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Monday, September 17, 2012

Swatched: OPI Spotted

Like most people, when I first saw OPI Spotted I was amazed at the effect. It wasn't a shatter/crackle, but it works in much the same way- apply over dry polish. Spotted is so much more though, it creates an oil spill like cover over your base polish. Quite interesting. But, you knew there would be a but didn't you? It's a limited product exclusive to France Sephora. I opted for the easier (but a bit pricier) option, Ebay. And no, I didn't pay an exorbitant amount (some bottles were up to $90+) there was a seller who was selling bottles at a fair price, with no bidding involved.

I've had my bottle for... over a month now, and hadn't played with it at all. But, the other day when I was swatching the Nfu Oh holos, I took some time to test it out. Let's take a look!

 OPI Spotted over Nfu Oh 62

 OPI Spotted over Nfu Oh 62

 OPI Spotted over Nfu Oh 65

OPI Spotted over Nfu Oh 62

This is one fickle polish.  Obviously, due to the nature of the polish, the design is going to differ from nail to nail, but it takes a fair bit of work to get the effect to turn out well.

First off the base polish has to be 101% dry or the effect will crack and look terrible- I was impatient the first time I tried it, lesson learned. Also, you want to use a bright/poppy colour as your base to get the full impact under the Spotting. I used holos since they catch the light and look glowy under the black.

Second, well... this polish is bitchy. Yes, I said it. You need to get such a precise amount of polish on your brush to get the effect to turn out nicely, too much and you don't get enough spots. Too little and you end up having to go back over the nail and you end up killing the pattern. The effect starts instantly so you have no room to go back and fix anything if you aren't happy with it. Ugh.

But, when you take the time and fuss with it, it can look pretty amazing. Yup, it's a bit of a pain, but it does look quite interesting once on. For me, it's worth the effort. Hopefully OPI will produce this, or at least a similar polish that will be more widely accessible. Have you tried this polish? What do you think of the effect?