Review & Swatches: OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012 (James Bond 007 Collection)

The name is Bond—James Bond…

This holiday season marks the release of the OPI Skyfall Collection, inspired by the latest installment in the James Bond film series that hits theatres in November, Skyfall. Did you know that it’s also the 50th anniversary of the iconic James Bond? I can’t believe that good ol’ 007 goes back FIFTY years! OPI gives us glamour and a little danger (just like the films) for holiday 2012, with 12 new nail lacquers. You’ll find an array of cremes, shimmers, metallics, and glitters in Skyfall; for a well-rounded collection that steers clear of traditional holiday themes. (Which is nice for once!)

OPI is thrilled to work with EON Productions to celebrate 50 years of the style, swagger and mystique associated with Bond 007,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “From metallic and glitter finishes to jewel tones and even a jet black, these lacquers capture the film’s sophisticated and glamorous look.

“Watch for Bérénice Marlohe wearing two Skyfall Collection shades in the film,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With Skyfall, a rich maroon, painted on top of the nail and GoldenEye, a shimmering gold, painted on the undersides, Marlohe’s luxurious manicure will be the one to try this holiday season.”

Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, You Only Live Twice

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye

Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Die Another Day

Casino Royale, Moonraker, Skyfall


Tomorrow Never Dies is a striking purple/indigo combo with a pearly finish. This shade is pure perfection! Great opacity with two coats, and a nice even flow.

The World is Not Enough is one of the more complex shades. The base is silver with rose micro-glitter. This one requires three coats since the base is so sheer.

You Only Live Twice is a magenta shimmer with flecks of fuchsia. At first coat, it seems a little sheer, but it works out nicely as shown with two coats.

The Spy Who Loved Me is a cool-toned bright red with golden micro-shimmer. Two coats as shown.

Skyfall is a deep maroon creme that delivered great opacity in just one coat, but it’s shown with two. This is the one that I was kind of “meh” about, but once I put it on—I changed my tune.

Casino Royale is a rich plum creme, so gorgeous! Two coats as shown.

Die Another Day is a bright candy apple red with an incredible glow factor. This is one that pictures do not do justice! Light just dances around in it, and it has a remarkable glowing quality to it that you should check out in person. It might look like just another frosty red in the bottle, but I think this one is a little different. Two coats as shown.

Goldeneye is one that really surprised me! It’s a gorgeous gilded gold with tons of golden and copper shimmer that really glows with three coats. This is another one that light dances around in, you have to try this one out!

Live and Let Die was one of my favorites. It’s a dark hunter/moss green with tiny golden-green micro-glitter. It’s shown with two coats, and really comes to life when top coat hits it.

Moonraker is a silver-blue metallic/foil that gives the appearance of brushed metal. It dries extremely fast, and is nearly perfectly opaque with just one coat. I like this finish—but for those who have ridges, this may not be a good choice, because the finish is very unforgiving on any raised surfaces.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is another one of the more complex shades in the collection. It has tons of multi-color micro-glitter in a sheer pewter-blue base. This is another one you have to see in-person to fully appreciate, because every time I look at it, I see a new color of glitter inside of it!

The Living Daylights contains medium-sized hexagonal glitter in shades of teal, silver, copper, and gold in a thin transparent base. Don’t expect a lot of coverage with this one, because it’s shown with three coats. My favorite combo with this was when I applied it over Live and Let Die. The mossy green was a nice backdrop for it.

What are your top picks from the Skyfall Collection?

Bottom Line…

Skyfall contains some surprises! There are several complex shades that photos do not do justice, and you must see them all in-person to fully appreciate the collection. When I first saw the promotional photography, I was worried I wouldn’t find any of these shades personally fitting, but thankfully, I did! My personal must-haves: Tomorrow Never Dies, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and Live and Let Die.

Price & Availability…

October 2012 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 each

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  • Sue Ann Ciambella

    Thawing up here in the Northeast..
    Time to tend to the toes :)