Confession: I’ve been anticipating this collection with bated breath. It’s not because I’m a fan of the series but I can reveal my actual feelings about the Fifty Shades phenomena. I’ll wait to step on my soap box after revealing the colors.
Cement the Deal (three coats): “stony, cool gray”
Dark Side of the Mood (three coats): “brooding, stormy charcoal”
Embrace the Gray (three coats): “chic, moody gray”
My Silk Tie (two coats): “silky, gleaming silver”
Romantically Involved (two coats): “luscious, crème red”
Shine For Me (two coats): “shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle”
Despite my reservations about the series itself, OPI definitely came out with a great collection. The cremes apply smoothly if not a bit patchy (not including Romantically Involved, which is almost a one-coater). My Silk Tie does exhibit brush strokes, so it requires careful application. I was surprised most by Shine For Me. I expected the combination of silver foil and blue glitter to be a frosty mess but it actually works together.
If you’re a fan of gray polish, you definitely need to jump on this bandwagon. Heck, if you need yet another superior red crème, Romantically Involved is a fantastic choice.
With that said…
drags out soapbox
First of all, the writing is horrendous. I had to remind myself about the story’s origin: it’s a Twilight fan fiction. I shouldn’t have had high expectations from the get-go. I was going to positively retch if I got to yet another appearance from Ana’s “inner goddess”.
Most of all, I don’t like what the book series represents. I think it’s an erroneous depiction of BSDM, especially the relationship between Christian and Ana as dominant/submissive. Point blank: it’s an abusive relationship.
I have nothing against whips, chains, and handcuffs. Whatever happens between consenting adults is hunky dory, as far as I’m concerned. All I could see was a manipulative man taking advantage of a vulnerable female.
For more information about where I’m coming from, here are a couple of links:
But hey, if this tickles your pickle, don’t let me hold you back! OPI did a great job with this collection and it’s worth a look, even if you have similar reservations.