After my high dungeon speech about OPI turning on its customers and requiring full price sales only, I was inundated by Burlesque swatches.
I was grabbed and shaken about by "Take the Stage" a strongly red copper almost glass flecked shimmer. Being that I also came across a sale, I purchased it ... and perhaps "Rising Star" and "Tease-y Does it!" came along as well.
Now that I have applied "Take the Stage" I cannot understand all the gushing OPI love I keep reading for Burlesque. This thing is almost a nightmare to work with. It doesn't have enough pigment and the first coat is a streaky, smeary mess. The followup with a second coat just reveals all the cuticle drag and bare spots from the first coat.
Take the Stage is basically a heavy micro glitter in clear coat. As such, the streakyness is very bothersome to me. I do not see it so much in photographs, but in person the problems are obvious. In the photograph, the outer edge of my pointer finger has a long streak (left side in the picture).
It probably needs a third coat, but I don't have that much patience. Especially since this dries really, really slowly. It is not as bad as an Orly for me, but it is close. I ended up having to redo two nails after 30 minutes of drying resulted in severe smudging. I don't know what I caught them on, but they looked horrid.
So even though the color is spectacular, the formula is horrendous. Just not worth it.
AND, obvious VNL at two coats.
Tossed into my give away pile.
Luckily, very little from the "Texas" collection is calling to me. I feel a slight need to defend the state against such a poorly thought out color story. I will only say that it is obvious a native was NOT consulted. We would never have given approval.
Additionally, OPI's "Smok'n in Havana" re-release keeps whispering to me. But everytime it "pssts" in my ear, I look back to my Take the Stage photos and think, "Naah."
I still haven't tried "Rising Star." I figure it will have the same issues as "Take the Stage." Luckily, "Tease-y Does It!" has a pigmented base, making the wearing experience far more satisfying than "Take the Stage." Weather did not co-operate for photographs. Next time.
Conclusion, OPI really lets the warm toned down collection after collection. It is either nothing but bad colors, or a good color with a craptastic formula. Hey, Zoya, whaddya got goin' on?