I’ve been dying to try the OPI Colorpaints since I first saw them and I’ve finally got my hands on them. They’re actually better than I thought they’d be – not sure what I thought they’d be but, whatever… they’re better!
Everything relies on the star of the show – Silver Canvas Base Coat. The OPI Colorpaints are semi-translucent lacquers that get a huge dimension and colour boost when they’re used over the base. On their own, they’re more washes of colour and personally, I don’t think they work as well without the turbo charged silver underneath. I’m sure that there will be other base colours coming so that extra dimensions can be added… it’s probably also worth trying them over a white undercoat although you’d lose the metallic element that the silver gives.
So, on the right hand side of the colour wheel you can see the ‘washes’. I found it quite difficult to get these to look completely even, but it’s only one coat so it’s possible that with the application of another, things would smooth themselves out. On the other side you can see what happens to the same colours over the silver base. Starting at the top bare nail, we have Pen & Pink, Indigo Motif, Primarily Yellow, Chromatic Orange, Magenta Muse, Turquoise Aesthetic, Landscape Artist and Purple Perspective. I’m wearing Magenta Muse but very tempted to whip it off and try out Primarily Yellow.
The OPI Colorpaints will be available from Selfridges and salons from 1st July and they’re £12.50 each. I think these are truly lovely – so much depth in metallic; they’re an exciting shake up for nails.