OPI ‘Malibu’ Summer 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

It’s my favorite time of the season and that’s A NEW OPI COLLECTION! OPI is always the most exciting release for my Instagram, and blog, and when I get the most traffic, so I’m always so excited to share a new collection with you all! Let’s get right into it!

For Summer 2021, OPI’s collection is ‘Malibu’. (I believe for their 40th year anniversary they’re doing all California themed collections, but don’t fully quote me on that). OPI describes it as “12 colors inspired by the iconic beaches of the Malibu coastline”. This collection is definitely different from the others I’ve reviewed so far and features a half neutral, half colorful offering. There are 6 beige & brown shades, and then 6 more colorful shades.

We have a mix of creams, some shimmers, and a more jelly finish!

OPI ‘Malibu’ Summer 2021

As always, I grabbed this from my favorite place, polishpick.com. They have the cheapest prices for OPI and the fastest shipping! I’ve been ordering from them for YEARS now. If you pick up any shades, be sure to mention I sent you! (I receive no commission or anything, I just absolutely love them, and it lets them know where traffic is coming from. I do receive a discount on ordering the shades, but overall I still pay for them with my own money.) They offer this collection in regular lacquer, Infinite Shine, and Gel Color.

Let’s get right into the swatches already, I know that’s what you’re here for!

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OPI ‘Hollywood’ Spring 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

Look at her getting back to blogging in a timely manner! We did it, 2021 is really a new year, new me moment. Alright enough kidding myself, but I really have been feeling so inspired and back in love with blogging again, and I’m just so ready to talk about all of the makeup and nail polish with you all! I’ve been feeling more productive and back into more of a routine, and I’m so excited to talk about so much nail polish and makeup with all of you.

So let’s get into it! It’s officially spring here on the blog! That’s right, as we’re in the middle of a Polar Vortex here in Chicago, as I let my faucets drip to help keep my pipes from freezing over this next week of single digit temperatures, we’re talking about spring on the nails. Spring waits for no one in the nail polish world.

Spring collections are dropping from our mainstream brands, and OPI is kicking it all off for us. This is the ‘Hollywood’ collection for Spring 2021. With this collection, also celebrating 40 years of OPI, they say they’re returning to their birthplace in Hollywood. There are a lot of light pinks and peachy creams, some bright pops of jewel-tones and a metallic and a scattered holographic shade. Overall it’s a varied color palette that we haven’t seen before and I was so excited.

Of course I bought this from my favorite site, PolishPick.com. As I say in every review about them, they have the best OPI prices and allow me to grab all of these collections to talk about with you all. Definitely go check them out.

We have a traditional 12 shade collection to look through, so let’s get right into the swatches!

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OPI ‘Shine Bright’ Winter 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

Listen, of course I’m intrigued by every single collection that comes out in a year because I’m mildly obsessed with nail polish, but holiday and winter collections are always exciting when they come out, okay. There’s glitter and shimmer everywhere. And listen, I always say I’m not a person to be held back from wearing certain polishes that are out of season, but there’s just something about wearing some holiday shades when the weather outside gets colder. Some shades just feel more like the holidays, and I think that’s the case with a lot of the polishes in this collection!

OPI is a brand that always makes collections that just feel like the holidays and this one is no exception! This is the ‘Shine Bright’ collection for Winter 2020. It features a ton of shimmer and glitter, and only one cream shade, a classic red. One half of the collection is a lot of pink tones, and then we have some glittery purples, golds, silvers and blacks. There’s a lot of finishes here, and lots to talk about!

We have the 12 polishes of the “core” collection and then 3 exclusive glitters. I picked up all 15 shades from my fave, PolishPick.com. All are still in stock and will be fore quite a while if any happen to catch your eye!

Well there’s a lot of polishes to talk about here, so let’s get right into it!

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OPI ‘Muse of Milan’ Fall 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

I have waxed poetic in many-a blog post over the years about how much I love the fall and that it’s my favorite season. I forever have to live in a place that experiences all 4 seasons because I just need fall in my life. Just pumpkin and apple everything (yes I absolutely love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and I’ll never be ashamed over that), and the weather is cooling down enough for layering but not too cold. Overall it’s just perfect, and honestly it’s too short every year.

One of my favorite parts is always the makeup and nail polish releases. I love some vampy shades on my nails, and fall is the START of those colors and trends, and just gimme all of the deep berries and wines, and oranges.

And OPI delivered! We’ve got a pumpkin orange, a burnt orange, a deep wine cream, a deep teal and blue cream, and some lovely shimmers and interesting finishes. That’s right, today we’re looking at the OPI Fall 2020 collection. This is the Milan collection and OPI says it’s inspired by the vibrant colors, textiles and material trends of Milan’s fashion scenes. They already have my attention.

As always I purchased this whole collection from Polishpick.com, my supplier for all things OPI. They always have the fastest shipping, and the best prices, and you’ve heard me talk about them 19 million times.

We have 12 shades to talk about here, so let’s get into the swatches already.

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OPI Hidden Prism Regular Lacquer Summer 2020 – Swatches & Review

OPI Hidden Prism Infinite Shine Review

Continuing right along with my post catch-up! I fully believe in me to finally get all of these posts up, I’M DETERMINED. LET’S GET INTO IT. (If you haven’t seen other posts, I definitely got a little bit behind, and ended up taking a break with the companion posts to swatches I post on Instagram. Even if its out of season, I still want to post up these reviews, so here we go! And as mentioned, I’m still always posting swatches on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there, @GingerlyPolished. For full transparency I’m currently writing this on November 14, but adjusted the date so they’re spaced out in the order posted on Instagram, and so November doesn’t get overwhelmed with summer posts, ALRIGHT OKAY I’M DONE).

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We’re looking at the other half of the OPI Summer 2020 release. They released 6 shades in both their Infinite Shine finish, as well as in their regular lacquer formula. I linked the Infinite Shine review up above, so now we’re looking at the 6 regular lacquer shades!

As always I purchased these bad boys off of polishpick.com, and they’re still available there.

This part of the collection features 6 shade of different colored, more sheer bases with glitter throughout. They have an almost flakie look to them, without having larger glitters. Overall they all have pretty similar formulas, so you’ll see that reflected in the notes for each shades. A couple are more sheer than others, and of course I noted that in the individual shades!

Alright, it’s been long enough without this post, let’s just get into it already!

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Up first we have ‘She’s a Prismaniac’, the pink version with blue-purple shimmer all throughout. This had a sheer 1st coat but it’s smooth, so it could be a nice 1 coat nail look depending on your preferences. Most of these shades can be worn in that way as well!

It builds up well with 2 thicker coats, but you could still have some nail line peeking through, so I did a 3rd coat to fully cover everything up.

OPI – She’s a Prismaniac
OPI – She’s a Prismaniac
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OPI Hidden Prism Infinite Shine Summer 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

My computer keyboard has been wigging out for a wh ile now, and you knowIshould really get itfixed. What’s i t doing youask? Well, exactly what you’reseeing. here. (I promise I’m not typing like that the whole time, I just needed you to see what I’m dealing with here).

That’s right, my spacebar is acting up and you never realize how much you’re controlled by just one key until that key starts going haywire. There was one terrifying day when it just stopped working in general. That’s right I had to google “myspacebarisn’tworking” and I was copy and pasting in spaces as I went. It suddenly started working again, but really it hasn’t been the same since.

Now it just does little bursts all throughout the day of BOTH not adding spaces, and then adding in 9 at a time. So a lot of my typing involves going back to add in lost spaces, and deleting the extra 7 in an other place. It’s been as fun as it sounds. Do you even care about any of this? Probably not, but of course I’m going to tell you about it because I like to share. So if you see any random extra spaces or words crammed together throughout this entire post, please remember my struggle.

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ANYWAYS, let’s talk about some polish now shall we? Today we’re looking at the Summer 2020 release for OPI! This is the Hidden Prism collection, and just like the Neo-Pearl release before it, OPI has released 6 shades in the regular line, and then 6 different shades in the Infinite Shine line, for a total of 12 new shades. The regular lacquers are more shimmery and sparkly jellies, while the Infinite Shine polishes are more shifty, shimmery creams.

And we’re looking at the Infinite Shine segment of it today!

As mentioned in the Neo-Pearl post, the Infinite Shine is supposed to be their more long-wearing line of polishes. And as always, I’m only wearing my polish for a couple days at a time so I’m not the one to comment on the longevity. We’re always just here to look at the colors and the formula in general.

I bought these off of polishpick.com (aka where I buy all of my OPI polishes) It’s available now with the regular lacquers as well. The regular lacquers sell for $5.50 each and the Infinite Shine polishes are $6.50 each. Let’s get into it already!

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OPI Neo-Pearl Nail Lacquer Collection – Swatches & Review

We’re in the middle of a lovely thunderstorm here right now, and it’s just so warm and cozy listening to it! Thunderstorms are my favorite things when I can just sit and listen too them. Taking any positives I can get right now! What’s your favorite kind of weather?

And the perfect thing for thunderstorms is reading reviews, right? Today we’re looking at the 2nd “half” of the OPI Neo-Pearl collection. This is in the regular lacquer (you can find the Infinite Shine review here). These shades have the more traditional pearl finish that you were picturing with the collection name, and it’s 6 shades of lighter pearly goodness! Just like the other half I purchased these from polishpick.com!

For this collection, I’m showing the polish swatched on its own, and then I also showed the polish with a sponged on final coat! This smooths out the brushstrokes if you don’t want them on the nails. I like to always show the polish how it’ll show on most normal people, but for this collection I knew I wanted to try out the sponging technique since it’s often recommended for pearls! So look for that after each normal swatch!

So I sponged on a final shade, and then topped it with a glossy top coat, as sponging gives it a more matte finish. And for sponging, after doing 2-3 regular coats – I use makeup wedges, paint a layer of polish onto the sponge, and then dab it onto the nail until it’s nice and smooth! It was super easy and quick.

Now into the actual colors!

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OPI Neo-Pearl Infinite Shine Collection – Swatches & Review

I was being a good little productive bean yesterday – I cleaned and took out the trash (I have to go down 3 flights of stairs to do it, so I have to mentally work up to it, okay), made some banana bread and sourdough starter (she’s really on a baking journey) and swatched this whole collection. I was fully intending to continue right on and get this edited and posted yesterday as well, but then I was like “you know, I’ve been good, I want to play some Sims” and 4 hours later it was 8pm and I didn’t know how. It happens to the best of us. And during this time, we’re all allowed to play the Sims for however long we want.

But now I just want to talk about some new polish, and so let’s do that!

OPI recently released a new collection called the ‘Neo-Pearl’ collection, and as expected, it features polishes with a more pearly finish. I think this might be the first time we’ve seen a collection include both regular lacquers and the Infinite Shine polishes that aren’t just the same color! And so it’s been the 1st time I’ve been interested in an Infinite Shine collection as well!

There are 6 polishes in the Infinite Shine release that are soft bases with subtle shimmer, and then 6 polishes in the regular polish that are full on pearl finishes (that post will be coming after this one). Today we’re looking at the Infinite Shine polishes!

NeoPearl-InfiniteShine

If you’re not familiar with the Infinite Shine line, OPI describes it as a “3-step system to a long-lasting nail polish color”. So they’re like OPI’s version of “gel-like” colors, with a special top and base coat that promises to give you longer lasting and shinier polish. They all come in the bottles with the silver caps, and the regular colors are labeled with a 2 as they’re the “middle step”. I’ve never tried the whole system, and I never wear my polish for more than a couple of the days so I can’t testify to the wear. These are actually the first Infinite Shine shades I’ve ever tried – so I can’t compare them to the other colors or really give you a review of the whole line all together. We’re just talking about these 6 polishes individually and their formula and wear, but wanted to give some context!

I, of course, picked these all up from polishpick.com. They have the regular polishes for ($5.25, regularly $10.50, so literally half the price) and the Infinite Shine shades for $6.50 each (regularly $13).

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OPI Mexico City Spring 2020 – COMPARISONS

You can see the original review post here.

It’s another comparison post everyone! As mentioned before, one of my main goals this year is to really be better with my comparison posts so I can work on destashing and really curating my collection.

Listen, I’m still working on that. I know these posts can be slow posting up, but they also take me a while. I pull all the polishes, and the sticks and then do photos, and then all the swatches and edits. They’re a lot of work, but I know they’re so helpful to both me and all of you, so I’m so happy to continue doing them as well.

BUT, I’m figuring out a new process and it should speed up the process and make it easier overall. So that means you’ll get lots more comparisons more consistently! Thank you as always for being patient as I figure these all out and work out the kinks on new series and posts! Now, for the comparisons.

As I’ve done before, I pulled a whole range of colors on swatch sticks, so you can see at a quick glance how a color compares to a ton of different shades. And then I’ve taken the closest colors and compared them on my nails to further see if they’re dupes. (These are just the shades that I myself own in this collection, so you may know of different comparisons out there, but this is what I have personally).

Now let’s get into this always long post!

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OPI Mexico City Spring 2020 – Review & Swatches

PURCHASED WITH PR DISCOUNT

You know when you have one really productive day – I swatched like 3 full collections! – and then the next day you go to hot yoga in the morning and throughout the rest of the day, the productivity is gone because you have to fight to stay awake anytime you sit down in your comfy chair? (Can you tell I just started working out again regularly). Well it happened, and that is why this review and post took an extra day to get finished up. I’M ONLY HUMAN. I realize that you only know it took an extra day because I’m telling you, and I create these “deadlines” for myself, but what can I say, we overshare here on this blog.

But at least now I got a built up stash of swatches, so you guys know that there are a lot of posts and reviews coming your way.

Now let’s look at this collection! We’re looking at our very first official spring collection today. This is the OPI Mexico City collection for Spring 2020. As with every OPI collection, it’s inspired by the colors of a certain place, and obviously this is inspired by Mexico City! This is a standard 12 piece collection, mainly made up of cream shades.

As always, I picked this up from polishpick.com. They’re my favorite place to buy new OPI shades (as well as throw in some older polishes I’ve never owned every so often). They have the best prices still (only $5.25 a bottle, instead of $10 from most drugstores!) and their shipping is so incredibly fast and I always have my polish in under a week, usually just a couple days. I know I gush about them a lot, but I’ve literally ordered all of my OPI collections from them since 2018, and I can’t say enough about it. (And if you do order from their site and found it through this blog, you can put in my name in the dropdown – I receive no commission from this, it just shows where traffic is coming from and allows me to purchase shades at more of a PR discount to review).

And now, let’s get into those swatches!

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