Product Type: OPI makeup
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Really, I'm Not A Waitress!
OPI Nail Varnish
Member Name: angelboouk
OPI Nail Varnish
Advantages: bottle, quality, colours, lasts well, shine
Opi is a nail care brand. As well as offering various products to keep your nails healthy, they also offer a massive range of nail colours.
~I'm Not Really A Waitress Nail Lacquer~
Opi offer various 'groups' of nail colours focussed around typical shades (red, blue, purple etc). Each group of nail colours offer different variations of said colour. The red group of nail colours offers plenty of choice include 'I'm Not Really A Waitress' which I will be discussing today.
This particular shade is classed as a 'statement' nail colour. It is described as being 'a beautiful, shimmering deep red'. This shade is from the Opi Classics Collection and is a best seller. It is also part of the 'GelColor' collection. Opi claim that this nail lacquer offers a tough formula for shine, vibrant colour and staying power for 'weeks'. Opi also claim this nail lacquer will dry within 30 seconds.
Each Opi nail lacquer is presented in a rather curvy, chunky bottle. The bottle is made of thick, clear glass so the shade choice is visible. The lid is long and quite big but comfortable to hold. Opi claim that their nail lacquers are accompanied by a 'pro-wide' brush for easier application.
~Price and Availability~
A 15ml bottle of I'm Not Really A Waitress can be purchased online. Stockists include Amazon, www.justbeautifully.co.uk and www.lenawhite.co.uk. Prices vary between £8.00 and £11.00.
I normally stick with No7 nail colours but earlier in the year I won a beauty basket in a raffle and inside was a bottle of Opi nail lacquer. Whilst I normally opt for pink or black nail colours, I always find it handy to have a red shade in my collection so was pleased to receive this. It has been used quite a few times since then. £11 is quite a high price so I expected a high quality nail colour.
Applying this nail lacquer is fairly simple though I prefer someone else to apply it to my fingernails to avoid mishaps (I am left handed). I am happy to apply this to my own toenails though. The lid is easy to grasp and the brush is a decent length. The liquid itself is like any other nail colour and smells like it too! The brush applicator is well attatched and I have had no issues with bristles becoming loose. The brush looks neat and quite small at first but once I start to smooth it across my nail, it fans out and covers quite a bit of nail with colour.
I'm Not Really A Waitress will not appeal to all and it is definitely a vamp, vibrant shade. I use a base coat to avoid this product staining my nails. I then apply one coat which goes out beautifully smooth and with very little hassle. It is recommended that you apply two coats of this shade and I would say this is good advice as it helps even out the scent for complete coverage. The nail lacquer does dry quickly but not in 30 seconds - more a minute but I always leave it a bit longer before applying the second coat.
Once the second coat has been applied and has set, the colour is stunning! I have mainly used this on my toenails as I find the colour a bit intense for my fingernails for everyday wear. The colour looks good on both my toenails and fingernails. It isn't quite as deep a colour as it is in the bottle but very similar. I am left with bright red nails with a hint of pinkish shimmer. The overall look is shiny and of a decent quality - it doesn't look cheap and tacky as some red nail colours do.
Opi claim that this nail lacquer will last for weeks. I have yet to find a nail colour which stretches beyond the 7 day mark. I would say that this nail lacquer does longer than other brands and does seem to be more durable and chip resistant. Due to how strong the colour is, chips are very noticeable and make the overall look rather untidy and unever. I do a lot of household chores and typing so colour of my fingernails does start to chip after a week or so of wear. The colour lasts much longer on my toenails. I suppose if you were on holiday and not doing housework then this nail lacquer may be less prone to chipping but it definitely doesn't last 'weeks'. I could get away with topping up a lighter colour when it chips but this particular colour looks patchy if I attempt to cover up chips.
This nail lacquer takes a little more effort to remove with nail polish remover and cotton pads compared to other brands. I do like the fresh, shiny colour offered by I'm Not Really A Waitress. It is eyecatching but I would only wear it on my fingernails for a rare night out as it is a bit too much for a full time Mum doing the nursery run/chores/shopping daily.
Overall I feel 4 stars is fair and a recommendation for those looking for a bright, engaging red shade for their nails.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: good nail colours