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OPI ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

by Amber on February 27, 2013

in nail care,nail polish,new products,product reviews,swatches

In an exciting new collaboration with Disney, this time OPI channels the upcoming film, Oz The Great and Powerful with a limited edition 7-shade collection. This collection is a little bit of a mix of textures and finishes; with three SoftShades, three glitters, and one with the new Liquid Sand textured finish. With the exception of the Liquid Sand shade, I think this collection is best for layering—but I have to say I think the SoftShades stand strong on their own.

 “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.

“The new Liquid Sand nail lacquer – What Wizardry is This? – features OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “This rich taupe hue was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.”

Soft Shades — Don’t Burst My Bubble, I Theodora You, Glints of Glinda

Glitters — Lights of Emerald City, Which is Witch?, When Monkeys Fly!

Liquid Sand — What Wizardry is This?

Swatches…

I Theodora You is a sheer medium baby pink. As shown, it’s with two coats, but you’ll get almost full coverage with three. As a personal preference, I like to see a little bit of visible nail line with the SoftShades, so I typically stop at two coats with these.

Don’t Burst My Bubble is a very pale white-pink, as shown with two coats. It reminds me a little bit of fluffy cotton candy.

Glints of Glinda is a soft caramel-beige that’s very chic!

What Wizardry is This? is a bronze-taupe shade with the new Liquid Sand finish. It’s shown with two coats, but the depth of color would be better with three. I’ve had a lot of people ask me how difficult these are to remove, and believe it or not—it’s not that hard! I let the cotton soaked with acetone sit on my nails a little longer than usual; maybe 30-60 seconds, and I’m able to remove the Liquid Sand shades just fine. I don’t have to wrap them with foil or anything.

I layered Which is Witch? over Don’t Burst My Bubble here. Which is Witch? is a mix of silver glitter and iridescent sparkle in a transparent base. As shown, the glitter is with one coat, so I found this one pretty easy to apply evenly.

I layered Lights of Emerald City over I Theodora You here. My pal Lianne called it—it looks like birthday cake! I love this combination of shades. Lights of Emerald City contains larger white confetti with smaller Mylar confetti in a transparent base. It can be a little difficult to coax enough of the white confetti with one coat, so you may require two coats to achieve the look above.

Here, I layered When Monkeys Fly! over Glints of Glinda. When Monkeys Fly! contains a curved metallic gold hexagonal confetti mixed with smaller iridescent round glitter in a transparent base. I had the most difficulty with this one in terms of applying the larger gold pieces, so it may take two or more coats to get more than what’s shown.

Bottom Line…

When Monkeys Fly! might be a little difficult to apply onto the nail, but I found the rest of the glitters surprisingly easy to apply. I love the combination of clean, sheer shades with feminine glitters for this collection. If you’re a fan of the textured Liquid Sand shades, What Wizardry is This? is even prettier in-person. But truth be told, I’m such a sucker for the soft neutrals most of all.

Price & Availability…

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning March 2013 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 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. This post may contain an affiliate link.
  • Joanna

    They’re so pretty!

  • http://www.BeautyByKrystal.com/ Krystal Caracol

    Oh, I’m loving this set, I think I need Lights of Emerald City! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alyson.epstein Alyson Epstein

    When Monkey’s Fly is a hot taco mess. OPI should not have let that go to production.

  • Anna R

    Agreed! What’s up with the disclosure statement? I would think that OPI would appreciate an honest review and not require an “evaluation” to see if they’re painted in a flattering light. If your product is up to snuff, you wouldn’t have to “evaluate” a review. Take note, OPI. The entire nail polish community knows When Monkey’s Fly is a hot mess. EVERYONE. You can screen your reviews as much as you want, but the photos don’t lie. You guys might want to spend your time researching more stable hex glitters instead of restricting honest reviews from bloggers.

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    Not sure I understand your comment, Anna. The disclosure is mine, and I have never in any way been instructed what to say in my OPI reviews. I don’t accept products for submission from brands who do. While I didn’t call When Monkeys Fly a “hot mess”, I did state it’s harder to work with and that it doesn’t apply as easily as the others. I think it’s pretty transparent.

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  • Maggie

    I think “Guest” misinterpreted the disclosure. The blogger/writer evaluated the polishes so they can write their opinion in the review. The polishes were provided by OPI. That is what is meant by:

    “An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post.”

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