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Between my daughter and I we have over 100 bottles of OPI as I keep ones I've done with and my daughter has them. This is over many years so I don't feel so bad at having amassed so many and we chuck out any that congeal or go off.
My daughter will wear different colours on each finger but nowadays I stick to pink or red on toes and red or natural on fingers.
My current favourites are Samoan Sand for natural, Red lights ahead for red, Shorts story for hot pink.
I don't find them expensive in terms of application and look and they don't chip or wear, so I find them cost effective. My only complaint would be that sometimes you can get bored of a colour on your toes but because the colour hasn't chipped it seems wasteful changing the colour!
I've always been dubious, but after much trial and error, I really think they are better than the cheaper alternatives (I like Nails Inc as well). Saying that, no nail varnish is going to last well without a proper nail cleaning, base coat, couple of colour coats and top coat. I recently bought a cheaper nail varnish because I love the colour and OPI didn't have an equivalent, and it's not lasting nearly so well.
I often buy a collection on ebay, as its cheaper that way and often its cheaper to buy from US sellers even with the postage.
I do agree with hopefully that you should apply all polish properly. My daughter just slaps it on but I remove all traces of old polish, use a drop of oil to massage in, wash nails, then apply base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat.
I like Essie too, the brushes are fabulous - really easy to do coat quickly and neatly. My local boots doesn't carry as many colours as local John Lewis does of OPI though, and I hate buying without seeing it in RL.
I haven't found anywhere to buy OPI or Essie in RL so I'm a slave to the tinternet. Essie colours are harder to judge in the pictures I've seen but I'll give them more attention.
I had a pedi with Opi plum chutney - bit too dark really but lasted forever. I can't find a nice natural/nude so I'll take a look at the sand variety... Was leaning towards Dulce... At £8-£11 a pop though my online basket will cost me a fortune.
I used to really love OPI as they had a better range of colours but other brands have caught up now. Their normal size pots go too gloopy after a while and are a nightmare to apply so I buy the mini pots if I see them now. Less waste, easier to apply. The mini sets are good value.
My fave colours are their neutrals/greys - barefoot, dulce de leche, upfront.
I love OPI and think it's worth the money if it's a colour you really love. I find it much easier to apply than the Essie bottle I had. Favourite colours are:
Dim Sum Plum (cool bluey pink) Just a Little Rosti at This (rich dark plum) Fly (from the Nicki Minaj collection, bright turquoise blue) Uh Oh Roll Down the Window (horrible name but a fab dirty olive green neutral colour) Cajun Shrimp (fabulous pinky coral, amazing for pedicures)
Im a big OPI fan - if I do my toenails it can last up to 3 weeks and I pretty much get sick of it before it wears off, I do use base and top coat too. At the moment I have "Ski Teal" we drop on, I like "Russian Navy" and "Greenwich Village" too
I am very hard on nail varnish but my favourite is "tickle my france-y" - if it wears off the tips it just looks like I have had a french polish
John Lewis do a brilliant "top ten" pack of small polishes for £28....hand twiching to buy but I have a fair few hundred quids worth already so I shouldn't really Sometimes QVC have good deals. Lena White is the distributer in the UK - I have used that site too although like QVC the postage can be a deterrent. I have bought both fake and real on Ebay - all you can do really is trust the feedback.
I find google images is brilliant for checking out colours im interested in.