Live and Let Die is one of my favorite 007 novels, and it just so happens that the corresponding nail polish is one of my favorite colors in the OPI Skyfall Collection as well. At first it looks black, but it looks more green under bright light. There is also gold glitter in it. Together, these colors remind me of the evil magic practiced by Mr. Big and his cronies in the 1973 film adaptation. The polish is very thick and sturdy, which is good for someone whose job might normally cause their nails to chip (I work with heavy machines in a prosthetics lab).
Happy Christmas mates! To get in the spirit, let's talk about what might just be my favorite OPI shade of all: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's a fine glitter powder that appears blue-grey at first glance, but a closer look reveals glints of red, green, and gold (Christmas colors). Like all glitter polishes, it requires a few coats for it to stand out and it's kind of hard to get off. However, it's worth it.
This is the worst day of my life. I was one of the few people who actually really loved James Bond: World of Espionage, the mobile game. The company has shut down the game, and I feel like I'm going to cry. I wish they would bring it back! It was my favorite iPhone game.
No. You can't. Don't even try.
The only nail polish in the OPI Skyfall Collection that I didn't like, The Living Daylights, was a pretty epic fail IMO. Don't get me wrong–the movie is awesome. The lacquer is a top coat filled with sparkles that you have to arrange very carefully if you want to get it right. Sure, it's beautiful, just like all the others–it looks like a little party on my nails! But you know what? Ain't nobody got time to sit there and obsessively arrange individual green, silver, and orange sparkles. There are more important things to do in life. I felt really bad for my manicurist.
Another problem I had with this is that the liquid base would clump up if you moved a few sparkles. This made my nails very uneven and inconvenient. Nice try OPI, but I can't wear The Living Daylights unless I have a lot of time. Which ain't nobody got.
EDIT: This nail polish was a pain in the…scratch that, a hemorrhoid…to get off. My manicurist had to pick each individual sparkle off. O.O
Tomorrow Never Dies has got to be one of my favorite nail polishes in the OPI Skyfall Collection. Not quite sure why it's purple, but for some reason it just feels right. Maybe it's because OPI said so, and I like OPI.
This is one of the few lacquers in the collection that I would call a shimmer polish, the others being Moonraker and perhaps Die Another Day. Like Die Another Day, TND is not a pure shimmer–unlike Moonraker, you can see specks of red, blue, and purple in the polish in very bright sunlight, but they're not as big as the ones in TSWLM and YOLT.
…aaaaaaand just when I posted this, I noticed I had forgotten to wear my claddagh in the photos. Sorry folks.
I know, I know, the movie Moonraker was based on Star Wars, but I got this manicure for another reason: Star Trek. I don't want to ruin it for you, so I'll just say it was really good and that you need to see it.
OPI Moonraker is probably one of my favorite nail polish colors ever. It's the most beautiful blue-gray silver I've ever seen. My only issue is that this lacquer is extremely thin, but that might just be my bottle. I'm dead serious, it started chipping the morning after I got my mani. Luckily, I was able to fix it for the photo, but it was disastrous by the time I went to the movie. Otherwise, it's great!
WARNING: Gel manicures can cause skin cancer. I really regret even doing it once. Stay away from gel, ladies.
I got my first gel manicure with OPI Skyfall. Not only is this an amazing color, it's the exact one Sévérine wears in the film.
Undoubtedly the crown jewel of its collection, Skyfall is one of the most beautiful reds I've ever worn, and it shines brightest in gel. It looks most stunning in the fall and winter. It is one of only two pure cremes in the collection, the other one being Casino Royale. I received TONS of compliments on it. Although gel is beautiful and durable, taking it off ruined my nails. I had to let them heal for a few weeks.
"You Only Live Twice, or so it seems/One life for yourself and one for your dreams…"
OPI You Only Live Twice was my first 007-themed manicure. I'm generally not a big fan of pink, but I adore this color because it has a relaxing air of Japanese cherry trees and lava flows. This hot pink is a creme-based glitter, very similar to The Spy Who Loved Me, just different colors. Although it was released as a winter shade, You Only Live Twice is best for spring in my opinion. Especially spring on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Japanese trees. Japanese trees everywhere.)
Daniel Craig's 007 debut, Casino Royale, celebrates its tenth anniversary this October. OPI's interpretation of the novel that started it all and film that left a legacy could not be more spot on. For some reason, the word "royale" makes me think of purple. If I'm not alone, it makes sense that Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) wears purple. Her Liquid Sand from the Bond Girls Collection is also purple.
Actually, this is a pinkish purple. It's not fuchsia, but it's certainly lighter than the purples seen in Casino Royale. It actually looks almost brown in the dark. Whatever you call this color, I like it. It's rich and dark, just the way I like my nails. It is one of only two pure cremes in the entire OPI Bond Collection, including Skyfall, the Magnetic Laquers, and Bond Girls. The other one is Skyfall itself.
OPI's Die Another Day is really a rust color, but it turns bright orange under certain lights. I'm not quite sure why Die Another Day is orange. Maybe that world-famous shot of Jinx (Halle Berry) in an orange bikini has something to do with it.
As with all the other Bond colors, I love it. A closer look reveals that it's not just shiny. It's sort of on the border of glitter and shimmer. If you look really closely, there's dusty powder in there. With Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat, this survived a trip to a saline pool!
Comrades! Attention, comrades!
Part of the 2012 "Skyfall" collection, OPI's The Spy Who Loved Me truly captures the spirit of Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), who hails from the Soviet Union. The Spy Who Loved Me is a red creme with teensy gold sparkles, which reminds me of the Red Banner. The sparkles represent the small gold hammer and sickle with a star in the top left hand corner of the flag. I highly recommend this color, especially to people who like history. It's a little nerdy reference that is secret, just for you. The gold sparkles are fairly hard to detect indoors, but they glimmer (like little stars, hehe) in the sunlight.
For reference, here's the Red Banner.
Rovio made my day yesterday when I found a reference to A View to a Kill in Angry Birds Seasons! In Ham Dunk, there is a level dedicated to the Golden State Warriors that features a white blimp with "Oink Industries" written on it. The reference is to Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), who has a company called Zorin Industries, as well as a company blimp. Notice the tuxedo-clad pig hanging from the blimp on a rope! This setup suggests that Bond (the pig in the tuxedo, rather) is trying to board the already airborne blimp by using a grappling hook and a rope, then climbing the rope. But why is there a box of dynamite at the end of the rope?
Okay, not really, but I DO have a very similar model by the same company. The exact model worn by Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) is no longer produced. The closest thing is the Lindberg Air Titanium, but those break very easily.
I have a newer and much more durable model called the Spirit (basic). The main difference is that unlike Carver's frames which have 3 loops on the hinges, the Spirit (basic) has only 2. The shiny silver color is called P10.
The Lindberg company website says that Pierce Brosnan himself has the Spirit (basic) in P10.
GoldenEye is my favorite Bond film, and it's also my favorite color from OPI's Skyfall Collection, released in 2012. I first used it for New Year's Eve 2015. What better to wear for New Year's than gold glitter?
GoldenEye is purely glitter–it has no creme "base", which makes it hard to get on and off. It requires a bit more than two coats to cover your nails. I had to use acetone to get it completely off, which really messed up my nails, as acetone always does. However, it was totally worth it, and I'll certainly use it again.
I took TONS of photos. Here are my best.
Did you notice the claddagh ring in a few of the pictures? It's a nod to Pierce Brosnan, who was born in Ireland. Look for it in the other three Brosnan-inspired lacquer reviews!
Hi! My name is Anna. I am a James Bond fan!