In the era of a zillion nail polish launches, what makes OPI’s GoldenEye (from the Skyfall James Bond Collection) stand out?
1. The colour is amazingly similar to that of real 18 karat gold jewellery and not like the brushed, bronze or rose gold that is common in other gold polishes.
2. Most gold nail polish are either a solid metallic or separated glitter but GoldenEye is a “solid glitter” polish. What this means is that the formulations consists of gold glass flecks in a clear base. The glitters have a flat, generously chunky look once on the nails, looking just like beaten sheets of gold. I have truly never seen anything like this before!
3. GoldenEye is versatile – it can be layered over a colour or worn on its own. The more layers you paint, the deeper and richer the gold becomes. Who doesn’t love a multi-tasker?
4. Unlike other glitter polishes, taking this one off isn’t a nightmare.
In short, it’s the gold we’ve all been searching for.
And while we are at it, let’s take a quick peek at the rest of OPI’s Skyfall James Bond Collection? Divided into ‘Seductive’ and ‘Dangerous’, this limited edition range is as good an excuse as any to revel in the release of Skyfall and the 50th anniversary of James Bond. There are 12 shades ranging from Die Another Day, which is a bright, shimmery apple red to Tomorrow Never Dies, which is a royal purple shimmer with a little bit of blue flash. The Skyfall shade, if you’re wondering, is a deep maroon.
My favourite however, is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, an intricate concoction of blue-green, purple and gold-bronze flecks in a bluish charcoal grey base that creates a ‘lit from within’ look.
To round off, there is a “lucky 13th” colour: The Man With The Golden Gun. This is actually a top coat whose clear base is loaded with irregularly-shaped, genuine 18 karat gold pieces for a decadent, gold leaf effect with a glossy finish. And it costs only $37 (or £30) – which is still reasonable if you consider the real gold bit.
Tell me: Are you a Bond fan (I am not much of one) and will you be buying any nail polishes from this milestone collection? Which ones?