When I first got into nail polish the big thing seemed to be finding old polishes at beauty supply stores or nail salons. No one seems too into that any more, maybe because all the good stuff has been found or dustying had become overshadowed by the rise of indie polishes. Here’s what I had found (and lost) and rediscovered yesterday lurking in a corner of a closet. I think I had considered putting them up for sale at some point to they were sequestered away from my regular stash. Then I forgot about them until a few months ago. I saw someone’s picture of their OPI Black Magic Mountain and said, “Don’t I have that?” The search was on! I unearthed them last night from under a box of Christmas decorations along with a bunch of other old stuff that I will get around to posting but these are the prettiest ones. I have had a change of heart for the time being and will not be selling any of them.
OPI Black Magic Mountain, OPI Pike’s Peak-A-Boo Purple, OPI Jasper Jade, OPI Peru-B-Ruby
I’ve never opened any of these I don’t think. I really want to wear Jasper Jade for Christmas though! It looks very pine-tree colored. Since they are black label I doubt they smell anywhere near a pine tree though. Peee-ew!
OPI Revved Up & Red-y, OPI Russian to a Party, OPI Tucumcari Boys-n-Berry, OPI Glacier Bay Blues
OPI At Your Quebec and Call, OPI Dominant Jeans, OPI Play Til Midnight, OPI Have You Seen My Limo?
OPI Hey! Get in Lime!, OPI NYPD Beet
I left the dust on them and didn’t shake them for dramatic effect. Seriously though, don’t be afraid to poke your head in one of those strip mall chop shops and ask if they sell polish. Most of them are very nice people; I only encountered one place that I wanted to call immigration on and report them for human trafficking.
This particular line from Sally Hansen was discontinued several years ago to make way for the Complete Salon Manicure line. Too bad because I think the Salon line was much better overall-better colors, better bottle (I’m a sucker for square bottles). Here are a few of the most unique colors:
Night Hydrangea & Honeydew
In the olden days (ok, the mid-’90s) before some goody-goody politician decided to remove the good chemicals from nail polish, the ones that made application easier due to better formulations, there were these lovely old things from CND. They smell different, they apply way better than today’s polishes but alas, they are full of toluene and formaldehyde. I came across these one day in a dusty old beauty supplier’s warehouse. I think she charged me $1 a piece for them? Score.
When these were actually available in stores, I recall coming across a huge selection of them in a Trade Secret. I thought, “Ewww, what weird colors! Who would wear these?” I thought the same thing about the old Hard Candy line. I was 30 going on 75 back then! Now I’m 40 going on 20. Wish I could go back and buy them all now!
That last picture makes Okie-Dokie-Artichokie look a little bit like Chanel Peridot but it’s really got a pink duochrome thing going on, not gold. Very unique shade! I saw them at one time super reasonable on eBay. Haven’t looked lately.
Since there was no mail delivery yesterday, I’m hoping today will be good for the Nail Mail. I need something sparkly to make this week better. This sums up my day: