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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

OPI Sheer Tints | Swatches & Nail Art

OPI Sheer Tints- Amberassed, Magentale, Violet, and Teal (2)

Today I finally got to play with a bunch of nail polish that has been patiently waiting for me. Just sitting there on my desk. All alone, unloved. You see, I've been testing gel polish. It lasted remarkably well on me- something I'm not accustom to as polish doesn't last long on me- and forgot how often I usually do my nails. Out of the bunch I swatched today, OPI Sheer Tints get the prize for being the most fun. Read on! 

OPI Sheer Tints Amberassed, Magentale, Violet, and Teal (1)

OPI Sheer Tints (1)

OPI Sheer Tints - over white

The concept behind OPI Sheer Tints is quite simple as they're really just tinted top coats. The four shades are all sheer and will never be opaque on their own. I admit that I didn't get too excited when I read the press release, but since trying them I am totally hooked. I love that you can use these so many ways! They're going to work best over a white polish for nail art, but the fact that they're sheer means you can do a lot of different layering and create endless designs. This info-graphic has a few good ones to get you started.

The polishes themselves are fairly thick in the bottle which made it a bit tricky to get a thin coat at times. Thin coats work best with these as they do tend to form air bubbles when multiple layers are used. I found I ended up with bubbles when I used these in my watercolour mani (more on that in a moment) as there was more polish on the nail. I did find that these dried pretty quickly- even when there was a lot of polish- and dried to a super shiny finish.

OPI Sheer Tints (4)
OPI Sheer Tints (3)
OPI Sheer Tints Watercolour Nail Art

You may be thinking these aren't for you because you suck at nail art, but these are actually perfect for the untalented nail artist within. For the above look, I simply dabbed random combinations of all the shades over a dry white base (OPI Alpine Snow.) The wet polish melds into itself creating a soft-edged watercolour look. The bubbles seem very apparent in these photos, but you honestly don't see them in person. I think a fine glitter polish on top would blur them out completely though... and would look pretty cute too. An idea for next time! And there will be a next time as I am quite smitten with this look.

Overall, I am a fan of these! The idea is simple, but these work on so many levels. What do you think of these? Tried them? Want to?