Ahh! I’m in love! This is my favorite OPI release in the past year—the Gwen Stefani collection. The No Doubt singer is one of my all-time fave music icons, so I really had my hopes up. I’m happy to say, I wasn’t let down. Whew! This collection combines a mixure of finishes; creme gloss, satin, glitter, and chrome. While the core collection is comprised of six shades, there’s a seventh shade, Gwen’s signature red—Over & Over A-Gwen—which can only be purchased separately in a collector’s set (also contains some pretty cool Swarovski Elements studs and crystals). Ready to take a closer look?
4 in the Morning, Hey Baby, Push and Shove
I Sing in Color, In True Stefani Fashion, Love. Angel. Music. Baby
Two of the shades have a special satin finish that I consider to be a demi-matte (Love. Angel. Music. Baby, and 4 in the Morning). For the full effect, you’ll want to skip the top coat, but if you do wear them with top coat, it’s fine—you’ll just enhance the shimmer in the polishes and get a glossy finish. Of course since it’s a satin finish, wear isn’t going to be as long as with something that you do normally wear top coat with. I suggest a really good base coat to help anchor it to the nails as much as possible.
Push and Shove
Push and Shove is a silver chrome that comes with a special base coat, Lay Down that Base. I honestly have no idea why Push and Shove requires its own base coat, but let’s just say that it does! It doesn’t play well with other base coats, and since it’s a chrome, it doesn’t last long on my nails. On the box it says it’s intended for “one night only” wear, and I’d have to agree. It’s just something that goes along with this finish because you don’t wear top coat with it. You can wear top coat, but it totally takes away from the special effect. This shows every ridge and scratch, so it’s probably not for everyone, but I still think it’s pretty cool. (I tracked this one down at ULTA.)
Over & Over A-Gwen is a gorgeous signature red. I can’t imaging Gwen not having her own special red, and this one is so sassy. It’s probably easily dupable, but if you’re a Gwen Stefani fan, you probably don’t care! This is available for purchase separately only, and comes with a set of Swarovski Elements (Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes), and a tube of nail glue for application. There’s also a booklet inside that gives some great examples of the Elements placement, and they’re super easy to apply. I’m glad I purchased this one. (It took some tracking down, but I found it at my ULTA.)
Over & Over A-Gwen
Over & Over A-Gwen — 2 coats
Hey Baby — 2 coats
Hey Baby is a hot pink with a creme gloss finish. It’s not the most original pink, but still nice to have! I do think that the “creme gloss” finish is a little more shiny than usual, but I still wear top coat.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby — 2 coats
Love. Angel. Music. Baby is an incredible pale blond gold shimmer satin. I am not a yellow gold person by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s something about this one I just love. Here’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby with 4 in the Morning and some of the Swarovski Elements from the Over & Over A-Gwen set:
Love. Angel. Music. Baby with 4 in the Morning and Swarovski Elements
4 in the Morning
4 in the Morning also has the satin finish like Love. Angel. Music. Baby. What I think makes it special is the very small amount of silver shimmer in the formula that really sets it off. Check this one out with some of the Swarovski Elements from the Over & Over A-Gwen set:
4 in the Morning
Push and Shove — 2 coats
Push and Shove is the shade that requires a special base coat (included). It’s a silver mirror-chrome. As you can see, it will show every ridge and scratch, and it’s intended for only “one night wear”. I’ve yet to meet a chrome with staying power, so I’m not going to hold it against Push and Shove. This is more of a “fun” color to me for a special night out or for editorial.
I Sing in Color — 2 coats
I Sing in Color is a dark blackberry red that’s pretty vampy. (Another signature Gwen look.) It also features the creme gloss formula, but will still require a top coat for longevity.
In True Stefani Fashion — 2 coats
In True Stefani Fashion is a silver and holographic glitter in a transparent base. Surprisingly, I don’t have trouble getting the glitter out of the bottle like I do with so many others. This looks great over dark base shades to me, it really makes the holographic qualities pop.
What shades do you love?
Price & Availability…
Available beginning January 2014 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $14.95 ($18.95 CAN).