OPI Mariah Carey Spring 2013 Collection Swatches Part 1

I want to start off by apologizing for my disappearing act this month – My husband and I have been extra consumed by work and life lately so it has been really tough to find extra time for nail polish. So much so that I went nearly a week with completely naked nails!! I did, however, spend all day last Sunday swatching so I have a ton of polish to show you and regularly scheduled posting should resume this week barring any other major life distractions.

In this post, I have the first half of the OPI Mariah Carey Collection. Really, this collection of 8 polishes is actually two collections – 4 liquid sand polishes and 4 regular polishes. The 4 regular polishes seem thematically disjointed. One gammy-pink, one metallic glassy flecky, a pink hex & holo glitter, and one vampy plum -  these colors don’t really seem related to each other or like they belong together. Also, they don’t seem very Mariah Carey to me. Now, I say that with a grain of salt. While I don’t dislike Mariah Carey, I can’t say that I’m her fan. I mean, like everyone my age, I awkwardly slow danced to her music at middle school dance parties and I certainly have belted out “My All” in the shower once or twice. But, other than that, I don’t really know much about her as an artist nor her sense of style and aesthetic. I assume that my lack of knowledge about Mariah is also why the color names are totally over my head. What is Anti-Bleak? Like… not bleak? Sprung… As in sprung someone out of jail? Are these song titles? Am I just too old to get the pop-culture references here? In any case, the two stand out shades for me were Pink Yet Lavender and Anti-Bleak but overall this set was a little underwhelming. I have high hopes for the Liquid Sand shades though and those will be posted soon, I’m almost done with the swatches.

OPI Anti-Bleak

OPI Anti-Bleak, a gorgeous, luxurious vampy plum creme, is probably my favorite from this set. It’s very flattering to my skin-tone - I got a lot of compliments when I wore this one. The application was perfect at two coats, but this three. It’s almost a dead-on dupe for OPI Casino Royale. I went to visit my MIL recently, I was wearing Anti-Bleak and she was wearing Casino Royale. We both had to do a double take, we thought we might be wearing the same color! (My MIL & SILs love nail polish too, I swear it’s like I was meant to marry into their family. lol.) Upon closer inspection, AB is a smidge more purple toned than CR. CR has redder tones. I bought nearly the whole Skyfall collection so I do plan to post those soon!

OPI A Butterfly Moment

OPI A Butterfly Moment is a dusty muted grandma pink with copper shimmer. Not exactly frosty, but it does have a slight speckled effect that reminds me a little of OPI You’re A Doll. The shimmer is slightly iridescent but not noticeably. The application was chalky and took about three coats to even it out. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I wore it as an NOTD since it was work appropriate but it never wowed me. It just wasn’t particularly flattering on its own.

OPI Pink Yet Lavender

OPI Pink Yet Lavender is a glitter top coat consisting of medium pink hex glitter and small silvery holographic glitter. This swatch is one coat of PYL over A Butterfly Moment and Anti-Bleak. I said before, ABM on its own was not very impressive but I LOVED it topped with PYL. I so wish I had blinged it out when I wore it. PYL and ABM were definitely meant for each other.

OPI Sprung

And, finally, OPI Sprung a fuchsia, coppery, gold glass flecky in a reddish copper base. Sprung is in the same vein as OPI Warm & Fozzie and Nicole by OPI Just Bust A Mauve (swatches of both coming soon). Application was good - this is three coats. I like the metallic glass fleck trend and I hope to see it expand into other colors like blue and green soon.

What do you think? Did you pick up any of these colors?

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Disclaimer: This collection was provided for review by OPI’s PR.

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7 Responses to “OPI Mariah Carey Spring 2013 Collection Swatches Part 1”

  1. Gigi Says:

    My favorite is pink yet lavender!

  2. ashley Says:

    i was suprised my how much i liked butterfly moments
    ps. i’m willing to wait a week to see your swatches cause your nails are always amazing

  3. Angie Says:

    I have to agree this seems like a weird collection. I still can’t figure out if I want A Butterfly Moment….it really looks like a color I would like, but I don’t want any grandma hands! lol! I actually think it looks really lovely with your skin tone, very flattering.

  4. Icequeen81 Says:

    like anti bleak

  5. Deborah Says:

    Anti-bleak looks so pretty!

  6. Steph Says:

    Tia! – Did you get it?!?

    Ashley – *tears up* Thank you so much!

    Angie – I can’t decide either – I say if you’re on the fence err on the side of getting. It’s a pretty unique shade for the type of shade it is. Worst case, you can swap it.

    IQ – Ditto lol

    Deborah – it really is pretty – OPI does the color really well.

  7. The Polish Addict » Blog Archive » Two Shades From Nicole By OPI Fall 2012 Target Exclusive Collection Says:

    [...] I’m late to the party on this Nicole by OPI collection which was exclusive to Target and came out last fall. I only have two colors from the collection here, but you can see the whole thing on The PolishAholic. Both these colors are in the same family as OPI Warm & Fozzie and OPI Sprung from the Mariah Carey Collection. [...]

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