OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection Spring 2011 Brights: Swatches & Review


Happy April’s Fool! The only joke that I heard this week was that Jackie Chan died of a heart attack. I myself almost died of a heart attack too upon hearing this from my friends. But its all a joke! How mean! Anyway back to today’s topic… I am so thrilled when I first saw press releases of this collection on many nail blogs! Even though I don’t keep up with Pirates of the Caribbean, I love listening to the soundtrack (and admiring Johnny Depp!). Its so full of mystery and suspense so I was quite surprised when the colours from this collection were bright pastels! I was expecting like a shimmery blue or vampy colours but there wasn’t any blue in this collection! I wish they did do a murky pastel blue though.

From left: Mermaid’s Tears, Skulls & Glossbones, Strangers Tides, Silver Shatter

From right: Sparrow Me The Drama, Planks A Lot, Steady As She Rose, Silver Shatter

I would describe the polishes in this collection as muddy, cloudy and dirty in a good way. I will try my best in describing these polishes as close as possible but I’m bad at depicting colours! This collection consists of 6 pastel cremes and a special shatter polish, Silver Shatter! I’m pretty sick of Black Shatter so its cool that OPI did thought of doing it in another colour! There’s white, red, turquoise, navy and blue shatter coming up that I can’t wait! πŸ˜‰



Sparrow Me The Drama is a muted rosy pink. It is not too in-your-face pink, but soft and wearable.



Planks A Lot is a blurple, well… blue-ish purple. It looks very similar to OPI A Grape Fit! but the latter has a darker blue undertone. This is the only one that doesn’t match up to the colour in the bottle… weird. On my nails, it looked 2 shades darker. This is my least favourite of the collection because it stained my nails, leaving behind a moss-green colour yuck!



Steady As She Rose is a musky pale lavender pink. It is unique but what a funny name this is. This should be a rose colour (as the name suggests). My pictures looks really off for this colour! It has a much pinker tone than a purple!



Stranger Tides is my second favourite from this collection. It is a toned-down green with yellow undertone. It reminds me off stale seaweed, moss and fungi mixed together with sand, haha! I know it sounds pretty gross but this colour is gorgeous!



Skulls & Glossbones is a beige-y grey with a slight green in it. When I look at this colour, I think of dust. Yes, just dust. Those that hang around ancient ships and treasure chests



Mermaid’s Tears is a muddy jade green… so magical. I love this, the ultimate star of the collection and my favourite of the lot! Is OPI trying to convey that mermaid’s tears are green? I doubt so, but to me this colour looks like the scales of a mermaid’s tail. I wish this polish was reflective or a duochrome cuz that would be perfect.

I love the quirky names for all the polishes, OPI always comes up with the most interesting names. My top picks for this collection would have to be Mermaid’s Tears, Stranger Tides and Sparrow Me The Drama. I didn’t really like Sparrow Me The Drama at first because I thought it was such a common colour like Planks A Lot but I ended up loving this. It looks great on my skin tone which is a big bonus.

Application was a breeze to all, except Skulls & Glossbones. It was on the thick side as you can see from my swatches! There was no streaking or bald spots so yay! But the only problem is staining… … Planks A Lot is a great stainer and so does Mermaid’s Tears. (Dear Planks A Lot, thanks a lot for staining my nails!!!!!) I used Sally Hensen’s Hard as Nails as basecoat so I’m wondering whether the problem lies in my basecoat or the polish itself. All swatches are 2 coats of polish with no top coat!

I’ll do another post to feature Silver Shatter on all of the polishes from the POTC collection because I don’t want an overwhelming of photos in one post. I hope I can get that post up by Sunday so stay tuned!

For my readers who always ask where I get my OPI polishes: I got these polishes from Tammy, she’s so great in my polish orders and I love her for that! I’ve been buying from her ever since my polish obsession started, way back in 2009! πŸ˜‰

I hope you guys have a lovely Friday, time to gear up for the weekends!


11 thoughts on “OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection Spring 2011 Brights: Swatches & Review

  1. i got my mermaid tears and stranger tides today too! super pretty!! didnt get the shatter though, I bought the black one and used it like about once? now its stuck and refuses to open.

    • haha same I bought Black Shatter and I’ve only used it once! I doubt it will be the same as Silver Shatter cuz I think I’ll love it more than the black!

      good choices of colours!! Mermaid’s tears is a winner! Inform me if it does stain your nails tho, cus it did for mine!

    • soak it in hot water for a bit and you’ll be able to crank the top off. Then clean the lip and lid grooves well with your nail polish remover. πŸ™‚

    • Hi there sorry I don’t reside in Canada so I’ve no idea where you can get yours! Maybe check your beauty supply store or the departmental store?

    • Try your luck at Chatters Salon and Spa or Sally’s Beauty Supply? That’s where I found mine in Alberta…unless you know a friend who’s in the industry and can take you to the supply stores for professionals! (it’d be cheaper too!)

  2. tess: jus an advice coz i’ve got tt problem wif my black shatter once too..
    you can wash the cap under hot water or you can dip the cap into a cup of hot water (tt’s wat i did!).. the cap will expand and bcome loose and you can open it with no prob after tt..

    hope this helps!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful swatches! I am totally loving every single shade in this collection….you’re so right when you say they’re like murky pastels; a nice twist on your usual pastels! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you πŸ˜‰ I was just reading your blog too! I love your swatches of Deborah Lippmann ‘Yellow Brick Road’, I can’t wait to get mine! πŸ˜€

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