OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatches & Review

OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatches & ReviewNow here’s something you don’t see often on here – a polish that’s close to my skin tone!

And…there’s a reason for that. As ridiculous as it sounds, these kind of shades intimidate me. I have no problem wearing loud and crazy manicures, but a soft and demure one like this makes me very self-conscious. (I feel like my nails are flashing you!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

But I love trying new nail polishes because you never know when you’ll land a surprise winner.

This nail polish isย OPI A Butterfly Momentย from the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection, which will be in stores January 2013. It’s one of the Studio Shades.

P.S.ย Please excuse the indentations on my pinkie. I think it happened when I accidentally hit my hand on the bathroom door (owww!). I didn’t bother re-painting it because the imperfection didn’t bug me.

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OPI A Butterfly Momentย Swatches

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OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatches & Review


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OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatch & Review

OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatch, Review & Photos

OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatches

A Butterfly Moment by OPI

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Claim: TRUSTED, but Note:ย There’s also a pink in this, so it’s not solely tan

โˆšย Frosty tan nude

Key Notes

OPI A Butterfly Moment Review


This colour is delicate, pretty, and classy. It’s the kind of tan polish you could wear that would go with virtually anything in your wardrobe. It’s one of those colours that isn’t offensive. (Haha, my favourite polishes are ‘offensive’ ones – like scorching neons and hit-you-over-the-head greens!)

Probably a lot of people consider pinks and reds to be the ‘girly’ shades, but to me, I see these kind of soft neutrals to be the most girly.

This light-tan polish can look different depending on your skin tone. I have yellow/golden undertones, and for some reason, I noticed that it brought out the pink in the tan.

I like how delicate this looks, but I don’t think I have the right skin tone to pull it off. I think if you have a much-richer or much lighter skin tone than I do, it would look waaaay better. (My nails aren’t doing this polish justice!)

It was really neat to wear a polish that’s close to my skin tone – it created the illusion that my fingers were longer. (Haha, and my fingers are already really long and skinny, so I don’t really want to make them look longer…or they’ll resemble ET’s.)

I’m not used to seeing my nails like this. I felt like I needed to still polish my nails. Haha, they looked naked!


A Butterfly Moment by OPI has a shimmery finish with a touch of frostiness. The effect is a subtle golden sheen that makes your manicure look lively.

Sometimes neutrals like this can come off as very flat, but that’s not the case here.

Application & Formula

A Butterfly Moment by OPI went on as though it was a thick polish, but the formula itself was on the watery side. As long as you expect it, it’s easy to work with. You should only need 2 coats to fully cover your nails.


  • Low-maintenance colour that goes with virtually everything
  • Appropriate to wear for any occasion
  • Creates a long & lean look for your fingers (This might be a Con if you already have long & skinny fingers.)
  • Subtle sheen adds life to this shade

  • Could clash badly with certain skin tones (It’s almost like finding the right foundation – it has to have the right undertones.)

Final Verdict: 7/10

Although this isn’t my favourite shade, I still thought it was interesting to sport a polish that was so close to my skin tone. I don’t have many shades like this, so it was a nice break from the lacquers I’m going to coin the ‘loud and proud’ ones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you wear ‘skin tone’ type nail polishes? What colour are you most comfortable sporting on your nails?


18 thoughts on “OPI A Butterfly Moment Swatches & Review

  1. Gelic' nail art

    Before (ehm like 8 years ago) I only used nude or light pink shimmer. I bought them at HM for literally nothing and consumed bottle after bottle. Weird in my opinion now. Then I discovered e-shops and colors and now days I like bright colors the best, preferably in a nail art combined with black. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think it’s little because no one want a polish that hides the nails so much making the fingers look like pieces of skin sausages! ;D haha
    Gelic’ nail art recently posted: Failed tape manis..

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      There are definitely more colourful options available to us these days, so it’s easy to experiment with the rainbow! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was in elementary school, seeing even a bright blue polish in a store was rare. Now when you go to the drugstore, there are tons of choices…and it makes you want them all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hahahaha, now I can’t look at this manicure without thinking about skin sausages! Thanks! Hahaha!

  2. beachgal

    This sure is not a color I could pull off. It’s too – something not sure what it is – that is not there. I do like soft pinks, nudes alike…but there just is something that looks off in this one I cannot put my words around. I could see Mariah wearing this one!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      It probably looks off because my skin tone isn’t the best to show off this polish. Finding the right shade is like finding the right foundation…but for your nails…hehe! I’m sure that other bloggers will be able to do this colour way more justice than I did!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Hahaha, you’re not a Mariah Carey fan! Yeah, it’s hard to get behind something if you dislike the artist. (I’m a Mariah Carey fan, so I’m biased that way.) ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I always try to provide honest reviews on the colour and formula.

  3. Jessica

    When I read the press release I was like “Frosty nude?? YIKES.” But it actually doesn’t look so bad. It doesn’t have that frosty brushstroke finish. (Or your polishing skills are so amazing you made brushstrokes go away!) And I love that golden sheen! I don’t really gravitate towards any particular color group; I get color ‘cravings’ or ‘moods’, where suddenly I’ll feel like wearing a ton of soft shades. Or a ton of crazy glitters. Or a ton of super-saturated brights. Haha you get the picture ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you think you’ll wear this one again?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Yes, when I hear “frosty” used to describe a nail-polish’s finish, I tend to think of the older formula’s from my mother’s time! It’s such a shame because “frosty” will be enough to turn off a lot of nailphiles, when this polish actually is pretty. However, I don’t think I did it any justice with my skin tone, but this will look brilliant on others.

      Hahahaha, nooooo! My polishing skills are just average, I think! There are definitely some brushstrokes, but maybe my camera was being lenient with me during the photo shoot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ In person, I could see brushstrokes…and actually, maybe even my application is sub-par because whenever I apply these types of polishes, I tend to notice MORE brushstrokes than when other people wear them. I think it’s because I apply medium coats out of habit.

      Hehe, but I WISH I could make all brushstrokes disappear. (No offence, brushstrokes, but…maybe you need to take a vacation or retire?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I like how you aren’t afraid to try all shades in the rainbow and many different finishes! It’s more fun that way, isn’t it?

      Yes, I know I’ll be wearing this shade again, however, not solo. There have been some times when I’ve needed a polish close to my skin tone for nail art, and well, this one is the best so far I think!

  4. Angela

    I love this look! It’s so delicate and peachy and I think it looks so graceful on your hands! Could you imagine it in a lipstick? Thanks…gonna have to keep an eye out for this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angela!

      Thank you! It definitely made me feel like a proper lady! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m used to having nails that look funkier.

      Ohhh, as a lipstick, this would be a great everyday shade…or one to pair with a dark, smokey eye! Good idea!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lisa Mueller!

      Wow, it’s always an honour when you take the time to leave a comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the praise. It definitely was out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad to have tried it!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Now, YOU would be a prime candidate for this polish. Your skin tone, I feel, goes way better with this than mine. I think it’s because of my yellow undertones that don’t play as well with the slight pink in this. However, I’ve seen pink polishes on you and light shades…They always look so classy on you!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kas!

      Yeah, it’s one of those shades that’s best to see in person – it’s almost like buying a foundation…for your nails! ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta make sure it works with your skin’s undertones.


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