Some gold polishes can be tricky for me to wear because the undertone is more of a champagne than a yellowish gold.
Unfortunately, such was the case with OPI 50 Years of Style from the Ford Mustang Collection.
It’s a decadent colour – there’s no doubting that, but the shade looks ‘off’ against my skin tone.
If you have a lighter or a richer skin tone than I do, I think it would look way more flattering.
OPI 50 Years of Style Pictures
OPI 50 Years of Style Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of OPI 50 Years of Style
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Retail Bottle Packaging
Please note that when you purchase your bottle, the handle will have these cool Ford Mustang horses, as shown below.
- Golden pearl (Yes)
- Name: OPI 50 Years of Style
- Collection: OPI Ford Mustang Collection 2014
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Ford Mustang Collection press release
- Quick Look: Click here to see my Quick Look post on the OPI Ford Mustang Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Race Red, 50 Years of Style, Queen of the Road, The Sky’s My Limit, Girls Love Ponies & Angel with a Leadfoot
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, NailPolishCanada & select beauty-supply stores, spas & salons
OPI 50 Years of Style Review
The champagne gold looks very elegant, and when I wore this, I felt like I should be attending a fancy cocktail party.
Unfortunately, this shade just didn’t jive with my skin tone. I look better in golds that lean yellow more strongly and that aren’t as pale. However, just because it doesn’t flatter me doesn’t mean that it won’t look good on you. Sometimes, you have to try it on your nails to find out.
I’m not the biggest fan of the frosty finish because it leaves brush strokes. If the colour suits me, I can sometimes overlook brush strokes, but this one had a strike on both counts for me.
50 Years of Style by OPI shimmers and sparkles because of the frosty finish, and it’s really pretty. If only the brush strokes were less prominent.
Application & Formula
When applying a polish like this, you have to be more mindful of the placement of your brush when you’re painting. If you do a messy job, the brush stroke lines will be crooked. Try to paint it on straight, so at least your nails look uniform. Otherwise, crooked lines on all of your nails could create a weird illusion that all your nails are wonky.
I found that with two coats, I got great coverage, and I didn’t feel the need to add another layer.
Final Verdict: 5.5/10
As you can tell from the low score I gave 50 Years of Style by OPI, I’m not the biggest fan of it. On another person, it could look swoon-worthy, but I think it washes out my skin tone and doesn’t add that ‘something extra’.
The next time I wear this, I’ll need to do nail art on top like stamping to ‘make it work’.
What type of gold nail polishes suit your skin tone best? Do you like frosty finishes or do you think they’re dated? Do you mind brush strokes?
Very pretty color. I wonder how it compares to OPI’s Bling Dynasty?
From what I’ve seen in online swatches (since I don’t own that polish), it looks like OPI Bling Dynasty leans more orange and is more saturated than 50 Years of Style. 50 Years of Style is much lighter, more like a champagne.
Lovely color,great result on your nails!
Glad you like it! 🙂
Thanks for the review! I’ve been looking for a good gold shimmer for a while (not a metallic foil) and I thought this might be the one, but based on your evaluation, skin tone compatibility seems to be pretty important. I’ll have to check it out in person.
Wise decision to try it out in person instead of buying this one online. Hope it flatters your skin tone!
I love frost finish, despite the brushstrokes! The color is a warm golden, like a chocolate foil! Yummy! I’m pretty pale (and my undertone is cold), so I don’t think this beuty could fit for me, but… I like it sooooo muuuch!
It’s nice that you’re able to overlook the brush strokes! I know that it’s a deal-breaker for some nailphiles.
I like this color but since I already have Love.Angel.Music.Baby from the Gwen Stefani collection (which I feel is the matte version of this polish) I won’t be buying.
It’s good that you’ll be saving your money that you can put toward another nail polish that’s more unique in your collection! 🙂