OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

Press Sample

Gwen Stefani is back with OPI for the Holiday 2014 Collection!  When I first saw the press release for this set, I was really on the fence about it and didn’t see too many colors that were must haves, it looked like the typical splash of reds and some glitters with other shades sprinkled in, but I actually found a few within this group that blew me away.

Some shades you’ll find are classic shades, which is fairly normal if you’ve been collecting polishes for as long as I have been at this point.

Lets take a look at the Holiday 2014 OPI Collection and what shades Gwen Stefani and OPI came up with!  I will caution you though, this is a very photo heavy post with 18 polishes and 4 photos per shade, so I apologize if you are loading this on a mobile device.

Christmas Gone Paid

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Christmas Gone Paid is the lonely green in the collection.  But, this is a great Christmas green!  This is a beautiful deep hunter green creme that applied effortlessly in 2 coats.

Christmas Gone Paid

Christmas Gone Paid side

Christmas Gone Paid CU

Cinnamon Sweet

Cinnamon Sweet t

Cinnamon Sweet is a slightly dusty red creme.  You will see a lot of reds in this collection, but they are all a little different.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Cinnamon Sweet

Cinnamon Sweet  side

Cinnamon Sweet CU

Comet In The Sky

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Comet In The Sky is one of 2 glitters that blew me away.  In my opinion, OPI stepped up their glitter game this time around.  Comet In The Sky is a clear base with black hex glitters in various sizes and various iridescent hex glitters as well.  I originally used this over Christmas Gone Paid, but the black glitters didn’t show very well, so I redid it over Just Be-Claus.  The darker polishes really make the iridescent glitters pop though.

I used 1 coat of Comet In The Sky for all of these photos.

Comet In The Sky

Comet In The Sky side

Comet In The Sky CU

and here is Comet In The Sky over Christmas Gone Paid

Comet In THe Sky over green

Fashion A Bow

Fashion A Bow t

Fashion A Bow is a vibrant orangey red with a jelly like formula.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Fashion a Bow

Fashion a Bow side

Fashion a Bow CU

First Class Desires

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First Class Desires is a deep eggplant purple with strong gold shimmer. This looks really close to Zoya Sansa, so I will be doing a comparison post soon.  I do think they might be a touch different, but still close.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

This looks really dark in some photos, but it’s actually not this dark in person.  The last photo in this set is closer to what it looks like in person.

First Class Desires

First Class Desires side

First Class Desires CU

I Carol About You

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I Carol About You is a gorgeous purple with a subtle shimmer.  I fell in love with this shade as soon as I put it on.  I am a sucker for purples though.  This one has a special little glow to it thats spectacular.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

I Carol About You

I Carol About You side

I Carol About You CU

I’ll Tinsel You In

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I’ll Tinsel You In is a clear base with white bar, square and hex glitters and black hex glitters and micro glitters.  I used 1 coat over In A Holidaze.  The square white glitters were hiding from me and I was only able to grab 1 without having to fish for them.

I'll Tinsel You In

I'll Tinsel You In side

I'll Tinsel You In CU

In A Holidaze

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In A Holidaze is a red jelly like shade, much like Fashion A Bow.  Probably my favorite red in the set because of it’s classic feel.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

In A Holidaze

In A Holidaze side

In A Holidaze CU

Just Be-Claus

Just Be Clause t

Just Be-Claus is a slightly dusty maroon creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Just Be Claus

Just Be Claus side

Just Be Claus CU

Kiss Me – Or Elf!

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Kiss Me – Or Elf is a beautiful fuchsia creme with shimmer throughout.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Kiss Me Or Elf

Kiss Me Or Elf side

Kiss Me Or Elf CU

Love Is Hot and Coal

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Love Is Hot Or Coal isn’t my favorite, but there is something about it I kind of like. Will I wear it again?  Doubtful.  It’s just not a me shade.  This is a dark chocolate brown with strong silver shimmer throughout giving it an almost metallic appearance.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Love Is Hot and Coal

Love Is Hot and Coal side

Love Is Hot and Coal CU

Red Fingers & Mistletoes

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Red Fingers & Mistletoes is a red creme with gold shimmer throughout.  Very festive!  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Red Fingers And Mistletoes

photo 5

Red Fingers And Mistletoes CU

Rollin’ In Cashmere

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Rollin’ In Cashmere is a gold satin shade.  Brush strokes are visible, and I’m not sure what I think of it.  The color itself is nice, but the finish doesn’t look right on me personally.  Not in gold at least.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Rollin In Cashmere

Rollin In Cashmere side

Rollin In Cashmere cu

Sleigh Parking Only

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Sleigh Parking Only is a deep, vampy plum.  I used 2 coats for these photos.  I will be wearing this shade more this Fall because I like vampy shades like this.

Sleigh Parking Only

Sleigh Parking Only side

Sleigh Parking Only CU

Snow Globetrotter

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If you are a glitter lover and can only buy ONE polish from this collection, make it this one.  Snow Globetrotter didn’t impress me in the bottle, but over I Carol About You, just wow.  White hex glitters in various sizes are mixed in a clear base with various sized iridescent hex glitters.  Over darker bases this is fabulous.  I used 1 coat for these photos.

Snow GLobetrotter

Snow GLobetrotter side

Snow GLobetrotter CU

So Elegant

So Elegant t

So Elegant is a clear base with black hex glitters in various sizes, micro black glitters and gunmetal hexes in small and medium sizes.  I used 1 coat over Fashion A Bow.

So Elegant

So Elegant side

So Elegant CU

Unfrost My Heart

Unfrost My Heart t

Unfrost My Heart is a silver foil polish.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Unfrost My Heart

Unfrost My Heart Side

Unfrost My Hear CU

What’s Your Point-setta?

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What’s Your Pointsetta? is a vibrant red creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Whats Your Pointsetta

Whats Your Pointsetta side

Whats Your Pointsetta CU


While several of these shades are typical of a Holiday collection (reds) there are other shades worth checking out.  Comet In The Sky and Snow Globetrotter are tops in my book for this, and it’s nice to see OPI putting out some awesome glitter toppers.  I Carol About You, Sleigh Parking Only and First Class Desires were gorgeous as well, but I’m a purple fan, so that may be a little biased. I do like the only green in the set, Christmas Gone Paid, which says a lot because I’m not a green fan.

Formula wise, I had no thick or watery formulas which is fairly impressive for an 18 piece collection. I wasn’t a huge fan of Rollin’ In Cashmere and it was the only brush stroke visible shade.

Price: $9.50 Each

Where To Buy: 

Amazon, Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com

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So what did you think? Any shades you might splurge on?  I will have Don’t Speak (the gold topper that goes with this collection) on the blog in the next few days, as well as a Zoya Sansa to OPI First Class Desires comparison post.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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kelliegonzo October 11, 2014 - 2:01 pm

I wasn’t super impressed with the promos of this collection, but seeing blog posts about them gave me a bit more interest in it, and now that I have my set, I actually think I’ll like them all! Except maybe Rollin in Cashmere :/ I wish they would’ve done a gold chrome like Push & Shove in this one.

Lisa Heath October 11, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Completely agree about Rollin In Cashmere. I wanted to love it, but not as a satin finish :(

Marisa - Hey, Darling Polish October 11, 2014 - 4:29 pm

This looks like a nice Holiday Collection, there’s too much red for my taste, but there’s definitely some that I want to pick up. I’m loving the purples, green, and all the glitters except for I’ll Tinsel You In!

Lisa Heath October 11, 2014 - 6:44 pm

While red is always a popular holiday shade, sometimes I do wish there were a few less with more greens or blues even. Overall though, they did a pretty good job!

Deborah October 11, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Christmas Gone Paid and First Class Desires are very stunning, though I am very interested to see how that last one compares to Zoya Sansa. Will keep an eye out for your comparison post!

BeautyJudy October 12, 2014 - 3:58 am

These are beautiful. I saw swatches of these on another blog and was very underwhelmed. But I see a lot more that I want now. All the glitters except the bar glitter one; but oh man, Christmas Gone Paid is a beautiful green. Great swatches Lisa!

Lothwen October 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm

I really like this collection and I’d like to own about half of it, I think! The toppers are much better than I expected, only it’s too bad that you gotta fish for those squares… other than that, I want them all ;) The green is my favourite, I think I NEED it, lol!
Thanks for all the beautiful swatches :)

Andrea October 14, 2014 - 9:08 am

I feel like OPI redeemed itself with these glitters! The last few collections were nice, but I didn’t want to run out and go buy them. Snow Globetrotter and Comet in the Sky are MUST haves! Beautiful swatches!

Jenny Gilmore October 14, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Beautiful swatches! Good lord at the reds! I really love Snow Globetrotter and Comet in the Sky as well as Christmas Gone Paid because I really need a green creme that shade. I think that I will just stick with those three as I just got a lovely red OPI creme recently (Coca Cola Red) so I think I’m good. ;)

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