Friday, November 9, 2012

OPI Live and Let Die

Morning, girlies.

Fun fact: I have actually never seen one James Bond film.  Don't get me wrong, I think Daniel Craig is cinematic gold and should do all his movies exiting the ocean in micro trunks, but other than that snippet, I sit on the sidelines during the periodic installment releases.

However, when the Skyfall polish was released (which was aptly named because the collection announcement and release happened in about a minute) I had to see these babies up close.  So I mosied on up to a local beauty supply store and picked me a up a few of these without really looking to see what I bought.

The first Skyfall OPI that I tried was Live and Let Die.  In the bottle, this polish is a rich, dark teal with gold microflakies floating throughout.  Once on, however, this polish becomes something completely different.  The blackened teal just appears black and the shimmer basically disappears unless you look really really close.  

The formula was pretty good, thick but workable.  I was surprised at how easily this polish dulled; normally my OPI manis stay shiny for at least a day.  Live and Let Die went flat fairly quickly.

This is two coats.


Here's the shimmer, really really close.


And for the record, this is a pretty accurate shot of the bottle color and shimmer.


See the difference?

I wouldn't have been as disappointed in this polish if it didn't straight up lie to me in the bottle.  I went to a number of other blogs that swatched this already and frankly I was shocked at how divided the pictures looked: half had gold shimmer that practically jumped out of the polish and half looked like a black creme similar to mine.  Now I don't know if that's  a product of different cameras, lighting, color tampering, or formula, but I'm quite annoyed.  Oh well, live and let die.

20 comments :

  1. I still like it. Sorry it was disappointing for you.

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  2. Eh, I shouldn't get my hopes up.

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  3. I feel the same way! I just posted about this one..very disappointed by it! It's one of those dark polishes that's supposed to be a certain color (in this case, dark teal with gold shimmer) but it appeared totally black...:(

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  4. I definitely agree with you about this one. I thought it looked so beautiful when I received my bottle, but whenever I applied it, it seemed like a flat dark color. Taking good swatch photos that showed some of the (almost invisible) gold shimmer was impossible, so I didn't even bother posting it to my blog.

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  5. I completely get why you avoided sharing this. Such a dud.

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  6. I totally feel duped! If I wanted a black creme, I could get one for 99 cents from Wet n Wild.

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  7. Thats too bad. I HATE when OPI does this.

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  8. Moonraker was also a dud, and this is their holiday collection this year. Were we naughty this year, opi? You made this polish look nice anyway, your nails, pictures and swatches flatter it. No thanks to buying this one though

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  9. I hate when any company does it...

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  10. Naughty is right. Thank you for your sweet words but I don't blame you for not wanting this.

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  11. lol! Live and Let die... :D I only got Her Majesty's Secret Service from this collection. I can't wait to see the others you picked up!

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  12. Hmmm, this isn't as pretty as I was expecting :O/

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  13. Ooh, HMSS was one I wanted and sadly didn't get.

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  14. This is so pretty, but I passed on it.

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  15. I loved this polish, it has just the perfect amount of gold shimmer for me. One of my faves from the collection.

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  16. I guess that's why there are always more than one polish in a collection!

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