Thursday, December 4, 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 - My Picks, Swatches + Review


I can't believe how quickly another week has come and gone!  My last post was about my Black Friday plans - I'll have a haul up hopefully soon.  I've been busy taking Kozmo to puppy training, which is going fairly well so far.  I'm not sure how well the leash training section will go since I get instant headaches as soon as I walk outside into the cold.  Maybe I can work with him all around the house...  December is shaping up to be a rather busy month already so I'll try to post as often as I can but no guarantees on how often that'll be.  Plus there's this pesky cold-type-thing that I can't seem to shake which has really been wiping my energy out.

Now that it's "officially" holiday season, I thought it'd be a good idea to share my little "haul" of my picks from the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 collection.  I actually purchased these before Halloween and have worn a couple of them as manis already...I just didn't get around to photographing those looks.  So let's get started!  Out of the huge 18 piece collection (19 counting the expensive shade), I only raided this particular display that housed all the glitters:
Who's surprised that I reached for only the glitters?
 I'll Tinsel You In, Snow Globetrotters, Comet In the Sky, So Elegant
(same order below)
Wheel swatches; approximately one coat of each plus a little dabbing for evenness:
I'll Tinsel You In, Snow Globetrotter, Comet In the Sky, So Elegant

 Nail swatches:
Snow Globetrotters, I'll Tinsel You In, So Elegant, Comet In the Sky
~1 coat each, plus a little dabbing, over Wet 'n Wild So Berry On Trend~
~top picture is in the light box; bottom picture taken with indirect natural light~

In my opinion, these are all unique - I don't follow indie polish brands so I can't say whether there's similar polishes in that world.  For having some rather large and chunky glitters, I didn't really struggle with the formula of any to get the large hex glitters out.  I did put the bottles upside down for a minute or 2 then roll/shook them around and stirred the brush before removing it before applying to each nail.  These all have a clear base that, to me, was just the right viscosity.  Dry time was good - a quick dry would make it better, but I would suggest adding a thick top coat (Gelous) as one time when I wore I'll Tinsel You In at least one of the squares popped off after a day or so.

Snow Globetrotters:  large, small, tiny matte white hex glitters with large, small and micro iridescent hex glitters.
I'll Tinsel You In: matte white square, short bar, tiny and micro hex glitters, matte black tiny and micro glitters.
So Elegant: shiny gunmetal large and medium hex glitters, matte black tiny and micro glitters.
Comet In the Sky: matte black large, small, tiny and micro hex glitters, iridescent large, small, tiny and micro hex glitters.

I've worn Snow Globetrotters over a royal purple as well as an emerald green base polish.  Love!!  I actually did the purple version 2 manis in a row!  I've also put I'll Tinsel You In over the emerald green, as well as the berry pictured above.  Other than the above swatches, I haven't worn the other 2 polishes yet.  The white elements kept drawing my eye more than the darker glitters...could have been the snow on the ground around the times I wore them.

I've seen some swatches of the green from the collection and I'm contemplating getting it, but I won't be rushing out to find it.  I've been working on organizing/cataloging my stash this week again and I have a lot of polish so I really need to refrain from buying polishes for a while (hahahaha).

Have you purchased any of the Gwen Stefani Holiday shades?  If you haven't yet, are you going to?  Which one(s)?  Do you feel like you need to slow down in purchasing polishes from time to time?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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