Sunday, 1 February 2015

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! 

Hope you are all having a nice weekend! I'm super excited for the Superbowl tomorrow as my Patriots are playing and can hopefully take home a win! It's on Monday morning Australia time so both my partner and I have the day off to watch it. Superbowl long weekend!

Today I have the Fifty Shades of Grey Collection from OPI to show you guys! I LOVE grey polish and OPI is my favorite brand so I was excited about this collection and was hoping it was full of grey. I wasn't disappointed!! 

All the colours have a strong blue undertone, and even the red is a blue based red. I think this ties the collection together beautifully.

I am curious to see the movie (not enough to pay for a movie ticket.. I'll wait to download it), but only to see what a massive train wreck it will be. I lost what minimal interest I had when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the Christian Grey role. 

I have a LOT more to say about the books, which I'll put at the end of the review, but even if I'm 'meh' about the movie I am SO excited about the collection!

I mean come on!

Full review after the jump :) 

Dark Side Of The Mood is a dark grey that could be mistaken for black in low lighting, but outside or in good lighting is a lovely grey with a very subtle shimmer through it. It's not at all noticeable, even in direct sunlight but I think it gives the polish a gorgeous depth. The formula was good, a bit sheer on the first coat but was opaque in two coats. I applied three in the photo below to smooth out my application.

My Silk Tie is a silver shimmer that was my least favorite of the collection. I love the colour, even though I'm not a huge fan of frosty polishes, but this left really noticeable brush strokes on each nail and was quite touchy to apply. I think I can paint my nails quite well and easily and I had a lot of trouble with this polish. The more novice nail painter will find this polish hard to apply I think. I used two coats for the photo below and the opacity was really good.

Shine For Me is a silver and blue glitter polish. I thought this would be a glitter topper but the silver glitter is quite fine so it is easy to get opaque on it's own or over a coat of My Silk Tie. This polish really shines! I loved the formula and used three coats to get it completely opaque for the photo below.

Cement The Deal is a very light grey. The formula was easy to apply with great opacity after only two coats. I wore this out shopping and had so many compliments on the colour. Everyone thought it was beautiful. I used three coats for the photo.

Romantically Involved is a red creme. When I saw this colour in the collection I was a bit confused as OPI's Holiday 2014 collection had quite a few reds, but I am glad they released this. It's easily my favorite of the collection. It's a darker red and the blue undertone really compliments my skin tone. I see myself wearing this a LOT in the future. The formula was fantastic and had good opacity. I used two coats for the photo below.

Embrace The Gray is the medium grey of the collection. It seems similar to
Cement The Deal until you see the two side by side. Embrace the Gray is at least 4 shades darker then Cement The Deal and is the other favorite of mine from this collection. A definite winter shade, but I love it. The formula was again fantastic and opaque. I used two coats for the photos below.

The collection will be available from late January 2015 in selected MYER, David Jones, Sephora stores and selected salons nationally.

Each full size polish will retail for $19.95 AU or you can pick up the mini pack for $29.95 AU which includes a mini of each colour.

Now my opinion on the books/movie.

I HAVE read the books many years ago and, at the time, I thought they were fantastic!! I unfortunately recommended them to all my girlfriends. And although I am thankful that they got me into romance books, I have since gone back to re-read them after reading hundreds more books of the genre, and realised they are terrible. Absolutely horrible. AWFUL! It makes me sick to think that EL James has made so much money off an abusive relationship.

Anastasia begins to manage her behavior to keep peace in the relationship, which is something you see in abused women. Over time, she loses her identity and becomes disempowered and entrapped in the relationship with Christian. 

I didn't notice the first time around because luckily I have never been in an abusive relationship. It was pointed out to me by a friend that Christian continues to rape and abuse Ana throughout the books and then have her apologize to him for making him upset.

And if you are interested in the BDSM lifestyle and perhaps trying out the submissive/dominant relationship, then the internet has far more accurate information than these disgusting books have. It's obvious that EL James got all her information on what a BDSM relationship is from fiction and not fact and is the perfect example of why authors should write what they know. Not based on Google or fantasy.

And if you are interested in better books please have a look at Goodreads. It only takes a second of reading the reviews to see that 50SOG is one of the worst books on the market and there are far better alternatives.

If you need more detail on why these books should be removed from shelves everywhere please see this link : where the blogger Alexis Bee analyses and breaks each chapter down into where Anastasia is raped and continually abused by Christian. 

It's eye opening.

It's also disgusting that so many girls now see this relationship as 'normal' and 'okay' and will be abused because of it.

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