The OPI Texas Collection is due out in February and is the Spring/Summer Collection for 2011 and as yet I've yet to see much in the way of hype about it, in fact I'm sensing more of a collective snore... I suppose at first glance the collection does appear to be a rather uninspiring collection of cremes and frosts.
I am fortunate enough to have been sent six shades (from the full collecction of 12) to have a closer look at and I urge you to consider taking a second look, there are some cracking colours and whilst I may not have chosen them, several caused me to sigh happily whilst gazing at my pretty fingers.
So without further ado, lets take a closer look at the shades I was sent.
Firstly, Do You Think I'm Tex-y
I ADORE this. It's nothing fancy, in fact it's a little sheer, and in the pictures there are three coats, but it's a glorious pink. It's ever so slightly muted, but bright too (which I realise sounds like a contradiction but it's why I've shared both of the above pics). I'm told (but haven't tried) that if you pop a coat of white on as a base, the sheer polishes work very well. However, three coats of this was perfect for me and didn't take an eternity to dry. I can see me getting a lot of wear of this when the sunshine finally arrives!
Next is Austin-Tatious Turquoise:
Another sheer one, this three coats. A glorious greeny blue. Whether it's more blue or more green depends entirely on the light you're in at that time. But the reason I urge you to take a look at this one is that there's PINK shimmer, it's subtle but it's there and it lits this polish out of the ordinary. Don't try looking for pink in the pics, I failed miserably to capture it!
Next, I Vant to be A-Lone Star:
The only real disappointment of the lot. It's a beautiful beautiful colour and I really adore the colour. Palest blue and colour wise it's my favourite of the lot. BUT the formula is awful. It is so streaky and I had to keep adding more layers to try and even out the streaks, so in these pics this is three thick coats and even with a topping of Seche Vite it still took forever to dry and it's still streaky. Very disappointing. Even now as I scroll through this post this is the colour I love most, but its such hard work. You should have seenthe state of my other hand it was a real mess!
Guy Meets Gal-Veston
It's a coral jelly and therefore it's sheer. Obviously you can see my nail line clearly through the polish and I know that will instantly repel some people. However I remind you of the white base coat trick but I quite like this. It's bright and I think in Summer especially this would be super hot, especially if you are the bronzed goddess type!
Don't Mess with OPI
My surprise favourite of the lot! It's a bright green creme finish, but it's got that muted effect I love so much that stops it from being too bright for me. A total surprise because I don't like Greens on me generally, but I'm going to get loads of wear out of this. Smooth and virtually opaque in one coat. Gorgeous.
It's Totally Fort Worth It
The last one I have to show you! It's Totally Fort Worth It is really hard to describe. It's a pale grey that looks to be tinged with lilac. Just a smidge. But what makes this special is that it's full of pink sparkle. The sparkle is very subtle and I'd love it if it was a bit more prominent but it's there and it's really pretty. It gives the overall colour an air of something you can't explain. An overall hint of pinkness rather than obvious sparkle. Again, it's very sheer and this is three coats, but its a lovely formula and not thick at all so those three coats dry quickly enough.
So thats it, any of those catch your eye? I do believe that with these shades pictures don't really do them justice, they are so much more effective in the flesh.