Aloha all you wahines! Howzit? I have to admit, I am in love with 99 percent of this collection sent to me for review from Loxa Beauty! So much that I was a bit concerned about how these sun-drenched shades would look on my winter pale skin, that I actually applied bronzer on my fingers for the photos. How’s that for dedication?! No worries “brah”, it’s all da kine good when you’re on the island. And I REALLY want to get back to Maui. We were there for nine wonderful days in ’02 and all 500+ photos I took…all gone! Sadly, my laptop totally died a painful death upon reentry to the mainland and I didn’t back up my pics. Yeah, dat was lolo (stupid), I know. So I HAVE to go back right?!
Okay, I won’t torture you any further with my feeble attempt at the “pidgeon” slang. My kids would say, “lame Mom, lame.” LOL the collection consists of 12 island inspired shades. Cremes, shimmers and a lonely little metallic yellow glitter mix. Let’s take a look!
The OPI Hawaii collection for Spring 2015. Top down, left of center of starfish: top red is Go With The Lava Flow; to the right the green is My Gecko Does Tricks; the blue is The Color’s Making Waves; under the blue is Hello, Hawaii Ya?; the peachy apricot creme is Is Mai Tai Crooked?; and the pink is Suzi Shops & Island Hops. To the right center of the starfish is: the mauve on top is Just Lanai-ing Around; the purple is Lost My Bikini in Molokini; the minty green is That’s Hul-Arious!; the sandy nude is Do You Take Lei Away?; bottom yellow is Pineapples Have Peelings Too; and the bright coral/red is Aloha From OPI.
Get yourself a Mai Tai and pull up a beach towel. There are a lot of photos here! First up is Do You Take Lei Away?
Do You Take Lei Away is a lovely nude creme that only needed two coats. It’s a bit on the beige spectrum but not too much pink. It’s more like sand. Buttery formula.
Here we have Is Mai Tai Crooked?
Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a peachy salmon creme. A bit streaky on the 1st coat, starts correcting on the 2nd coat and perfect on #3! 2-3 coats depending on your technique but the color is worth it!
One of my faves, gorgeous Aloha From OPI.
Aloha From OPI is one of my faves in the lot. It’s a brilliant “almost coral” but the color reminds me more of a red island flower, maybe I’ve seen this on a hibiscus? Gorgeous with a tan. I used 2 coats and it’s pretty amazing.
In the same color family is Go With The Lava Flow.
Go With The Lava Flow is another coral but this is a shimmer. Just a slight shimmer but really glows in the sun. I can’t wait to see this on my tanned toes! Super easy to apply, 2 coats.
And mauve shimmer in Just Lanai-ing Around.
Just Lanai-ing Around is a mauvey pink, but not your granny’s mauve! It’s just downright juicy. There is a very slight silver shimmer up close. This is 1 coat! But you might do 1-2. Great formula!
Blushing beauty is Suzi Shops & Island Hops.
Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a bubblegum pink creme. Nothing new here. It wants to be ornery and streaky on first two coats but it dries fast as do the others. So it’s all good. This took 3 coats. Another nice one for summer toes.
Here is a simple mani using some of the above shades.
So, I wanted to create a simple mani using some of the color families in the collection. A simple dotticure with a gradient accent nail. On my pinky is Do You Take Lei Away? with dots of Aloha From OPI. The gradient is both of those shades plus Go With The Lava Flow. Go With The Lava Flow on my middle digit with Do You Take Lei Away?. On my pointer finger is Is Mai Tai Crooked dotted with Go With The Lava Flow.
In case you have seen That’s Hul-Arious! in the bottle and wondered, I did a comparison for you against Gargantuan Green Grape (not a part of this collection, but I already had it and just knew I had to throw this one at ya!)
Okay, when I opened the package containing these 12 summery bottles, I had a deja vu moment with That’s Hul-Arious! Where have I seen this before? Ahh, I have a water, yucky bottle of a gorgeous color that aggravates me to no end, Gargantuan Green Grape! Well, no they aren’t dupes but you can barely see that in the bottles side by side. I’ve labeled them so you can see. “GGG” is a cooler shade of mint, watery and takes 4 coats to opacity and then you may still see nail bed. Whereas “TH” from the Hawaii collection is mintier, much more opaque and not nearly as watery. It took 2 coats for me, and recommended 2-3 coats. Very glossy too! If you get That’s Hul-Arious! and are tempted at any time to get Gargantuan GG, don’t bother. All you need is the Aloha spirit of TH!
I wanted you to see the difference between GGG and TH. It took 4 coats of Gargantuan and still see nail bed. That’s Hul-Arious only took 2 coats.
And here is That’s Hul-Arious on the nails.
That’s Hul-Arious is a minty green creme, nice formula, 2 coats.
Another pretty green in the collection, My Gecko Does Tricks.
My Gecko Does Tricks is a shimmery, sort of duochrome like finish, very shiny and although it goes on sort of thin, it only took me 2 coats. You can get full opacity in 2-3 coats.
A beautiful Pacific blue shimmer in This Color’s Making Waves.
This Color’s Making Waves is a pretty metallic with silver shimmer and silver glass flecks. This is 2 coats. It definitely reminds me of the water at the black sand beach on Maui!
Almost there! I know, longer than a 14-hour flight to the island chain. Here is Hello, Hawaii Ya?
Hello, Hawaii Ya? I’m not totally sure why this smoky purple landed in the collection. Maybe it represents Pele’s personality. Maybe there is an island flower this color? It’s pretty, and I like this cremey formula. I just don’t think it needed to be in this collection with the other gorgeous grapey purple. You know what? Actually, now that I think of it, poi, that starchy purple mashed root that is so prominent in a myriad of the Island’s food could be the inspiration here. At a luau we attended in Maui, besides poi we had taro root rolls nearly this color! They were goooood! So, I take it back. This color belongs. 😉
A gorgeous, absolutely stunning purple creme, Lost My Bikini in Molokini.
Lost My Bikini in Molokini. Molokini, that crescent islet off the coat of Molokai is a great place to dive. And you do NOT want to lose your bikini there. When we snorkeled there we saw lots of honu (sea turtles) and reef sharks! This gorgeous grapey purple creme is another of my faves in this collection. 1 COAT! LOVE IT!
And last, my least favorite, but nice attempt, Pineapples Have Peelings Too.
Pineapples Have Peelings Too. I hoped to give you good news about this one. But I can’t lie. This is two coats but I had to fish for every glitter (other than the colored micro glitters) on each finger. I applied the first coat easily enough and I like the shimmery yellow all by itself. But that infernal glitter does not belong in this metallic yellow polish. This is two coats. between coats I had to dob polish onto a piece of foil then pick the larger glitters up with an orangewood stick, apply, then applied the second coat. Sorry but a indie glitter it’s not! I do like the yellow though!
That’s all 12! Have you already picked up any of these, or the whole collection? You can order them all at *** Loxa Beauty today!
Believe me, I wanted so badly to have a little tan before swatching these, so I had to fake it with bronzer. Oh well, the life of a beauty blogger! 😉
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