Huge thanks to our good friend Jen and webmaster of The Polishaholic for sharing her full review, with swatches and packaging photos, of Gwen’s new collaborative line with OPI nail lacquers. Jen wrote an excellent review of the limited edition line and even shares her favorite shades and let downs.
We appreciate and love Jen so much for letting us share her review on the site and we can’t wait to pick up the line of polishes for ourselves!
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4 In The Morning is a black satin. This is a black base with a soft silver shimmer that dries down to a satin matte finish. In lower lighting, like the shade, you can’t see the silver shimmer and it looks like a flat black. I really like this both with and without top coat! The formula was good, it was a really nice consistency and easy to apply. The opacity was also good and it dried pretty quickly. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
Hey Baby is a bright pink creme. Nothing ground breaking here in terms of color but the formula and consistency of the polish were nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
I Sing In Color is a dark vampy red. This is very dark and pretty much looks black in most lighting, even direct sunlight, but you can see the red peeking out around the edges of the nail. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque and I had no issues with application. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
In True Stefani Fashion is a glitter bomb with silver and holographic glitter. This is super glitter dense, you could probably get it opaque on it’s own if you really wanted to. The formula was good, it wasn’t thick and the glitter payoff was great. I used 1 coat over 4 In The Morning for the photos below.
Love.Angel.Music.Baby. is a gold satin matte. I’m not normally a gold girl but dannnnnnngggggg…I love this. The finish is gorgeous matte and I also love it with top coat. The formula was a touch thick but very easy to apply and super opaque. This could easily be a 1 coater, I did 2 coats just to amp it up a bit. This also dried relatively quickly. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
Over & Over A-Gwen is a red creme. Normally I’m like meh about reds but I really can’t imagine a Gwen Stefani Collection without a red. Over & Over A-Gwen is truly special in this collection, it comes in a collectors box and includes Swarovski studs & crystals. Because of that this does retail for a bit more than the other polishes in this collection. I’ve put some photos of the box and the contents of the box below, I really like the little pamphlet it comes with that gives some good ideas for nail art! The formula of this polish was good, it was a good consistency and the opacity was nice. I used 2 coats for the photos below.
Push and Shove is a silver chrome. This polish comes in a duo with a mini sized base coat called Lay Down That Base. This is meant to be worn without top coat and according to OPI for only 1 night. I’ve heard from others that the wear isn’t good with this, I decided to give it a little test. I wore this on it’s own without top coat for a little over 22 hours and had slight tip wear and minor chipping along the free edge of my nails. During that time I did all my normal stuff, went to target, typed up most of this post etc… nothing too crazy that involved using my hands/nails.
Because this is a chrome I was expecting Lay Down That Base to be a ridge filling base coat, but it’s not. I used 1 coat of Lay Down That Base and let it dry for about 5 minutes then applied 2 thin coats of Push and Shove for the photos below. I have to say, not a fan of this… like pretty much every other chrome it dries with brush strokes and shows every imperfection on the nail. Other than that the formula was good, it was super opaque and could be a 1 coater.
Since I wasn’t happy with Push and Shove I decided to do some experimenting. I tried using it with a ridge filling base coat (Butter London Nail Foundation) and WOW what a mess… maybe it was user error but using Push and Shove over the other base made application a nightmare. It was patchy and the polish would drag right off if you went over a spot more than one…it just looked like crap. Then I tried sponging it on, I feel like every time I post a chrome/frost I get comments from you guys telling me to try sponging on the final coat to eliminate brush strokes. Well that was a big fail too, maybe someone can point me in the direction of a good tutorial for that technique?
Overall I like the collection, it’s not groundbreaking in terms of colors but I like all the different finishes OPI gave us and the bottles are super cute. I love how they have a sleeve that’s all geometric and says the finish of the polish along with if you should wear it without top coat… I think that’s helpful for people who aren’t necessarily into polish but are buying these because of Gwen.
My picks from the collection are Love.Angel.Music.Baby and 4 In The Morning. The Gwen Stefani Collection will be available in January and each polish retails for $9. Over & Over A-Gwen does retail for more but I’m not sure of the exact price, when I find that out I’ll update this part of the post! I have already seen them online at Ulta.com but I’m not sure about the availability in stores.
Also, just for fun here is my display which is now residing on top of my Alex! I’m so happy the guy at my nail supply gave this to me.