touch My Tutu!
Don't Touch My Tutu!
Don’t Touch My Tutu! is a milky white polish that I really love! It has a thicker consistency (unlike my other go-to white jelly, Essie Marshmallow) and it’s really easy to apply. This is 3 coats.

My Pointe Exactly

My Pointe Exactly
My Pointe Exactly
My Pointe Exactly is…. FANTASTIC. I already love grey polishes, and any day I can get my hands on a grey jelly is a good day. This is (take a guess!) 3 coats. :-)

Pirouette My Whistle

Pirouette My Whistle
Pirouette My Whistle has a clear base that’s filled with teeny tiny silver glitter and larger white hex glitter pieces. I didn’t swatch it alone because my pointer finger is still rocking a stain from whatever hell-beast green polish I was wearing on that finger for my St. Patrick’s Day mani, and I was wearing a base coat! I did layer 1 coat of Pirouette My Whistle over the other 5 polishes from this collection and it’s a lovely combo folks!

It’s so shiny on its own that I decided not to use top coat over it in the following swatches, though you should definitely add top coat when you’re wearing this to make your manicure last longer. :-D
Care To Danse? with Pirouette My Whistle
Care To Danse? with Pirouette My Whistle
Care To Danse? with Pirouette My Whistle.
You Callin' Me A Lyre? with Pirouette My Whistle
You Callin' Me A Lyre? with Pirouette My Whistle
You Callin’ Me A Lyre? with Pirouette My Whistle.
Barre My Soul with Pirouette My Whistle
Barre My Soul with Pirouette My Whistle
Barre My Soul with Pirouette My Whistle.
Don't Touch My Tutu! with Pirouette My Whistle
Don't Touch My Tutu! with Pirouette My Whistle
Don’t Touch My Tutu! with Pirouette My Whistle.
My Pointe Exactly  with Pirouette My Whistle
My Pointe Exactly  with Pirouette My Whistle
My Pointe Exactly with Pirouette My Whistle.


Final Thoughts:

OPI is kicking butt and taking names in the jelly polish department. ;-) The formula on each and every one of these was AMAZING. They were thicker than your normal sheer polishes but not so thick that it caused leveling issues. I actually preferred doing thicker coats with these polishes for more color payoff. The dry time was incredibly fast on all 6 polishes, and they were all so shiny that top coat wasn’t even necessary.

I can’t really name a favorite because I loved them all! And I can’t wait to try using these for ‘glitter sandwich’ manicures! I also see this collection being great for the wedding season. ^_^

Purchase Info

The NYC Ballet Soft Shades 2012 Collection by OPI retails for around $8.50 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. They can be purchased at your local professional salons and spas nationwide. You an also purchase them at larger chain salons, including (but not limited to) JCPenny, Dillards, Regis, Pure Beauty, Trade Secret, and Ulta.

 

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