OPI Pop Culture Collection – Summer 2018 // Swatch and Review


Hi everyone! Today I have the new/upcoming 6 piece Pop Culture Collection from OPI. You all are going to think I’ve lost my mind when you see the photos below, but I am not hating this collection! Keep in mind you are seeing up close and expanded photos and they don’t look all that appealing, but in real life, at arm’s length, these do not look that bad. I actually really love a couple of them and at least one of them I would not wear again.

Now, I am a big fan of textured polishes. I have all the Zoya PixieDusts, OPI Liquid Sands, and a few from L’oreal among others. You do have to be a fan of gritty texture or just turn away now, these are not for you! In my opinion, these do not look good with topcoat and even worse with matte topcoat. They actually are not as bumpy and obnoxious if you layer one coat over a similar base color either. I will show you all of that below.

I bought these from PolishPick.com. You can find them HERE. I am not really affiliated, I do buy the polish from them but I am a choice in their drop down menu of where you heard about the company. I don’t get any perks if you do or don’t pick me, but please choose my name if you do make a purchase! I am not affiliated with OPI.

I do have a lot of photos today!

OPI Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (1)
OPI Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


The Pop Culture Collection consists of 6 polishes:

  • Bumpy Road Ahead
  • Days of Pop
  • Hate To Burst Your Bubble
  • OPI Pops!
  • Pink Bubbly
  • Pop Star
OPI Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection.1
OPI Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

In the bottles these all look like winners! They are gorgeous colors with contrasting shimmer. If OPI had left out whatever makes them “POP” and bubble you would want them all! Unfortunately, they did not leave the bubbles out. But like I said above, I love a couple of these, I like a couple others and at least one I would not personally wear again.

 

OPI Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (2)
OPI Pop Culture Collection – Summer 2018

 

The directions say to not use base or top coat and to let them dry for a few minutes. I think they need a lot of time to dry completely, they do change how they look the longer you let them dry. I have varying degrees of dry time with the polishes below. I also used base coat for all of them. I will also show pictures of my thumb using a creme “undie” with just one coat of POP polish over. They do seem to not get such big bubbles that way.

 

 

The formula on all of them was really great! They apply easily, I love the OPI brush. I could still see visible nail line with most of these until I layered them over the creme base colors. They all have shimmer but you really don’t even notice it on the nail, except for one polish you do see it. (I’m not sure I’m telling you the correct shimmer color for all of these, but it is what it looks like to my eye.) I use a “scrubby tub” for removal and they removed quite quickly. I did not have to scrub a lot to get them off.

Well, let’s just dive right in.


OPI Bumpy Road Ahead. This is a dark but bright navy blue with green shimmer. This was my very favorite. With the dark base color, the shimmer is still somewhat noticeable. I did wear this one the longest before taking photos, about 10 hours. I used 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside with flash…

OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (8)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (5)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (11)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (13)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in overcast skies…

OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (16)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Here it is on my thumb using just 1 coat over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Crayola Sky Blue…

OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (2)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Bumpy Road Ahead - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (5)
OPI – Bumpy Road Ahead (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


OPI Days of Pop. This is a periwinkle/sky blue base with green shimmer. This was the quickest between applying and taking photos, probably just about 15 minutes. I used 3 coats of this one.

Inside with flash…

OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (3)
OPI – Days of Pop // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (4)
OPI – Days of Pop // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (7)
OPI – Days of Pop // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (8)
OPI – Days of Pop // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in overcast skies…

OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (14)
OPI – Days of Pop // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Here it is on my thumb using just 1 coat over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Crayola Sky Blue…

OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (9)
OPI – Days of Pop (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Days of Pop - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (10)
OPI – Days of Pop (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


OPI Hate To Burst Your Bubble. This is a golden yellow base with golden shimmer. Think taxi cab yellow. For this one I waited about an hour between applying and taking photos. I used 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside with flash…

OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (3)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (6)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (7)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in direct and indirect sun…

OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (9)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (11)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Here it is on my thumb using just 1 coat over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Crayola Canary…

OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (5)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Hate To Burst Your Bubble - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (8)
OPI – Hate To Burst Your Bubble (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


OPI OPI Pops!. This is a red leaning coral with golden shimmer. This was my other favorite. I waited a couple hours before taking photos of this one. This is 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside with flash…

OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (4)
OPI – OPI Pops! // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (7)
OPI – OPI Pops! // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (12)
OPI – OPI Pops! // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in overcast skies…

OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (21)
OPI – OPI Pops! // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (23)
OPI – OPI Pops! // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Here it is on my thumb using just 1 coat over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Poof Be-gonia…

OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (12)
OPI – OPI Pops! (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - OPI Pops! - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (14)
OPI – OPI Pops! (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


OPI Pink Bubbly. This is a bubble gum pink with purple shimmer. For this one I waited about an hour before taking photos. This is 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside with flash…

OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (3)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (4)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (12)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (13)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (16)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in overcast skies…

OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (20)
OPI – Pink Bubbly // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Here it is on my thumb using just 1 coat over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Crayola Cotton Candy…

OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (9)
OPI – Pink Bubbly (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pink Bubbly - Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (layered) (6)
OPI – Pink Bubbly (Layered) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 


OPI Pop Star. This is a lilac base with blue shimmer. For this one I waited about 2 hours before taking photos. This is 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside with flash…

OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (3)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (4)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (18)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside without flash…

OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (8)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (9)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (13)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (16)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

Outside in direct and indirect sun…

OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (23)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (25)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (31)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (34)
OPI – Pop Star // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

For this one I did not layer it over a creme base but I did apply 2 coats of a matte topcoat to my index finger and 2 thick coats of glossy topcoat on my other three fingers. I personally did not like the look of either of these choices, so I decided to start layering the other colors over the cremes…

OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (47)
OPI – Pop Star (Topcoat) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection
OPI - Pop Star -- Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection (53)
OPI – Pop Star (Topcoat) // Summer 2018 Pop Culture Collection

 

 


So what do you think of this “POP” Culture Collection? Will you give any of them a try? Do you think I’ve lost my mind for not hating this collection? lol! I hope not!

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!

 


Well, there we have it!
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14 thoughts on “OPI Pop Culture Collection – Summer 2018 // Swatch and Review”

    1. Hi Ada! The yellow, especially on it’s own, was my least favorite. It was bright and loud! However, once I layered one coat over a yellow base coat it was better. Thanks for checking out my blog!! 🙂

      ♥Paula

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  1. When I first saw the collection, I loved the colors. But seeing your swatches makes me think twice. I love the colors but not this “pop” effect.

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  2. No, no, no, no, no… I mean, I love a textured nail as much as the next gal – I live for my OPI Liquid Sands, of which I believe I own every shade, and have happily experimented with (ahem) leather, suede, and latex *nail effects* (quit your giggling at the back!) – but these are just… WRONG! I don’t know how else to put it, unless I were to say, that if it were a straight choice between this and Essie Belugaria, how the latter would win, every. single. time… and believe me, that really is SAYING something!
    But thanks for doing your best with them – I love the attention to detail you always show, by presenting each shade in so many lighting conditions, it really does make all the difference!

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    1. Hi Tricia!
      Thanks for making me giggle with your comment this morning! Thanks so much for checking out and enjoying my blog! And thanks for the comment! I love hearing from my readers!!

      ♥paula

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