Anyway, this was OPI's "Brights" offering for 2011, and that kind of threw me, as their brights collections in the past have been extremely vibrant, and bright hues. These colors, as a whole, are far more subdued that past collections. However, I actually think it's a misnomer to call them pastels. While the are lighter shades, there is still a vibrancy about them that I would not associate with a pastel shade (as when I think of pastel, I think of soft baby-ish colors).
Mermaid's Tears - Mint green creme. This one has perhaps a bit more blue in it and is perhaps a tad brighter than a traditional mint. However, it still gave me a dreadful (say that in a pirate voice) case of red-hands. The color is absolutely beautiful, but I just can't wear it. :(
Planks A Lot - Slightly dusty, mid-tone purple. This one is probably on the lighter end of what I consider mid-tone. However, it's much darker and brighter than what I consider to be a light purple or a lavender. There is a slight dustiness to it, but I don't think it's a dupe for RBL Purple Haze (though if any one wants a comp, I will be glad to do one).
Skulls and Glossbones - Pale grey creme. Yes, this one is a pale grey, but going back to the vibrancy I mentioned above, it's not a color that looks white. It is most definitely grey. It's also got enough warmth in the base to not give me dead-hands, but it's not exactly what I would consider to be a warm grey. It also has a touch of green in there to give it just a slight dirtiness (along the lines of Stranger Tides, but not nearly as funky).
Sparrow Me the Drama - Tea rose creme. When I was swatching this, I thought it may be a dupe to RBL Smitten, but after looking at pics, I don't think it is. Sparrow Me the Drama has a smidge of purple in it, whereas Smitten is a true rose creme. That said, it a gorgeous color, and it looks amazing under Lippmann Glitter in the Air
Steady as She Rose - Pale dirty rose creme. Again, like most of the other colors in this collection, Steady as She Rose has a slight dirtiness to it. These colors really do fit in well with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. It is a pale pink, so you wouldn't think it would be that unique, but the dirtiness really sets it apart.
Stranger Tides - dirty, artichoke green. This color is completely funky and it didn't work with my skintone. That said, I completely loved it.
Also, the formula on these was fantastic. I had no application issues with any of the colors and each color was opaque in just 2 coats.
I kind of wish that they had included a bright Caribbean blue with this collection (perhaps lose one of the pinks), but I think being a collection based on a movie, it was cohesive and well-thought-out.
Additionally, along with these 6 cremes, OPI released Silver Shatter along with this collection...
Here it is swatched over Stranger Tides with no TC.
The fact is, I stink at crackles/shatters. I hate that you have one chance at getting it right. You also have to have just the right amount on your brush and go in the right direction. It's just too much pressure. LOL. I have problems with getting the right amount on the brush, so I either end up with a thin coat with drag marks or a thick coat that never cracks. That said, the finish on this one is gorgeous and if you and crackle work well together, I think this would be an amazing option to add to your collection.
This collection is out now and OPI retails for $8.50 a bottle.
these were sent to me for review