“What does a show about high school choir have to do with nail polish?” I wondered, standing in the middle of Sephora yesterday. Gazing upon the display for the new Sephora by OPI Glee Collection, I tried to connect the dots between Mr. Shue, his band of musical misfits and OPI’s line of limited edition lacquers.
I guess the answer was obvious enough: who cares? In a world with Spanx for Men, I suppose anything is possible.
SIDENOTE: I predict the next stop on the Glee beauty bus will be a fragrance. Soon, your 10-year old cousin will be asking you to buy her the new Glee-eau de toilette (a fruity-floral, for sure!).
The lyrical line, which just arrived on shelves, contains 10 new shades ($9.50 each) and three packs of stick-on nail prints ($15 each). If $9.50 sounds like a lot, there’s also a set of six 0.12-oz. mini-bottles for $24. In true Glee fashion, the colors have names like “Slushied” and “Celibacy Club.”
I was hoping to find “The Chronic Lady,” “My Shop Teacher Has No Thumbs” and “The School Nurse Gave Me These Vitamins,” but then again I like to think of the quirky first season as the golden age of Glee.
I briefly considered the polka-dot nail stickers, but I think I was still under the influence of the drugs I got at the dentist… Adhesive beauty products aren’t usually my thing (I blame it on a traumatic experience involving Lee Press-On Nails many years ago).
But I did walk away with the Glee 6 Piece Mini Kit ($24). I already have a couple of Sephora by OPI polishes (love, LOVE Let’s do Lunch), and I think OPI’s polishes tend to be pretty sturdy when used with a good base and top coat. At a minimum, I figured I’d be getting polishes that would resist chips.
Sephora by OPI Glee Collection: The 6-Piece Mini Kit
Doesn’t the box look all Christmassy? I wouldn’t be surprised if it was originally slated for a Christmas release, because I think even the jewel-toned polish colors have a holiday feel.
A nod to gray and/or purple, aka the colors du jour, might have given the kit a springier vibe, but OPI and Sephora did include the shades in the larger collection (Mash Up is an opalescent gray, and Hell to the No is a shimmery royal purple with golden glitter).
The wee bottles in the mini-kit feel a touch too small for my hands, but their fantastic brush makes up for it. It’s wide and applies color smoothly, allowing me to cover each entire nail in just two or three swipes.
The creams (Miss Bossy Pants and Slushied) and glitters (Celibacy Club and Gleek Out) take three layers to reach full opacity, while the shimmers (Sue vs. Shue and Express Yourself to Yourself) take two.
Have a look, and let me know if you see anything here that makes you sing…
Glee Collection Mini Polishes from the left: Miss Bossy Pants, Slushied and Celibacy Club
Gleek Out, Sue vs. Shue and Express Yourself to Yourself
Swatches from the left: Miss Bossy Pants, Slushied and Celibacy Club
Swatches from the left: Gleek Out, Sue vs. Shue and Express Yourself to Yourself
Sue vs. Shue
Express Yourself to Yourself
I like Slushied, Miss Bossy Pants and Express Yourself to Yourself, but I think that’s because I’ve ready seen these colors from China Glaze. Hard core Gleeks might still want to snatch the set, though, because it’s always fun to paint your nails while you’re watching your favorite show.
PRICE: $24 for a set of 6 mini-polishes
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at Sephora stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Are you hip to Southland?
GEEZ! I’m kinda dragging today because I stayed up late last night to watch a few episodes of Southland, my new favorite cop show. It follows a group of officers with the Los Angeles Police Department and reminds me a little of Law and Order: SVU. I really think the characters are THAT solid and interesting.
Detective Lydia Adams, played by actress Regina King (remember her from Jerry Maguire?), is probably my favorite.
And I can’t believe girlfriend is 40! Damn, I’ll have whatever she’s having, yo.
Of course, the show has the requisite eye candy, as well, via rookie cop Ben Sherman, played by Benjamin McKenzie…
I’ve never been pulled over before (knock on wood!), but if/when I am, let’s hope it’s by Officer Ben.
Anywho, I hope your Thursday’s chugging along. Anything new to report?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,