This is my first OPI nail polish. I went to my local David Jones with a friend. She wanted heels and as I passed the OPI counter (which I didn't know they had at my local) I couldn't help but be drawn to it. The day before I received advertising from David Jones, a catalog filled with cosmetics and on one of the page spreads they featured some new OPI bottles. I looked at the complexity of Austin-tatious Turquoise; it looked like a multichrome in the image, and I thought I wanted it.
So by a chance meeting I scanned over the bottles and looked over at Austin-tatious Turquoise. I was deeply disappointed. It didn't look multichrome at all. It was a rich blue but only at the corners of your eye could you see some of the colour shifting. Pretty boring, pretty useless.
Instead Not Like the Movies caught my eye, definitely more like a multichrome!
I couldn't help myself. I bought it. And the first point in this review is that OPI is naturally expensive considering I live in Australia. A hefty $20! Ouch!
So after emptying my pockets I had lunch with my friend and decided to paint both our nails. She hadn't painted her nails for almost a year and a half so I had to cure that ;)!
This NOTD was one I did to redo the application of the day before (the first time I painted on top of old varnish just to try it, though I didn't do a great job here either). Below shows three of my fingers, each with different numbers of coats. The bottom right is 1 coat, top right is 2 coats, and left thumb is 3 coats.
As you can see the coverage is rather pathetic. The flash does make it seem more transparent but even after three coats it still can't cover fully, something that shouldn't be happening. This is such a disappointed from a well known company with a price that doesn't match it's quality. The polish is rather thick and dry as it is so this makes the coverage seem worse - too much effort trying to get your nails right.
More importantly is the colour. Again this is a 'gimmicky' colour. Despite the picture below showing the multichrome, in real life it's more like the silvery colours of the above photo. The colour is more like silver based purple highlight and green metallic multichrome with silver sparks like the top photo of this post.
In all, if I have to conclude this as a review I would have to say that Aussies should avoid buying OPI especially at this full price. Exceptions may include 'gimmick' nail polish like multichromes, crackles, mattes, etc. But if you can find alternatives all the better. I can't say I regret this purchase. It's definitely not worth the price but I did buy this because it was a multichrome, something that isn't always common especially around here. Buy it only if you're into a bit of trivial fun.
P.S. Anyone know how people polish their nails so well? It seems everyone gets their cuticles polished tidily. Am I missing something that people are using? I've been looking through the internet and can't find anything. Any help is appreciated!