Saturday, 28 February 2015

OPI Hawaii collection swatches and review

Hey lacquer lovers! I'm really excited to be able to bring you a swatch and review post for a portion of the OPI Hawaii collection today! I apologize that it isn't the whole collection, but since the polishes are purchased with my own money, I have to follow my budgetary constraints and that means I have to pick and choose from this large and beautiful collection which shades I want to feature most. I hope you enjoy this swatch and review post and find it helpful when choosing your own shades to purchase from the OPI Hawaii collection :)

So the shades I chose to go with are those pictured in the photo above (clockwise from the top right corner: My Gecko does tricks, Suzi shops and island hops, Lost my bikini in molokini, This color is making waves, and Just Lanai-ing around(middle)). While all of the rest of the shades in the collection were just as lovely, I already had similar shades in my polish collection so I chose to not be redundant in my personal purchases. On to the swatches!

Ok, so first off we have Suzi Shops & Island Hops. This shade is a very pale creme pink. The shade itself may be pale but that does not reflect in the polishes opacity. I only used two reasonable coats here to obtain full nail coverage. As with all my past experience with OPI the polish is very smooth and has a good consistency resulting in a smooth error free application. If you are looking for a good classic pale pink for Spring I would definitely check out this shade.

Next up we have Just Lanai-ing Around. I was drawn to this color honestly because it reminded me of my childhood growing up in the 90's. For me personally since my family was in to tole painting and arts and crafts I was around a lot of paint and colors. The color Dusty Rose was VERY popular in that decade and I grew to love the color so this shade was a must buy for me as it is a perfect reflection of that color. This polish is a rich mid pink creme that evokes being in the middle of a summer garden. Application is smooth and flawless and only two thin coats are necessary to get full nail coverage. This is definitely one of my top three shades for the collection for sure.

Next we have Lost my Bikini in Molokini which is another creme shade from the collection. This shade is very much a true grape purple in my mind. If you already own Do You Have This Color in Stockholm from the Nordic collection by OPI, just imagine that purple but one to two shades lighter.  It is absolutely beautiful and applies easily with good coverage. This purple is very pigmented and adds a bright POP of color perfect for Spring and Summer.

Ok I will have to admit that this next color is my number one favorite from the Hawaii collection, and my boyfriend 100% agrees. My Gecko does tricks is a GORGEOUS pearl finish bright green that I can't seem to find any other words for it other than magical, and stunning. This color is just so BAM here I am green I can't get enough of it, it is honestly a show stopper and will be featured in my next nail art. The color is somewhere in the realm of sour apple candy and the Wicked Witch of the West meets a garden in full bloom and it's just magnificent. I'm not sure if any of that made any kind of sense to you but just look at it. No more words are needed.

Last but not least we have the lovely This Color is Making Waves. This is another Pearl finish shade but in the blue spectrum. I must make it known that in none of these swatches have I used top coat, all the shine you see is from the polishes alone, they are very high gloss even without top coat, and the pearl finish shades catch the light extremely well. In bottle this shade looks darker than it does when applied to the actual nail where it transforms into a true clear sea blue. Your nails will be a vision of clear blue waters with the sun dancing across the tops of the waves. This color rounds out my top three shades and only requires two coats for an even application.

Well guys, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that it helps you make informed decisions about any purchases you may have been thinking about from this collection. If I pick up any more shades I will be sure to swatch and review them as well :) Until next time lacquer lovers, have a great day and I look forward to you stopping by next time!

What was your favorite shade that I swatched? Let me know in the comments!

Much Love
Jenn :)

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