• Emily de Molly

    No Love Lost
  • High Elbow

    Crummock Water
  • Dots!

  • Pocket Money Polishes - I Want Candy

  • Pocket Money Polishes Magic

    Gradient: Chanel Paradoxal and Dior Waterlily
  • Emily de Molly - Serenity

  • Fellrunning

    Dryburn Moor
  • Elevation Polish - Opal

  • Darling Diva Polish - Serendipity

  • Derwentwater

  • Pocket Money Polishes - Summertime

  • Nail Lacquer UK

    Eat My Cake
  • Scofflaw - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

  • Hodge

  • Chanel - Taboo and Peridot

  • Chanel - Bel-Argus and Azure

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

OPI Lights of Emerald City - Swatches #2

When I swatched Lights of Emerald City recently, I wore it over mid / dark base colours (my earlier post on this polish) but I've been intrigued how it would look over a pale base, especially what would happen to the smaller, iridescent glitters (which are the stars of the polish, in my opinion).

There are a few swatches around over pinks and nudes, and I love here we go:

OPI LIghts of Emerald City
OPI Lights of Emerald City

For my base I used M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint - this is a green so pale it's hardly green at all. I'd describe it as the colour of apple flesh, rather than mint, but it's lovely all the same. It's a bit like a green- toned version of Illamasqua Load!

M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint

M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint

M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint
M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint 

This is three coats, with a coat of Seche Vite between the second and third coats to even out any streaking. I love pale creams, but a lot of them do tend to streak, so I always do this 'SV sandwich' as a precaution.

Then I added just one coat of OPI Lights of Emerald City

OPI LIghts of Emerald CityOPI LIghts of Emerald City

OPI LIghts of Emerald City
OPI LIghts of Emerald City
Depending on the light, the iridescent glitters show either red or blue - the blue wasn't happening over my darker bases at all. I rather like the delicate effects here!

And finally, just for a bit of fun, I thought I'd see how Lights of Emerald City works in a jelly sandwich. I've seen a couple of swatches of Lights of Emerald City in a sandwich with Glints of Glinda, a dirty pale tan jelly from the OPI Oz collection - but that colour is SO not me I can't really judge whether I like the effect or not! I chose to layer Zuma Beach from the American Apparel Sheer range over the combination above, and the effect is really interesting!

OPI LIghts of Emerald City
OPI LIghts of Emerald City with American Apparel Zuma Beach

The jelly smooths out the large white square glitters and somehow integrates them into the whole mani much better. You do lose a lot of the sparkle in the iridescent glitters, but not all of it.

So I'm concluding that OPI Lights of Emerald City is quite a versatile polish really!

I purchased M&S Limited Collection Polish in Mint from my local M&S, and OPI Lights of Emerald City from a seller on The American Apparel sheer polish was a gift from a polish buddy in the USA.


  1. the more i see lights of emerald city in swatches, the more i want it! im really regretting putting it back now... i hope i can pick it up next time! i really like it in jelly sandwiches, it looks great with simple light pairings (:

    1. haha, yes, it's really growing on me now! I'm sure you'll be able to get a bottle :)

  2. Will you be swatching other Wizard of Oz polishes? I'd love to see 'Monkey' & 'Which Witch' sandwiched too.
    p.s. your nails are gorgeous.

    1. Thank you!

      This was the only one I bought from the Wizard of Oz, sorry. I'm not really taken any of the other colours in this collection. But I love glitter sandwiches, and I have tons of other glitter polishes I want to share :D

  3. I wasn't really that taken with the collection either but I love the swatch you've done. Do I need it?

    1. I've not reached for this again since I did these swatches, so I'd say probably not. Unless you can pick it up cheap, I suppose!