Friday, September 16, 2016

OPI Fall 2016 Infinite Shine Iconic Collection: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.
For fall, OPI is expanding their Infinite Shine collection ($16.95 CAD) with 30 of the brand's most iconic shades. Including colors like Big Apple Red and I'm Not Really A Waitress, the collection is in stores now and today I have a selection of shades to swatch for you. Compared to the core collection, the Infinite Shine collection promises a glossier, longer-lasting wear when paired with the Infinite Shine base and top coat. To read on, click.......

Before we delve into these shades, I want to note that I've actually never tried any of these shades in their original non-Infinite Shine formulation so I would not be able to provide any comparisons. With that said, I will be reviewing the shades as they are and hopefully with the swatches to help, you can decide whether or not these Infinite Shine versions are worth checking out.

Funny Bunny:
A sheer white cream, Funny Bunny was not too fun to work with. The polish is not only sheer but also patchy so I had to go in for a fourth coat on some nails to get a half-decent finish. Even with three to four coats, though, the coverage is still not great (as you can see below).
Funny Bunny, three to four coats with no top coat.
Bubble Bath:
A soft baby pink, Bubble Bath is very also sheer and patchy, although it is slightly better than Funny Bunny. I used three coats for the swatches below.
Bubble Bath, three coats with no top coat.
Dulce de Leche:
A beautiful nude almond cream with the teeniest hint of shimmers, Dulce de Leche is a dream to work with! Despite being a softer shade, I only needed two coats for the swatches below. The formulation is super buttery and pigmented as well!
Dulce de Leche, two coats with top coat.
Strawberry Margarita:
A hot barbie pink cream that screams summer, Strawberry Margarita is surprisingly not that great. The formulation is pigmented but not very self-leveling so I had a bit of issue with getting a smooth coverage.
Strawberry Margarita, two coats with no top coat.
Cajun Shrimp:
A bright coral-red, Cajun Shrimp is another disappointment. The formulation is not super pigmented and as a result, I actually needed three coats on some nails. You can kind of see the subtle unevenness on my ring finger, on which I used two coats instead of three.
Cajun Shrimp, two to three coats with no top coat.
Big Apple Red:
This is a classic true red cream. The formulation is superb; the polish is pigmented, buttery, and unbelievably easy to work with.
Big Apple Red, two coats with no top coat.
You Don't Know Jacques!:
A smoky plummy brown cream, You Don't Know Jacques! is disappointingly sheer. For a color this deep, I was expecting really good pigmentation but I had to go in with a third coat on some nails.
You Don't Know Jacques!, two to three coats with no top coat.
Malaga Wine:
A deep wine red cream, Malaga Wine is very nice and pigmented. I used two coats for the swatches below.
Malaga Wine, two coats with no top coat.
Lincoln Park After Dark:
A deep inky almost-black purple, Lincoln Park After Dark was just okay in my opinion. The shade was sheerer than I expected but it gave a nice coverage with two coats.
Lincoln Park After Dark, two coats with no top coat.
I'm Not Really A Waitress:
Although I've never tried the original, I'm Not Really A Waitress is famous enough that I know what it looks like and the Infinite Shine version seems quite a bit darker and duller. This is a dark red shimmer with a decent formulation. I used two coats for the swatches below.
I'm Not Really A Waitress, two coats with no top coat.
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