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Nail Noir: OPI Black Tie Optional

Thursday, January 6, 2011

OPI Black Tie Optional

OPI Black Tie Optional was released with the 2001 World Collection, and it's one of OPI's best. BTO has a deep purple base, but it flashes brown and goldish-green. It was hard to photograph, but I think I caught every color. This is two coats, no topcoat.

I got this polish from a local nail salon, along with OPI NYPD Beet and China Glaze Grape Crush (those swatches are forthcoming). I had to haggle with the young lady who worked there. She outright refused to sell them to me several times, but I wore her down (or maybe it was the $20 bill I pulled out). I almost hate to even use them because I'm scared I'll run out. Crazy, right?

Initially, the formula was super thick. There's no telling how long the bottles had been sitting on that shelf, so that wasn't surprising. I used thinner and gave it a good shake and it was fine. Actually, it was better than fine. It applied like butter and there was no chipping.

Overall, BTO is as close to perfect as a polish can get. I can see why it's so coveted.

Happy painting!

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At January 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM , Blogger rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued) said...

I only see this one on ebay...I better snatched it up before it's gone....It's gorgeous :D

At January 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM , Blogger Nail Noir said...

It truly is. See if you can find it at a local nail salon. You'd be surprised at the bottles they have sitting around. Getting them to sell it to you is the hard part lol.

At March 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM , Blogger pkbmum said...

This was one of my first OPI lacquers I bought. I loved this colour so much I got a backup. Truly beautiful.


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