Sunday, October 29, 2017

OPI ~ Turn on the Northern Lights!

OPI ~ Turn on the Northern Lights!
Deep purple with shimmer

“Turn On the Northern Lights!” is from the Iceland Collection from Autumn 2017 and the only one I bought from that collection. I bought it mostly because of the amazing looking shimmer – I will get back to that.

I used two easy coats for full coverage. The drying time was good.

Before I show you how it looks on its own I am going to talk about the nail art I did today: I tried foil for the very first time!! I used Moyra’s “Foil polish for stamps”. The concept is that you stamp your desired pattern onto the nails, and then apply foil into the still wet stamping polish.

It went good. Perhaps it went a little too good… I stamped a design onto my nails and then pressed the foil against the still wet polish. I removed the foil and… there were not only foil where the stamp was, haha!

This is how it ended up looking, including a layer of water based topcoat:

 OPI ~ Turn on the Northern Lights!

And this is the pattern that I wanted it to be (from the stamping plate Kaledoscope BPX-L009):

Kaleidoscope BPX-L009

Anyway, back to the base polish, “Turn on the Northern Lights!” Like I said, I bought it because of the shimmer. This is what two coats on its own look like in the sunshine:

 OPI ~ Turn on the Northern Lights!

It’s pretty, isn’t it? It’s probably what it is going to look like on the most blog pictures you stumble over in nail polish blog land. The truth is that the shimmer isn’t that prominent outside the sunshine. This is what it looks like most of the time – the picture is taken in my lightbox.

 OPI ~ Turn on the Northern Lights!

Here are the things I used for my manicure:

One last thing: The shimmer sinks to the bottom of the bottle really quickly and it takes a lot of shaking to mix it all back together.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: This is really pretty in strong lights
Buy again: Maybe


  1. What a marvellous nail polish this one!

  2. I really like Turn on the Northern Lights! Great end result :)

  3. I like this polish a lot, I think it's quite gorgeous. I actually didn't have a problem thinking the shimmer was to discreet but I wore it in august so there was more sun avaliable then:)

    1. I am a huge fan of shimmer; the more, the better. And I want to see it all the time :D

  4. Amazing shimmer! Love it :-D And the stamping :-D