Tuesday, 14 May 2013

OPI Oz The Great and Powerful collection - Review and swatches

 *These were provided for a review

Hello lovelies,

I  know, I know...I'm a bit late with these but I'm totally swamped with work and life generally!  I hope you'll still enjoy my swatches though :)


Lucy's Stash - OPI Oz The Great and Powerful collection


This collection consists of six limited edition polishes and one new liquid Sand and is inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful.

From Press Release: “OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! and Which is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You.



Don’t Burst My Bubble - pale milky pink jelly. This is a very sheer soft shade suitable for French manicure or jelly sandwich manicures. I have applied three thick coats to get reasonable coverage. It applied very easily and dried fast and glossy so no complaints here. I really liked how the result looked but three thick coats are just too much hassle for me.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble
Lucy's Stash - OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble
Lucy's Stash - OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble




I Theodora You - cotton candy pink jelly. Again, this is another sheer shade that I needed to build up to get some coverage. I'm wearing three thick coats and they dried rather slowly because of the thick layer. If applied in thin layer, the polish dries fast. The colour is quite flattering and very pretty, I liked it on me.

Lucy's Stash - OPI I Theodora You
Lucy's Stash - OPI I Theodora You
Lucy's Stash - OPI I Theodora You




Glints Of Glinda - peachy beige jelly. This is the last of the three soft jelly shades and also my least favourite. The shade doesn't look nice at all on my nails. I again needed three thicker coats for the coverage you see in the pictures and it just wasn't enough. My nail line is still visible which I hate. The formula was good as with the other two shades - applied well and dried fast in thin coats.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Glints Of Glinda
Lucy's Stash - OPI Glints Of Glinda
Lucy's Stash - OPI Glints Of Glinda




Lights Of Emerald City - white square glitter mixed with opalescent square glitter in a clear base. I've applied one coat over I Theodora You. I got a good amount of glitter on the brush and it applied nicely. I've had to spend a bit of time on the glitter placement so it's nice and relatively even. 

Lucy's Stash - OPI Lights Of Emerald City
Lucy's Stash - OPI Lights Of Emerald City
Lucy's Stash - OPI Lights Of Emerald City




When Monkeys Fly! - big gold glitter mixed with smaller holo glitter, all in a clear base. Oh yes, yes, this is the infamous polish with so called 'taco glitter'. To my surprise the glitter in my bottle looks tacoed  in the bottle but once I've applied it to the nail it was actually pretty ok, maybe it just went on the nail the tacoed side down. I've applied one coat over Glints Of Glinda and had to play with the glitter placement. I've also applied one coat of Seche Vite topcoat. Before you accuse me of not being honest, please check the last picture of When Monkeys Fly! to see that my glitter really wasn't horribly tacoed like some of the other ones. If you do however got curled glitter, you can get it exchanged as OPI has listened to its customers' complaints. 

Lucy's Stash - OPI When Monkeys Fly!
Lucy's Stash - OPI When Monkeys Fly!
Lucy's Stash - OPI When Monkeys Fly!
Lucy's Stash - OPI When Monkeys Fly!




Which Is Witch? - different sizes of holographic glitter in a clear base. Since there's no emerald nail polish in the collection I supplied one ;) I've applied one coat of Which Is Witch? over Color Club Wild Cactus and no topcoat. You can see that it dried slightly gritty so next time I'll need a topcoat. The bottle is packed with glitter so you'll get plenty on the brush. The removal was difficult as with any other glitter.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Which Is Witch?
Lucy's Stash - OPI Which Is Witch?
Lucy's Stash - OPI Which Is Witch?




What Wizardry Is This? - greenish brown Liquid Sand texture polish. I'm not over the moon from this shade, it's not my type of colour. The formula is good, it applied well and I needed two coats for full coverage. This Liquid Sand does not contain glitter particles as the first Mariah Carey ones did. It dries average to slow and the removal is somewhat similar to glitter. 

Lucy's Stash - OPI What Wizardry Is This?
Lucy's Stash - OPI What Wizardry Is This?
Lucy's Stash - OPI What Wizardry Is This?


Overall, this collection did not do it for me. I'm not a huge fan of sheer jellies and green-ish brown colours. I think I'll be much looking forward to the Fall collection :)

Just to sum it up a bit, Oz The Great and Powerful collection has three different finishes (jelly, glitter and texture) so technically you might find at least one polish you like. Formulas are quite good but I think that the whole uproar about the taco glitter in When Monkeys Fly which I've read all about before I even got the bottle into my hands somewhat influenced me into not liking this collection very much despite my bottle being ok.

If you do like any of these polishes then you can buy them at any of your usual stores and e-shops.




*These were provided for a review

24 comments:

  1. I'm gutted there's no green in this collection! x

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  2. I've never been a big fan of jellies but for whatever reason, I love this collection! Well, at least the first two polishes and the liquid sand. I'm just nervous I won't like them on MY nails haha. Gorgeous swatches, of course :)

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  3. I really loved this whole collection and your swatches are beautiful as always!

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  4. Gorgeous swatches :) It doesn't do it for me, either... :/ I think the glitters are too big and all-over-the-placeish... And the jellies... Well... They're just plain jellies. Good on the economy, though, since I've had to have at least half of the recent OPI collections ;D

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  5. Ty glittrový jsou všechny hezký. Glints Of Glinda vypadá samotný dost divně, s tím zlatým to ale ujde, nicméně raději ho nenos ;)

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    1. Ne, nebudu ho nosit vubec, je fujky :-/

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  6. Fantastic swatches, thank you! Very helpful.
    The bad: Glints Of Glinda reminds me of coffee stains :S
    The great: I love how you mixed Which is Witch with Wild Cactus, because your nails really do look like cacti now! Just for this reason, this is the only polish I would buy from this collection =)
    The confusing: I'm a bit puzzled about the Liquid Sand polishes. I thought the whole point was that they had glitters. Now (also looking at to be released Minnie Mouse and Bond Girls) they are more like 'concrete' and 'leather' effect polishes other brands have.

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  7. Wayyyy too in love with Lights Of Emerald City - a lot more than I should be ;)

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  8. I like the pink jellies and glitters. I think the golden glitter is the prettiest one and I was planning to buy it but in the end I didn't because of the bad reviews it got.

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  9. After watching the movie, there were so many opportunities for amazing colors but the collection feels fairly ho-hum. I would have loved to see a gorgeous opal polish for Glinda, and of course a stunning emerald for the emerald city.

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  10. I'm disappointed there is no emerald green in this collection. I do really like Which is witch though x

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  11. Looks like a great collection. I like some of the neutral colors and glitters :)

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  12. Beautiful swatches! I picked up Lights of Emerald City and Don't Burst My Bubble in full size as well as the mini set. I think this collection is gorgeous and I so wish I had a greater tolerance for "tacoing" glitters because that one is the prettiest, imo, and it does something special to Glints of Glinda, too. I didn't like that one on me, at all, either. As weird as that color is, your photos of it are still gorgeous.

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  13. Love all of them but third one is very shade of beautiful pink!

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  14. what a great collection, except I personally like more opaque nail polishes, but these polishes are great for layering!

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  15. The collection does not do it for me, either. YOU did an outstanding job, photographing fabu manicures. But the polishes? Not so much. Two of large-particle glitters are either defective or woefully unbalanced. The whole nude/pink thing escapes me.

    The textured polish is nice.

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  16. Gorgeous swatches, as usual :)

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  17. Initially, I didn't think I would like these polishes on the nail...but I'm pleasantly surprised... I like them all for their own reasons.

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  18. great swatches and review..I'm like you though, this collection is just not doing if for me..sheers and muddy green/browns for Spring..yuck..Love your blog tho:))
    xoxo
    Ann-Marie

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  19. I like the Liquid Sand, but I'm not inclined toward any of the others.

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