OPI Sparkle-icious Swatches & Review (Layered Over China Glaze Gothic Lolita)

OPI Sparkle-icious Swatches & ReviewWhen the OPI Burlesque Collection came out in 2010, I really wanted Sparkle-icious, but held off on snatching it up. At the time, I thought that the lemming would be squashed after a few months. Nope!

But by the time I caved, it sold out everywhere. And I wasn’t prepared to pay an inflated price, either.

Then, low and behold, one day, it popped up randomly on an etailer for a less-than-retail price. Without blinking, I placed the order. And sure enough, a few days later, they sold out of every bottle. (Thank goodness I didn’t dilly dally when I had a second chance!)

This post is a bit of a tease because it’s harder to find now, but considering how gorgeous it is, it would be a real crime to not share this with you all. πŸ˜‰

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OPI Sparkle-icious Swatches & Review


√ Multi-colour glitter

Key Notes

  • Name: OPI Sparkle-icious
  • Collection: OPI Burlesque Collection 2010
  • Colours Available in the OPI Burlesque Collection: The Show Must Go On!, Bring on the Bling, Glow Up Already!, Extra-va-vaganza!, Simmer & Shimmer, Show It & Glow It!, Rising Star, Take the Stage, Let Me Entertain You, Ali’s Big Break & Tease-y Does It
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $5.25 USD
  • Where to Buy: eBay (Unfortunately, this colour is a little tricky to find now because it was released quite a while ago.)

OPI Sparkle-icious Review


Sparkle-icious by OPI is a fun-loving polish that’s like a party in a bottle. When you unscrew the cap, don’t be surprised if you think you hear some music and people laughing. (Well, okay, if you hear that, you may want to make an appointment somewhere…)

Seriously, though, I love how this is like confetti for your nails. It’s gold, blue, and pink! This combination spells fun to me, and for some reason, it reminds me of Easter. I think it’s because Easter baskets usually are decorated with these colours.


OPI Sparkle-icious is clearly a glitterbomb polish! πŸ˜‰ You get tons of bling-bling, twinkle, and well, sparkle, just as the name promises.

It’s very sparkly even without a shiny top coat, but I still recommend that you use one to smooth everything out.

There’s noticeable texture with Sparkle-icious, but it’s not sharp and rough like typical glitters of this caliber.

Application & Formula

I was expecting the formula to be really clumpy and gooey, but surprisingly, it wasn’t. The glitter flowed onto the nail evenly, which meant that I didn’t have to go over areas. It looked nice with one coat.


I haven’t used this polish solo because I see it more as the type for layering over other polishes, but just in case you wanted to wear it solo, I did some swatches to better illustrate its opacity.

Layering OPI Sparkle-icious Over China Glaze Gothic Lolita Swatches & Review

Natural Light (Left-Right): 1 coat, 2 coats & 3 coats

Layering OPI Sparkle-icious Over China Glaze Gothic Lolita Swatch & Review

Flash (Left-Right): 1 coat, 2 coats & 3 coats

As you can see, even with 3 coats, you can still see the nail peeking out. So, that’s why I think it’s better if you layer this polish over something else. If you wear it solo, expect to use 4-5 coats. (And with multiple coats, expect to spend a lot of time removing all the glitter!)

I chose to layer it over China Glaze Gothic Lolita (a pretty purple), but I think it would look brilliant over a blue, gold, black, or even a green!


  • Multi-colour glitter (purple, blue & gold)
  • Versatile & can be layered over other polishes
  • Applies evenly

  • Difficult to find now
  • Has slight texture (but it’s not as bad as typical glitter polishes)

Final Verdict: 10/10

I’m in love with OPI Sparkle-icious! There are lots of multi-coloured glitter polishes on the market, but I really fell for the combination of gold, purple, and blue. Can’t wait to wear it over more polishes! πŸ™‚

Did you get any of the glitters from the OPI Burlesque Collection? What is your most-used glitter polish?


38 thoughts on “OPI Sparkle-icious Swatches & Review (Layered Over China Glaze Gothic Lolita)

  1. Janet "The KnitMaster"

    I wish I would’ve bought this back then too! I love your “Easter basket” analogy, but personally, I always thought “Mardi Gras”!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey The KnitMaster!

      Yes, it does have a Mardi Gras feel about it, too! In either case, it’s a celebration in a bottle! πŸ˜€

  2. Karen

    Love this, I’m glad I picked it up when it first came out. For some reason I never think of the polishes I own as HTFs (likely because i’ve already found them) but in this case its a bit of nail polish relief to have in safely in my stash.
    As with every post you have beautiful nails and application!
    Karen recently posted: Naughty Studs

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Karen!

      You make a good point. When it’s in your possession, it doesn’t quite feel as hard to find anymore because you, well, found it!

      Glad that you were smart and scooped this baby up. It’s a shame, though, that it’s tough to find now. I wish more people could enjoy it.

      Aww…thank you so much for the praise! πŸ™‚ I swear it’s gonna go all to my head one day. (I need to see if I can distribute it somehow to my arms and legs, too.) πŸ˜‰

  3. karen

    Wow! Sparkle-icious is right!

    That’s a whole lotta glitter in one tiny bottle and the colors are lovely and versatile…it would go well with just about anything. πŸ˜€

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      And don’t you just love how you only need a single coat for layering? Some polishes take 2-3 layers, and by then, you’re wearing about 6 layers of polish in total, if you count your base colour.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marisa!

      That’s a very good question. I don’t have any Icing nail polish – not even sure if they’re sold anywhere in Canada. I wish someone would do a comparison because if it’s easier to get the Icing version, that would make a lot of people very happy. Plus Icing is less expensive.

  4. Jessica

    Ooooh, I LOVE this combo!! I can never get enough of glitter polish. This truly “Sparkle-icious” polish really dressed up Gothic Lolita. A coat of glitter is one of my favorite solutions to a color I feel less than thrilled about on the nail. I love the two colors I do own from the Burlesque collection–Rising Star and Tease-y Does It–but the more I see swatches of the glitters, the more I regret not getting my mitts on those!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Definitely – it took Gothic Lolita from pretty to blingtastic-and-ready-to-party! πŸ˜‰

      Some of the glitter polishes are still available (not this one, unfortunately). I’ve seen a few on Victoria Nail Supply’s website. I think just 2-3 colours were in stock, though.

  5. Margo

    I love the burlesque collection too but I HATE removing it – someone needs to invent a polish remover that can do glitter really well. I have a glitter from LA colors that comes off a bit better, but I rarely do a lot of it because I know it’s going to be a struggle to remove!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Margo!

      Glitter removal can be such a struggle! But since I only used a single coat, here, it was pretty easy to take off – thank goodness!

  6. Jennifer

    I bought this when I was in LA in November 2010. Absolutely luved it until I had to take it off. I was at my nail salon and ended up using full strength acetone and it was still difficult. I agree with Margo…make a remover that will remove it. As a result, I then started to ‘hate it’ and never wore it again. Gave it to my nail salon πŸ™

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jennifer!

      Haha, I’m kind of worried that if they make an insanely strong remover, it won’t just remove your nail polish, but your fingers as well! πŸ˜‰ Hahahahha! (I’m too chicken to even use full-strength 100% acetone. I just use the regular acetone kind.)

      Whoa – LUCKY NAIL SALON! πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Saima!

      Lucky you! πŸ˜€ One time when I checked, I saw a bottle selling for $20 USD! I wouldn’t pay that much for it. It’s GREAT that you got it for a reasonable price. πŸ˜€ YAYYYY!

  7. CupK8

    Gah! I just.. love it! What a gorgeous combination. Thanks for the lemming, Mary. πŸ˜›

    I had my first “this glitter won’t come off!” experience recently and it was the first time I had to use the foil method – worked a treat. I usually just use felt and Zoya Remove + and it works on most glitters I have.

    I should get Sparkle-icious and experiment.. you know… for science!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey CupK8!

      Sometimes I feel guilty about creating lemmings, but at the same time, I feel very flattered! πŸ˜€ (Yes, I think getting it in the name of science is fully justified.) Hehehhee πŸ˜‰

      Good to hear that the foil method worked for you – it’s better than rubbing your fingers raw…haha!

  8. beachgal

    This was the most popular of the sparkles out of the Burlesque collection and sold out first of all of them at most retailers. It’s basically the same formula as OPI Mad Hatter, but instead of the silver glitter in MH – Sparkle-lous has gold in place of the silver. It’s a great one to have in any collection. Like MH, and as you indicated in your really good review here, the glitter particles are smaller so the coat is not a rough as some glitters.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Great observation and comparison between this and OPI Mad As a Hatter. I haven’t worn MAAH since it first came out. It’s pretty, but I doubt I’ll wear it again. It was actually the manicure I was wearing when my father suddenly passed away, so even though the polish is pretty, I associate it with immense sadness and pain. πŸ™ I was thinking about selling it or putting it in a giveaway. Not sure yet what I’ll do with it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Maria Saldana!

      Oh my gosh – how fun are your shoes? What brand are they? And what style of shoe? Open-toe? Pumps? Sandals? I bet they look awesome. Do you have any photos? I’d love to see them!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ Sparkle-icious really adds a brilliant pop to any base colour. I’m now wondering what it would look like over green…(hehe, of course!) πŸ˜‰

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey another Cristina!

      Okay, I’m glad that you weren’t annoyed that this post was a bit of a tease. πŸ™‚ I also enjoy seeing polishes from older collections. Sometimes it reminds me to use what I already have (but neglected). Haha, and other times, it creates huge lemmings. πŸ˜‰

  9. Carmela

    Love this glitter polish! Wearing it with a purple made it really shine. I didn’t get anything from the Burlesque collection but now you have me wishing I got this one! As for my most used glitter polish, strangely enough it’s Color Club Gingerbread from last holiday 2011. I think it’s because it’s easily one of my most dense glitters that make it easy to use to refresh older manis/hide tip wear, and gold usually goes with most colors. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Oh, you never know when it could turn up on an etailer or giveaway! πŸ˜‰

      Color Club Gingerbread is pretty! Geez, I got a lot of the polishes from that collection, but still haven’t tried any of the glitters. πŸ˜› Eventually I’ll get around to it. πŸ™‚

  10. Melissa

    Why couldn’t I have become obsessed with nail polish a few years ago? I am so jealous of this! My most used favorite glitter is Sparkled by Wet N’ Wild over N.Y.C. Charming Rose Cream. I have already gone through one bottle, half way through this one, and have a back up!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Hehe, don’t worry – the nail-polish companies won’t let you down. I’m sure that they’ll continue to put out so many huge lemmings for years and years to come. πŸ˜‰ It boggles my mind how they’re able to do it year after year…heck, month after month!

    1. Mary Post author


      Sorry, but I had to scream that at the top of my lungs because whenever my favourite beauty blogger and nail guru pays me a visit, my heart races! Thank you very much for stopping by my blog. Your stamp of approval and encouragement mean so much to me! πŸ˜€

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      You always remember your first polish that begins your nail obsession! Hehe! I was into polish for a while, but it was OPI Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not that got me really hooked. πŸ™‚


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