24 March 2014

Review & Swatches: Gwen Stefani for OPI - Over & Over A-Gwen and Love Angel... Music Baby

It's no secret that I've got an unhealthy obsession with nail lacquers to achieve perfectly manicured nails. So it was a no brainer decision when offered a chance to trial and review a couple of polishes from the Gwen Stefani for OPI collection.

I was sent two polishes from the collection - OPI Over & Over A-Gwen and Love Angel... Music Baby.

OPI Over & Over A-Gwen (I love the names OPI comes up with) is a creme gloss bright, classic red colour. I'm sure there are quite a few dupes for this particular shade, but what makes it special is that it comes in a collector's box with swarovski elements, a small booklet for inspiration and a small tube of glue.

As much as I love creme finishes, I tend to associate them with streakiness. However, Over & Over A-Gwen has a surprisingly non-streaky formula. I also find reds to be highly pigmented, and this one is no exception. You could get away with one coat if you were in a rush, but I always prefer having two coats.

I'm not fantastic at nail art, especially when it comes to using studs and gems. For my first design, I came up with this look...

I used OPI Love Angel... Music Baby (more details further down) on my ring finger to create red single chevron lines. I then stuck five black round Swarovski crystals on the gold chevron line. I wasn't all that impressed with the way it looked, so after snapping a few shots, I decided to try again with another design.

Before I reveal the next design, I want to express the frustration and difficulty I had with the small black round Swarovski crystals. They were a nightmare to stick on my nails! I used tweezers and had two main problems. One was that I kept losing grip of it. The second was having trouble applying glue to just the crystal. The booklet recommended to apply a drop of glue on a piece of aluminium foil and then using a toothpick to pick some glue up and deposit it on the crystal. I didn't like this method and I could not get enough glue on the toothpick to transfer, so I tried dipping the crystal into the glue on the aluminium foil. This was a fail, as my tweezers ended up getting glue on it, and the crystal would stick to the tweezer and wouldn't transfer to my nail. So I ended up having to apply glue straight from the tube to the crystal. It was slightly messy, as it's hard to control the amount of glue that is squeezed out onto the crystal. I ended up losing three or four of the black round crystals in my attempt to create the first look. :(

For my second look, I primarily used the square studs. They were much easier to apply then the small round black crystals. I much prefer the second look to the first one.

On my thumb, I stuck a diamond shaped stud in the middle on my nail. I left all the studs on for a few days to try it out (and also, I didn't have time or energy to do another mani). After a few days, I realised why I don't use studs all that much in my manis - they catch on far too many things (e.g. towels, clothes). This may be due to not enough glue being used or the studs being too large to sit flush to my nails due to the nail being too "rounded" and not flat like paper (if that makes any sense).

Removal of these large studs weren't as bad as I thought they would be. They came off fairly easily with a tiny bit of prying and could be re-used.

The second nail lacquer from the Gwen Stefani for OPI collection is Love Angel... Music Baby, which is a really unique nail polish. It is a gorgeous soft semi-matte gold with a satin finish. I absolutely love this finish. It's almost like the textured, liquid sand but without the roughness.

The formula is amazing. It's not streaky at all and is opaque enough for a one coat manicure. It dries super quickly as well, which is a plus in my books, as I'm a very impatient person.

I absolutely adore Love Angel... Music Baby. The colour and formulation of this polish is amazing and makes me want to hoard collect more Satin polishes.

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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