Friday, January 31, 2014

Fancy Friday: OPI Mariah Carey Pure

Last year there were a lot of pure gold flake toppers released, including OPI The Man With The Golden Gun and Zoya 18K (did you enter our give-away?), but this time (so far) OPI is the only one to release an 18K white gold and silver leaf topper — Pure, from the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection. Like The Man With The Golden Gun, Pure comes in a white gold bottle so you can't see the polish itself. I've always felt that white gold and silver looks better with cooler shades so I decided to show it over Tomorrow Never Dies, from the James Bond Collection. I think the shimmer sets off the white gold leaf nicely.
Pure over Tomorrow Never Dies, plus topcoat
I remembered that Anna said that the weight of the gold made the larger flakes sink to the bottom of the bottle so that it was difficult to get them on the brush. Fortunately, Pure comes in a special gift box that makes it easy to store the bottle upside-down so they can sink to the top of the bottle! Even so, you need to dab the brush on your nail to get an even distribution of flakes, then apply a clear topcoat to even things out. I like how the flakes are irregular in shape and appear textured because it makes them stand out from your basic smooth glitters. Fancy!

Pure retails for USD$30 in stores like Ulta, but if you're a bargain hunter — as I am — you can find it for as little as $10 online. My bottle was labeled "not for individual sale" so I'm not sure how it was originally marketed (was there a gift set released?), but for a third of the price I'm not too picky.


  1. I just can't get into the price tag for these, but oh my GOSH, is it tempting--this lighter gold is beautiful!