To celebrate 50 years of 007, OPI have really gone all out with a James Bond themed polish collection – appropriately named, ‘Skyfall’. There are some gorgeous colours, which look as stylish as James Bond himself. To check out the colours in the collection click here.
One of the polishes in the collection is named ‘Man with the Golden Gun’ and it is a top coat with real flakes of 18k Gold Leaf in it.
OPI states: “The ultimate luxury – The Man with the Golden Gun 18K gold top coat is as decadent as James Bond 007. Apply as many coats as desired to add layers of opulent gold leaf over any OPI Nail Lacquer. For the not-so-secret- agent inside you!”
I’ll admit, I have never been a fan of James Bond myself. I just find the movies to be a bit over the top, so to me this just shouted over-the-top-gimmick… but even so, the novelty of the product made me curious. So, as they don’t have this as a tester, obviously because its got real gold in it, I decided to splurge and get it just out of interest.
Packaging wise it comes in this individual black box with gold writing – when you flip the lid up it’s a solid gold bottle on a background of gold flakes. So yes, they did a good job with the packaging to feel like you are opening a luxurious product.
I purchased it at wholesale prices from one of the Beauty Suppliers for $25, however it does appear to retail for approx $40.
It is the usual 15mL sized bottle: when you first open it, the gold flakes are certainly very obviously there and it really did look decadent.
On application it applied well, but the gold leaf didn’t transfer very well; in fact, with one coat only about half of what I expected to transfer did. You can see in the pictures below after 1, 2 and even 3 coats of the polish, I applied it over black for this review as it would show up the best over black.
You can obviously keep building it up and adding extra layers to get the effect you wanted, and I was happy after 3 coats. But that meant I was wearing 5 coats of polish (6 with undercoat) and with me and my nails that will usually mean that the polish will chip off like crazy. The first time I wore this, the polish didn’t only chip off, but the polish just fell off one of my nails – literally, the whole thing just all came off in one piece.
Now that I have it and have used it, I go back to my original statement that it is a gimmick. It’s nice enough, and the gold leaf does give a good effect on the nails. Yes it looks ‘luxurious’, but needing that many coats is a waste of product, and I wouldn’t use it all the time (maybe for a one off special occasion). I would also recommend only wearing it over a dark bold colour so that it shows up nicely.
So overall I would give this polish about a 5/10. Despite first appearances there is nothing overly exceptional about it… yet nothing overly bad about it either (much like my thoughts on James Bond himself).
Would you wear it?
*A special Thank-you to my lovely friend Ally Hayward for her photographic expertise in taking some of these photos =)