Wednesday, 22 September 2010

OPI Swiss Collection - William Tell Me About OPI & Lucerne- tainly Look Marvelous swatches

The lacquers arrived this morning and now our European nail adventure can begin! This is the first in a series of posts reviewing and swatching the whole of the OPI Swiss collection. It is made up of 12 different shades, 6 cremes and 6 shimmers. The first half of the collection is red based and the second is a more vibrant selection of colours. I must admit I was a little sad to have to remove Estee Lauder Surreal Violet so soon, but I really wanted you to see the OPIs immediately.

The shimmer half of the OPI Swiss Collection
 To start off, I have chosen one shimmer shade and one creme, William Tell Me About OPI and Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. I chose these because they reminded me a bit of the two limited edition shades from the Chanel Soho Collection, Strong and Steel (although they are both metallic shimmers), that I am still waiting for. When I get them I will swatch them and see how similar they really are.
William Tell Me About OPI & Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous
William Tell Me About OPI is a rich burgundy/blackened beetroot colour and it looks a lot darker on the nails than it appears in the picture. Indoors, it is hard see that it is anything apart from black. It is a creme shade and 2 coats gives a perfect finish. As it is such a deep colour, you do need to be very precise with your application as it tends to stain the skin around the nail and this is hard to remove even with something like Leighton Denny Corrector Fluid. It reminded me quite a lot of Black Cherry Chutney without the shimmer, and Lincoln Park After Dark, both OPI shades. I have taken photos of it applied both indoors and outdoors to give you a better idea of how it looks in different lighting.

2 coats of William Tell Me About OPI taken outside
2 coats William Tell Me About OPI taken inside
The second shade I chose was Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, a shimmery silver foil, perfect for the festive season. Using shimmer/foil rather than full on glitter makes this a more grown up party look but still gives great sparkle. It is one of the more tasteful shades of silver that I have seen as it is bordering on gunmetal and in some lights can appear to have light teal or turquoise undertones. As usual with OPI, 2 coats gave a perfect finish and it was easy to apply.

2 coats Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous taken indoors

2 coats Lucerne-tainly Look marvelous taken outside

Out of the two, Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous is my favourite, mainly because I didn't like the staining on my skin from William Tell Me About OPI. If your manicure skills are better than mine, this won't be a problem for you.

The whole collection looks fabulous and I am really pleased to see that it veers towards the cool side, perfect for Switzerland and perfect for those with porcelain skin like me!

Tomorrow I will be reviewing the next 2 shades, From A to Zurich and Cuckoo For This Colour. Once I have swatched all 12 shades, I will do an overview post on Sunday suggesting any possible dupes and announce the giveaway.

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