I was recently sent a few polishes from the Softshades Collection by OPI to try out. This post has been waiting here a while for it’s chance to shine, so today, I’m showing you three of them, and I have to say all three are my favourites of the collection of six in total.
This whole collection, especially the soft pinks and nudes make me immediately think bridal, high fashion, and spring, which I suppose, was the whole idea behind the release. We saw a lot of these shades or similar on the runways a couple of months back, and I was happy to see them being used and even happier to be able to try them for myself. They offer a clean, crisp, fresh look I enjoy. That look of ‘not wearing anything’.
ACT YOUR BEIGE
A super sheer polish leaning towards nude, however not too orange nor too pink. I found the application to be quite smooth but slightly patchy. Nevertheless, the end result I really enjoyed. I applied three coats for my swatches and one coat of topcoat.
THIS SILVER’S MINE!
This Silver’s Mine is a white silver with soft pink tones that were very hard to catch on camera. I found the pink tones to soften the harshness of the silver really well and keep the shade warm and elegant rather than it turning blue as with many other silver polishes. I found it to have a more ‘satiny’ finish to the traditional metallic. It applied well and wasn’t as streaky as I first thought it would be, but still…streaks. I applied two coats and one coat of topcoat for my swatches.
PUT IT IN NEUTRAL
This is again a very sheer, nail plate pink polish. This one would be perfect for your nail plate coverage when doing a french manicure. It can be built up to the strength of colour you enjoy. I applied three thin coats and one topcoat for my swatches, and although you can see the white free edge of my nails, I really, really loved it. In fact I can also state on wear time here because I wore this for about five days (at least) after I swatched it and found I had no chipping or wear. I was super surprised with this. I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh, clean mani being on my nails.
Overall, for the type of shades they were created to be, I am happy with them. I have seen and read a lot of complaints about them being too sheer, not opaque enough, wah wah, but judging by the releases of several companies doing shades similar to this for bridal and Spring, I feel the collection has met it’s goals. I’ll enjoy wearing these just as they are or even with some strong black stamping. I adore soft nudes with black stamping. It’s hot! Try it!
The OPI Softshades Collection was released in April 2015 in selected MYER, David Jones stores and selected salons nationally.
What do you think? Have you tried these polishes, and are you happy with the sheer look?