Monday, March 22, 2010

OPI Hollywood Blonde - A Lil Glitz & Glam!


I got a package in the mail the other day that really lifted my spirits - it contained OPI Hollywood Blonde! This is a polish I've been wanting for a long time - so much so that a friend of mine even said, "You finally got it!? The long-awaited much-sought-after Hollywood Blonde?!" A very kind NB'er send her to me (shout-out: thank you so much my friend!) and I have to say - she even exceeds my expectations - it was very worth the wait! I had to wait for some sun to take a picture, because that is when this polish really comes alive:




Yeah...I barely even know what to say other than this is glitzy perfection.

OPI does these 'crystal' finish polishes like no other. It's too sparkly to be a shimmer, but isn't a glitter and doesn't feel gritty - its just mega-shimmer from about 10 polishes all jam-packed into one little bottle! OPI has done a bunch of these in different shades. (Sidebar: To name a few - Pinker: Pink Before You Leap, Princesses Rule!; Whiter: Happy Anniversary; Warmer: Cozu-melted in the Sun, Up Front & Personal, Peach A Boo.)

I've had my eye on this one because it seemed like a perfect nude shade with a small dash of pink. Personally, I think its make the super-girly crystal finish a little more updated, a little more elegant, and less like the Barbie polishes of early childhood. The shimmer is hard to describe - in some lights its multi-colored, in some lights more silver, in some lights more gold - it's just a delicious sugary bomb! I did 3 coats because I really wanted to up the glam factor. You still get VNL at 3 coats because this is a sheer polish, and that's just fine with me - that's the kind of polish it is and I'm going to let it be that.

I have a feeling that this has just become my go-to polish for when I'm in a crappy mood - I grin a little just looking at it - especially in the sun. Sometimes I need to sprinkle a little sparkle onto my life and since I'm not a holo/glitter-girl, this is definitely the way I want to go! As one of our readers would say - "it's the business".

What do you think? Have you tried any of the OPI 'crystal polishes'? Is the sparkle over-done?
Does it make me look like a 5 year-old?

kittytokaren


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16 comments:

Grace said...

I don't think I have tried any of these polishes, myself. It definitely isn't too "girly/immature", though. The nude color keeps it sophisticated. I think we feel the same way about sparkles. I think they are objectively very pretty, but when I put them on I feel like I'm in junior high again, so I try to stick to cremes or shimmers.

For example, when I saw the combo that CND is pushing for spring, that cotton candy pink polish with the sugar sparkle on top, I was kind of shocked. It just seemed SO unsophisticated. I can do baby pink, and I can do sparkle... but a baby pink sparkle? Just too Barbie for me.

Stephanie said...

Ohhh, it's not overdone at all. This looks gorgeous. I'm a pretty big fan of Princesses Rule. I remember when I got it I couldn't wait to try it and it didn't disappoint, even though I don't like pink very much.

Anna said...

This makes me want it again, it looks really gorgeous on you. I have & love both Up Front & Personal and Princesses Rule so I feel kinda "gotta catch 'em all" towards Hollywood Blonde lol, no but I really feel I would like it.

And those two I have are my crappy mood polishes just like you said - the application is impossible to mess up and they are just so cute and sparkly.

R3Beauty said...

This looks great on you! I haven't been a huge fan of the sheer sparkles like this unless I am layering it over something else, but I think you may change my mind!

Skulda said...

I like this!

Jean said...

This polish is so pretty. I've been lemming it for a while, too.

kittytokaren said...

@Grace - You and I definitely seem to have the same taste in polish!! I bet if we had a stash party it'd be awesome. You said it perfectly - objectively I like all the sparklies - I love seeing pictures of them on other people, but it just feels wrong on me!

@Stephanie - Glad to hear you don't think its overdone!! I love how OPI has done these finishes - even though I think it might be too much for me, I'd love to try PR!

@Anna - I think you have two great ones in the spectrum - one pink, one bronzey! Honestly this is the only one of these crystal polishes I own, and will probably always be my fav, but I would love having more in my collection - can't have enough things that make you happy when you feel bad!!

@R3 - Hey girl! I go through phases - sometimes I'll only want to wear cremes, sometimes I like sheers! I highly recommend this one ;) Try it, I bet you'll like it!

@Skulda - Thanks!

@Jean - Keep at it, it was seriously worth the wait!

<3 kittytokaren

Braegan, Justin, and the Dogs said...

Oh, if you love this one, you must have Up Front & Personal. It's my go-to color when work requires professionalism and my mood requires pizzaz! I also use the three coat system with this polish. Looks great on you, now I must find and purchase a little bit of Hollywood!

WizardsOfBling said...

This go's perfect with your skin tone! I'm dying for Princess Rule!
~Sylvia

kittytokaren said...

@Braegan - Up Front & Personal looks like it might be too warm for me?? I do like that it has more colour to it...hmm....*plots*

@WizardsofBling - Thank you!! I don't have PR but since its the same finish as this one I say hunt it down with a vengeance!

<3 kittytokaren

Ice Queen said...

That is gorgeous. Now I waaaant it.

I love Princesses Rule! and I am personally of the opinion that a girl can't have too much sparkle. :D

The Glitterati said...

Oh that is puuurrrrty. Inspired me to put on Pure Ice's Nasty Girl, which is the closest thing I have to the OPI crystallized finish. (It's a pale whiteish pink.) I've waffled on Hollywood Blonde and Princess Rule before, but they're def. going in my next haul. Maybe Happy Anniversary too!

kittytokaren said...

@Ice Queen - Some days there is never enough sparkle!!

@Glitterati - Yay I'm glad I inspired you to put on some sparkle! :) I'm contemplating Happy Anniversary myself...

kittytokaren

Lucy said...

So pretty!

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Justine said...

For those craving OPI "crystal polishes" but can't find them, Zoya's Shimmer, Glimmer, and Sparkle (those are their names) are great dupes that quenched my OPI lemmings. I got them in Zoya's Sparkle Manicure set.

kittytokaren said...

@Lucy - thanks doll!

@Justine - great recs! thanks! :)

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