Friday, 25 March 2016

OPI SoftShades 2016 Collection

Every Spring we see an influx of pretty pastel polishes, and this year's SoftShades Collection from OPI has a pastel theme! I definitely appreciate this change from the traditional super sheer ballet-type shades that we've seen year after year. Today I'm swatching up all 6 of the new SoftShades polishes, keep reading to see my full review!

OPI SoftShades 2016 Collection Swatches

OPI SoftShades 2016 Collection

OPI SoftShades 2016 Collection

One Chic Chick is a pale pastel yellow polish with a fairly thin and streaky formula. I used 4 coats for the swatch below, and the coverage was still a bit patchy.

OPI One Chic Chick

It's in the Cloud is a creamy white, but again the pigmentation was just not there. I used four thin coats, and I was disappointed that even after that many coats, this white was still patchy. I wouldn't recommend this white for nail art as it's quite hard to work with. 

OPI It's in the Cloud

Stop I'm Blushing! is a soft baby pink with peach undertones. The formula for this polish was a bit better, as I was able to get fairly good coverage with 3 coats

OPI Stop I'm Blushing!

I Am What I Amethyst is a pale lilac polish with a decent formula. I used three thin coats, and I was happy with the pigmentation. However, this shade definitely isn't a true amethyst colour as the name would suggest!

OPI I Am What I Amethyst

This Cost Me a Mint is a pale minty green colour, which normally would really excite me. However, this formula was super thin and sheer, and quite hard to work with. I experienced a lot of pooling around my cuticles, so you'll have to be extra patient and careful while using this polish.

OPI This Cost Me a Mint

It's a Boy! is a pale robin's egg blue with the best formulation from this collection. Still, I did use three thin coats, but the end result was fully opaque and streak free! This is such a pretty polish for Spring and Summer!

OPI It's a Boy!

Pastel polishes can be a bit tricky to work with, and this collection was unfortunately no exception. I've never been a huge fan of OPI's SoftShades Collections, mainly because I'm not one for sheer polishes. However, I know that many people exclusively wear sheer polishes, so this collection will be hit or miss depending on those preferences. 

What are your thoughts on this years' SoftShades Collection?

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  1. Such beautiful colors but the coverage was a let down. I guess pastel shades are just tricky to formula :(

    1. I completely agree! This collection had such potential but most of the formulas were just too sheer and patchy :(


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