9.27.2013

OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand Mini Set Review

“Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver.”
Countess Markievicz, 19th century Irish revolutionary
To be honest, I have never seen a James Bond film; but I have always been intrigued by The Bond Girl way of life. Mysterious, sassy, cunning, and, of course, always well-dressed and, occasionally, dripping with diamonds {check Diamond Geezer for some of my current sparkly faves}. On that note, investing in OPI's The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand Mini Set seemed a small price to pay to add a bit of Bond Girl swag to my polish stash {hint: I was right}.

Two coats of OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand in Solitaire. Soft White Packed with Tiny Silver Glitter.

Based on Jane Seymour's character Solitaire from Live and Let Die.

Solitaire is a silver leaning pearl white that is loaded with fine silver glitter. It is neither harsh or chalky - just subtly sparkly and absolutely exquisite to look at {think just-fallen snow or crushed pearls}. Formula was excellent - two coats was all it needed to achieve full opacity.

Two coats of OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand in Jinx. Fiery Coral with a Mix of Vivid Gold and Coral Glitter Throughout.

Based on Halle Berry's character Jinx from Die Another Day.

Jinx was the main reason I purchased this collection, and it remains my favorite. It's an intense coral shade with a gold duochrome underlay and a blend of different sized glitter in gold and coral. This color looks alive in sunlight, and is kind of perfect for holiday gatherings {or summer vacations}. Jinx's formula was the best of the four - two quick coats and you're good!

Three coats of OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand in Pussy Galore. Soft, Icy/Baby Pink with Fuchsia Micro Glitter.

Based on Honor Blackman's character Pussy Galore from Goldfinger.

Pussy Galore reminds me a bit of pink champagne, due to the combination of it's icy pink base and fuchsia-toned micro glitter. For me, I found that it leaned a little too frosty for my taste, so it wound up being my least favorite of the four. I also had a bit of trouble with the formula - I found it thicker than the formula on the other three shades; and it never gave me that true texturized look of the rest of the collection. Maybe I just had a faulty bottle. Plus side: This is a great shade of pink for all skintones.


Two coats of OPI The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand in Vesper. Deep, Vampy Purple Packed with Black Matte Glitter.

Based on Eva Green's character Vesper from Casino Royale.

On coat one of Vesper, you see this super gorgeous eggplant purple jelly with fine matte black glitter; but by coat two {which is what you need for opacity}, all traces of purple disappear, and the color winds up looking entirely black. Not saying that's a bad thing {it's gorgeous if that's the look you're going for}; but it's different than I expected. Still gorgeous for fall / winter though!


FINAL THOUGHTS:
Personally, I love this collection. The standout shades for me are Solitaire and Jinx {which I will be repeat-wearing during the holidays}. What's fun about these polishes is that you can wear them texturized without top coat {as you see them here}; or, if you're not a fan of a textured finish, apply top coat and wear them as you would a standard polish. For $12.95, this is a truly affordable way to try out a gorgeous quad of colors and textures / finishes. Highly recommended!


What do you think of The Bond Girls Collection Liquid Sand Mini Set? Do you have a favorite shade or do you want them all?


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11 comments

Imogen said...

This is seriously the most beautiful incredible nails I have ever seen. Stunning. I need to get this.

ellie said...

Definitely love the texture to this polish. Wow! I loved your review. I'm really going to have to look for this collection now. Definitely, be set for the fall with this James Bond collection.

ivy said...

I really love the black and the pink!

FASHION TALES said...

Nice! The deep plum and white looks so beautiful. Happy weekend love. xx/Madison

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing post, darling!
Love the quote and all the manis, especially Vesper!

xoxox,
CC

Pooja Mittal said...

Very nice collection, loved black and orange one..
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Shooting Stars Mag said...

My first choice would definitely be Jinx. It's so pretty! I like Solitaire for the upcoming winter months though; it would be fun. Sounds like a good deal.

Janet Taylor said...

Last one!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Jinx is so pretty!

Johanna V said...

OMG, those are so amazing! I have been craving the texture polishes but haven't still bought a single one :D ♥ xoxo

Sherin said...

I've always wanted to be a bond girl - they're always so gorgeous and sultry. I love the liquid sand polishes. Vesper is definitely my favourite.

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