New York City Ballet by OPI Review and Swatches

OPI's latest SoftShades colors are inspired by the New York City Ballet.

Care To Danse? 3 coats is a pale sheer lilac creme. 

My Pointe Exactly 3 coats is a light sheer grey creme.  An interesting color to sheer out.

These first 2 photos I'm wearing a normal basecoat.  You can see my ridges quite clearly.  The photos below this I buffed my nails to smooth my ridges.

Barre My Soul 3 coats is a very natural looking sheer beige.

Here this looks much better with my ridges buffed down a bit.  I don't like to buff my nails too often and if you're like me, you might want to try using a ridgefiller basecoat instead of buffing.

This is the above shade, Barre My Soul with 1 coat of Don't Touch My Tutu! the milky white creme on my tips.

I wanted to see if Don't Touch My Tutu! would be opaque enough to cover my natural smile line.  As you can see I have different shaped nails on my left hand so french manicures can look odd on me unless I can create an artificial smile line.

Above is 2 coats, I was trying to make my nails all square to match my pinky and ring finger.  I didn't try a 3rd coat because my tips were getting thick with polish.

You Callin' Me A Lyre? 3 coats over the white tips above.  This was the only way to cover up my uneven smile line.  This is a very pretty and flattering pink I think.

Don't Touch My Tutu! 1 coat.

2 coats.

Finally 3 coats.  I think this white is better left for doing tips.  I could see this making some cute polka dots as well!

Don't Touch My Tutu! 1 coat over just my natural tips.  Why 2 nails grow round and 2 square is beyond me. This is very natural looking and makes a great American manicure.

If you have slightly dingy nails this might help brighten your tips out.  It is very sheer so if your nails are extremely stained it might not be enough.

Pirouette My Whistle 1 coat over 3 coats of Don't Touch My Tutu!  Very fine silver glitter and medium sized light grey glitter in a clear base.  I think the hex glitters are described as silver, but to me they aren't metallic silver.  But they're not white either.  So something in between. Maybe a satin-y white.

Pirouette My Whistle 3 coats over plain nails.  As you can see the glitter is pretty sparse even at 3 coats so I would consider this a layering glitter.

The formula for this collection was wonderful.  I knew they were sheer going in so I was expecting a somewhat runny and streaky formula but they were perfect.  Somehow despite how sheer they were it was just thick enough to apply smooth like butter.  How do you do it OPI?!

All of these colors are very pretty and work-appropriate.  My favorite was You Callin' Me A Lyre? (the pink of course).  The glitter topcoat looks great over everything.  My least favorite was My Pointe Exactly, a sheer grey just didn't work on me.

To reiterate the tip I mentioned earlier, if you have ridges you may want to buff your nails or use a ridgefiller basecoat to smooth these out.  All of these colors can be worn 1 coat just to smooth out your nail for a natural look.  It's like a no-makeup makeup look but for your nails.  Enhance your natural nail beauty!  I hope that made sense. :)

New York City Ballet by OPI will be available April 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
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Sent to me for review.