OPI Soft Shades Pastels – 2016 Collection


The last few seasons pastel tones have featured so highly in practically all seasonal nail collections, that I am not surprised OPI decided to offer an entire collection full of these in their OPI Soft Shades – Pastels 2016 Nail Collection just in time for Spring.

I love a muted pastel shade as much as the next nail enthusiast. I have tried so many pastel polishes in the last year or so, from Nails Inc’s chalky New White’s collection to Barry M’s Quick Dry Pastel shades and everything else in-between. I generally thought I’d had my fill of muted pastel shades. How wrong was I!

The beautiful OPI Soft Shades Pastels collection was previewed a month or two back and I knew immediately I would love these on my nails for the coming season.

The OPI Soft Shades Pastels nail collection is a 6 of the latest fashion forward Soft pastel creme shades which are über chic. For me they are seasonally appropriate, so feminine and right up my street!




When Easter rolled around I wanted these shades for my Easter inspired nails, (they only became available in the UK since the beginning of April.) But since then I have acquired and road tested these pastel beauties for you today, in case you want to add them to your collection.



Onto the shades!




It’s in the Clouds – an ivory creme




Stop It I’m Blushing! – a blush toned nude creme



One Chic Chick – a pale lemon creme




This Cost Me a Mint – a true mint green creme



It’s a Boy! – a dusty baby blue creme



I Am What I Amethyst – a pale lilac creme








My Thoughts on the Collection 


Overall I really like the collection, the variety of pastels and the formula. I found the formula of this polish is long lasting, I got a good 6 days of wear before signs of tip wear. The only issue I have with this formula is the coverage, as I had to apply 3 thin coats of polish to get full opacity for the majority of the shades in this collection. I had initially tried one of my nails with just 2 coats, swatching all the polish shades just to see if I could get away with it. I found with applying 2 coats using all the polish shades, I see some form of uneven patches of colour and my visible nail line, so I knew immediately another coat of polish was necessary. I guess it depends how thick you apply your polish coats, I guess mine are naturally quite thin.

That being said 3 thin coats equals getting a good week out of a polish, which for me is never a bad thing! I did feel the extra layer of polish added longevity to the manicure, so you win some you lose some!

I was really hoping that this polish would have full opacity and true bottle shade in 2 coats, a tad disappointing from OPI. Especially if you haven’t got time to sit down to apply your base product, 3 coats of colour then top coat, it’s quite time consuming!

My favourite shades from the collection are This Cost Me A Mint, Stop It I’m Blushing and I Am What I Ameythst. These various tones of pastels are lovely and fairly original from OPI, they aren’t copying previous shades and I’m glad I picked these up! They aren’t too chalky looking and give a nice modern take on the pastel shades we have been seeing everywhere lately!



If you want to get your hands on the OPI Soft Shades Pastels Collection, it is now available from Nail Polish Direct, the polishes individually retailing at £8.95 each.



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What are you thoughts on OPI’s Soft Shades Pastels Collection? Any shades you are liking the look of? Any dupes for shades?

Let me know what you think, down in the Comments below.