Monday, January 13, 2014

Mani Monday #3: OPI

Welcome to Mani Monday! This week I tested out OPI which retails for about $8 everywhere. I own about 20 bottles of OPI so I will be able to provide some insight into the general quality of the brand. OPI was actually the first brand of nicer nail polish I started using so it's been a couple years spent with it now. Mani Monday is a weekly feature where I put a different brand of nail polish to a 7 day test. I chronicle my activities for each day with thoughts of things that could potentially attribute to chipping my polish. I use the same base and top coat each week, and this week applied two coats of OPI Got The Blues For Red. Manicure fail this week. Left hand looks pretty flawless, the right hand was a slight hot mess, but it is what it is. There will be a full list and links to all previous Mani Mondays at the end of this post.

Day One. I just noticed all the lines on my thumb just now. I think it's an imprint of my hair..interesting. This is unbelievable though. Day one and there's already tiny chips on both index fingers. It's hard to see on my left hand, but you can definitely see it in the picture on the right hand. Today there was typing, followed by opening some plastic wrap which is where I suspect the chipping happening. This is not looking good for OPI so far.

Day Two. The chip on my index fingers are definitely getting a little worse, the ring finger on my left hand is wearing a little bit. Today I spent a lot of time eating and then running some last minute errands. Took a lot of swatches and pictures for future posts too so nothing too dangerous for my nails today, so from yesterday to today there hasn't been any drastic changes.

Day Three. This is weird. I'm not seeing any HUGE chips, but the ones that are already there seem to be slowly getting worse. It's really hard to see in the pictures but I'm used to just staring at my nails (vain much?) so I can tell, just trust me there has been a tiny bit of flaking. Today was really low key though, a little typing but mostly enjoying some vacation time off, and some hair washing.

Day Four. Not much change. There's some wearing at the tips of my right middle finger as well as left ring finger, otherwise the chips haven't gotten worse and no new chips. This is starting to get real uneventful. There was just typing and then I fell asleep really early because I felt exhausted.

Day Five. More typing today and that's about it. Noticed something wearing on my thumb on my right hand and noticing that the edges that are near my fingers are starting to get a little ratty. The chip on my right index finger is definitely getting a little worse but nothing drastic.

Day Six. We were doing so well, but then I decided to pull some sticky price tags off some things and papa chip happened. So that large piece just flaked off as I was doing that. However I'm noticing a chip forming on my left ring finger, as well as while I was washing my hair I felt some strands working its way under my polish at the base meaning that the entire polish is peeling away from my nail.

Day Seven. I just woke up and my nails were a disaster. Can someone set up a sleep cam so we can get to the bottom of what I do in my sleep?? Let's just go straight down the line starting with my left hand. There's a new chip on my pinky, a chip AND crack on my ring finger, little chip on my middle finger, and a chip on my thumb. On my right hand there is a chip on my thumb, the chip on my index finger got worse, chip on my middle finger and there are chips on my ring finger.

Final Thoughts. So despite the poor start with that immediate baby chip, in general OPI has done a decent job. Even though the last day there were a lot of chips, they were all very small so any normal person could easily touch it up and go on with their life. My only gripe about OPI is that in my experience these polishes dry up really easily and in general just don't store to well. This particular polish I haven't had for that long, maybe a year or two, and it was a little thick and chunky on the application. I give this a final grade of B. It's a nice solid polish for the price, but points were taken away for the slightly dried up formula.

If you missed the previous weeks be sure to check them out here!

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