Sephora by OPI Swatches

Sephora by OPI Swatches

Knowing I’d be doing a lot of nail polish swatches in the coming months, I began to grow my nails out to a gorgeous photo-ready length. I kept them well moisturized, always had a base coat on, and used cuticle oil. The one thing I didn’t account for was that I live at the gym, and the gym is not a nail-happy place. Between tight-pressed machines, wipe-down cloths, frayed towels, and heavy weights, I was doomed. So a few days ago, while climbing off a treadmill, I succumbed to my fate and somehow hooked my middle fingernail on the safety lanyard and took a good 1/2 inch off. Thus to avoid looking early for Halloween, I had to cut the rest of my nails down to similar length. All in all, I apologize for how short my nails look in the following photos and, just remember, I, too, am crying on the inside.

Nevertheless, today I have swatches of 3 Sephora by OPI colours: Mermaid to Order (SE 279), S-age is Just a Number (SE 106), and My Personal Serpent (SE 061).

Left to right: Mermaid to Order, S-age is Just a Number, and My Personal Serpent

Sephora by OPI: Mermaid to Order
(in harsh artificial lighting)

Sephora by OPI: Mermaid to Order
(in natural, bright lighting)

This polish has a nice aqua appeal and is perfect for rainy springs and bright, beach-filled summers. I, personally, wouldn’t wear this in fall or winter as the colour is very flashy and reminds me too much of the ocean and surf.

Sephora by OPI: S-age is Just a Number

Sephora by OPI: S-age is Just a Number

This polish is quite new and from the Sephora by OPI Spice Market collection. Despite looking overly gold in the photos, there are blue-green hues embedded in this polish. Depending on the lighting, whether bright or dark, artificial or natural, you will see a different side to this duo-chrome gold. While akin to Chanel Peridot, I’d argue this isn’t a copy; it’s more of a variation. Good for flashy, elegant, or classy functions and dress codes.

Sephora by OPI: My Personal Serpent
(in dark artificial lighting)

Sephora by OPI: My Personal Serpent
(in natural, bright lighting)

This polish is a dark midnight blue with a slight off-green twist. Due to the green hue, however, the polish tends to look black when given too many coats. Depending on the lighting, it can switch between midnight blue and a dark hunter green. While I’m not the biggest fan, it is a good polish for a dark, clean, office-ready manicure or a dingy night on the town. Unlike the above colours, I’d argue this one is perhaps best for autumn and winter if you want to keep it simple with your nails.

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