OPI Cement the Deal Swatches & Review

OPI Cement the Deal Swatches & ReviewYesterday, I reviewed OPI Dark Side of the Mood, and today, I’m giving you a closer look at OPI Cement the Deal, which also hails from the Fifty Shades of Grey Collection out in January 2015. (For quick swatches and bottle shots of the entire collection, check out this post.)

Now, it’s no secret that I love nail polish, but grey nail polish and I haven’t had the best relationship.

You see, for me, it’s a hit or miss, and I haven’t experimented with many greys. Hopefully the more I try, the more I’ll learn.

From what I have in my collection, I find it the most challenging to pull off lighter greys because the undertone has to complement my skin tone or it looks ‘off’. Whereas with dramatic, dark greys, there’s enough contrast, so they are easier to wear.

OPI Cement the Deal is a pale grey with just a smidgen of blue, however in some photos, it seemed to translate as having more blue than what I could see in real life. It leans more on the cement-grey side than the blue, in case you are wondering about which is accurate.

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  • Stony cool grey (Yes)

Key Notes

OPI Cement the Deal Review


Cement the Deal by OPI is a cool-toned grey with some blue mixed in. Don’t get confused – it’s certainly not a blue. It’s clearly grey, but I do think there’s a tinge of blue.

Sometimes I feel that these types of pale, cool greys make my fingers look sickly. But if you have a different skin tone than me, it could work.

This is a polish that’s completely out of my comfort zone. Oddly enough, the softer the shade, the less of a “Mary shade” it is. (I’m a happy camper with deep hues that are crazy, wild, or even tacky. But give me a soft, muted polish? I freeze up! Hehe, I’m not sure what’s behind my logic…)


Looking at the polish in the bottle, I thought this was going to be a straight creme, but when I painted my nails with it, it ended up being like a creme-jelly (or a ‘crelly’).

Although I’m not a huge fan of this type of grey, the finish is what made me warm up to it. That’s because creme-jelly finishes add a fun element, which I think is really neat when paired with grey (a ‘serious colour’).

This polish’s finish was shiny, and it had depth, so your nails won’t have that flat, dead-grey-I-just-came-from-the-morgue look.

Application & Formula

Cement the Deal by OPI is on the thin side, but with just two coats, I felt satisfied with the opacity. And it wasn’t as watery or as streaky as OPI Dark Side of the Mood. That being said, it’s not the type of polish where you want to load up your brush. If you do, you could easily flood your cuticles.

I tend to use medium coats (and that’s what I used here), but I think if you use thin coats, it might be easier to control the polish with greater precision.


  • Creme-jelly finish gives this polish a fun touch & lots of shine
  • Pale grey has a bit of blue
  • Doesn’t look flat
  • 2 coats gives great coverage


  • Formula is on the thin side (but you can build up opacity)

Final Verdict: 6/10

Okay, so there’s nothing majorly wrong with Cement the Deal by OPI, however, this is the type of colour that has never ‘wowed’ me. I don’t think it’s very flattering on my skin tone, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it as a full manicure to see if I’d have a change of heart. (Like peace, give polish a chance!) 😉

The reason why I’m giving a low Final Verdict is simply because it didn’t make my heart race. Yes, the finish is really cool, but the colour itself doesn’t do anything for me. Haha, and when I wear nail polish, I want it to do cartwheels, backflips, and handstands. (Yes, I’m a very demanding nailphile, apparently!) 😉

If you’re more into greys than I am, maybe you’ll fall in love with this one!

Do you have any grey nail polishes with a creme-jelly finish? How often do you reach for a grey nail polish? What’s your favourite kind of grey to wear?


8 thoughts on “OPI Cement the Deal Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    One more color begging me to bring it home. I LOVE this color and I think I might wind up buying the complete set. Gorgeous! Thanks as always for sharing it with us.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Eva!

      Yeah, greys aren’t really my thing, so I wasn’t crazy in love with this polish. But I haven’t given up on finding the one that makes my heart race!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      I’m happy to hear that you like it a lot more than I do! That’s the wonderful thing about nailphiles – we’re all different, but we can share the same passion. Awesome!

  2. MariLovesBeauty

    I just used this polish from my 50 shades of Grey collection that I received on Christmas from my secret Santa from my Facebook nail group. I must say I am OBSESSED with this polish color. It is just gorgeous and yes I agree the formulation and finish is not really cream. I have never owned a polish with this formulation. It looks so pretty on my skintone and I can’t stop staring at it. I’m ordering a full size today !!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey MariLovesBeauty!

      I’m thrilled to hear that you are enjoying your polish so much! 🙂 Sounds like your Secret Santa group is tons of fun!


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