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I am really in the holiday spirit now that Thanksgiving is over! I'm tuning into the Christmas music radio station and picking out which red polish I'll be putting on next. I have some more swatches of the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday collection for you today. This lovely berry creme is OPI Just Be-Claus. Just Be-Claus is a great mix of red, purple, wine and some fuchsia tones. It's very rich looking and there's something more complex about it than some other berry polishes we have seen lately. I am a fan of this one, very pretty!
This is two coats of Just Be-Claus. It was lovely and pigmented. The formula was great and easy to apply.
OPI Love Is Hot and Coal is a smoky coal black metallic. It's like shimmering obsidian on the nail. I love that this was included in the holiday collection. It's an unusual holiday color, yet it is shimmery enough to feel festive. In some lights, Love Is Hot and Coal looks very dark black, but in others it looks more charcoal. Happily, you can see the beautiful shimmer in all lighting.
This is three coats of Love Is Hot and Coal. I found it to be a little thin and the first coat was uneven looking. It built up to opacity by the third coat though. In person, I didn't find it to look brushstroke-y at all, although in the pictures I do see some brushstrokes.
If you like glowy jewel-toned shimmers, I think you will love OPI Kiss Me- Or Elf!. Kiss Me- Or Elf! is a stunning red-purple shimmer that glows so much it almost looks like it's on fire. I love this kind of shimmer and OPI really does it so well. This purple has touches of magenta so it can look more pink at times. Kiss Me- Or Elf! reminds me of some of the OPI polishes I fell in love with years ago. It's not some fancy new finish or anything, just a beautiful color and glowing shimmer.
This is three easy coats of Kiss Me- Or Elf! If you do thicker coats, you may be fine with just two. It was easy to work with and had a great consistency.
I am SO glad to see OPI rocking the jellies in this collection! OPI In A Holidaze is a cool-toned bright pink red jelly-ish creme. I say jelly-ish creme because it has that squishy jelly quality to it and is not truly opaque after 3 coats, but it is a bit more solid looking than a true jelly. In A Holidaze is really gorgeous, it almost feels more summery than holiday due to it's brightness. But I love a good bright any time of the year! This will be a lovely choice for any holiday mani or pedi and I think it's one of my favorite reds for 2014.
This is three coats of In A Holidaze. There is still some VNL, but it's the good squishy kind. This was a dream to apply- it has that slightly gel-like feeling that some jellies have.
I will be wearing OPI Snow Globetrotter over a million colors this holiday season, it's just so cool looking! Snow Globetrotter has teeny white glitter, tiny iridescent glitter, medium white hex glitter and assorted sizes and shapes of iridescent glitter. The iridescent glitter is very cool. It looks almost like mylar shards, but it feels totally flat on your nail and the glitters are in standard hex shapes instead of shards. This glitter looks gold, green, blue, purple or even pink depending on the light. There have been "snowglobe" glitter toppers done before, but this is my favorite!
This is just one dabbed coat of Snow Globetrotter over OPI In A Holidaze. Dabbing seemed to work well with this topper. I got lots of glitter onto the nail and then spread it around to even it out. The formula was good when applied this way. Applied normally, I think you would mostly get the smaller glitters and you might have to fish for the larger iridescent pieces.
OPI Christmas Gone Plaid is a deep evergreen creme. It's a bit darker than I thought it would be, but it's a lovely rich green. It has some blue tones in it that my camera really wanted to pull out, so these pictures here are not the best pictures (weird light, not super in focus), but they do show the color better than some of the others I got. The blue tones don't really show up once this is on your nails, it looks like a true dark green.
This is two coats of Christmas Gone Plaid. The formula is good, but not that perfect "apply itself" type.
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Out of these six polishes, my favorites are Snow Globetrotter and Kiss Me- Or Elf!. Honorable mention goes to In A Holidaze! I will have the rest of the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday collection up for you soon, along with my thoughts on the collection as a whole. Please let me know if you want to see any comparisons of these shades!
OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday polishes are available now at fine salons and Ulta.