Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Step Ahead of the Trend?: $OPI Havana Dreams


Let's face it - Chanel has been setting nail trends for several years now. I feel like there is even a special kind of regret in missing out on a Chanel limited edition polish - a regret that people are really cashing in on on eBay ($300 for Jade? No thank you!).

So this is my attempt to stay one step ahead of the trend! Sephora by OPI ($OPI) Havana Dreams:


A step ahead of this future trend?:


Chanel showcased a creamy powder blue polish with their breezy, beachy fashions at their Cruise Collection for 2011. No word on when this is going to be released, but I know that when it comes out, I'm going to *want* it. Sephora by OPI released Havana Dreams - which looks to be a similar light blue to the mystery Chanel.

The formula was rather runny so it required 3 coats, but wasn't chalky at all. As with my other $OPIs, I think application will improve greatly with the addition of an OPI ProWide brush, like I did with Metro Chic here. I'm not sure about it on me - I know it's pastel, but it is so out of my comfort zone I have a hard time gauging whether or not I can pull it off.

So what do you think - trendy triumph or baby blue blunder? Is it worthy of a ProWide or should I throw it back into the swap pool?

kittytokaren


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15 comments:

Danica said...

Sephora by OPI isn't the only one to be coming out with light blue. Orly had one in their spring collection and I bought a Finger Paints light blue that I am in love with. Chanel is almost behind the curve on that one. And I wouldn't necessarily consider Chanel the trend setter. Of course I don't buy Chanel, I think it is way overrated, but I'm very simple when it comes to makeup and fashion. It almost seems like us bloggers are the trend setters, not the companies.

I always think of it as two kinds of nail polish wearers. The people very very serious about polish, like us bloggers and our readers and then on the opposite end - the casual polish buyers/wearers like we all were when we started out. I always wonder if people outside of our little community get the same impact from a trend as we do. Like, is it a trend only in our world. When we wear it out in public there aren't any others wearing it typically, which is nice, I sometimes get compliments. Nobody goes "Oh, that must be You Don't Know Jacques you're wearing" but if you were to put on your blog that you're wearing YDKJ everyone knows what you're talking about. Anyway, that's just my observation with trends, classics, and the blogging world.

Spaceinvaders said...

Nice colour :)

tasha~ said...

I think it's a very pretty color for Spring! I'm with Danica on this one; CHANEL is way behind on the Baby Blue trend. I think we could find many dupes...

kittytokaren said...

@Danica & Tasha - Oh I'm with you guys - it's not like baby blue is a new thing! But I think that whenever Chanel promotes a colour seriously, all of a sudden the 'normies' find it acceptable and chic. At least that's happened to me a couple of times - I've been wearing a colour and a lady will knowingly say to me "Chanel ----?". I'll say no, its OPI ---- and she'll make a face and walk off. But initially she thought I was cool! Definitely a lot of dupes/substitutes out there - but this is the one I chose.

@Spaceinvaders - thanks, love!

Tilly said...

I love this. I've seen a baby blue in Avon for £3 and will certainly be investing in it! Boooo to the people that pay ridiculous amounts for Chanel on ebay!

bellebathandbeyond said...

I actually like this. But will all the pretty baby blue polishes out there, I wonder how Chanel can make theirs unique and worth $23.

Grace said...

I just picked up a Brucci baby blue the other day with this same idea in mind! It wasn't a color I'd normally pick, but I just know once it's all over the Chanel ads I'll be itching to give it a try. If Chanel expects me to shell out $20+ for a bottle of polish, they'd better make it dupe-proof!

Katherine said...

I like the color on you, but my tastes are similar to yours and I'm not sure I'd be comfortable wearing it either. I think it'd be a great toe color, though. I remember wearing Essie St. Barth's Blue on my toes years ago and I loved it.

Ruthlessrocks said...

Is it just me? Am I the only one who thinks Sephora by OPI is a tad expensive?

kittytokaren said...

@Tilly - Ugh I know...evil bay is a place of...well, evil.

@belle - I am curious as well! I'm betting nothing special...

@Grace - Exactly!! I normally wouldn't be all over baby blue...I guess I'm not the typical "blogger" in that I don't usually pick those colours. But I confess to being a slave to Chanel, and I know I'll want it. It doesn't seem dupe-proof at all so I think we are beating the system!

@Katherine - I'm still not sure how I feel about this, but I bet once the Chanel comes out, I'll want to wear it. I am lame.

@Ruthiessrocks - You are correct ma'am. Expensive. I am lucky I had a gift cert!

k2k

Zara said...

I like the color, but on my screen it doesn't look that different from China Glaze For Audrey. I'll pass.

@Ruthlessrocks - Nope, you're not the only one!

Adrienne said...

FingerPaints Blissfully blue is a great alternative if people are looking for a baby blue!

Jen said...

I think it looks great on you!

kittytokaren said...

@Zara - In person its a lot less green than FA

@Adrienne - Yes indeed! Thanks!

@Jen - Thanks friend :) I think a lot of people misunderstood my reason for this post :(

k2k

extraH said...

ohmygosh, I have not seen this color before and I love it! Fabulous!

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