Holographic nail polish makes me happy because it lets you take a rainbow wherever you go!
When I was picking what colour to wear a while ago, I came across OPI My Private Jet from the 2007 Night Brights Collection. The last time (and first time) I wore it was on Hallowe’en in 2009. That’s far too long ago, so I had to bust it out again.
It’s exactly what I remembered – a sheer charcoal with holographic particles that are somewhat linear, but are really soft, so it’s somehow also a little scattered at the same time.
Now, there are at least 2 different versions of OPI My Private Jet. This is one of the older ones, which is why it’s charcoal. The newer version is brown and still pretty. (I don’t own the brown version.)
OPI My Private Jet Pictures
OPI My Private Jet Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of OPI My Private Jet
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Name: OPI My Private Jet
- Collection: OPI Night Brights Collection (2007)
- Colours Available in the OPI Night Brights Collection: My Private Jet, OPI Ink, Light My Sapphire, I Only Drink Champagne, Give Me the Moon & Golden Rules
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.25 USD
- Where to Buy: Maybe at some small beauty-supply stores you can find this charcoal version. The newer brown version can be found at Trade Secrets.
OPI My Private Jet Review
What I really enjoy about My Private Jet by OPI is how it can be holographic yet still somewhat soft. The charcoal is a nice change from a really dark holographic polish, yet it’s not too light, either. It makes a statement with an exclamation point that’s italicized rather than bolded, I guess you could say. 😉
I also think that this type of holographic hue is easier for many people to wear. It’s not crazy and loud, but it still gets attention in its own right. Also, you don’t have to worry about this clashing with your clothes because it goes with a lot of outfits.
My Private Jet has a holographic finish that has a scattered, yet somewhat linear effect. It feels as smooth as a creme polish when dried, so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing off coarse glitter pieces.
Application & Formula
As much as I love the colour, I can’t say that the formula is spot-on. There are issues that’ll affect your application.
If you have this charcoal version of My Private Jet by OPI, you’ll notice that it’s really watery and that it goes on very sheer because there’s a jellyish quality to it. To get full opacity on your nails, you’ll need 3 coats (which is what I used).
If you want to conserve this precious polish, you could try layering a couple of coats over a charcoal polish. However, keep in mind that when you do this, you’re diminishing the depth that this jelly polish has and giving it a flatter, more typical gray-holographic effect.
Although I tend to use medium coats, with this polish, I strongly urge you to use coats as thin as you can apply them. (Actually, then you may need 4 coats if your layers are thin.) The reason why I say this is because this polish has the tendency to flood your cuticles very easily and quickly – it’s a little tricky to control.
(I was going to make a joke here connecting too-short pants, comments about expecting a flood, and flooded cuticles, but it sounded better in my head. Actually, everything sounds funnier in my head. I think it has something to do with the marching-mouse band up there playing kazoos. *Shrugs* :P)
Final Verdict: 9/10
If you’re able to get hold of this version of OPI My Private Jet, I highly recommend that you do. It seems like as each year passes, it’s getting harder and harder to find…unless you want to pay an absurd price.
Do you have the brown version of My Private Jet? How’s the formula? Do you actually prefer the brown version?
This looks really pretty! This is one type of nail polish I’m missing in my collection- a charcoal holo. I’m going to Trade Secrets soon so I’ll check it out. Thanks for the review!
You’ll probably only find the brown version of this at Trade Secrets, though. If you can find this charcoal version, then GRAB IT, but it’s hard to come by!
You’re so lucky that you own a bottle of the holographic version! It’s really beautiful. I wish I could get this but it does go for high prices on eBay. Sometimes I’ve seen bottles that started out really cheap but there were so many people bidding on it, that the price went way up. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I understand why someone would want to pay for it. I mean, look at it! It’s totally gorgeous. But that does suck about the formula though. Maybe it would be better if you layered it over a black polish? And from what I hear, there’s like three or four versions of this polish. The only one I’ve ever seen was the brown one with the shimmer, and while it’s beautiful, it can’t come close to the holographic polish. Great post, Mary!
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Oh, but I thought the brown one was also holographic, but just not AS holographic. Please correct me if I’m wrong. (I didn’t buy the brown one – just looked at the bottle in the store once. It seemed a bit holographic to me. But I know that in the bottle, it can be deceiving.)
Yeah, I do feel lucky to own this. I bought it years ago when I first started collecting polish more seriously, so it was extremely easy to find at all the etailers, and the price was heavily discounted.
I like how you review polishes. I have no clue how to even do that 😛
But this is a lovely color. It reminds me of Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail. Not that I have that one, but I should really order it ASAP xD
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Thank you! 😀 I’m glad that you like my reviews and find them helpful – makes it worth the effort.
I meant Chainmail Charm instead of just Chainmail ;p
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Oh, well, I’m not familiar with any of the Diamond Cosmetics colours really, so even if you just said Chainmail, I wouldn’t have questioned it. 🙂
This is super pretty! It’d be nice if OPI re-released this charcoal version as I think it’s nicer than the brown.
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Yes, I’m sure that lots of people would LOVE for OPI to bring back this charcoal version. It’s sad that people have to often resort to eBay prices. I’m so glad I got it when it was easy to get everyone for much lower than the retail price.
I’ve heard that the brown one isn’t as holographic as this baby so I’ve been holding off getting this for fear of ending up with the new formula. I’m curious tho, how would you compare it to Color Club Revvvolution? I’m fairly certain that MPJ is more holographic for sure but is the base color lighter as well?
PS. Would you be updating photos with your snazzy new camera? I’m getting giddy just imagining how awesome the macro shots of a holo you’ll end up with! 😀
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I’ve also heard that the brown version is also more pigmented than this charcoal one.
My Private Jet is definitely lighter than Revvvolution. Also, My Private Jet is a soft-looking jelly, so I find that it has a lot more depth.
Haha, if I ever revisit a polish, I’ll use my new camera, but I won’t be updating all my posts. Actually, the one polish that I’d LOVE to revisit with my new camera is Unicorn Pee (Clarins 230)! I feel like I didn’t do it justice the first time around.
Just got the new camera yesterday and I’ll want to experiment with it (in general, not just for nail photos) for a few weeks before I’ll introduce photos taken exclusively with it for my blog. I’m really excited to test it out in low light, especially. My Sony Cyber-shot was always terrible in low light – photos came out really dull and grainy. Outside Swatch And Learn, I want to use the new camera to take landscape shots at night in the city. I can’t do that with my Sony point-and-shoot camera – tried so many times. There’s too much noise in the photos.
You have a marching-mouse band in your head too? Me too except mine play drums. 🙂 I soooo want this polish but I’m afraid to order it online because I can never tell if it’s THIS version of the brown-er one. I guess I could guess and go for it. Hmm….
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Your mice are much more advanced – they can keep a steady beat. Mine are less disciplined. 😉
The brown version’s still nice. 🙂 And if you order it, it’ll be like a surprise which on you receive.
A friend of mine that works at Trade Secrets sent me the brown MPJ. I like it a lot, but I really wish it had a charcoal base and was more holographic.
Why’d they change the formula?! Bad, OPI, bad!
It’s a nice polish, but the holo particles are barely there- the original one looks so much more amazing.
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Not sure why they changed the formula, but it could’ve been an economical decision. Or maybe they ran out of a certain type of pigment. That’s the only way I can wrap my head around it.
I’ll keep hoping that they bring back the original, though. I’d totally buy multiple bottles of it! 🙂
I often hear that despite how different the old and the new version are people have a hard time telling WHICH version they own…
From your swatches however, I can totally tell that I have the new version. It is much browner and the formula is not as runny as you describe (and I totally trust your write-ups)… in exchange… my version is definitely not as linearly holo as yours.
I really enjoyed this post and found it very helpful to finally settle my internal need-to-be-able-to-always-know-old-from-new-formula-polish debate 😉
Hehe, all this confusion over nail polish! There are at least 2 versions, but I’ve heard some people say there are more. I wonder if OPI is tweaking the recipe and trying to get back to the original formula. (It would be nice if they could come out with this version of the colour with the pigmentation of the new version. People would be all over it like a warm pumpkin pie. Yes, I still talk about pumpkins.)
Oh, interesting! So the new one’s more scattered…that’s really nice. (I actually prefer scattered holos because they just seem livelier in different types of lighting than the linear variety. But, in the summer, I’m in love with the linear variety.)
I have the new version of MPJ and I do love it, bought it without even realising there was an older version. It applies like a dream but to be honest I’ve no idea if it’s holographic or not, having only ever really used it for layering …
must go check my bottle.
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It’s good that the formula on the new one is the upside. My version was really tricky. I thought that I’d flood every single one of my cuticles! But the only bad flooding was on my thumb nail, which is also the largest photo of the bunch, of course. 😛
Wow this is absolutely amazing! I love holos and dark polishes. Very pretty 🙂
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It’s one of my more unique colours in my collection – the jellyish finish really sets it apart!
Ugh… I swear I’m ALWAYS flooding my cuticles. It’s definitely my special nail polishing talent. 🙁 Oh well, I guess I just need to slow down and use thinner coats. This is a super pretty polish but I think there should be a law against different formulas of the same polish, it’s so annoying!! Grr!
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Sorry to hear that! Well, I’m going to attribute it to the formula. 😉 Sometimes polishes are so watery that it’s almost impossible not to flood your cuticles.
As for companies changing formulas, it would be nice if there was a clearly marked indicator so that the consumer would know. Then again, I think that occasionally new formulas are bad batches. :S
this is SUCH a cool holo! I’ve been on the hunt for some holographic polishes but the collections are old and hard to find new bottles that are reasonably priced. 🙁 maybe there’ll be future re-promotes or similar dupes.
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I hope they do re-promotes, too. They’d be so successful.
Have you looked into Color Club holos? They have a few that are pretty, and they’re reasonably priced.
I bought the new one but kept hearing from others that the original was prettier…and it looks like they were right.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the one that I have and it’s a great go-to color when I want something that goes with almost anything, but the holo in this one is so beautiful!
Although I don’t have the new (brown) version, I’ve seen swatches online, and I can see why you like it! 🙂
I recently bought the brown person of MPJ and I have to say the formula is near perfect! You can almost even get away with one coat on certain nails. Although I like the holographic version, I think the brown one is also really nice 😀
I haven’t tried the brown version, but it’s good to hear that the formula was spectacular! 🙂 Wow, an almost-one-coater? IMPRESSIVE!
Hi. Ty for review. I’m a proud owner of a my private jet by opi! I think the original it’s kinda purply! Mine. It took me gloops to put on. But ya I m into dark and want black nail polishes but they kinda hard to get. Don’t ask why! 🙂 – I wish – I found a good website that has designer cosmetics at allcosmeticwarehouse.com! I order a ton and they have opi for cheap! Get it 🙂 so this nail polish is from 2007!? Wow! That long!? :0-
The original is more of a charcoal than a purple. It’s also a bit sheer, so you need more coats to build it up, compared to the new version of this, which I heard is browner and more opaque.