Manicure Monday: Gwen Stefani for OPI

Happy Manicure Monday!

This is my first of the year and in a long time because my nails haven’t been in the best shape (I guess working three jobs will do that to you, right?). I had to wait a good month and a half before they started looking decent.

Today, I thought I would share my latest polish pick-ups from the new Gwen Stefani for OPI collection.

I waited patiently for this collection because I have been a No Doubt fan since I could remember – well, as much of a fan as you could be at seven years old. I remained a fan throughout the years and when Gwen released her solo album in 2004, I was forever in love!

In total, there are seven colors in the collection including three cremes, three textures/finishes and a top coat. Although I was really excited for this collaboration, I only picked up two cremes because I was not impressed with the other polishes.

"Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

First up is “Hey Baby” – a bright hot pink. Not revolutionary in any sense, but the vibe of that song paired with this bold color is definitely what sold me.

"Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

The application was great; it went on smoothly and evenly and the color was opaque in two coats. "Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

Unfortunately, I’m not too sure how well this wears because I only had it on for about an hour. However, I do not suspect any problems other than the usual tip wear that occurs over the course of a few days. (Side note: I hope you can excuse my dry cuticles!)

"Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

I think this color would look great on any skin tone simply because it just pops. It’s not blinding like a neon or anything, but it is definitely noticeable and fun to wear if you’re looking for a small but powerful punch of color on your nails.

"Hey Baby" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection compared to OPI's "Strawberry Margarita."

Also, “Hey Baby” reminded me of OPI’s “Strawberry Margarita.” As you can probably tell, “Hey Baby” (left) is cooler-toned, but I think they’re still very similar. If you already own “Strawberry Margarita” or something like it, I honestly don’t think you’re missing out on much if you skip this pink from Gwen’s OPI collection.

"I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

Next up is “I Sing in Color” – a deep dark burgundy. Like “Hey Baby,” it isn’t the most unique color in the world, but for some reason I ended up really liking it on my nails.

"I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

This color actually surprised me because in the bottle (and indoors especially) it gives the impression it’s just another one of those super dark and almost-black polishes we always see from OPI. But in sunlight, it is absolutely stunning! I love how rich this color is. And look at that shine!

My only criticism is that I wish the polish’s name was different. When I think of “singing in color,” I don’t picture a shade like this but something more fun.

"I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez."I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

On the first coat, this color looks a lot more red/burgundy. On the second coat, it changes the color completely. You can kind of see the more red/burgundy tones in this polish by looking closer toward my cuticles. If you aren’t a fan of this color’s deepness, I guess you could wear it the way it looks with just one coat. However, I should warn that it would be tricky to evenly distribute the polish to successfully achieve a lighter look because any second layer (even just a bit) deepens the color. But if you have patience and a steady hand (maybe a Rock Steady hand? I’m corny.), go for it!

"I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez. "I Sing In Color" from the Gwen Stefani for OPI nail polish collection, worn by Cyra Velasquez.

Application was great for the most part. The only issue I had was making sure the polish was evened out or else there would be a lighter patch on the nail (you can kind of see one on my ring finger). Although I didn’t think I would like this color as much as I do, I ended up wearing it for a few days. It lasted about five days without any chipping, and about seven with minor tip wear.

My final thoughts: All in all, the Gwen Stefani for OPI collection was just alright. One of the cremes, “Over and Over A-Gwen,” is a tribute to Gwen’s trademark red lips and comes in a special collector’s box and nail art studs. Although it was pretty, I knew I wouldn’t use the studs, so it’d be a waste. I didn’t like “4 In The Morning” (a shame, because I love that song) which is a black satin/matte finish which looks dull even with the fine silver specs in it and a topcoat. “Love. Angel. Music.Baby” is a gritty gold polish with a matte finish; it looks decent in the sun with a topcoat, but I didn’t like the shade of gold.Β I also passed on “In True Stefani Fasion” which is a glittery topcoat because if I want glitter, I usually prefer full-on glitter polishes as opposed to topcoats.Β Also, I was very close to purchasing “Push and Shove” which is a silver chrome and by far the closest thing to a Minx nail I think I have seen in a polish. However, it comes with a special base coat that cannot be substituted for another (other people have tested it and confirmed no other base coat works). Furthermore, “Push and Shove” comes with a disclaimer that it is intended for “one night only wear” – one night, not even one full day! I don’t know, it’s too high maintenance for me and sounds like a complete hassle, so I skipped on it.

I have heard rumors that Gwen will be releasing another OPI collection, so hopefully that one’s much better. I wish she would create polishes based on my favorite songs from her and No Doubt like “Hella Good” and “Luxurious” – and “Rich Girl” and “Cool” sound like polishes just waiting to be perfected, don’t they?! ;)

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