Review & Swatches: OPI The Amazing Spider-Man Collection for May 2012

When I opened the box for this new collection from OPI last night, I about lost my mind. I’m admittedly not the biggest Spider-Man fan (I’ll leave that to my brother who is arguably the nerdiest and most dedicated life-long Spider-Man fanatic I know), but I was expecting to see some pretty common comic-book colors when I initially heard about this collection. Your typical red, blue, and black for webbing, you get the picture. But I wound up being pretty very incorrect in my thinking, and I think OPI did an awesome job with six new shades and a Shatter that are in-SPIDER-ed by the upcoming film. Even for someone like me, these are all shades I would be interested in, regardless of being associated with The Amazing Spider-Man film starring Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.

Okay, so you got me there. Andrew Garfield? Yes, PLEASE. I will take him. Where do I sign up?

Are you ready to see the new shades? Here we go! This is very pic heavy, so be fore-warned…

Just Spotted the Lizard, Into the Night, Number One Nemesis

My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Call Me Gwen-Ever, Your Web or Mine?

Into the Night is a shimmering deep sapphire/midnight blue. It’s actually a little more on the transparent side than you see here, as I used three coats to liven it up. Regardless, it’s a beautiful shade, and totally different than the kind of Spider-Man tinged-blue I was afraid they’d release. Bravo, OPI!

More swatches, photos, and shade descriptions… 

Just Spotted the Lizard is just plain sweet! I’ve seen many, many abalone-shell kind of shades in my day, but this one is such a fun and funky duo-chrome that photos cannot even do it justice. It’s yellow, it’s green, it’s borderline teal—depending on which way your hands move. The more you work it, the more brush strokes you’ll see, but two coats provided ample coverage.

Call Me Gwen-Ever is an orange/coral creme with which two coats were perfect coverage.

Your Web or Mine? is a medium pink shimmer that has slight elements of salmon to it. I really liked this one a lot, but watch for brush strokes if you over-work it.

Number One Nemesis is a nickel-like glitter/sparkle. I was really surprised that the base on this one wasn’t terribly transparent and that this shade gave great coverage with just two coats. Normally shades like this require a third, but I was totally okay with two here. I really like this one as well, it really glimmers in the light.

My Boyfriend Scales Walls is a white creme, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the camera to pick up the slight tinge of grey it has, it’s almost like the white is a little dusty—it’s not as bright of a white as it photographed. My only real issue with this was that it needed a thin third coat.

Shatter the Scales is a lizard green glitter Shatter that really comes alive once you apply top coat. Until you do, it may look a little matte and dare I say—a little blah. I sincerely apologize for doing the Shatter swatches on a nail wheel, it’s definitely not the norm for me. But I’ve swatched two collections in two days, and I have four more to swatch in the next few days—my cuticles and nails are crying for love! I just couldn’t give them any more acetone today. I’ll try to avoid this in the future, but you still get the idea…right?

Swatches with Shatter the Scales from left to right:
My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Your Web or Mine?, Call Me Gwen-Ever,
Just Spotted the Lizard, Into the Night, Number One Nemesis

Bottom Line…

I was initially concerned that we’d see a collection of typical reds and blues for something Spider-Man related, but OPI didn’t let me down! I’m impressed with the finishes on several of the shades, especially Into the Night and Just Spotted the Lizard—they’re definitely winners in my book.

Price & Availability…

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning May 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.
  • Michelle

    I can’t wait to get Just Spotted the Lizard!