I was browsing Gorgeois recently and came across this fantastic manicure. I immediately freaked out and started hyperventilating due to its extreme awesomeness. When I calmed down a little, I saved the link and vowed to try it out as soon as possible.
As soon as possible ended up being last night! I grabbed some of the new OPI Germany collection and set to it.
I started out by looking at the manicure on Gorgeois and wondering if I would even be able to get close to its awesome faceting and geometry. Fortunately, I fared better than I expected! This technique is surprisingly easy for such a dramatic and beautiful end result.
I painted my nails with a base of OPI My Very First Knockwurst, which was a pinkish nude (before I completely covered it with the other colors). It's a pretty color with an A+ formula, and I needed two coats for opacity. I'll show you guys this one again later since you can't see it at all here.
Then, using the brushes that came with the polish, I started adding in random swipes of color! Like Gorgeois says, you just want to try to keep an eye out for balance and depth.
- OPI Deutsche You Want Me Baby is the shimmery burnt orange! It has really nice coverage, and is quite a beautiful shade. Very glowy.
- OPI Danke-shiny Red is the... shiny red. It's pretty similar to Deutsche You Want Me in finish. I used this in an American flag manicure on a friend and it really only needed one coat for coverage.
- OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs is a purple shimmer.
- OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue is a rich blue shimmer! Seeing a pattern here? This color in particular was important to the color balance of my manicure, and helped break up all of the warm tones.
- OPI Ger-manicure by OPI is a brownish red shimmer. This one was the least opaque of the bunch but still not bad. This one is TO DIE FOR. Since it was on the sheerer side, I layered it on last. This allowed some of the other colors to still show through a bit!
I really love all of these colors. They are rich and pigmented, have a fantastic formula, and are super shimmery without being too frosty or showing strokes.
Also... I know people get opinionated about the OPI ProWide brush, and I'm about to do just that! I completely love it. It really works nicely with my nail shape and makes painting fast and easy. It seemed to work pretty well for this nail art, too. I could either use the flat end for wide strokes, or turn it on its side and use the edge for skinnier strokes!
The OPI Germany Collection officially launches today! You can find it at many professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 suggested retail per lacquer.
Also, don't forget to check out Gorgeois... that blog deserves some serious lovin'!
The products in this post were sent to me by the manufacturer or their PR for review.