OPI’s Not Like the Movies review

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  • Manufacturer: OPI
  • Availability: part of OPI's Katy Perry collaboration
  • Description: semisheer purple/silver/green multichrome sparkle
  • Cost/Amount: USD$9 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: no - I already own too many other similar-ish polishes
  • Similar shades: Zoya's Adina, Wet N Wild's Gray's Anatomy
OPI’s Not Like the Movies

n the Katy Perry collaboration with OPI was announced, I wasn't all that interested. When the promo photos started showing up, I still wasn't that interested. The polishes went on sale…and still, no interest. Then I happened to see one particular Ebay seller's photo of this color and I was hooked.

The polish looked more blue-toned than it ended up being, which - I'll admit - was a bit disappointing. The realization that I effectively had another Ki on my hands wasn't making me a particularly happy camper, either. I like both Ki and its brighter cousin Adina, but not so much that I also want to own dupes or near-dupes from other companies. By the time I had the third coat in place, I was noticing the mauve-ish duochrome flashes; and by the fourth coat I was seeing the (admittedly sparse) sparkle. So perhaps this would be just different enough that I wouldn't be too upset at buying the bottle. I headed to the backyard to see if I could actually get some photos in the sunlight…and that's when the color really showed off.

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Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of OPI's Not Like the Movies Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of OPI's Not Like the Movies Nail Files: OPI's Not Like the Movies Nail Files: OPI's Not Like the Movies Nail Files: OPI's Not Like the Movies Nail Files: OPI's Not Like the Movies

So yes, this requires at least four coats (or possibly three over a dark color.) And yes, it's similar to Ki and Adina, in that the most immediately visible shades are purple and green. But there's the silver, and the metallic pink, and the sparkle! So if you're an utter duochrome fanatic, or are also a huge Katy Perry fan, then this polish might interest you (even if you already own every green/purple duochrome polish in existence.) If you like duochromes but aren't an avid collector, and you already own a few green/purple duochromes, you can safely pass this one by if you'd been wavering. Aside from the low opacity factor, the polish is fine. It applies smoothly, it lasts a long time when I use a base- and top-coat, it's not particularly fragile like some polishes are. It's decent quality, and it is attractive. It just isn't something I'd buy again if I knew how little blue there actually was in the polish.

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