I’ve been going through my stash of polish, trying to weed out colors that I never use. Some were bought online and I found I didn’t like the color, others clashed with my skintone, or others were too sheer for my taste. I don’t bother with any color that takes more than four coats in general- I just don’t have the patience.
So, today’s unloved color was OPI Love This Color! If they’d been more honest, they would have called it OPI Am Bored To Death By This Color. Actually, that’s a bit harsh. It’s not a bad color- it’s a darkish red/burgundy sort of shade with some frosty shimmer type goodness. This is my least favorite finish anyway, espeically when paired with this shade that is neither dark enough to be vampy or vibrant enough to be bright. I had no problems mixing this shade into oblivion, though I did swatch it first for reference.
First, here she is straight up, no frankening:
Not offensive but not interesting in the least.
A mix of half OPI Love This Color, half creme red (any shade will do) and a pea-sized scoop of metallic russet pigment. I used Coastal Scents Rousillion Pearl Pigment. The reason I added the creme red was to give some depth. If I’d just added the pigment to the polish without the creme red, it would have come out as a super-frosty finish. I don’t like that particular look, so I added the red. If you like frost, add it straight in and mix away!
Still not a terribly unique color, but this truer red is more wearable, I think. But still, it needed something else.
You guys have got to know by now what that would be……glitter, of course!!
Two coats of CND Sapphire Sparkle gave it a bluer hue, making the red look a bit more purple and giving the whole color a fuschia appearance and some pizzaz. Doesn’t glitter make everything better?
The CND Effects are pretty nice, though I feel that only the Sparkles are really worth getting. They are an easy way to change up your polish- basically just a collection of fancy topcoats that add another dimension to polish. For those of you who’d like to make a unique color but aren’t ready to start mixing, these are a fun way to do a layer franken and experiment with color without getting too messy.
The Effects do dry fairly glossy but it’s best to have some Seche Vite or quick-dry topcoat to seal them with since I find the drying time can be quite slow. Then again, that could also have something to do with me piling on the glitter more thickly than I should.