OPI has released a collection of 12 shades called South Beach for spring/summer 2009. From the pictures I’ve seen I can say that this collection looks really promising. I ordered a set of four minis. The set is called Teeny Bikinis and contains: Out Done In Deco, Suzi & the Lifeguard, Overexposed in South Beach and RapiDry Top Coat. Each bottle contains 3,75ml of contents.
Out Done In Deco is wonderful cream lilac shade. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like this colour but than it grew on me. And now I like it a lot! It’s such a fresh shade! I didn’t have any problems with the application. Two coats were enough.
Suzi & the Lifeguard is such a lovely soft pink shade with dense pink and silver shimmer. Also with this one I didn’t have any application issues. I needed three coats for it to be opaque. It is probably the prettiest soft pink shade in my stash. I really love it!
Overexposed in South Beach was the disappointment in this bunch. I had great difficulties with the application. Polish just didn’t go smooth on the nail. The first coat was really streaky and bumpy. The second coat smoothed the things out a little bit, but not enough. I needed the third coat to get it to look OK, but way from perfect. The surface still wasn’t smooth. You could see bubbles and bumps. I don’t know what caused it. Maybe it’s just my bottle or maybe it came to some strange reaction between the basecoat and the polish. I added one coat of RapiDry, which also didn’t smooth out the surface. And it also not the fastest drying topcoat ever. For now this is my NOTD, but I don’t know how much longer I can keep it on my nails. The shade alone is pretty dark magenta purple with purple and blue shimmer.
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