So, my holy grail red nail polish has always been Sinful Colors “Bleeding Heart,” a deep, nearly blood red that’s opaque in 2 coats and looks amazing on fair, cool toned skin. However, for spring and summer, I found myself wanting a much brighter, true “pinup” classic red to wear on my tips and toes. Enter OPI “Big Apple Red.”
This is the polish after 2 coats, topped with Poshe fast drying top coat. As you can see, it’s not 100% opaque, as you get a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) through it, though this would be solved with a third coat. I just don’t mind having a little VNL and love the color regardless. My main complaint is one that I have with all OPI polishes, and that’s the extra large brush! I have really small hands and nails, so I like the thin brushes like you get with Zoya and Essie. As you see here, the wide brush made it difficult not to get polish on my nail folds in the sides. I may have to look for a dupe of this in a brand with a brush I can stand. Aside from that, if you know you like OPI’s brushes, you may really love this bright, classic, true red!
Today, I have a nice mixture of spooky and sweet going on – my claw midi ring and this lovely cool pastel purple nail polish, OPI’s “Do You Liliac It?”
I used Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover (blue gel of the gods), Nailtiques #2 as a base coat, two coats of the OPI color, and Poshe quick drying top coat. Honestly, this color had plenty of shine without the top coat!
My manicure was looking pretty ratchet so I changed it up. Here’s a great pink for a pop of color against my monochromatic wardrobe – “Kiss Me On My Tulips” by OPI. And Seche Vite top coat for shine and durability!
The black smudges all over my hands are permanent marker, from work. It’s a reality of the job.