OPI 50 Shades of Grey Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

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Good afternoon!  I know I’ve been a little slower posting lately but I needed a little break and to slow down just a tad while real life adjusted.  With the holidays and then back to back birthdays in the home, plus a little gaming – I’m now recharged and back to posting regularly!

Today I have the OPI 50 Shades of Grey Collection to share with you. OPI is launching their new Limited-Edition Nail Lacquers Inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Movie FiftyShades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book by E L James. Available in January 2015, the collection includes five gray nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue, to represent passion. Fifty Shades of Grey arrives in theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend of 2015. This collection embodies the film’s passion and power in six beautiful shades.

 I’ll be honest, I’ve never read the books, have no desire to see the movie, but I love grey polish, so I was still happy to see the collection.

We’ll jump right in!

OPI Cement The Deal

Cement The Deal

OPI Cement the Deal is a cool toned light grey creme.  Perfect application and I only needed 2 coats for these photos.

Cement The Deal side

Cement The Deal CU

OPI Embrace the Gray

Embrace the Gray

OPI Embrace The Gray is a medium grey creme.  Like Cement The Deal, application was perfect and I used 2 coats for these photos.

Embrace the Gray side

Embrace the Gray CU

OPI Dark Side Of The Mood

Dark Side Of The Mood

OPI Dark Side Of THe Mood is a deep charcoal creme with hints of blue in it.  I love this shade, but the formula left me a little disappointed.  I had to do thin coats, otherwise the polish started to pool in my cuticles.

I used 3 thin coats for these photos and the end look is really nice, but I had to be careful applying it.  If you pick up too much polish on the brush, be ready for some cuticle cleanup.

Dark Side Of The Mood side

Dark Side Of The Mood CU

OPI My Silk Tie

My Silk Tie

OPI My Silk Tie is a pale shimmery silver.  This is a really pretty shade and lighter than most silvers I own, but as you can see – brushstrokes are visible.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.  The formula is a tad sheer but it builds up nicely.

My Silk Tie side

My Silk Tie CU

OPI Shine For Me

Shine for Me

OPI Shine For Me is a silver metallic foil with blue glitter mixed in.  Shine for Me is lightly textured and I used 2 coats for these photos.

Shine for Me side

Shine for Me CU

OPI Romantically Involved

Romantically Involved

OPI Romantically Involved is the only non grey type tone in the collection which represents passion.  This is a fairly classic warm toned red creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Romantically Involved side

Romantically Involved CU


If you like grey shades this is a decent collection.  I personally do like true grey polishes and these are welcome additions.  Overall application was pretty good aside from Dark Side Of The Mood being a little runny and brush strokes in My Silk Tie.

The collection will be available beginning January 2015 for a limited time only.

Nail lacquers will retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com.

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Jenny Gilmore January 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Cement the Deal is my fav!

Color Me So Crazy January 27, 2015 - 3:32 pm

I really want to buy these to add them to my basics collection. I am not really wowed by them except the red. I am a sucker for a sexy red.

Samantha (Southern Sparkle Nail Art) January 27, 2015 - 5:20 pm

I like the grey polishes, but I feel like these colors are almost overdone. I still will pick up Cement the Deal, though! Great swatches!

Shelby Lou Nails January 27, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Dark Side intrigues me, but this collection just isn’t doing it for me. Regardless, you make them all look gorgeous!

Jenna January 27, 2015 - 6:25 pm

I, like you, have no desire to see this movie. I do however…love gray polishes. Those two are the stand outs for me in this collection! Beautiful swatches!

Jessica January 27, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Embrace the Grey looks great on you!

Marisa - Hey, Darling Polish January 27, 2015 - 9:15 pm

The grey polishes here look great!! I might have to pick those up for nail art!

kelliegonzo January 27, 2015 - 10:01 pm

I just got these and swatched them over the weekend. I have to say I liked them more than I anticipated! Not super exciting, but good colors :) Love the red on you!

Painted Fingertips January 27, 2015 - 10:26 pm

Dark Side of the Mood looks pretty cool, too bad you struggled with the formula.

Lothwen January 28, 2015 - 8:11 am

Greys are always good to have for nail art! And I like My Silk Tie, it’s so pretty!

Deborah January 28, 2015 - 9:21 am

Cement The Deal and Dark Side of The Mood are definitely my favorite hues here. However, I just don’t really feel this set.. maybe the red could have been a bit more experimental? Glitter, shimmer, something…

Simona January 28, 2015 - 10:16 am

Same as you I’ve not read the book and I don’t plan to watch the movie but I do like grey! And both grey cremes are really nice!

Lou January 28, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Oh man – those grey shades are totally doing it for me. Your swatches are just divine! And I wasn’t even going to look in the stores for these, now I will have to!

Katherine January 28, 2015 - 3:31 pm

I’m just not feeling this collection – I get an overall sense of ‘meh.” The greys are nice though, and your swatches are gorgeous as always.

Ameerah@ValiantlyVarnished January 28, 2015 - 8:28 pm

I wore Cement the Deal to work today and got so many compliments on it – it’s such a pretty soft grey.

Dani FromPolishwithLove January 31, 2015 - 8:25 am

I’m obsessed with gray shades so this collection is right up my alley! Gorgeous swatches!

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