OPI Not Like the Movies Swatches, Review & Konadicure

OPI Not Like the Movies Swatches & ReviewAs I was going through my computer and deleting photos, I came across photos of OPI Not Like the Movies taken with my old camera in the summer.

Since I still strongly remember wearing this manicure, I feel comfortable providing you with an in-depth review of the polish.

This blog post is going to be slightly different than my typical swatch-and-review posts, though.

All the photos I show have the Konadicure I did on top of it because I didn’t wear the colour solo, and I have no photos of it solo. Despite this set-back, I think that you’ll still be able to see the multichrome nature of the polish.

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Key Notes

  • Name: OPI Not Like the Movies
  • Collection: OPI Katy Perry Collection (2011)
  • Colors in OPI Katy Perry Collection: Black ShatterTeenage Dream, Last Friday Night, The One That Got Away & Not Like the Movies
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $9.95 CAD
  • Where to Buy: Drugstore.com, eBay & beauty-supply stores that still carry old collections

OPI Not Like the Movies Review


A silver polish has to do a lot to get my attention. It has to play the kazoo with its left nostril, balance a teacup on its chin, all while naming every prime minister Canada has ever had. A green polish, however, can sashay by, wink at me, and then I’m sold. Well, almost.

OPI Not Like the Movies is a predominantly silver polish, so I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it…and I didn’t. It’s not a bad colour, but it’s just the kind that I feel doesn’t do anything for my skintone.

What I do appreciate is that it’s not just a silver. You can see anaemic purple and a faint green, depending on the angle of your nails and the way the light hits it.


Not Like the Movies is a multichrome polish with micro glitter. Sounds like there’s a lot going on, right? Surprisingly, there’s an elegance about this polish that I can appreciate, although the green and purple aren’t strong enough for me. (This is why I ended up doing a Konadicure on top immediately to make it more wearable.)

If you like subtle colours, this could very well be the perfect polish for you because, while it has 3 colours going on, it isn’t obnoxious like the frat boy who starts off his greeting with a loud “What’s crack-a-lack-a-ling?” followed by “Get me a beer, woman.”

(Just typing that bothered me. Ugh!)

(Focus, Mary!)


The finish of Not Like the Movies is like a watered down multichrome compared to what I prefer. I do think it’s pretty in the bottle, but its beauty doesn’t seem to translate well on my nails. Perhaps my skintone isn’t right for it, and those with cooler skintones will find it more flattering.

Application & Formula

The colour isn’t the only thing that I found watered down.

I don’t know if it was just my bottle or not, but the formula was really watery. In fact, it was so watery that I thought perhaps it wasn’t mixed properly, so I shook the bottle up. (After I did that, the bottle said it felt dizzy and then went to lie down. I felt guilty because I ordered it to get to work.) 😉

For those of you who don’t know, I tend to use medium coats. (For exceptional polishes, I do thin coats, but the vast majority of the time, I use medium coats.)

Even with that extra polish on my brush, I found Not Like the Movies to be Not Like Many of Mary’s Other Polishes.

It was super sheer with the first coat…so sheer that I was already wondering if it would take me 3858936 coats before it would become opaque. Thankfully, it only took 3 coats for me to achieve opacity. (I do wonder, however, how it would look layered over a silver polish or even a dark colour. Maybe that would help.)

In terms of application, it applied quite easily, but my bottle was on the watery side. It wasn’t difficult to control the polish with the brush, though.

Nail Stamping

At 3 coats, I wasn’t feeling this polish at all. The colour was a big let-down for me because usually when you say ‘multichrome’, I jump up like a dog excited about playing Fetch. This time, I just stayed in my bed, gnawing on the bone my master gave me after last night’s dinner.

When something isn’t to your liking, do something about it!

I did something. I stamped over it, and then I loved how it looked. 🙂

It’s really too bad that Konadicures can’t make everything in life better. Can you imagine? Try it!

  • “I don’t like having to pay this speeding ticket!” – Put a Konadicure over it.
  • “I don’t like paying taxes!” – Put a Konadicure over a politician.
  • “I don’t like the obnoxious frat boy!” – Put a Konadicure over his forehead.
  • “I don’t like this Konadicure!” – Put another Konadicure over it.

Edit: Wondering how you even do nail stamping? Come check out the Konad Tutorial I did a long time ago when I first tried my hand at it as a newbie!

2 Versions of OPI Not Like the Movies

There seem to be different versions of OPI Not Like the Movies floating around.

The original is the one I’ve shown in this post where you can see silver, green, and purple. And the other version (which I don’t own) looks like a pale, plain silver polish.

If you’re going to try tracking this down, I’d advise that you confirm you’re getting the original version because it’s far prettier than the latter.


  • Silver-green-purple multichrome with micro-glitter
  • Subtle & elegant instead of flashy (can be a Con)

  • Watery, sheer formula requires 3 coats
  • Not as lively as some multichromes (can be a Pro)

Final Verdict: 6/10

With the zebra Konadicure over the top, I loooooved wearing this manicure! (My favourite from the OPI Katy Perry Collection is still Last Friday Night.)

How do you salvage manicures and make them more your style? Do you like wearing silver nail polish? Don’t you wish that Konadicures could make everything in life better?


47 thoughts on “OPI Not Like the Movies Swatches, Review & Konadicure

  1. karen

    LOL…you really do have a way with words. 😀

    I bought this one when it first came out and was a bit disappointed with it plain. It really does look better with the Konadicure over it (reminder to self….practice stamping). In spite of the fact that I enjoy a good silver, they always look unfinished for me. It’s almost like they are begging politely to be enhanced. Maybe it’s just too much bling all in one place.

    I used to salvage my ‘what was I thinking?’ manicures with black shatter. It was like closing the blinds a bit so that the sun doesn’t hurt your eyes. Now that I’ve discovered stamping, stick-ons, layering (it’s amazing what a coat of sheer color will do for some cremes) and glitters, there are a few more options for those times when my nails are saying ‘you aren’t REALLY going to leave us this way, right?’ If all else fails, a good flakie coat always seems to work.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      Hehehehe…I love how your nails can speak to you like that! (I thought mine were the only ones fluent in English. :P)

      YES, a good flakie seems to make everything better. Well, maybe not the frat boy… 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lawren!

      You know, the first Konadicure I ever wore was done with this zebra print. It’s still one of my favourite nail-stamping designs. If you have any boring creme polishes, this zebra print seems to always bring it back to life.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey PinkGlitter!

      Thank you! 😀 I’m a strange one, but I just couldn’t bring myself to wear the nail polish alone without the stamping…

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      You know, I can see this colour looking waaaaaaaay better on you than it does on me. I think it would ‘pop’ more.

  2. Jessica

    I wore this one by itself after I first bought it and actually really liked it. The multichrome quality reminded me of the flashes of colors in puddles of oil in parking lots. It was rather sheer, though–it took me three coats as well.

    For my next manicure, I was planning on wearing this one again, but with Black Shatter. I like the way this one looks with the black Konad stamping, too. I’ve also seen pictures online of this one with Last Friday Night layered over it and I think that’s an interesting combination. Oh, one last random thing: why on earth would OPI come out with two versions of NLTM? I think I would feel ripped off if I had bought one of the ‘plain’ bottles.

    1. Jessica

      I just checked and it was actually Teenage Dream I saw layered over NLTM, not Last Friday Night. Whoops! Guess I remembered it wrong. Still looks good though!

    2. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      It’s good that you like the colour solo. (I wanted it to work with my skintone so badly, but I felt like ‘something wasn’t right’. A lot of silvers in this shade seem to ‘not go’ quite well for me. I can pull off the gun-metal grays better.)

      No that you mention it, it really does look like an oil spill!

      Oh, I haven’t seen Last Friday Night layered over Not Like the Movies. I may have to try that sometime. It sounds like a unique combination!

      Perhaps that second version was a bad batch. :S I also feel sorry if people were looking for a multichrome and got a plain silver instead.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sophie!

      If it actually worked, heck, I’d be putting Konadicures all over the weather during these Canadian winters. Although…I suspect that someone’s been doing it already. The weather has been quite mild so far. 😛

  3. Marisa

    You truly crack me up Mary!! This is a gorgeous mani! I love that polish. I think I might have it. I definitely have something like it. It’s a sad day when you have so much polish that you’re not sure if you have something, smh. Anyhoo, great mani ;0).
    Marisa recently posted: Neutral Gradient

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marisa!

      Hehe, more like a happy day when you have soooooooooo many polishes! 😉 And, if you find it in your stash, it’s almost like finding buried treasure.

      See? This is yet ANOTHER colour that I feel would look incredible on you, but it just looks blah on me without the nail stamping on top. Let’s switch places for just a day…hehe! Deal? 😛

  4. Raychul

    Konadicures making everything better…no questions asked! Can we somehow make this happen?

    I love this mani on you! The color itself is very subtle but I like that the multichrome adds a nice little surprise. The zebra stamp you put over it is perfect. It seems to give the manicure a bit of attitude that the polish alone was lacking. I don’t think I’ve ever worn this polish alone but when I first purchased it I loved how it looked in the bottle. It looks nice with the black shatter top coat as well.

    I usually salvage my hot mess manicures with glitter. Like konadicures, glitter makes everything better! 😀

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Raychul!

      Hehe, maybe we can make it happen if we all simultaneously will it together! 😉 (Can you also bring the glitter? That may be the little extra magic we’ll need to make this work.)

  5. Marta

    Oh Mary… I’m still smiling! I loved reading this post… I’m so sorry to hear that you weren’t overly WOWED by this shade, and interestingly, the things that make you go “oh-that’s too bad” with this shade are the things that I say “cool!!!! I”m glad it ins’t overly green”… lol
    I guess opposites attract and if we put our heads together we could build an empire!!! and if that doesn’t work we could just put a konadicure on it 😉

    I will have to play with this shade soon… now I forgot how much I missed it…
    Marta recently posted: Peridot- from “the vault”

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      I like how we have different manicure styles because when I visit your blog, you help me appreciate a lot of colours that I may have overlooked before. And you can pull off shades that I just can’t, even if I want to.

      Sure, let’s build an empire! I’ll bring my Helmer! 😉

  6. Heather

    Do you have a special techique for the konadicure? I have never done one…gasp!! I am sooo gonna try it now! Any advice? I so love your blog and all the new ideas i get from you! 🙂

      1. Mary Post author

        Hey Heather!

        Glad you were able to find my tutorial. I’m going to edit my post to include a link to it just in case someone else is curious. 🙂

  7. Melissa

    Great review! I have this, but I haven’t worn it. It’s the only color, besides Teenage Dream and Black Shatter that I have from the Katy Perry collection. It seemed like the collection was popular. I had trouble finding most of them. With Not Like The Movies, I found a random bottle at a beauty supply store sitting in the Texas collection. I heard about the dud version last year from some posts I read and the color is not very special. I think it would be easy to tell right away which version you have. I’m glad to say that I own the original. There’s flashes of purple and green and it has the silver base with the micro glitter. I’m hoping to like it when I do wear it, but I might try it with Black Shatter on top. For me when it comes to salvaging manicures or adding something to make it that much better, I love to add glitter. I should also try out my crackles/shatters because aside from using Black Shatter one time, I haven’t really used them.
    Melissa recently posted: 8ty8Beauty Christmas order!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Yes, that collection was ridiculously popular! The only way I was able to get my hands on this was because a woman I worked with (who also was getting into polish) was kind enough to pick them up for me. She literally called a bunch of beauty-supply stores near work, located a place that still had the collection in stock, and then put them on hold – some for herself and some for me.

      It’s funny that it took so much effort to find them at first. Then, a few months later, I saw displays full of every colour. 😛 Of course!

      I’ve barely used my Shatter polishes, too. Yet I’m burned out on them already just because they blew up everywhere. But…since I have pretty much every Shatter that came out (aside from the purple one from the Nicki Minaj Collection), I may try using some to ‘justify’ my purchases. 😉

  8. maddy

    Great review! I also love your Konadicure. I got the mini set for Christmas but I never tried it yet. I am not sure if they put the original in the mini set, I hope they do.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      I think that they would include the original version in the mini set just because usually they come out with mini sets right at the beginning of a collection. Then, when it sells out, I don’t think they continue to produce them. (I could be wrong, but it seems that way.)

      You’ll be able to tell just by looking at the bottle. If you look at it in natural light (not really bright light), you should be able to see the silver, purple, and green. If it just looks all silver no matter what angle you look at it, then…sorry, it’s the boring version.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Debbie Crumpet!

      THANK YOU for saying that! It’s a huge compliment, especially since I took those photos with my 5-year-old camera that I’ve had to retire recently. I’m glad that you liked it that much. Makes me feel so good! 😀

  9. Brianna

    I am surprised you didn’t like this color, I absolutely LOVED it. I love the green and purple that you can see if you shift your nails a little, and I bought the full bottle after buying the mini sets. (I also got Last Friday Night, which is my favorite still).
    Brianna recently posted: Blue Glitter Mani!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      I was surprised, too! It was the first multichrome that didn’t make my jaw drop. But…I’m glad that you were over the moon about it! 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashesela!

      Well, if you get the other version of this polish, it’s a plain silver. But I think that would put me to sleep mid-Konadicure. 😛

      Hehehe, just don’t play the kazoo after the nostril’s on it. It might taste…funky.

  10. another Cristina

    I don’t have this color, mostly because I’m also not a silver gal. However, I’ve seen it a lot after my friend brought Wet n Wild Gray’s Anatomy to a nail gathering. (The only kind of gathering I ever attend ;)) It was universally loved in the bottle and disappointing on the nail because of how sheer it was. I don’t have the swatch wheel anymore, but I think it neared the bottle color over silver or 1 coat of a sheer black. (Yes, I swatch my friends’ colors and only go to nail polish gatherings. Stop staring at me. Stop it! :)) There are plenty of comparisons out there on the web of the two, the consensus seems to be that they are near dupes, right down to the opacity!
    another Cristina recently posted: How many uses does a bottle get?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey another Cristina!

      Hahahaha…a nail gathering! I love that! How come I’m never invited to any nail gatherings? Oh yeah…it’s because my friends in real life aren’t into polish. Boo…

      *Continues to stare at you just so you’ll tell me to “Stop it!” again* Hehe 😛

  11. Nicole M

    That’s pretty funny we both did konadicures over the same polish for today’s posts! Although NLTM isn’t anything like, for example, my much coveted Beetlejuice duochromes I thought it was pretty bright in sunlight. It IS super thin though which is a little weird for a metallic-y polish. Oh well… you’re right… a zebra stamp will cure many ills. 🙂 Your nails look fantastic, as always 😀
    Nicole M recently posted: Snake-skin Nailssssssss

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole M!

      Good timing! Hehe, and what are the chances of that? 🙂 I just took a look now and I just love the way the snakeskin print you did looks over this colour. You know, this colour may not have wowed me when worn solo, but it seems to be perfect for stamping over! I love the shape of your nails!

  12. Carmela

    Hey funny lady, I see you’re up to your antics again. 😉 I love it when you write this way! It makes for a great read. (Btw, I could’ve sworn I already wrote a comment yesterday so when I went back to see your reply, I was astonished to find I hadn’t commented at all. Getting old, maybe? Or the inlaws’ forgetfulness rubbing off on me? :P)

    I’m super glad to hear that you didn’t particular love this polish. I initially got Wet N Wild Gray’s Anatomy (an alleged dupe of this) and wasn’t too happy about the sheerness of the formula either. Plus, I felt it didn’t flash the other two colors as much as it did purple. So I was thinking about getting this. Based on your review, I think I’ll just pass. It looks great over the zebra (..tiger?) stripes tho!

    PS. I would totally konadicure a police officer who would try to give me a ticket. I bet it would distract him/her long enough for me to speed away. It just might hypothetically work, no?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Thank you! 🙂 It”s fun writing like that and being a goofball.

      Isn’t it interesting how this is the kind of shade that some people either really love or just feel meh about? Just shows you the large diversity of personal preference! It’s good, though – at least we’re not all clawing to get the same colours…haha!

      P.S. Yes, it might work. Try it this weekend, and let us all know. 😛 (Hahaha, don’t!)

  13. Soo

    nice job stamping! I don’t have any Konad plates, but I have some cheap versions that I either haven’t mastered, or they’re just crap. the color of the OPI polish reminds me of Zoya Ki a little bit too.
    Soo recently posted: Shot of the Day

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Soo!

      Thanks! 🙂

      Which other plates do you have? Mash? I’ve heard that they copied a lot of Konad plates, but the quality isn’t as good and that the images are hard to pick up on your stamper. Never tried them. The only non-Konad plates I have are by Bundlemonster, and most of the images work really well. Maybe you can give those a go? They’re not as expensive as Konad plates, but you have to buy them in a full set. (I have a review on their second set, if you’re interested in seeing all the plate designs.)


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