Product Type: OPI makeup
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High quality nail polish
OPI Nail Varnish
Member Name: rosaliecullen
OPI Nail Varnish
Advantages: Good quality, doesn't chip as easily as most
Disadvantages: Can be on the expensive side - dark colours almost too dark at times
I have long been of the view that nail polish is nail polish no matter how much you pay - in the end it all chips off. Indeed, this is quite true but in the case of OPI, I do find that it takes a lot longer to chip than the average nail polish and that for me is what makes it stand out above the other nail polish brands out there (also a fan of Nails INC). They have matt, shine, crackle etc. any type of nail polish finish you could need or want, if OPI haven't got it, it probably isn't made.
OPI do not distribute via 'normal' shops such as Boots in the UK, you can get the brand online at Lena White website, some colours available on Amazon and ASOS etc. I tend to get mine through a friend who is a beautician and she gets me the OPI nail polishes from a beauty suppliers at cost price. eBay is also another good place to buy these nail polishes - particularly 'retired' colours and you can get them shipped from America if you can't find the colour you want in the UK. I have recently done this and paid around £5.50 including shipping for a 15ml (full-size) nail polish in a colour that I could no longer get in the UK. eBay is probably one of the cheapest places to buy the nail polishes but as you know prices are very variable.
For 15ml you are typically looking to pay around £11 per nail polish, not particularly cheap but for the quality quite good value and not too much more expensive than something like Boot's No.7 nail varnishes which in my opinion chip really easily - worth paying the extra for a good quality nail polish in my opinion. They regularly have 'themed' polishes such as the Nicki Minaj or James Bond collection which are mini polishes (3.75ml). I find these to be really good value for money, particularly as I never seem to make it to the end of a full-sized nail polish without it drying up. I also slightly begrudge paying £11 for just one colour so find the mini sets good value in terms of buying 4 colours for around £15 (depending where you get them from).
As you can tell from this review, I am a big fan of OPI. The selection of colours and finishes available for nails is outstanding. I find that if I do my nails properly with base coat and top coat and don't do lots of housework (any excuse!) my nail polish will be about 95% chip free for 5-6 days so quite good going in my opinion. A lot of nail polish chips depend on your life style, if you do a lot of cleaning or have your hands in water a lot of the day, the polish is more likely to chip no matter what polish you use. I would say that the colours are quite true to the bottle colour but sometimes I find that the dark colours can look too dark if you use two coats (which you are supposed to to get the best coverage). The dark purples and dark reds can sometimes look almost black when applied to the nail so for that reason I tend to avoid the darker colours. My favourite colour ever is Bedazzler which is a Christmassy glitzy red but it is hard to get hold of in the UK hence why I bought it again recently through eBay.
I do really recommend the brand, I do think £11 for the big polishes is slightly expensive but at the same time compared to most premium brands and their quality, I think OPI is relatively speaking good value for their quality. The mini polishes are my favourite though mainly because I can get 4 colours approximately for the price of one big polish - greedy!
Summary: Highly recommended