OPI ‘Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous’
You get what you pay for with OPI. The bottles are 15ml, unless you buy from the mini range, so they go a long way. This shade could quite possible e be a favourite of mine. Ever since the black polish trend exploded onto our nails about 9 years ago I’ve been experimenting with silvers grays and metallics to find something I love just as much as stark black nail. I’ve found several shades that I like the effect of but this OPI shade is a real contender for the ‘new black’ position. The shade is more of a charcoal black with a metallic finish so when it’s on your nails it looks like dark steel metal. Again I used my trusty Sally Hansen base coat and applied 2 coats of this colour, I’d say you could probably apply a 3rd if you wanted it to be super-opaque but 2 definitely does the trick here. As you can see from the picture, the colour and sheen is really eye-catching and for me is a staple colour to have all year round. I’d apply a top coat like the one I have reviewed below for a no-chips finish as I find OPI isn’t as chip-proof as other brands. View all OPI products available at QVC here.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
I’m always testing out different top coats. It’s hard to find the perfect match, you need a glossy finish, speedy dry time and a chip-resistancy to knock out all others. This dry fast top coat by Seche Vite certainly has the glossy finish and the super-fast drying time (I think about 30 seconds and my nails were dry to touch!) but over the next week I will really be putting the chip-resistancy to the test. As I work in retail I have a very hands-on job so chips are always an issue, I normally need a daily chip repair by lunch time on whatever polish I’m wearing. So far so good with this one but time will tell. This one has been awarded the InStyle ‘Best Beauty Buy’ award in 2012 too so it must be something to shout about. When applying it didn’t smudge my freshly applied polish underneath and it is the only one on the market today which uses a special formula allowing it to penetrate through the nail polish to the base, so it forms one solid coating which is far more durable than any other. Thumbs up from me folks! See the Seche Vite collection available on QVC here.