OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holiday 2016 - Nail Swatches

When I first saw the OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection, back in September (what can I say...I'm impatient), I was super excited!!! A polish collection inspired by Audrey Hepburn, YES PLEASE!!! Okay...so...technically it was inspired by Holly Golightly (the character she plays in Breakfast at Tiffany's), but it's arguably her most iconic role and who doesn't instantly recognise THAT poster?!

So here's my take on this Collection, yeeesss I had to hand-paint these boxes myself because let's be honest, I can't afford even the cheapest item at Tiffany's (I looked!). Plus, I was way too intimidated to just go into a store (yap, we have one here in Brussels) and ask for a couple of boxes. So hopefully, I got the famous "Tiffany blue" colour right (I did have to correct it a bit in Photoshop), admittedly I have extended my talent repertoire since I can now tie the perfect bow (pure amateur before) so it's not all bad!

Although I was very tempted by Five-and-Ten and Rich & Brazilian I only picked up two polishes from this Collection: Breakfast at Tiffany's and I Believe in Manicures. If you are curious to see full swatches of the other polishes then I highly recommend; Imabeautygeek as always and a new discovery for me; nailsbyic. Also, I haven't tested these two polishes out as full manicures (I know, what's wrong with me?!) so I can't attest to their wear and removal just yet.

OPI - Breakfast at Tiffany's (Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection - Holiday 2016)

The namesake of this Collection, I just knew I had to pick it up! This is a gorgeous light pinky cream almost white in colour. However, as you can see in relation to a pure white nail polish like OPI's Alpine Snow (in the comparison swatch below) it's ever so slightly tinged pink. This is a matte polish which also contains some very light gold and white micro-shimmer.

APPLICATION

- 3 coats on top of Orly's glue basecoat for easy swatch removal.

As always with OPI polishes, I had streaking issues and hence needed 3 coats to both reach full opacity (it's the slightest bit sheer in comparison with other plain creme polishes) and to get no visible streaking.

With the more layers you add, I've noticed the less matte the polish becomes (or maybe it needs to have 100% dried to be the same level of matteness as the first coat). Either way, the gold/white micro-shimmer gives this polish an iridescent quality which distinguishes its finish from the normal "dullness" of a matte. But if mattes are not your thing, you can always add a normal top coat and you have a whole new pretty polish to play with! Plus, the shimmer really stands out when not mattified.

Now, I don't smoke (coz ewww) but I just HAD to recreate my version of the famous Breakfast at Tiffany's poster! Of course more blonde (in the sunlight guys!) and minus the beehive and tiara because #shorthairdontcare. Also, this may be the first time someone has had to Photoshop IN a cigarette.

But my skills don't compare to this ad which CGI'd the youthful Audrey's face onto a body double...AMAZING!!! As well as a little spooky!

OPI - I Believe in Manicures (Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection - Holiday 2016)

The only bright blue of this Collection and gasp...it isn't quite a Tiffany blue! Had it been a tad more green/turquoise it would have been the perfect match! Nor is it a sky blue like OPI's The I's Have It from their Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection (comparison swatch below). Nonetheless, it's still a gorgeous polish (who knows; maybe you need some sort of license to recreate the exact shade of Tiffany blue?). Bright, fun and a rather unusual colour to be sporting during the winter months (I like to wear Holiday Collections at least till the end of January) I think it makes for a nice change.

APPLICATION

- 3 coats on top of Orly's glue basecoat for easy swatch removal.

Again, as with all OPI cremes; streakiness on the first 2 coats (even though opacity is great). I needed 3 coats to get rid of all streaks (the 3rd coat being quite thick), hence why I much prefer Essie formulas; I just never have this issue!

But I can't be the only one constantly experiencing streaking with OPI creme polishes? Let me know in the comments below if you also have this issue with the formula and how you deal with it? Honestly at the price they charge I expect much better by now (especially with KIKO polishes at 1/6 of the price and still of excellent quality).

So there you have it, my rather small take on the amazing OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection.

Which colour was your favourite/did you pick up?

What's your favourite Audrey Hepburn movie? I love My Fair Lady (those hats, those dresses!), but with Audrey's effortless language skills (Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish and French) it's not surprising she manages to do accents so easily. Okay, she was born in Brussels and was half-Scottish; so what's not to like?! (hint, hint...nudge, nudge)

Who should OPI do their next Holiday Collection on? I think a Marilyn Monroe Collection would be amazing! I can just picture it...a gorgeous true red along with some really sparkly ones (like from their Starlight Collection) and calling at least one of them "A Girl's Best Friend" :)

Oooh or a Judy Garland one with "Merry Little Christmas" or "There's No Place Like Home" as possible naming options...Okay I'm getting way ahead of myself and I'd better stop here before I invent a whole fall/winter collection for my non-existent nail polish line (...one day guys, one day).

 

xxxemma

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