Thursday, September 24, 2009

OPI Mattes and Some Ways to Salvage Your Money

I love OPI. It's a great brand. Not too daring though, and not too savvy about edgy trends. Their mattes for instance. If I wanted my nails to look like I painted them with flat finish house paint, well, I would do so. And get better colors, OPI. The matte collection is some apparent best selling colors they just happened to make matte. They didn't go the way of Zoya, ManGlaze, Nubar, no, they just said well, just make the finishes flat, that's what the others are doing right? And needless to say the Sephora by OPI mattes are just as bad, though better colors!

I haven't gotten the Suedes yet, I hope they came out because OPI realized their massive flub and corrected it. Good matte nail polish has DEPTH. Matte does not equal flat!

I did not buy all the colors. I did not get the matte You Don't Know Jacques, as I don't need dirt colored nails. But I got the others.

OPI Alpine Snow Matte. Not too terribly fail, a completely flat white is actually kinda cool. Also useful, as I will demonstrate.:
OPI Alpine Snow Matte

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Matte. Almost black when gloss, a blackish mess matte:
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Matte

Russian Navy Matte. Loses every bit of the beauty of the gloss formula. Why bother, this might as well be the LPAD matte, they are both almost black.:
OPI Russian Navy Matte

Sephora by OPI Metro Chic. Great color, if not great texture.:
Sephora by OPI Metro Chic

OPI La Paz-itively Hot Matte, the one real success. They left in the blurple shimmer and it lends depth and pizazz to this. I actually love this.:
OPI La Paz-itively Hot Matte

Sephora by OPI What's a Tire Jack? besides the insulting name, this lackluster black couldn't lick the dirty bootsoles of ANY of the other black mattes out.:
Sephora by OPI What's a Tire Jack?

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape Matte. Wow I have green housepaint on my nails.:
OPI Gargantuan Green Grape Matte

Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess. Nice color.:
Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess

Okay so now is where I brought in the Alpine Snow. What if we mixed some Alpine Snow matte into the desperately useless Lincoln Park matte and Russian Navy matte? You might find the results worth it.

Twenty drops of Lincoln Park After Dark Matte to five drops Alpine Snow Matte gets us this: not a huge change but more wearable, kinda. Not one of the more fixable polishes, as it is highly pigmented. You'd need more white to make it lighter than I have it.

Four parts Russian Navy Matte to one part Alpine Snow Matte gets us this: I added a bit of glitter, to mediocre success. Sigh.
Matte Mixer

What if we use Alpine Snow Matte with another nigh on useless OPI, Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow? I like it. Once again five drops Aline Snow Matte to twenty drops of Aragon.

Eh there's my try at it.

Tyler Durden's opinion of OPI Mattes:
You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.


  1. I was so confused by the awesomeness of the created polishes. For a moment I thought I was on facebook and was scrambling for the "Like" link to click on.

    I agree the mattes are worthless, but still I bought them from a clearance bin. I didn't even think of working with them in another way. I had already designated them to the "DO NOT WANT" bin. Awesome post.

  2. i was thinking of getting the Lincoln Park after Park Matte- maybe it is more wearable with a high shine top coat?

  3. I had the lincoln and really didn´t like it :(

  4. I also like OPI a lot. This was the first American brand I bought and I immediately adored it. They hold a special place for me. But here, they did completely wrong. When this collection came out, I checked it on other girls' blog and they reminded me of something I used to do when I was a kid: I was paiting my nails with gouache paint in drawing class just for fun. That was flat, matte but at least my colors were more fun. I didn't buy anything from this collection. Buying polishes overseas is expensive and I don't have money to waste on so-so polishes, only the great. Plus I was horribly bored by this recyclage of old shades. The only one that is great is OPI La Paz-itively Hot. I love its vibrancy. It's sad OPI didn't understand that all the interest of a matte lays in matified glitter or shimmer. Zoya did such a better job!

  5. I love OPI too, they were the first "salon" polishes I started buying so they will always have a special place in my stash and heart :-) The quality of their polishes is amazing. But they do tend to play it safe with colors compared to other polish companies. I like La-Paz-itively HOT, its the best of the bunch and I'm not just saying that because its pink. ;-)

  6. Oh, thank you for posting this! I tried on the Sephora "What's a Tire, Jack?" in the store - it looked lovely while wet, but when it dried it looked like I'd colored on my fingernails with permanent marker. I passed on it.

  7. I just got the OPI suedes and they look waaayyy better than these mattes do, the suedes at least has the glittery matte effect. thx for the post, helps me not want to get the OPI mattes anymore.

  8. Now the green that you fixed up is gorgeous. I loved them when they came out. Thank God I only bought the three Zoya's. I'm already tired of looking at them. I can buy the original polishes and just use Essies's Matte About You. Thanks for swatching them.

  9. Critchfairy, you have the best name EVAR!

    Winnie, very glad to hear that!!

    And as always, thanks, guys!

  10. I agree Russian Navy Matte ruins what is good about the original. I should add I'm not a huge matte fan though. I wear my Suedes with top coat always. I absolutely love Aragon w/ the white added... awesome!

  11. I only own the La Paz-itively Hot one. Which is AMAZING. Good thing that was the only one I bought.