Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vintage Challenge Week: Glitter - OPI, Sparkle-icious.

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Back in 2010 I was taking the H&R Block Income Tax Course. Next to the H&R Block where I was taking the classes was a Beauty Supply Store. It was actually a great place to go dusty hunting; lots of old Jessica Nail Lacquers and they even carried Zoya. They always had the current OPI collections out and one of them was the Burlesque Collection. I know a lot of people were hoping that these glitters would be like the Alice In Wonderland glitters, but they just weren't quite there. I did however, take a liking to Sparkle-icious. A clear base full of small hexagon glitters in gold, blue, and fuchsia. It has good coverage in just one coat as you can see in the photo. I layered one coat over Revlon, Cherry Crush but it can easily be built up to opacity on it's own in 2-3 coats. Formula wise this is as good as glitters get. Normally, I hate these pro-wide brushes but with this glitter it applied very easily and evenly. Dry time was fast as usual with glitters. I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite; if you really wanted a super smooth finish I would recommend a coat of Gelous first and then finishing off with Seche Vite.

OPI just recently got booted off PETA's cruelty free list because OPI has decided to sell in China. Any company who wishes to sell their products in China must submit their products for animal testing. Once upon a time OPI made a commitment to never test on animals but apparently the draw of lining their pockets was all it took for them to jump ship. It's a pretty sad day when a company can say one thing one moment and then completely renege when its convenient.

I am fairly certain OPI is no longer offering Sparkle-icious in their lineup so you could probably find this on eBay or through a Polish Group on Facebook.

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  1. Hi Kelly! This is a really pretty polish! I really like the color combination of the glitters.
    So disappointed to read about OPI though... Maybe the real disappointment should be China who has these demands but OPI had a choice here - and they did the wrong one. I don't buy that many OPI's anymore and I don't feel like starting to either now.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, as you can see I don't like a company who makes a commitment and then backs out. It waters down what a true commitment is. Grrrr... LOL

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  2. Hi Kelly, first and foremost: thank you so much for pointing out my error - consider me blushing - I corrected my post of course!! But now to your beautiful sparkilicious mani: my eyeballs nearly popped onto the screen seeing your photo!! It is beautiful and perfectly combined with this beautiful Revlon as a base color. What sad news about Opi, I already heard about China and was expecting major brands joining the band there - le sigh.... I am afraid they won't be the last...

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    1. Oh, no worries, I didn't want to correct you as much as give you some good news; You can still get that gorgeous RBL glitter! Yay! I'm sad about OPI too... I don't buy too many but some I just love. I sure hope they make some progress with China on stopping animal testing there. Thanks for the compliment! ;)

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    2. Oh please, I am so glad for that correction - AND for the good news!!! Thank you for taking the time to do so, I really, really appreciate <3

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  3. What a fantastic glitter! You're right I think OPI glitters won the vintage choice this time. So sad to hear OPI are no longer cruelty free. I didn't know this. There is a real issue, because even if in the American market everyone (which I see improbable) stops buying OPI against its animal testing, if they win the chinese market, they're done, they don't need any other market! The government of China has a very old fashion mentality about animal testing, they still think is preferable to test on animals! In fact is the citizenship who should claim for the animal rights. They still have a long way in democracy to arrive there. I guess once the human rights are first respected they might claim for the animal rights... It's eventually a political question.

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    1. I think you are right... China does seem to be very dated in their policies. It's a shame.

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  4. I really love the Burlesque collection = Let Me Entertain You is my all time fav 'winter' magenta ever - I have bright ones I can wear in summer and late spring - but really hard to find a great magenta that works in winter..and that one does...others must agree because it continues to be sought after with price going up on evil bay. Did not like the glitters at first as I was not too into glitters much but had some and bought all of these...now like most of 'em - way better than OPI Muppets glitters which were garish and just poorly done quality wise IMO...too bad about OPI now testing on animals...they have been my fav go to polish co since they started and I have shades from way back then in my stash I have had since they came out! Lucky you to live where there are shops that sell polish and dusty hunts at that...I live in the boonies and need to drive 60 miles to even look at limited OPIs - and they sell out ASAP of anything new...and usually don't re-order...so I usually don't go - stop by if in the area but don't go out of my way - other than that place it's all drugstore here so I bought a ton via mail order...I am amazed when I go to a big city and find so many salons with gobs of polish and many where you get a mani pedi for $15!!! blows me away - $40 or $60 is bare min here where I live - not enough competition...so I don't get 'em done ever! Guess I need to pull this one out - reading and no seeing what you have under this glitter...

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    1. I didn't care for The Muppet glitters either and I agree with you about them seeming to be slapped together. Although I love the shimmers from that collection. That's great you found a perfect magenta; it's always special when you find that one perfect shade. ;)

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  5. Oh OK - Cherry Crush - you showed that on it's own a few days back...remember it...I would hate to waste my OPI Let Me Entertain You as base for this one but I am kind of lame that way and don't think out of the box and would probably put this one on over that - staying inside the collection!

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  6. Suggestion only ...maybe put your shade names in bold or larger font - something in the text body so they jump out...many folk skim read - you write well and fun to read...but lots of folks don't read every word and look for the basics - like color name - and if they know it's brand already - then only the shade needs to be in bold.

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  7. My eyes just popped onto the screen, it's so... GLITTER! And fantastic! I'm really sad about OPI stuff: when Coty bought OPI, they say "We shall never test on animals". I'm sad, because in China you have to testing products. Or, maybe, there's an italian brand, l'Erbolario, that starting selling in China BUT, they say, without testing on animals. I hope they are right and maybe for OPI can be the same.

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