OPI Casino Royale and The Man with the Golden Gun

While I'm not a huge Bond fan, I fondly remember watching 007 movies with my family around the holidays when I was younger. I can't say I was interested in the Bond movie coming out this winter, but seeing the trailer of "Skyfall" in an IMAX theater made me contemplate actually watching it in the theater. Doesn't everything look better in IMAX? I'm sure Javier Bardem will look extra handsome on the big screen. ;)

I carefully studied all the swatches I could find of this collection, then ordered four polishes online. I almost ordered two bottles of Live and Let Die, but I restrained myself. After seeing the collection in person, the only other color I bought was You Only Live Twice. (I'm not counting The Man with the Golden Gun, as I knew I needed it like I need oxygen and technically it's a top coat anyway. :D) I have to give a round of applause to people like The Polishaholic who do timely swatches so the rest of us can decide what we're going to buy when a collection finally comes out.


Casino Royale is a plum crème that surprised me. I love the color in bright light, though it's a bit more muted (as is my love for it) in low light and the shade. It's a good color, but get into full sun and it turns into an amazingly flattering and pretty color on me.

Since Casino Royale is a crème, it is the perfect base for The Man with the Golden Gun. I wish the gold wasn't so sparse with one coat, but I think the flakes of gold may be bigger than those on the SOPI gold top coat. That top coat is on sale, so if you don't care about the size of your gold flakes, that's the cheaper way to go. I do think TMWTGG dried a little dull, so use a coat of top coat after it. The textured (in look, but not touch) shards of gold look amazing. My camera just couldn't catch that detail. If this polish had been cheaper, I would have stocked up! One tip: cut the sticker on the bottom of the display box that TMWTGG comes in and use the more stylish sticker on the top as a hinge.


I do have pictures of the other three colors I bought and will be posting them soon. I took the pictures before Sandy started bringing us gusty wind, overcast skies, chilly temperatures and rain. I hope that everyone in Superstorm Sandy's path is staying safe!

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