OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! Swatches & Review

OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It Swatches & ReviewYou’ll remember me blogging about OPI It’s My Year not long ago. That was the polish on my list when I went into Trade Secrets. But as I picked it up, another colour caught my eye on the display – OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!

Figuring that It’s My Year would be lonely, I decided to give it some company. So what if I paid for its friend. 😛

I’m so glad I picked up Swimsuit…Nailed It! Although the name irritates me (mainly because of the ellipsis), the colour blew me away. (Or in this case, I should say it ‘blue’ me away.)

It didn’t dawn on me until recently that because I’m so obsessed with green polish, I don’t swatch or review enough blues (even though I really love them, too).

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Something new? This is the first OPI I've ever bought that has the serial number engraved on the handle instead of only on the bottle itself. Interesting...

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Vibrant blue

Key Notes

  • Name: OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It!
  • Collection: OPI Miss Universe Collection
  • Colours Available in the OPI Miss Universe Collection: Swimsuit…Nailed It!, It’s My Year, Crown Me Already! & Congeniality Is My Middle Name
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $9.95 CAD
  • Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select salons/beauty-supply stores

OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! Review


Swimsuit…Nailed It! is a vivid blue that’s the life of the party. In the sunlight, it’s magical – you can see the shimmer dancing on your nails with very little hand movement. In dim light, you get a cool ‘pixelated’ effect that’s much duller than in sunlight (of course). And with flash, this sucker goes nuts!

This jewel-tone blue is a shade that I can see being very flattering on people of all different skin tones.


The pictures don’t lie. It’s a super-sparkly shimmery foil. Since it’s not glitter, the finish is smooth instead of gritty.

Also, I didn’t use a top coat, and look how shiny it dries by itself!

Application & Formula

Painting my nails with this was easy peasy. The formula is thin, but opaque, so you only really need 2 coats for full opacity, but if you feel like slapping on a 3rd, be my guest! 🙂


Okay, it sounded perfect up until now. I had a little surprise when I removed this. Be prepared for Smurfy nails and cuticles! But don’t worry, the staining isn’t permanent (as long as you used a good base coat!).

Even though your nails and skin will be blue afterwards, you just have to wash your hands thoroughly several times and the blue dye washes off and makes you resemble a member of the human race again.

If you’re in a rush somewhere and want to remove this polish and paint your nails another colour, my recommendation is don’t! You’re going to need time to remove this one.


  • Incredibly sparkly rich blue
  • Flattering colour on many different skin tones
  • Easy-to-work-with formula
  • Great opacity

  • Colour may be tricky to find since not too many places still carry the OPI Miss Universe Collection
  • Stains nails & skin (make sure you wear a base coat & plan to spend time removing this polish)

Final Verdict: 9/10

Even though OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! had me channeling Smurfette, I still feel that this colour is so gorgeous and lavish that it deserved a top score. (Had the staining been permanent, however, I would’ve given it a failing grade.)

If you’re a fan of blues, this is a pretty one to own. Although it’s not the most unique blue ever, I still consider this a winner!

Would you like to see me swatch and review more blue polishes? What’s the worst-staining polish you’ve ever worn? Have you noticed the new serial number engraved on OPI handles?


18 thoughts on “OPI Swimsuit…Nailed It! Swatches & Review

  1. Carmela

    Blues are my weakness. It took a lot of self control not to get that when I picked up It’s My Year and I was *almost* kicking myself for not getting it till I saw Orly’s new collection with another foil-y blue: Sweet Peacock. But then I saw your swatches. I now have a sudden urge to rush to the nearest Trade Secrets. @_@

    Altho turning into a smurf was never on my to do list. So I will have to think about it. I hate polish that stains. I think the worst one I have is a red based purple from the older SH line New Lengths Ceramics. Turned my nails a pale orange and I’m still growing that part out. 🙁

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      This one snuck up on me. Wasn’t expecting to get it, but it came home with me (laughing evilly to itself at its own brilliant scheme on the ride home, I might add). I just really wish that it was easily to remove. But at least the dye does come off after several hand-washings.

      Ahahah! I’m happy to hear that you liked my swatches that much! Hehe, but I took a look at Orly’s Sweet Peacock online. It looks really pretty, too! And if it doesn’t stain at all, more power to it!

      Haha, I like that line: “Altho turning into a smurf was never on my to do list”. That’s pure gold right there.

  2. Katie

    Love this color! The foil finish totally makes it for me. I’m a fan of blues so I certainly wouldn’t mind more blue polish reviews.

    That’s interesting about the serial number. I haven’t seen that on an OPI polish myself. I actually don’t think I’ve worn a polish that stained me yet. I hope that stays that way!
    Katie recently posted: Blue and Pink Arrow Nail Art

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      Definitely the foil makes it special. And, I really do need to get onto swatching more blues. Just hope that the ones I pick don’t all give me Smurf fingers! 😛

      Maybe OPI is cracking down on counterfeits more now. Serial number on the handle, bottle, and label. Seems a bit excessive, though.

  3. Jessica

    Wow! What a pretty shade of blue! I’ve been poking around online lately looking for nail polishes to update and expand my collection and I was looking at this one just yesterday. I’ve never worn a blue polish before but, like you said, it looks like this one is universally flattering. Thanks for swatching it!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      This is definitely a stunner on anyone’s nails. 🙂 Just makes sure you’re prepared to spend a lot longer removing this polish to get it off your skin and nails. And don’t forget to wear a really good base coat…or even two layers of it for added protection!

      You’re most welcome. 🙂 I love sharing swatches!

  4. Melissa

    I love this color! I bought it a few weeks ago when I saw it at a beauty supply store. I went there for the purpose of getting it and I got really bummed when I didn’t see it right away, but turns out the display was above another display the whole time. So I was happy. I haven’t worn it yet, but I did swatch it on my nail wheel and it’s such a gorgeous blue. I was really amazed at how opaque it was. I have nothing like it. The other colors are pretty too but they seem kind of dupe-y to me, especially the Congeniality color. Crown Me Already! is probably the only other color I’ll get, or maybe It’s My Year even though it’s dupe-y too but I don’t own any of the colors similar to it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      The display for this at my Trade Secrets is terrible! It was right at the bottom, near the corner of the room! I’m surprised that I saw it at all. Sometimes I have eagle eyes for nail polish, though. 😛

  5. imfeelingnail-venturous

    Very pretty! I’m adding this to my wish list. How long does it take you to take photos for your post? Do you take a million photos and then it takes you forever to go through them to pick the perfect ones? I’m seriously in love with your blog. I love how all your reviews are in the same format and you cover everything that needs to be covered. I know you must spend a lot of time on your blog. It is worth it because your blog is great!
    imfeelingnail-venturous recently posted: Comparison: Zoya Charla, Essence Choose Me, Orly Halley’s Comet, & Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey imfeelingnail-venturous!

      Yes, I definitely spend a lot of time on my blog because it truly is a labour of love. It makes me happy working on Swatch And Learn because I get to try new things and tap into my inner creativity. But I also really love getting feedback from you and other readers. So far, the responses have been positive and motivating. That really helps me want to continue sharing photos, experiences, and reviews with all of you. 😀

      Thank you for appreciating my hard work! 🙂 It’s always nice to hear that.

      Taking the photographs is usually pretty fast. I go trigger-happy with nail-polish photos. Since, for those reviews, I want to show the colour in different lighting, I usually wind up taking about 200 or so photos of a single colour. Then I look at them on my computer and crop and resize the ones I think look the sharpest. (My hands aren’t the steadiest, so even though I take 200 photos, there are probably over 30 that are super blurry because my hand shook…haha!) Definitely the ‘picking process’ and the editing take the longest time for me. Writing each post is a snap…probably because I find that part to be the most fun.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Josefin!

      It sparkles like crazy – that’s why it caught my attention unexpectedly in the store.

      Thanks! 🙂 I actually like square or squoval nails on other bloggers, but they never look right on me unfortunately. So instead of fighting, I’m going with nature. 🙂

  6. Ruthe

    OH MY GGAAAAAAAAWWWWWDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This color just made my heart flip and do a little dance routine!! This is SOOO gorgeous!! Like blow-my-mind-making-me-go-crazy-mouth-open-in-disbelief-of-how-pretty-this-color-is GORGEOUS!!! If I don’t get this soon, I WILL DIE!!

    *Ahem*…sorry about the spaz attack 😛

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ruthe!

      Hehe…Your heart is a talented gymnast! 😉

      Hahaha, no, no, no! You will still survive even if you don’t get it. But I still hope you can get your hands on it. In person, it looks incredible!

  7. Zhenya

    I’m looking for this one of nail polish? Advise where I can buy this nail polish in Internet? I can not find it!! OPI “Swimsuit Nailed It” nail polish lacquer

  8. slim1one

    I am in the process of buying this colour and am just doing some research before I commit to buying it (love it that you can find older collections at sparklecanada.com!) About staining – I never worry about staining anymore. I just soak my tips in a bowl of water mixed with denture powder cleaner (yup denture cleaner) and within minutes all staining on my skin is gone. It does not work to remove yellow discolouration on the nail surface though, too bad!


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