Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sophistication Sundays - OPI Shades: Espresso Yourself and Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous

My Sophistication Muse,
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Sophistication Sunday revolves around my favorite beauty finds, techniques, fashion trends and anything else "pretty" that catches my eye. I look forward to sharing these ideas with you and hope to hear your suggestions and feedback as well! I am no expert at beauty or fashion by any means but perhaps that will make my thoughts more relatable. Simply put, I'm just a girly-girl navigating my way through the fabulous finds I come across.

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Well the fall is officially here and I am celebrating with the return of darker, richer nail colors. Yes you can certainly rock dark nails during the summer but I like to save certain shades to match my mood and the current season.

Today's post is about a new favorite OPI shade and another OPI shade I was quite disappointed in. That doesn't happen very often but I figured I should mention it when it does happen!

First I will go over the bad news.

I found a picture on Pinterest of OPI's Espresso Yourself and thought it would be PERFECT for Fall!


I loved the rich brown shade and of course the fine glitter. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I ordered it from Amazon (which I've found is the more affordable way to buy OPI!) and tried it the day it arrived in the mail.

I guess my biggest disappointment with this is that it is not glittery. It looks NOTHING like the photo above. I researched the OPI Espresso Yourself by looking up swatches via Google images and they all seemed to come up with this nice, sparkly look.

In reality this is what the color looks like:



Now don't get me wrong I do think it's beautiful but after all the other swatches I found that resembled the first picture (like here) I was surprised by the outcome. What can I say, I love my glitter!

Aside from the glitter factor I also noticed that this brown, while pretty, was a very red-based brown. So much so that in some lights it resembled one of my other favorite OPI shades, Royal Ruby Rajah:


I adore Royal Ruby Rajah but if I knew the OPI Espresso yourself was going turn out like it did I wouldn't have bought it. Buyer's remorse :P

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And now onto my happier purchase, OPI's Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous.



This shade is a lovely gunmetal-gray, glittery shade.


On the left you'll see the color with a the flash and on the right without.

Espresso Yourself lacked glitter but Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous MORE than made up for it! I suppose I should've known considering another favorite shade of mine, Glitzerland, is also from the OPI Swiss Collection and is packed with beautiful glitter.


So do you have any new favorite nail shades you've tried for Fall? Or any that have been disappointments?

~Christi


5 comments:

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Iroshi Windwalker said...

I saw this same pic on Pinterest, polish not identified, so I google image searched it to try and find the swatcher (I always prefer to find *sources* for any pictures I pin.) It led me to your blog, and I read your review. So I tried to find other swatches of OPI Espresso Yourself...and couldn't. But I did find a polish that might actually BE the gorgeous brown glitter in this picture.

OPI Holiday Glow.

I found swatches on All Lacquered Up
http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2009/11/opi-holiday-wishes-collection-swatches.html
Vampy Varnish
http://www.vampyvarnish.com/2009/10/opi-holiday-wishes-winter-2009-swatches-review/
and Varnished Valkyrie
http://varnishedvalkyrie.blogspot.com/2012/01/opi-holiday-glow.html

I think that's the one. Honestly, I can't seem to find an OPI called "Espresso Yourself". It looks to me like what you've got there is Espresso Your Style, which while a gorgeous brown, isn't that glitter.

Iroshi Windwalker said...

Woot! Found the source of the gorgeous pic and verified that it is, in fact, Holiday Glow.
http://steffels.blogspot.com/2011/04/opi-holiday-glow.html

Leslie said...

I'm so glad to have happened upon your blog as I was just about to purchase the Espresso Your Style polish based on the Pinterest image! I have a color almost exact to what the shade really is. :) Thank you for posting! Cute blog :)

Leslie said...

Oooo! I think I found the coveted sparkly shade...it looks like the sparkly, raisiny brown is actually OPI Holiday Glow!

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