OPI Gone Gonzo! Swatches & Review

OPI Gone Gonzo Swatches & ReviewGuess what? I got the opportunity to wear OPI Gone Gonzo! from the upcoming OPI The Muppets Collection!

I showed you yesterday what a glittertastic polish Rainbow Connection is, and today I’m showing off this blue-and-silver glitter polish!

It’s actually more opaque than Rainbow Connection, although instead of a myriad of colours, Gone Gonzo! features only two. But it’s still pretty to me, and I don’t have any glitter polishes that are similar, so I’m thankful to have this in my collection now. πŸ™‚

In this post, I’ll show you oodles of OPI Gone Gonzo swatches (of course) and show you what it looks like with just 1 coat as well as layered over several other polishes.

Hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect from Gone Gonzo! Is this one of the glitters on your list or does it get a pass?

OPI Gone Gonzo! Pictures

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OPI Gone Gonzo Bottle Shot Sunlight


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OPI Gone Gonzo Bottle Label

My bottle label will look different than yours just because this was sent to me by PR. I included this photo in case someone needs to know the serial number.

OPI Gone Gonzo! Swatches

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Sunlight OPI Gone Gonzo Review & Swatch

Sunlight - See how much it sparkles?

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Flash - This one turned out the best. The rest are blurry!

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      Aqua-blue glitter


    3-Dimensional textured look

Key Notes

OPI Gone Gonzo! Review


The main glitter is a vibrant blue, but the larger pieces are silver. It sparkles like crazy. The small glitter dances on your nail in a similar way that snow does when the sunlight hits it. And the larger pieces reflect the light strongly. Heh, it was impossible to not have glare in some photos of this polish because of that.

If Cookie Monster wanted some bling, I imagine this is what he’d use…well, if he had nails and if he could stop eating cookies long enough for the polish to dry!

Finish & Grittiness

Gone Gonzo! by OPI is a glitter polish comprised of very small dense blue glitter and large silver hexagonal glitter.

Although it appears really chunky on the nail, the finish is actually fairly smooth, not rough or sharp. I think it’s because everything is suspended in a thick clear polish, which coats everything nicely. Also, the glitter lies flat on your nail, which also makes a big difference.

It dries relatively quickly to a pretty smooth finish, but to get it slicker, you’ll want to opt for a top coat.


When you apply this, you can paint your nails normally, but you’ll have to go over and move some of the larger glitter pieces around with the brush so that they don’t dry in a clump – they look better spread out. Also, you’ll want to make sure that none of the glitter is hanging off the edge of your nail.

And as with any glitter polish, you should wait for each coat to dry pretty well before proceeding to avoid bald patches.


OPI Gone Gonzo! has a thick consistency, which is not shocking when it comes to intense glitterballs like this. Considering the thickness, it was relatively easy to manipulate. Over time, however, you’ll most likely have to thin this out.

Layering Experiments

It looks nice on its own (if you use 3 or more coats), but I much prefer to wear this layered over another colour because I like the dimension and added opacity that gives. Plus you can truly make the manicure special when you choose a colour combination.

My favourites are OPI Gone Gonzo! layered over OPI What’s with the Cattitude? and Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight.

If you don’t have Turquoise Moonlight, Orly Halley’s Comet, Zoya Charla, and OPI Catch Me In Your Net are the same pretty much.

1 Coat of OPI Gone Gonzo! Layered Over Each

Sunlight Layering OPI Gone Gonzo Over Other Colors

(Sunlight & No Top Coat) Base Colours Left to Right: China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI Alpine Snow, China Glaze Frostbite, OPI What's with the Cattitude? & Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight

Flash Layering OPI Gone Gonzo Over Other Colors


What colour would you layer under Gone Gonzo?

Natural Light Layering OPI Gone Gonzo Over Other Colours

Natural Light

OPI Gone Gonzo Layering Swatches

Close-up shot to show the glitter


Pardon my yellow-stained nail, but I wanted to show you that Gone Gonzo! has more dense glitter than OPI Rainbow Connection, which I swatched and reviewed yesterday.

OPI Gone Gonzo 1 Coat Swatch


Glitter Removal

Glitter isn’t the easiest to remove, but there are 3 things that you can do to make it easier on yourself. I’ve listed them in a previous post. Please scroll down to the bottom of my OPI Rainbow Connection post to read about my suggestions in detail.


  • Super glittery
  • Contains 2 different glitter sizes & colours
  • Dries fairly quickly
  • Feels smoother on your nail than a typical glitter polish
  • Versatile: Can be layered over other colours or worn alone
  • Big-3-Free (No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP)

  • Glitter polish is difficult to remove compares to cremes
  • Application requires more care for even glitter distribution

Final Verdict: 7.5/10

OPI Gone Gonzo! is nice. I like it, but it isn’t absolute love for me. This will be really fun to layer over shimmery turquoise colours. This is a polish that really brings your nails to life. It ain’t for a shy wallflower, that’s for sure! Heh, but even if you are one, maybe this is a good time to try something different. πŸ˜‰

Do you prefer polishes with rainbow glitter or with just 1-2 different coloured glitter? What would you layer under this? Do you avoid wearing glitter polish because it’s harder to remove?


32 thoughts on “OPI Gone Gonzo! Swatches & Review

  1. Carmela

    Oh Mary, you’re killing me here!! That’s 2 of my top picks in the Muppets collection in a row! It’s blue, it’s shiny, I love it (like a love song, baby :P)! If you do the green one tomorrow I will die of envy. I mean it. πŸ˜‰ The release date can’t come soon enough at this rate!!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      I actually swatched the blue one especially for you and others who like blue polish. I’ve been focusing a lot on green for a while and have been neglecting blue polishes even though I love them, too. So when I decided which ones to swatch first from this collection…well, Rainbow Connection had to be number one (that’s a no-brainer…hehe), but then I knew I should try the blue after.

      Hehe, I’ll see what I can do about the green one. πŸ˜‰

      1. Carmela

        Aww, you’re a sweetheart! πŸ™‚ This collection is definitely delivering with everything I’ve been hoping for it to be. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

        I was going to go glittery today with my weekend mani to satisfy my glitterlust for the time being but I somehow ended up with OPI Passion layered with Nubar Opulent Cloud. I guess I needed a palate cleanser of sorts and it turned out all soft and whimsical instead. But I like the subtlety of it. Definitely doing glitter next tho. XD

        1. Mary Post author

          Hey Carmela!

          That layering combination sounds really sweet! Yes, sometimes you need a palate cleanser or you may feel overloaded with so many bold colours. πŸ™‚

          I’ll do my best to get up the green glitter swatches really soon. πŸ™‚ Now I have more motivation!

          Actually, I’m going to have to bring the nail wheel with the layering combinations with me outside and snap some photos. The sun’s still out and those are the only photos I’m missing of it. Haha! I think people will wonder why I’m taking photos of a weird wheel with creepy nails on it. πŸ˜› Oh well, it’s all for my wonderful blog visitors!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey thenailaholic!

      Aww…it’s too bad they disappointed you. They honestly look waaaay better when layered over other colours. It adds a lot more depth and dazzle than when worn alone. But I wanted to show you all what it looked like alone to see exactly what you’re getting and in case you wanted to wear these alone.

      If you don’t get any, well, it’s still good because then you’re saving money and then you can spend it on other stuff you really love! πŸ˜€

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennifer!

      There are so many other colour combinations. πŸ™‚ These were just a few that I really wanted to test out. If you like it over dark colours, you could try navy blues, maroons, etc. πŸ™‚

  2. Katie

    I really like this glitter over black! Thanks for the layering ideas! I think the color looks much better layered.

    I’m not sure if I’ll pick this up. I like it but it’s not absolute love for me. I think the silver hex glitter looks great against the blue.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      No problem. It was cool trying out different combinations. Yes, it definitely looks better layered! It would be neat to try this over a competing colour like yellow or even pink. I’m sure you could create a lot of funky combinations!

  3. Vivian

    I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any of these glitters except Rainbow Connection (which I love love love). It’s too opaque for my liking. They do look nice while layered, but I’m not a big fan of the tiny bits of glitter. I prefer big out worldly chunks of bling haha.

    I just can’t get over the fact that Gone Gonzo reminds me of a mermaid’s tail.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Vivian!

      Hehe, I understand – Go big, or go home, right? πŸ˜‰ Rainbow Connection definitely doesn’t disappoint in that department!

      A mermaid’s tail? I never thought about that until you mentioned it, but yeah, it really does!

  4. Ruthe

    SO. SPARKLY. The glittery blue amazingness is calling out to me….must buy….muuusttt buuuyyy….Lol this color is SUPER pretty on you, Mary! Love it! πŸ˜€

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ruthe!

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ I don’t usually wear blue glitter like this, so it was a refreshing change. Glad you liked it. I’m sure that it’ll look amazing on you, too.

      Hehe, “must buy….muuusttt buuuyyy”…I was imagining a cosmetics zombie! And I liked it! A lot! πŸ˜›

  5. auntheathee

    I love your swatches! I just received my Muppet glitters in the mail yesterday!!! I was sooo excited! Had to play with them as soon as I got them. Found your blog & have been looking at all the layering you tried. I put gone gonzo over. Really pale pink (pinky promise #10) & I liked it that way too. Love your blog!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey auntheathee!

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Glad that you’re enjoying my blog! And that layering combination you mentioned sounds really cool and unexpected. Great idea!

  6. Becky

    I just bought this nail polish yesterday after doing some research on the new Muppets Collection, and I absolutely love this color!!! I am a huge fan of all things glitter and this is one of the BEST glitter polishes I have ever owned. I will definitely be purchasing the other glitters in this collection πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Becky!

      Wow, one of the best glitter polishes you’ve ever owned! πŸ˜€ I’m soooooo happy that you love it so much because you’ll probably wear it more often. And the layering possibilities are endless!

      You’re going to get all the other glitters in the collection, or did you have a few in mind?

      1. Becky

        I don’t like Rainbow Connection very much so I probably won’t get that on, but the others have such a vibrant color I really can’t resist getting them. As far as the reds/neutrals of the collection the only one I’m really interesed in is Warm and Fozzie, its such a unique color!

        1. Mary Post author

          Warm & Fozzie was such a surprise for me because I don’t usually wear those kind of colours, but I fell in total love with that one!


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