OPI Live and Let Die is the 3rd mini nail polish I have to show you from the OPI Skyfall Collection.
It was marketed as being an ‘almost black’ shade, haha, and if you’ve been reading my reviews for a little while, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of near blacks. Usually if I want something very dark, I’ll just reach for a straight-up black.
However, in the bottle, Live and Let Die looked really interesting, and I gave this one a shot.
So did I end up eating my words (Mmm…chewy!), or did I stand by my stubborn approach to near-black lacquers?
OPI Live and Let Die Pictures
OPI Live and Let Die Ingredients
OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set Picture
OPI Live and Let Die Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of OPI Live and Let Die
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Almost black shade
- Name: OPI Live and Let Die
- Collection: OPI Skyfall Collection 2012
- Press Release of OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set: Click here
- Colours Available in the OPI Skyfall Collection: GoldenEye, Skyfall, The Spy Who Loved Me, Casino Royale, You Only Live Twice, Die Another Day, Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, Moonraker & The World Is Not Enough
- Amount: 3.75 mL (1/8 fl. oz.) – I have the mini bottle from the OPI The Bondettes Mini Nail Lacquer Set
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas, salons & beauty-supply stores
OPI Live and Let Die Review
When I saw Live and Let Die by OPI in the bottle, I was intrigued because it was a dark teal with small gold flakes.
But this polish was disappointing because, on the nail, the gold flakes get overwhelmed by the teal. They don’t shine through as much as you’d expect by just looking at the bottle.
The teal is very dark that it certainly lives up to the ‘almost black’ claim. While it’s not my favourite, if you’re a fan of near blacks, you may dig it with a polished shovel.
Live and Let Die by OPI has a creme finish with small gold flakes. The polish is pretty smooth and not gritty.
Application & Formula
One thing I loved about this polish was that with even one coat, it covered so well – practically a one coater. However, for perfect opacity, I suggest that you use two coats to even everything out.
The polish was easy to control – not too thick and not too thin or watery.
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
There’s nothing terribly wrong with Live and Let Die by OPI, however, it was a bit of a let-down because in the bottle, it looked like it had so much potential. When I wore it, it fell a bit flat. And I’m biased because most near-black shades don’t usually make my heart race to begin with.
Is this polish on your To-Buy List, or will you be passing? Since the Skyfall Collection is based on James Bond, I have to ask you: Which actor do you think played James Bond the best?