Wednesday, January 11, 2012

OPI An Affair In Red Square vs. OPI Speak For Your-Elf under OPI White Shatter

*sigh* raining again! at least it's not cold... andddd it's halfway to the weekend :) hopefully i'll get to Ulta tomorrow, Virginia Beach is huge and while Ulta's still in VB, it's about a half hour away. growing up in a town that wasn't even five miles long caused me to have a little bit of culture shock when i first moved here! but, i hated where i grew up, so glad i left it in the dust, no regrets :)

a comparison of OPI reds is what we'll be looking at today, along with OPI White Shatter. first up we have OPI Speak For Your-Elf! (from Ulta's exclusive Christmas 2011 collection). it is sparkly metallic goodness, completely opaque in three coats. i would have preferred two, but it's worth the added coat! it has warm undertones and is so glittery it could *almost* qualify as a complete glitter. if i could only have one red, this would be it, hands down. it's brilliant for the holidays, but gorgeous year round! red should definitely be a staple in everyone's polish collection. OPI An Affair In Red Square (Russian Collection) is a cool toned red pearl. doesn't lean frosty or shimmery... a true pearl! in the bottle these two reds look far more similar than they do applied to the nail. in the bottle, SFYE sometimes looks like your regular run of the mill red... but it never looks that way on the nail! AAIRS probably has lots of dupes, i don't own any though. in the bottle it looks like a great dupe for OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress, which most say is a must for every collection... gotta get it one of these days!

and now... the swatches!!

three coats SFYE topped with one coat Seche Vite

sorry the swatch of AAIRS is so blurry... it's the closest i could to the true color of the polish without showing shimmers that do not show up at all in person. it is still a *little* more cool toned than this, sorry guys!! 

two coats AAIRS topped with one coat Seche Vite.

OPI White Shatter is my favorite crackle... i have never disliked it paired with anything! it's the one i always reach for... i guess it helps that i love wearing white polish by itself. but, that is definitely not to everyone's taste :) the key to crackles is shake them up REALLY well. it doesn't make air bubbles like it would in a regular polish. the formula went gross after a couple uses, which really ticked me off! shaking it brings it back to the original (or close to it) consistency. like most crackles, it dries very dull.

one coat WS over SFYE and topped with one coat Seche Vite.

hope you enjoyed this post, i love comparing polishes! i have firmly decided to branch out brand wise, hence the Ulta trip!! what polishes would you like to see swatched and compared? Ria :)


  1. Omg, That first one is gorgeous!

    1. i'm so glad to have it, i almost passed it by because it was so *blah* in the bottle!

  2. I got this for Xmas, will try it v soon x

    1. which one? and let me know what you think! :D


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