OPI Soft Shades 2016 Collection

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OPI Soft Shades 2016 Collection

It’s late in the day but I wanted to squeeze in one Saturday post so I could share the OPI Soft Shades 2016 Collection with you. This white-based, pastel collection in a rainbow of creme shades is quite different from the sheer and sparkly offerings last year (check out those here) but just perfect for Spring and Summer.

OPI Soft Shades OPI I Am What I Amethyst Swatch

OPI I Am What I Amethyst is a pale lilac with a slightly thin formula that’s opaque in 2 coats. It has one of the best formulas from the collection and I really just love this slightly grey-toned purplish shade.

OPI Soft Shades OPI It's A Boy! Swatch

OPI It’s A Boy! is a pale baby blue that was slightly uneven at first but looks great with 3 coats applied and is completely opaque.

OPI Soft Shades OPI One Chic Chick Swatch

OPI One Chic Chick is a pale baby yellow which manages to be opaque with 2 coats although it is a bit uneven. Yellows and pastels are both difficult though, so this is probably one of the better ones I’ve tried in this shade range.

OPI Soft Shades OPI Stop I'm Blushing! Swatch

OPI Stop I’m Blushing! is a pale pink with a slightly peachy undertone to it. It takes 2 coats for a nearly opaque finish, but it is a bit runny and as a result, uneven.

OPI Soft Shades OPI This Cost Me A Mint Swatch

OPI This Cost Me A Mint is a baby grass green with a thin and sheer formula. It doesn’t have the blue tones I expect in a mint, but it is a pretty shade. I used 2 coats but probably should have used a third.

OPI Soft Shades OPI It's in The Cloud SwatchOPI It’s in The Cloud is an off-white cream which is opaque in 2 coats, but unfortunately a bit streaky and uneven like so many other white polishes.

As much as I love the finished look of most shades in the OPI Soft Shades 2016 Collection, these polishes were definitely more of a struggle to apply than I am used to with OPI. Still, pastels often require 3 coats and if you have a little patience with them it’s still worth grabbing if there’s a shade you love. My personal favourite is definitely OPI I Am What I Amethyst.

Do you reach for pastels in the Spring? Do you have a favourite shade from this collection?