I needed something blue. Something sparkly. Something glorious. Enter, Sephora by OPI Caribbean Cocktail:
Sephora by OPI Caribbean Cocktail is a bright medium blue packed with blue and silver shimmer, giving it an awesome foil finish. The color turned out more aqua on the nail than in the bottle; I'm not complaining, but I know some people may not like this. In real life, the bottle color isn't as aqua; it's cooler, almost like a sky blue. Nevertheless, I am in LURVE with this color!! I'm absolutely obsessed with it! This polish went on smooth and easy. I did two coats, but I did each coat super thick to avoid bald spots. Obviously, thick coats didn't work out that great (ignore the messed up middle finger), so I would definitely recommend doing three, thinner coats. And probably as a result of the thick coats, my nails started chipping on the first day. *Cry*.
As much as I love this color, I'm not a big fan of Sephora by OPI polishes (commonly called $OPI because they cost more than normal OPI polishes). The first problem I have with $OPI is the brush. It's long and skinny and doesn't spread the polish well. With Caribbean Cocktail, I think the brush was the main cause of bald spots. I've heard that normal OPI brushes/caps fit into $OPI bottles, so I guess that can solve the problem. Unfortunately, I don't have spare OPI brushes at the moment :(. The second problem is that, as I mentioned before, $OPI polishes cost more than normal OPI polishes. In my opinion, there is nothing special about $OPI polishes that earns them the right to a higher price tag. Of course, there's a bunch of gorgeous colors, but normal OPI polishes have a super wide range of colors as well. The $OPI formula isn't significantly better (if at all), and the brush is actually worse. I realize that the higher price tag is due to business/profits between Sephora and OPI, but still. I try not to buy $OPI polishes that often, unless I encounter an irresistable color. Like Caribbean Cocktail ;).
Little thing to smile for today: bright blue flashy nails!! :D