Thursday, April 18, 2013

OPI Bond Girls: Vesper and Zoya Pixie Dust: Stevie

Vesper purchased by me
Stevie sent for review

Today is all about the purple textured polishes!  From the lavender ice of Stevie to the vampy blackened purple of Vesper, you can pick the purple that suits you best.  Reviews and more pictures after the jump.

Vesper is an odd duck.  In the bottle, it looks like a browned burgundy, and on the nail it looks dark purple in bright light and black in low light.  It has a lot of texture, but no sparkle.  The formula was the same as the other Bond Girls polishes, slightly thick but not unworkable.  It was mostly opaque in two coats, and I didn't want to use three because I was sure I'd have a straight-up black if I did.  Removal required a minute or so of holding a cotton ball soaked in Zoya Remove+ on each nail for about a minute before wiping.

Indoors with flash:

In the sun:

Indoors without flash:

I tried layering Vespa over a lighter textured polish (Pussy Galore) and got a lighter purple, but it looked patchy because I wasn't careful about overlapping brush strokes.  Still, this may be how I wear this one, if I wear it again.

Vesper didn't wow me, because honestly, I don't really go for so-dark-it-looks-black polishes.  If I want to wear black, I'll wear black, not near-black!  Stevie, on the other hand, is a joyous, sparkly, textured summer fling of a polish.  Because of the lighter color, I used three coats, and I loved the red-toned color of the purple and all of the silver sparkle!  Of course, that meant that said silver got everywhere as I removed the polish, but what's a little fallout between friends? ;)

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

OPI is available at salons, some retail stores and in Ulta's stores and on Ulta's website.  Zoya is available at salons, in some Ulta stores and at Zoya's website.  Both polishes retail for $9 (plus tax and shipping where applicable).

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