Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OPI y'all come back, ya hear




This was my only purchase from OPI texas. I was swayed by k2k's swatches of houston, we have a purple, into trying the sorbet formula. It does definitely remind me of sorbet - it's juicy and fresh and just sheer without being see-through. A real tangerine dream of a polish.

That said, I just didn't quite fall for it. I guess it's such a summery colour and it's been raining non-stop here, so every time I looked at my nails, they seemed to say 'it's mid-July, and you're stuck in your london office, and it's raining. This is probably all you'll see of sunshine. Sucker!'. I guess we didn't really get on.

Plus it stained really, really badly when I took it off. Two goes with the orly cutique later and they're still yellow.



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10 comments:

Katie said...

That's too bad about the staining! Sometimes I do wear polishes inappropriate for my mood. I wear black when I'm happy.

scent of pink said...

I wonder if the other "sorbets" stains too!
Sometime I am in the mood for green, but when I have it on, it's not so nice like I expected, so I remove it and give turqoise a tray.
I don't care about the mood so much as of the weather: sunny = orange, red, coral; rainy = blue, violet; snow = black and glitter.

Mab said...

I have Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em, Houston We Have a Purple and Ya'll Come Back Ya Hear and they stain badly. I thought I forgot to use a base coat the first time I used the pink one it was so bad.

ilexica said...

Mab, that's really interesting to know! It was a total nightmare taking this off. I don't think I'll be buying any more if this is typical.

beachgal said...

I got talked into buying all 3 of the sorbets out of this collection...first the Houston We Have A Purple - just the name got me...but the sales clerk showed me how she layered this one with the more pink/red sorbet (forgetting the name) from this collection, and it was amazingly pretty. Odd that you have had horrible staining from this. I have had no staining at all. I use (almost always) a base coat however as I don't get pealing polish as easy then (esp with metallic and major sparkle ones like Zoya does for us a lot). I use either Zoya base (Adhere from their Color Lock system that I swear by), I also will grab for Orly Armor base coat often times as well. It has a tish of pale neutralizing shade to it in the bottle, but looks pretty clear on until you get a second coat of it. Works well if you have yellowing you don't have time to buff off. Do you tend to use base coats? I never used to use them. Now I use them almost always and I don't have a staining issue even with greens & reds. But...I have to ad I learned in med school to watch for staining in nails as a sign for some diseases...but then many tricks can be played by polish stains and not to be fooled by those. A fast buffing will tell if it's a polish stain. I have to say, I am AVID about hydration of my nails - not just cuticles and skin around the nails. I use gallons of hydrating products on my nails...at least 4 times a day and often up to 8 times a day, just when sitting waiting or watching the news. I know physiologically if you can drive moisture into those dead nails constantly, they won't stain usually. They are not as porous as they would be without the hydration. My fav products for nail hydration are multi...first, love Barielle nail cream (buy the pot over the tube - better buy and you will use it)...then follow that in about 45 secs with a good nail oil. I like Barielle Intensive Repair, but also will find I grab my California Mango (cheap at Sally's). I also keep in my purse a pen oil with a brush Aveo-Plex by OPI, good old Burt's Bees cutical cream, a local made olive oil in a tin I get, and I like Badger cutical gel as well (all but the local and Barielle are available on Drugstore.com. Barielle can be picked up on eBay often..or direct from Barielle where if you sign up for their email, you will find they often have free ship offers. My guess is your staining is from lack of hydration in your nails and lack of a good base coat - but be careful - some base coats will dry out your nails as bad as polish does. Hope all this helps! Sorry for the long post! Highly recommend laying 2 shades of sorbet if you run into the pink/red one - Do You Think I am Tex-y...that's the one I could not think of. Oh and I lied...I also picked up Totally Fort Worth out of the TX collection - it's an interesting duochrome - pale but gets opaque in 2 coats on me.

Your Ill-fitting Overcoat said...

That actually happened to me a month or so ago! I'd been so excited to paint my nails this gorgeous hot pink that I usually love, but once I did, they really bothered me. I just wasn't in a very happy mood that week, so every time I looked at my nails, it was like they were mocking my misery. I finally took it off and painted them grey. That was much better.

Katy said...

Guy Meets Gal-Veston was extremely sheer. I had on like four or five comments, and I could still see my tips as clear as day. Shame because it's a really pretty color. Maybe I'll try it over some ridgefiller.

Jecca said...

What a bummer! Like Mab, I have this one, Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em, and Houston We Have a Purple, and I haven't had any staining problems. I'm using CND Stickey base coat. I completely hate when my np color clashes with my mood. I've been loving Too Hot Pink and this one, but it's generally been hot and sunny where I live (southern Italy). I hope you have on something now that vibes better with your mood!

ilexica said...

Thanks for the tips, beachgal! I always use base coat (usually CG calcium fortifier with nailtek foundation II over the top) but I really had a nightmare with this polish. After I removed my next mani the staining had more or less gone, but it was *really* bad when I first took the OPI off (and I use a whitening remover). Thanks for the nail cream recommendation - I've been looking for a good 'un (I use Lush hand cream usually). Appreciate the advice! :D

@ your ill-fitting overcoat (love that name) - grey is one of my defaults, too. Not sure what that says about me.

@ Jecca - glad to hear you've not had an issue! To be fair I do find oranges bad to staining, so perhaps it's the colour, not the formula. You're very lucky to live in Southern Italy - what a beautiful part of the world!

Lucy said...

Pretty shade. I haven't bought anything from this collection. I had awful staining from OPI's Mermaid's Tears. My nails weren't that stained before! Darn they're awful now. I chopped them way short now. I can't wear anything with any color now. I have this polish on my list to buy from the Texas collection. Looks gorgeous on you.

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