As I'm sure most of you already know, OPI is once again collaborating with a movie to create a nail polish collection. The target this time? Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Stranger Tides! I am a fan of the PoC series and I'm thrilled to have a polish collection dedicated to it! The collections features six new shades and the release of a new shatter color, Silver Shatter.
The shades in this collection are pastel in their bottles... strange for a pirate themed collection, yea? However, when applied, every color has a strange murky gray undertone. More fitting for pirates now, eh? ^^; I happen to find that mix of gray and murkiness with light pastel very interesting. These shades aren't what I expected they would be!
Before we move onto the swatches, I'd like to apologize for the low quality photos. I had trouble focusing with one hand and keeping the camera still. I should invest in a tripod and macro lens... better save up!
Mermaids Tears is a cool mint color, slightly darker than we're used to seeing. This color is absolutely amazing in real life. There is some gray mixed in there that sets this mint apart from the abundance of minty polishes in existence. Here it's shown in three coats with no base or top coat. This color is probably my favorite shade of the six released!
Planks A Lot is a slightly grayed purple. It's not a vibrant purple, but it's not exactly pastel either. It's not a terribly exciting color, but I still like it. Here it is shown in two coats with no base or top coat.
Skull & Glossbones is a light gray with a hint of tan. It's a unique shade of gray, to me. I can't think of anything off the top of my head that is exactly like this color. This is a pretty opaque lacquer for such a light color, too. If you use a base coat, I think you could get away with just using two coats. Here, I've shown it in three coats, with no base or top coat.
Sparrow Me The Drama is a blue pink with a punch. It's not in-your-face bright, but it's not pastel either. This color is also not that unique, but if you don't already have a nice blue pink, pick this up. I very much like this pink... although I'm pretty sure I have something similar in my stash already. Here it is shown in three coats with no base or top coat.
Steady As She Rose is a grayed lilac. It's described as a pink on the official OPI website, but once applied, there is just about no pink whatsoever. I really like this color though... it's simple but different. A light gray lilac. It might be slightly comparable to maybe... China Glaze's Light as Air, but they aren't exactly the same. Here it is shown in three coats with no base or top coat.
Stranger Tides is a dirty, grayed out, sage green. I really like this color. Probably second after Mermaids Tears. Once again, the dirtiness of the shade from mixing it with this gray undertone makes it more unique and likable for me. Here it is shown in three coats with no base or top coat.
Silver Shatter is a... well... silver shatter, lol! What I like about this shatter, is that it's shimmery! The amount of shimmer is this shatter is quite amazing. It definitely stands out for me. I think having both the shatter and shimmer effect creates a unique look when applied. Here I've applied one semi-thick coat with no top coat afterward.
Overall, I really like this collection. I might be a little biased, cause I love PoC! But the grayed out colors add a unique touch and I could see most of these shades working year round. Did any of you guys pick up this collection? What do you think? Once again, I apologize for the bad pictures >o<~~
Disclaimer: These polishes were purchased on my own.