TGIF guys. I'm so psyched guys, I'm one week away from my vacation. A couple of you asked what I was going to be doing and the answer to that is simple... nothing! Okay, I shouldn't say that. I'll be doing a little makeover to my nail corner and redecorating as much as I can. I'm a woman on a budget after-all, haha. Being on a budget also made it difficult to purchase entire collections, which is why I was excited to see the minis for OPI's Hawaii Collection.
The mini set includes four of the cremes from the collection and retails around $11.99. I purchased mine at Sally's Beauty Salon, but they are also available at Ulta.
Aloha From OPI
Aloha From OPI is a stunning bright coral-like red. Quite possibly the only true unique shade in the entire collection. I'm head over heels in love with how this shade looks against my skin-tone. My pick for must-have, though I have to say it leans more towards summer than spring. Regardless, I plan on picking up a full-size bottle as well. Great formula and consistency, almost a one coater. For these swatches, I did two thin coats and sealed with a fast drying topcoat.
That's Hula-rious is a light mint green creme. So gorgeous and lush, it's the eye-catcher of the bunch without a doubt. The formula and consistency leave a little to be desired. The brush for my mini bottle was extremely wonky, so I don't know if perhaps my bottle brush made this experience worse or not. That said, the formula was a little streaky and uneven on the first coat. I managed to get it down smooth on the second coat and sealed it off with a glossy topcoat.
Lost My Bikini in Molokini
Lost My Bikini in Molokini is a bright violet creme. This is one of the most obvious 'dupe' shades in the collection. Personally, I don't have anything that's exactly this shade but plenty that are just a tone off. Hands-down the best formula of the four from the mini set. It's probably a one coater with a thick enough coat. I have a light-hand when I swatch, so I opted for two smooth coats.
Suzi Shops & Island Hops
Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a bubble-gum pink creme. Very standard - boring - Spring shade. Definitely nothing too exciting, but it is a really pretty color to have. The formula in this one was the most disappointing, to say the least. Extremely streaky and uneven application in the first two coats. . Even with the three coats, I felt I had a few 'bald' patches here and there. For these swatches, I had to use three thick coats and sealed in with a glossy topcoat
Overall I'm really tore about the OPI Spring Hawaii Collection. Although I think the shades are beautiful, I found myself feeling like I've seen this before, Some of the shades are not unique and I cannot see myself picking up the entire collection. You most certainly can find dupes within and outside of the OPI brand. Two shades that I will be purchasing Hello Hawaii Ya? and Do You Take Lei Away? because the swatches I have seen are gorgeous.
Now speaking of this mini set specifically... I was really drawn in by the cremes and the minis give you a good taste of what the Hawaii Collection cooked up. On numerous occasions, I've opted to picking up mini sets for collections, but not once has my experience with the bottles been this terrible. I don't know if it was luck of the draw, but the brushes in two of the four were downright unusable. Very disappointing and definitely makes me question whether or not to opt for minis anymore.
So tell me guys, how do you feel about this collection? Have you picked up any?