Gwen Stefani x OPI
In the most exciting celebrity/beauty collaboration of the year, Gwen Stefani has released a range of incredible nail varnishes with OPI.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “PUNK: CHAOS TO COUTURE,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. She also says that they wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse, and glamorous as its namesake, the incomparable Gwen Stefani.
The seven shades, which match Gwen’s own style, also experiment with textural finishes such as matte glitter, creme, glitter and chrome, which requires a special base coat (included).
Known for her dedication to a look – in the nineties it was braided hair knots and a bindi and in more recent times, black eyeliner, perfect platinum locks worn in victory rolls and Marilyn Monroe-esque curls and those red lips – Gwen is always polished from head to toe. Her style ranges from rasta grunge to fifties pin-up to futuristic cool and timeless glamour and with the range of colours in this collection you can emulate all of Gwen’s looks or try out your own.
I tested out a hand full of Over and Over A-Gwen with accents of Love Angel Music Baby. Over and Over A-Gwen is a striking red that is rich and thick. To me there is nothing worse than a too-sheer polish in a deep colour that requires layers and layers that inevitably smudge. This was lovely and went on smoothly with OPI’s exclusive Prowide brush.
This particular colour also includes some cool nail art add-ons, including Swarovski elements, as well as a booklet with design ideas. The embellishments are really nice, not tacky, and the glue is very strong. I loved mixing and matching the looks and the possibilities are endless.
I’ve never used a metallic/glittery polish anywhere near as nice as Love Angel Music Baby. I usually dread glittery varnishes because when you remove them you’re left with particles of glitter and they never quite feel or look clean. Perhaps it was the matte look that made the difference, but the removal was easy. I also loved the fact that a glittery polish was not so in your face and tizzy. It is a very sophisticated look and it could be described as a pale gold, which I think looks a lot classier than a bright, brash, bronzy one.
Overall I am mightily impressed by this range. There’s something for everyone – fun brights, classic must-have hues, moody, dark tones and memorable metallics in fashion forward textures. You can see the link between the artist and the brand and I imagine this is a collaboration that will be remembered as one of the best. I look forward to testing out more colours – I particularly love the look of Hey Baby (hot pink) and Push and Shove (mirrored chrome).
The Gwen Stefani by OPI collection is in stores now. Individual polishes are $19.95 with the set of minis and Over and Over A-Gwen (with crystals and studs) packs priced at $24.95. For stockists please ring 1800 812 663
Has anyone else tried this range? Are you loving it as much as me?
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