Of all the 2014 releases I have seen so far, OPI’s collaboration with Gwen Stefani was the one I most looked forward to. I vividly remember her being all over the teen magazines I devoured in my adolescence…many of her songs bring back fantastic memories, even as recently as my study abroad stint in London.
There are 5 open stock colors: 4 In the Morning, Hey Baby, In True Stefani Fashion, I Sing In Color, and Love. Angel. Music. Baby. 4 In the Morning and Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Are both dry satin, Hey Baby and I Sing In Color are glossy crèmes and In True Stefani Fashion is a glitter topper.
4 In the Morning (two coats) is a satin black with a slight shimmer to give it a bit of depth. Without top coat, it reminds me of fine leather.
Hey Baby (two coats) is a bright pink crème. It’s not unique but the formula is fantastic.
In True Stefani Fashion (one coat over Hey Baby) has silver holographic squares and small silver holographic glitter. This polish is a bit thick but applies evenly.
I Sing In Color (three coats) is a dark purple-based vamp crème. If you have Vision of Love from OPI’s holiday 2013 collection, you probably don’t need this one. Vision of Love is more brown-based than I Sing In Color, but I Sing In Color is more red than Lincoln Park After Dark.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (two coats) Is a neutral-toned gold satin. I usually have problems wearing gold but it’s neutral enough to look pleasing on my skin tone.
While Push and Shove includes a mini Lay Down That Base chrome base coat, it is also the same price as the open stock colors.
Push and Shove (two coats over Lay Down That Base) is a silver chrome polish. While I also own the Chanel Silver duo and Maybelline Mirror Image, I found Push and Shove easier to apply. This is about as close to a Minx-like finish you will ever get with a traditional polish.
I was a bit dismayed that Over and Over A-Gwen would cost twice as much as the other polishes. While I understand that it also included Swarovski nail accoutrements, I’m sure many customers would just like to have the polish itself without the price hike.
Over and Over A-Gwen (two coats) is a glossy true red jelly. Despite the price, this is my favorite of the whole set. A two-coat true jelly?! Sign me up anytime!
While I’m not a nail art guru, I played a little bit with the stud and crystals. The quality of the décor is very apparent on the nail.
Overall, I’m very happy with this collection. None of the polishes have troublesome formulas and complement each other. Will you be picking up any, even Over and Over A-Gwen?
Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $14.95 ($18.95 CAN).