Monday, March 1, 2010

When It Pays To Shop 2 Much: Sephora by OPI 500 Point Beauty Perk

Sometimes being a shopaholic is worth it. The case is certainly true when Sephora has great Beauty Insider perks such as the one pictured here. Shopping over the holidays for gifts and splurging on Urban Decay, Korres, NARS and other lovelies in the past several months have allowed me to rack up a whopping 500+ points. To my excitement, it includes 3 full size bottles of Sephora by OPI Nail Color.

Personal Shopper, Dear Diary... and I'm With Brad are included. They are 3 classic shades that are sure to tickle your fancy.

Personal Shopper is your classic shade of cream finished cherry red. It applies smooth and evenly. Two coats and it'll be perfect. It's a nail polish addicts dream except that it can tend to stain, probably due to the high pigmentation. I would keep a bottle of salon strength remover and a few nail wipes around to clean this one up.

Dear Diary... is a pale light pink. This polish is slightly sheer and does not apply as evenly as Personal Shopper. Due to the sheerness, I'd do 3 to 4 coats to reach full opacity.

I'm With Brad is a dark brown burgundy shade with burgundy wine fine shimmer. This applies smoothly and evenly. I would do 2 coats to reach full opacity. Unfortunately, its hard to see the beauty of this color without being in good natural lighting. Next to the other polishes it just looks dark, but rest assured there is the play of wine shimmer throughout.

Below are swatches of the 3 side by side. Personal Shopper and I'm With Brad have 2 coats each, while Dear Diary... has 3 coats of nail polish. Base coat and Top Coat is OPI Start to Finish. As a final touch I used Creative Solar Speed Spray.

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