OPI — Down to the Core-al (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2014 Summer, Neons

I don’t often buy OPI these days, but I came across a 2 for CA$12 sale recently and, as usual, I relented and picked up three OPIs (well, four, but one was for a gift): Down to the Core-al, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, and OPI…Eurso Euro.

Since it’s the spring-iest of the three, I’ve swatched Down to the Core-al today. (Of course, it’s pretty cold here at just over freezing, so maybe one of the other two would have been more in keeping with the weather!)

Down to the Core-al (NL N38) is a neon pink coral that OPI says has a cream finish, but it actually does have subtle pink shimmer that gives it a cool magenta iridescence at certain angles.

As is generally the nature of neon polish, this dries satin matte and is kind of a pain to apply as it is a bit streaky and not into self-leveling. Two coats gave me full opacity, but I needed three to do a little more evening out.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Down to the Core-al, swatch

This polish really needs to be topped with something shiny (I have Color Club top coat over it in this next photo). Otherwise, its texture when dry is a bit horrid.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Down to the Core-al, swatch with top coat

The color is fantastic for summer!

OPI Nail Lacquer retails for about US$9.50 / higher in CA$ (I see a range of prices; I purchased mine discounted at Trade Secrets for CA$6.00, and it is normally CA$10.95 there) and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. OPI nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor, and are made in the USA.

OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010.


6 thoughts on “OPI — Down to the Core-al (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. This is a neat colour! I’ve been on a hunt for a red creme polish with a hot pink flash similar to this effect – have you come across something like that in your nail polish journey?
    I asked ages ago on MUA and no one could reco any, they reco that I franken a polish but I ain’t got no time for that!
    Actually, that brings me to another question for you: have you ever frankened?
    (sorry I’m really not a stalker, I just have nail polish questions lol)

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    • I don’t think I have come across one like that. Sounds beautiful and I can’t believe no one’s done it! The only thing I could recommend would be to get a sheer polish with superfine shimmer that gives that pink flash effect, and layer it over a red creme.

      And yes, I’ve frankened a little, but it’s not really for me. I would prefer to layer. I did make OPI Mat-Adore Red into a jelly red once, when my bottle got a little dried out. 😀

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