Not saving the best for last, in order to get your attention without alluding directly to the 50 SoG movie adaptation tie-in hype.
First obliquely referenced here, a couple of years ago…
…but actually an addendum to this post, from a couple of months ago.
These are all of the greys I have acquired from December 2014-January 2015, post-post. 🙂
All swatches shown are 2 coats each.
Aux Chandelles is semi-matte, with a sort of lustre to keep it from looking flat. Very subtle and unique.
Skull & Glossbones is rather sheer and jelly-ish, a yellowed bone grey in comparison to the others. I included it here solely because I spent the latter part of 2014 filling gaps in my collection, and certain members of the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection were indeed coveted and lacking, due to lingering swapper’s remorse…
L to R: Aux Chandelles, S&G, ChG Pelican Grey, OPI Cement the Deal, Barry M GHS Chai, OPI Embrace the Grey, Barry M Grey
Next up, below, stormier greys:
I acquired GOSH and NARS due to Ommorphia Beauty Bar’s waxing poetic about this duo. No regrets. 🙂
China Glaze Out Like A Light applies much, much darker than the bottle color. The same thing happened with Zoya Dove in 2011, reason why I gave her away and never repurchased.
Here’s a mid-point recap:
1 – no varnish
2 – H&M Urban Girl
3 – L’Oreal Aux Chandelles, semi-matte
4 – OPI Skull & Glossbones, sheer warmer-leaning crelly
5 – China Glaze Pelican Grey, microshimmer
6 – OPI Cement the Deal
7 – Barry M GHS Chai
8 – OPI Embrace the Grey
9 – Barry M Grey
10 – GOSH Miss Grey
Above and below, the bluer-leaning greys. My favorite of these lineups.
Wet Suit is a wee hair lighter than Office Polish-tics. Since Office Polish-tics is harder to come by for most, Wet Suit is current in the Sally Hansen Triple Shine display in the U.S., and a great stand-in for this variation on MAC Blue India.
Misa Office Polish-tics is much more beautiful than she appears in these images. I ordered about 25 Misa bottles from the company website late last year; it was truly one of the most pleasing parcels I’ve received of late.
L’Oreal Grey Corset is matte, and much more muted than it appears in the image above. It looks stormy dark grey-blue indoors.
See what I mean about Grey Corset? Wow!
Seriously, L’Oreal has created a very unique collection around this theme.
I didn’t like any of the L’Oreal varnishes at the first coat, or even the second, until they were fully dry. That’s when they best manifest their unique finishes.
These are the glitters I chose from the respective 50 SoG collections.
L to R: Misa Office Polish-tics, L’Oreal Grey Corset, OPI Shine for Me, L’Oreal Bad Bad Grey.
Bad Bad Grey is a texture/sand/sugar glitter.
I must warn you, it looks like gloppy lava on the first wet coat. I was so disappointed, and already plotting how to get rid of it.
At two coats, dry and in low light, it still isn’t as attractive as in that first bottle shot at the beginning of this post.
But it has something else when the light hits it, a kind of mystique. Although the sugary glitter looks predominantly pink and coppery-gold above, there is a veritable (albeit subtle) finely-ground rainbow, including silver, in the mix. Truly complex and mind-blowing.
I find the L’Oreal collection to be much more original than OPI’s; I could easily return the trio of OPI I selected with no qualms…
Since it proved difficult to determine which of the images above was the most helpful, I give you them all. 🙂
Starting from and excluding the non-varnished chip, order is as follows:
1 – H&M Urban Girl
2 – L’Oreal Aux Chandelles
3 – OPI Skull & Glossbones
4 – China Glaze Pelican Grey
5 – OPI Cement the Deal
6 – Barry M GHS Chai
7 – OPI Embrace the Grey
8 – Barry M Grey
9 – GOSH Miss Grey
10 – NARS Storm Bird
11 – China Glaze Out Like A Light
12 – Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Show Steel-er
13 – Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wet Suit
14 – Misa Office Polish-tics
15 – L’Oreal Grey Corset
16 – OPI Shine for Me
17 – L’Oreal Bad Bad Grey
xx blueberry milk tea