Friday, January 6, 2012

OPI Mermaid's Tears - an affair to remember

Hello loves! Sorry for the sporadic posting lately, but the truth is I'm so depressed that the holidays are over that I'm not in the mood to do anything. I should study but every time I open a book I get distracted. I'm still doing my nails, maybe a little too much, so there will be plenty of posting once I stop being lazy and edit my pictures. Today's post is about OPI Mermaid's Tears. Brace yourselves because this is gonna be a long post! You are welcome to skip the little story if you find it boring. 

So as many of you know, this polish came out in the Pirates of the Caribbean collection this summer. I was immediately attracted to this color, but after seeing swatches on the internet, I decided not to get it because I have enough minty greens (especially Eyeko Vintage which I believed was pretty similar). In the following months I stalked it on Ebay and every time I went to the local Sephora, but I just couldn't bring myself to buy it. Finally, at the beginning of November, I decided to get Gone Gonzo! to wear for my birthday. I had a little extra money so I finally caved and wanted to order Mermaid's Tears too, but the seller I wanted to get them from didn't have it anymore. So I got it from another seller and payed a few bucks more for shipping just to have it. But a month passed and the polish didn't show up. This has never happened to me before, as I always get the package in about two weeks. I contacted the seller and explained the situation, stating that I didn't believe the polish would show up anymore. She immediately refunded my money and canceled the transaction. Finally, after more than one month, I received a notification in the mail. I had given up on ever owning this polish, because most of Ebay was sold out of it. To my surprise, I finally got my polish. I gave the money back and thanked the seller for the great communication and customer service. By that time, the holidays were upon us and another 2-3 weeks had to go by before I got to use it. 

OPI Mermaid's Tears, indoors, artificial light
The color of this polish is very hard to describe. It's somewhere between a minty green and a sea foam green creme. It has a certain dustiness that makes it unique. Compared to other minty greens it looks murkier. This quality is especially visible in lower light rather than bright light. It really makes you think of the ocean and exotic islands, a very pleasant feeling in the middle of winter. 

After all the fuss with this polish, I was really disappointed by the application. It is not very sheer, but very streaky and hard to even out. I had to do 3 coats and some streaks were still visible even after top coat. This wasn't the formula that I'm used to with OPI polishes. 

As a result of the 3 coat application, I had a chip on my first day of wear. This is one of the reasons I don't like polishes that are opaque in more than two coats. 3 coats is already too thick and chips quickly after it dries (that is, of course, a million years after you applied it). 

I still have to do a comparison between this and my other light greens. All in all, I'm glad I got this polish. The only thing is, after all the issues, I was hoping I would be wowed by the formula and application, so I was kinda disappointed. But I'm still in love with the color and I'm sure I'm gonna be wearing it a lot in the future.


  1. Well, the colour looks awesome, but I'm sorry for the application...I think I own just one minty green polish, I'm not very fond of this colour, but this one has something special, maybe because of its dustiness :)

  2. Such a pretty polish!! I'm glad you were finally able to get it. Too bad about the formula. Such a let down. But it still looks pretty ;0).

  3. The more I see the Pirates collection posted, the more I love it. I'm so glad I snagged it. I'm going to need to revisit this color especially.

  4. @Elsa P. Welcome to my blog! It is very special, that's why I couldn't let it go.

    @Marisa Thanks! I would say it's totally worth the trouble.

    @Katy Hope you have better luck with application! To me this collection's colors are so soothing and make me feel on vacation. So different from other crazy bright summer colors.

  5. Such a shame about the formula, the colour is stunning on you Mihaela. x


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