OPI Skyfall Collection Swatches (Part 1)
First off, if you have yet to see Skyfall in theatres (“cinemas” for you other folk), I hope you have a very legitimate excuse. This is me giving you the tsk, tsk if not. I grew up on the James Bond movies and have seen all of them with the exceptions of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Moonraker (2 peculiar ones to miss, granted). When they “relaunched” the series from Ian Flemming’s true beginning in Casino Royale and recast Daniel Craig, I remember thinking, “Wow, I think this is probably the best Bond yet.” I was wrong, because Skyfall successfully won me over last week. It’s conniving, cunning, sexy, homoerotic, action-packed, and sentimental. Even better, it gives some fantastically orchestrated nods to former Bond movies and motifs.
But this isn’t a film critique – it’s a beauty blog. So for that reason, today I’ll be reviewing several of the newly released OPI Skyfall collection polishes. Today I have swatches of Skyfall, Tomorrow Never Dies, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and The Living Daylights. Tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing four more lacquers from this collection, so stay tuned!
The OPI Skyfall collection comes in two shade sets: the Seductive Shades and the Dangerous Shades.
Skyfall is one of the Seductive Shades, a deep red, akin to oxblood. The colour clearly channels Skyfall‘s newest Bond Girl, Severine, as she wears a similar (if not the same) lacquer in the film.
This colour is perhaps my favourite of the collection because it’s is so damn classy. The red isn’t too striking that it’s unprofessionally flashy, so you can get away with it in an office setting, but it’s also gorgeous for a night out, a gala or function, and especially for the upcoming holiday season.
Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the most gorgeous purple/violet I’ve seen in a while. I even prefer it to OPI Vampsterdam (from the Holland Collection), which I’ve been having a love affair with this past year.
This polish is an OPI GelColor, and what I love about these is that they’re easy to remove, unlike professional nail gel treatments. For OPI GelColor, just use regular nail polish remover.
TND is flashy, brilliant, sleek, and very sexy. Not a color for the office, but definitely one for a night out, whether sporting pleather leggings and studded boots or a LBD (little black dress) and stilettos.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a very shimmery slate grey/blue, although my photos make it look slightly muddy. I was using low lighting for all my swatches, and my camera seemed to pick up on the grey more than the blue in this setting. Granted, the blue is very subtle and perhaps more visible in bright and natural light.
I love this colour as it hinges between noticable and subtle. While the colour is subdued, the sparkles give it dimension that easily catches the eye. The blue tinge also makes it more attractive than a flat grey (in my opinion), and that is why I prefer it to Moonraker from the same collection.
The Living Daylights is a very frustrating top coat, in my experience. I wore it without a base colour in these swatches to show you what it looks like in the nude. The sparkles are large and love to clump, making it very difficult to get an even or thick spread. What you see above is the result of 3-6 coats, per nail. Like said, frustrating.
TLD has a retro vibe with its combo of gold, silver, red, and turquoise. It doesn’t look too great on any of the 3 polishes swatched above, but it may look nice on Moonraker or Live and Let Die. Overall, however, I’m not a huge fan of TLD because painting my nails should be an enjoyable experience, not painstaking.
Check back tomorrow for more Skyfall swatches and reviews! I know we don’t usually post on weekends, but we’ll call this weekend the 007 Special. And if you really want to celebrate with us, go see Skyfall tonight. xx