I’ve been wanting to swatch the OPI Skyfall collection ever since I first had my paws on it this July at Cosmoprof! In July, the holidays seemed so far away, didn’t they?!
Yesterday I went into my local beauty shop hoping for a new crystal nail file when I spotted a brand new display of these beauties; I walked out plenty poorer because I decided to get all 12 pieces in the collection.
Like OPI did last year for the Muppets Collection, and in 2010 with the Burlesque Collection, the holiday offering this year is a theme after the James Bond movie “Skyfall,” slated to open in theaters November 9. OPI even has Severine, the Skyfall “Bond girl,” on promotional materials for the collection.
I’m disappointed I didn’t have sunlight for swatching yesterday, but rain or shine, as soon as these polishes hit my hands, I wanted to share them with you, so I’ve done my best to portray the colors as accurately as possible between natural light and shade swatches, with an occasional flash thrown in!
I have to be honest, as excited as I was to get all of them on my digits, not all of them impressed me. I’ll just jump right into swatches and let you see what was a hit – and what completely missed for me.
Skyfall is a little redder than a brick red creme. Maybe it’s because I’m focused on Halloween nail art right now, but it reminds me of drying blood. It applied beautifully in two coats.
Casino Royale is a berry creme. Reminds me of a color from the OPI Espana Collection, No Spain, No Gain. I always think berry cremes like this will be boring, but I love how they look on me. and you’ll see later in my swatches a polish in the collection that can spice it up! It applied opaque and well in two coats.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a complex, pretty shimmer shade that has a dark grey base and blue, pink and gold shimmer. This was my favorite color when I first saw the collection in July. However, later that same month I swatched and reviewed the Zoya Fall Divas Collection, and I thought I may have spotted a dupe. Check out Zoya Fei Fei on the left and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service on the right:
Here’s a swatch of Fei Fei:
I’ll be honest – in real life, these are super similar. It looks like maybe Fei Fei has a lighter blue shimmer to it, in addition to the other shimmers. The two polishes look slightly different in the bottle shot, but there were other bottles shots I took in which they looked the same. And on the nail, they look like dupes.
It’s up to you whether you need both, but unless you’re an OPI collector like I am, then you could probably live with your Zoya Fei Fei, if you have it!
Moonraker is a silver shimmer – almost like a cloudy chrome. I thought this was going to be a nice plain shimmer base for holiday nail art but this polish was the WORST. I swatched it just like all the other polishes, but it dragged and left bald spots on the first coat. I thought that was weird, but I waited and then applied the second coat. More dragging and weird application, and streaks. I don’t know if I bought a dud, or what, because the nail wheel swatch at the top of this post is beautiful. I intend to follow-up with OPI’s PR today to see if they can provide any input. I’ll let you know if I find anything out! Perhaps it needs to be applied on a newly buffed nail vs. over base coat, like the Layla Mirror Effect and Hologram Effect polishes.
Tomorrow Never Dies:
Tomorrow Never Dies totally freaked out my camera with its blurple beautifulness! It’s one of those glowing polishes; it’s a blurple with a blurple glow! At first I thought China Glaze Bizarre Blurple was a dupe, but the China Glaze polish has a bit more of a blue in its shimmer. They are similar, but definitely different. I’ll try a swatch comparison later, and get back to you if I find them to be more dupable on the nail!
The World is Not Enough:
The World is Not Enough is a pretty champagne-based polish with pink and brown shimmer. This is another beautiful shimmer; it has less of a multi-chromal shimmer than On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but it is the same type of polish.
The Spy Who Loved Me:
The Spy Who Loved Me is a gorgeous red with red and gold shimmer. I wish I’d had sun for these swatches. Flash did nothing for it so I skipped those shots. Regardless, the gold shimmer wasn’t too apparent; maybe in the sun it would be brighter. It’s the kind of color I expect from an OPI holiday collection. Opaque in two coats and good in application.
Goldeneye is a small, irregular gold glitter particles in a clear base that build up to opacity in two coats. It applied well. It looks neat! I didn’t think this one would color me impressed, but it did!
Die Another Day:
Die Another Day is a fiery red-orange shimmer. Another that I feel is a typical OPI holiday red.
You Only Live Twice:
You Only Live Twice is a magenta shimmer. It almost looks glass-flecked and it’s got a glow. Another polish that I wish I had sunlight for when I swatched. It’s much more magenta than my pictures demonstrate. It’s a gorgeous polish but another one that kinda bores me.
Live and Let Die:
Live and Let Die is a gorgeous forest green with golden shimmer. This one surprised me – in one coat it almost looked opaque. It’s thick and well-pigmented, with a gorgeous depth.
The Living Daylights:
The Living Daylights is a clear base with gold, copper, green and silver hex glitter. It’s a unique glitter combo in my collection. Here it is over Casino Royale:
And over Die Another Day:
I didn’t just swipe the brush across and achieve great glitter placement; I manuevered the brush a bit to get glitter on all of the nail. It wasn’t a lot of work, and all of my swatches of The Living Daylights are generally one coat with a bit of touch up; with a second and third, I bet it’s opaque like the nail wheel swatch at the top of the post.
Overall, this collection is a nice winter collection. There are some I’d leave behind (The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, Moonraker, Casino Royale) and some I can’t imagine parting with (Live and Let Die, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The World is Not Enough, Skyfall, The Living Daylights). While there are reds, like we always see in OPI holiday, I was pleased with Die Another Day and Skyfall. This collection is not as glitter-tastic as last year’s Muppets collection, but it’s got some cool, luxe polishes that satisfy my need for bling around the holidays.
Moonraker looks like it could be a dupe for Bond’s Aston Martin, and if the formula wasn’t so disappointing it would have made a great base for The Living Daylights or nail art. Again – I’ll look into that formula issue for you! Let’s hope I got a dud.
I think I’ve already used it in this post, but the word “luxe” really comes to my mind when I think of Bond, the Bond girls and all the mystery and intrigue of a 007 movie.
The names of the polishes aren’t Skyfall-specific, which I like. They are named after different Bond movies, which is cool, because with each one I had flashbacks to my childhood and lying on my dad’s sofa watching Roger Moore, Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton rescue the day.
Overall in regards to formula – aside from Moonraker – I had no issues. No wonky brushes and everything was opaque in two coats (with the exception of The Living Daylights).
I picked these pretties up at a local beauty supply shop, but I imagine it won’t be long before we see them in Ulta and chain beauty supply shops. October is a typical holiday release month. OPI retails for $8.50 MSRP.
There are other releases coming for OPI holiday, including gift sets, new nail appliques themed after Skyfall,and a gold top coat (you can see pics in the Cosmoprof preview post I link to in my first paragraph). You can also see from the nail wheel picture which of the Skyfall polishes will also be available in gel.
So, what do you think of OPI’s holiday collection this year? Is anything must-have for you?! I’d love to hear your thoughts!