Monday, August 27, 2012

OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades 2012 swatches

Hi guys!

I know I'm super late on this collection. I was holding out for so long, since OPI prowide brushes are not my favourite (small nail beds + OPI prowide = cuticle flooding), but I broke down anyway. Ahhh the story of every nail junkie's life, amirite?

OPI You Callin' Me a Lyre? (3 coats) - Some VNL, but it looks nice

OPI Barre My Soul (3 coats) - I'm not sure if I can decide if I like this better or worse than Lyre. I'm going to have to wear both at the same time (1 per hand) one day and decide.

Since OPI Samoan Sand and OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake are two of my staple nude/neutral shades, I thought I'd do a little comp for ya'll. There's no (or very little) VNL with Samoan Sand and LTERC. Why do they all look the same-ish?! Hahaha...

Comparison: OPI Samoan Sand, OPI You Callin' Me a Lyre?, OPI Barre My Soul, OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake (all 3 coats each)

OPI Care to Danse? (3 coats) - This looks like a pale purple in the bottle, but on my skintone, it looks like a cool-toned pink

OPI My Pointe Exactly (3 coats) - This is the sheerest out of the 5 jellies; 4 coats would probably make it look more similar to the others in terms of opacity. I think this might be my least favourite, but it looks like it would go good with Polish Revolution Vegan Zombie...

Comparison: OPI My Pointe Exactly (3 coats) and OPI Skull and Glossbones (2 coats) - Just to give you an idea of opacity

OPI Don't Touch My Tutu (3 coats) - Very jelly white

Comparison: OPI Don't Touch My Tutu and Essie Marshmallow (both 3 coats) - I consider the Essie a jelly... and with 3 coats each, quite a difference in opacity!

Comparison: Misa Heaven White (2 coats), OPI Don't Touch My Tutu (3 coats), and Essie Marshmallow (3 coats) - again, to help you with opacity :)

Overall, I'm glad I finally got these. They're all super jelly, but they are not streaky, which is quite a feat. I'll have to give them a good whirl to decide which ones to keep, though! A few look too similar on me to keep them all..

I have a couple Essies I purchased along with these OPIs, but after that, I think I'm totally out of nail polish to swatch :O I have a few more reswatches that I haven't posted yet, but after that... there might be a lull. Or Inglot eyeshadow swatches. Or macro shots of chocolate. Who knows! :)

I'm off to Toronto tomorrow for a week. I'm not sure what to pack, nail-wise! Maybe I will do a travel-bag post when I get back :)


  1. As always, fantastic pics!!! Oddly enough, I ended up with the entire Ballet collection (and I NEVER get whole collections) and purged other sheers I had. I liked the formula on these very much. Enjoy Toronto!!

  2. Fantastic swatches as always!!! This is one of the few whole collections I ended up with - I really like the formula on these and purged other sheers I have in favour of these. Have fun in Toronto!!

  3. Ahh, these are perfect on you! You better not purge them! - I have the white & gray ones, and I find myself using them so often, especially under glitters to add a bit of opacity but also softness. (Snow Angel, Bunny Slope, etc, look great over the white one!)

  4. Really like essie's Marshmallow - the perfect name for such a delicate colour

  5. Lolol @ macro shots of chocolate. Yum! I gave up on Essie Marshmallow because I just couldn't deal with the formula//was too impatient for it to not be streaky, but I LOVE this collection. Great photos!

  6. I really love them all to be honest, I liked the sheerness. At least they are not uneven. Lovely swatches :)

  7. I love the ballet shades sooooo much! I have Care to Danse, it's a lavender/pink shade. I've already used half the bottle since these are so work appropriate! I can't wait to buy another!!

  8. These were way too sheer for me BUT I bought "Pirouette My Whistle", the silvery glitter in the collection. Love it!! I layer it with Moon over Mumbai. You had a post some time ago with a white Lynderella glitter. It reminded me of winter and snowflakes. It's subtle and pretty. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. OPI DTMT looks amazing, I think I will need to add this to my collection.

  10. Awesome nailporn!! Really similar colours, you created a great comparison!