Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OPI Sheer Tints Color Tinted Topcoats

Hooray!  These finally came in the mail.  I order a set of the minis although I know many prefer full size.  I figure I have enough polish to last me for the rest of my life.  I've only ever used whole bottles of base coat and regular old top coat.  The size doesn't bother me either especially after living in Japan.  Standard bottle sizes are pretty close to what we call minis.  Anyway, on the the polish!  Here's the description from OPI:

Take nail color to new dimensions with Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat.

Used alone, Sheer Tints creates a wash of transparent color on nails for an understated but playful look; over lacquer, it creates a color shift from subtle to dramatic.

Teal over green becomes swimming pool cool; amber over red becomes golden sunset blaze.

Progressive depth of color can be achieved with single or multiple coats, complemented with a high-gloss finish. Dimensional nail color. Dream it, conceptualize it, and create it with Sheer Tints Color-Tinted Top Coat. 

I had fun playing with these top coats.  I do think they are pretty much that, though... top coats.  I did not put them on alone because I really think they're best layered with something else, especially due to the consistency of the polish.  They are definitely not a jelly polish that can be easily layered and layered (I'm hoping that's what the Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies will be, but I haven't seen them in my area yet).  I have read that these are quite thick and can be stringy coming out of the bottle; my experience was no different.  You have to work rapidly because the polishes dry up pretty quickly.  But don't put on too much or you'll get bubbles.  I find this is the case with these much more than the average polish.  It's a delicate balance!

Both looks that I tried were over Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On.  And by the way, I HATED working with White On.  I got a wonky brush that I had to give a haircut.  And it went on pretty streaky and required a lot of work to make it look decent.  If anyone has suggestions for a HG opaque white, please leave it in the comments!  First up as skittles (two coats of each color) over White On (two coats) and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pixel Perfect (one coat):

OPI Sheer Tints Skittles Amberassed, Be Magentale with Me, Don't Violet Me Down, Me Sally Hansen White On

This one was pretty humdrum but does serve to show what they look like layered over your basic white base.  Now I really loved this super springy watercolor look that everybody has been using these tints for:

OPI Sheer Tints Watercolor Effect China Glaze Fairy Dust

This is topped with a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust for good measure.  I really loved the way it came out and was really easy to achieve without bubbling.  It's a nice, soft, springy look that reminds me of dyed Easter eggs.  I will definitely repeat this mani in the future!

What do you all think of the Sheer Tints?  How would you use them?  (Oh, and any recs for that perfect opaque white polish are greatly appreciated.)

*OPI is cruelty free, but its parent company (Coty) is not. 

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