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So a few days ago I got a package from OPI that made me realize that contrary to what I’ve always told you, no, I’m not buying each and every collection by OPI. I always buy the big ones, but I’ve never been attracted to the Soft Shades collections. The reason is pretty obvious. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m not a huge fan of the see-through kind of shades. I like my free-edge to be fully covered and invisible. Soft Shades are therefore pretty much the opposite of what I like in nail polish. This year there’s no particular theme for the Soft Shades. I’ve seen the six shades but I only received two of them that I’m going to show you today.
Honestly, this is not the kind of shade that I go for and therefore I would never have bought these. Which is also why I decided to give them a try. The first one I applied is Act Your Beige ! a jelly-white kind of polish, that reminds me of Waltz by Essie (that I don’t have :D).
Here it is applied in two coats. The magic didn’t happen. No inspiration came once this shade on my nails. I didn’t even bother trying a jelly sandwich because it’s not the kind of mani that I go for. And I couldn’t bear the fact that you can see my free-edge. Plus, I find that there’s something wrong with the color :D
But I have to admit that the formula is amazing. It’s easy to apply, not too thick and not too liquidy either. But as I didn’t like this one I decided to go for Put It In Neutral.
Honestly, this one is a little better. Still transparent, but it’s warmer and it looks better on my nails. I can even see myself wearing this kind of shade… and believe me that’s pretty unusual :D I applied it in two coats.
And with this one, I don’t know why, but magic happened. I had two ideas in particular that I wanted to try. Which might mean that I love this color more than I want to admit it :D
First idea is a white stamping. I LOVE this look. Simple and elegant. I would have loved to wear these at my wedding for example. I used the Emily de Molly n°05 stamping plate and my special white for stamping by El Corazon.
I really love how delicate it looks, and you can’t really see my free-edge anymore. (Yeah it’s kind of an obsession, you can say it :D)
Second idea? A gradient. Nope. Still not done with gradients. An intervention might be needed, but for right now, please let me be with my obsession for gradients :D
I’ve seen this kind of many soooo many times on fake nails and I always loved it. This shade is obviously perfect and it blends so nicely with the white. This is the kind of nail-art that I see myself wearing during winter. Don’t ask my why, but that’s the first feeling I got once my nails done :D The gradient was done as usual, using a makeup sponge and the white Put A Coat On by OPI :) I started the gradient after having applied one coat Put It In Neutral all over my nails :)
The blending part was really easy, I only needed to go over two or three times. I hesitated adding a stamping to these nails, and I decided to keep them that way !
So let’s try to conclude. I totally consider Put It in Neutral as a must-have. And I’m both glad and thankful it was sent to me. This shade is perfect for nude-based gradients and it will also be perfect for french manicures. But Act Your Beige! is not a shade that I like or that I would recommend. I’ve seen the other shades of the collection, and I really want to try Chiffon my Mind. There’s also one bottle of weird glitters that I really am not a fan of :D Let me know if you’d like to see the swatches of the rest of the collection !
What do you think about the Soft Shades? Have you tried these, is this the kind of shades that you like? Have you ever found yourself liking a nail polish you were sure you wouldn’t like ? How do you wear these kind of shades? And how would you wear Act Your Beige!
Thanks for reading ! ❤❤
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