Pros: gorgeous deep red shade, shiny/glossy finish, lasts well on toenails
Cons: chips on fingernails after 48 hours if you use your hands a lot
Recently I noted that Target has started carrying OPI nail lacquers. I had heard of the wonders of this brand, but had never owned an OPI color before. I don't often wear nail polish; it's a luxury that I don't need and never had time for during nursing school. But the siren song of the shades available at Target proved to be too much for me and I came home with OPI Got the Blues for Red Nail Lacquer. It's a delightful shade of red nail polish that I enjoy using on both my fingernails and my toenails.
This nail color comes in a clear glass bottle with information printed on in it black. The black cap twists off to reveal a typical nail polish applicator brush. The deep red color of this polish can be clearly seen through the glass bottle; because the color is so dark, it's a bit difficult to read the information on the bottle. That being said, I love OPI's packaging; it's understated and elegant and it allows the color of the product to shine.
This is a deep red shade, with a blue undertone rather than an orange one. I love red nail polishes, but often find them to be orange-y, which doesn't work with my skin tone. There is no hint of red here. My husband actually complained that he thought this color looked like it would be a bit too brown when I showed it to him. If you buy this, be prepared for a deep color! The smell of the polish is the same as any other nail polish I've ever run into. It isn't a bad smell, but - as with all nail colors - it can be strong, so don't use this in an area that isn't well ventilated. The texture is similar to other nail polishes as well; it's a slightly thick liquid that can easily be brushed onto nails.
OPI products are not tested on animals.
Use and Experience
OPI Blues to Be Red Nail Laquer applies beautifully. It brushed easily onto nails. I find that if I use a three-stroke method (middle, then once down each side), I get excellent results with this shade. I do use two coats (letting the first one dry completely) to get to the color that is represented just looking at the bottle. While I have trouble sitting still, it really is best to let the nails dry completely for about half and hour after both coats are on - if I don't, I risk denting or marring the nail polish. When I sit still and let the nail lacquer dry, I am left with a gorgeous, shiny deep red color on my nails.
How long this nail polish wears really depends for me on where I put it. If I use it on my toes, I get a solid week of perfect, shiny nails without chipping. I work out five times of week, so this is fairly impressive. On my hands, it is a different story; I can go two days with this on before chipping really begins. That being said, wash my hands a lot, do dishes and laundry, and generally bang my hands around a great deal. Even with the chipping that happens after 48 hours, my nails still look okay and the polish is quite shiny and the color stays true.
Removing this nail polish is a bit of a challenge because the color is so deep. I use regular nail polish remover and cotton balls, and it does take a few minutes to remove this color. The tricky part is at the edges of the fingernail, near the cuticles; bits of red tend to get "stuck" there and it's a bit of a chore to get them off. I haven't noted any discoloration of my nails from using this color, but that is a possibility for people who are using this color (or any red or dark nail polish) without a base coat - especially if the nails are exposed to high heat and/or sunlight. Being aware of this possibility allows you to plan to avoid it - either use a base coat or don't wear this type of color to the beach!
Overall, I love this nail lacquer; I just wish that it would not chip on my fingernails as fast as it does. I'm extremely pleased with how well it lasts on my toes. My 7-year-old daughter, Julia, is also very enthusiastic about this color; she loves it on me and wants to wear it herself. I have also received a lot of positive feedback from my husband on the Got the Blues to be Red shade. He no longer thinks it's too dark and every time I apply it, I hear, "I love it when you paint your nails red..."
Cost and Where to Buy
OPI nail colors are available at nail salons and Sally's Beauty stores, and they even have an OPI for Sephora line at Sephora stores. Target is beginning to carry a selection of OPI shades as well, which is where I purchased this shade. I believe the cost was around $7.00 for a 0.5 ounce (15 mL) bottle. For discontinued or hard to find shades, Ebay is a good place to look as well.
There isn't an ingredients list that I can locate on this bottle of nail lacquer. My understanding is that OPI nail colors are free of toluene and formaldehyde.
OPI Got The Blues for Red Nail Lacquer is a gorgeous deep shade of red that looks great on both hands and feet. I don't find that it wears longer on my hands than other nail polishes, but on my toes it is flawless for at least a week. 4 stars.