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Real 18k Gold In Nail Polish? Yes!

L-R: OPI 'The Man With The Golden Gun', Sephora by OPI 'It's Real 18k Gold Topcoat', & Jessica 'Gold Leaf'

So, in case you guys haven’t heard gold is pretty hot and trendy in nail polish. To my knowledge, Sephora by OPI came out with ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’ some time ago (that you can purchase here from Sephora only for $30.00).

And now Jessica makes a ‘Gold Leaf’ topcoat (that you can purchase here directly from their website for $29.95 or from eBay seller ‘fantastic_nails’ here for $14.95 + $3.00 S&H), OPI just came out with ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’ that’s part of the Skyfall collection (that you can purchase at ULTA, many other retailers, eBay, and places like the Beauty Store Depot for $30.00), and of course the Zoya Gilty Pleasures boxed set that’s back for a limited time you can purchase it here for $35.00, yes, that’s a $5.00 increase).

I compared all these gold topcoats over Sinful Colors ‘Smokin’ which is a dark gray cream; I used 2 coats.

L-R: OPI 'The Man With The Golden Gun', Sephora by OPI 'It's Real 18k Gold Topcoat', & Jessica 'Gold Leaf'

L-R: OPI ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, Sephora by OPI ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’, & Jessica ‘Gold Leaf’

L-R: OPI 'The Man With The Golden Gun', Sephora by OPI 'It's Real 18k Gold Topcoat', & Jessica 'Gold Leaf'

L-R: OPI ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, Sephora by OPI ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’, & Jessica ‘Gold Leaf’

The following swatches feature 1 coat of each gold flake topcoat.

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

And then I decided to add another coat, below features 2 coats of each gold flake topcoat.

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

Pinky-SOPI, Ring-OPI, Middle-Jessica, Index-SOPI

My thoughts on all 3 gold flake topcoats:

  • Sephora by OPI ‘It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat’– I got this topcoat when it initially came out and as you can see from my bottle shot have used it for about 4-5 full manicures. I just love it, the formula is perfect and there’s no ‘fishing’ for the gold. I personally enjoy this topcoat over lighter colors like nudes or Essie’s ‘Demure Vixen’! The only possible con is that the pieces are small and it looks like small flecks on the nail rather than flakes.
  • OPI ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’– I found that while the flakes are larger they are much more sparse than the SOPI topcoat. While the flakes are more sparse they are much larger, I also found that if you shake the bottle the flakes are much easier to pick up on the brush. As with sparse glitters the easiest way to apply this is to wipe the brush off (on the inside of the bottle) and dip the tip of the brush in the center of the opening to get a little bit of polish. Also, when I applied the second coat more flakes sort of caught on to the previous ones (no, this doesn’t leave a ‘bumpy’ texture) making the second coat appear more evenly distributed.
  • Jessica ‘Gold Leaf’– While this topcoat produced similar results I found it more difficult to ‘fish’ for the gold flakes than in the OPI polish. So, with this one you’ll have larger pieces but still a more sparse look. I must say I do like the larger pieces!

What do you guys think? Despite the different bottle shapes they all contain 15mL or .50oz of polish. Can you tell a difference between the OPI & Jessica? Do you have any of these polishes or even the Zoya 18k gold topcoat? Until next time…

Cheers,
Bridget

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m a gold leaf virgin over here!! I really need to jump on this bandwagon!! I think i’ll end up going with the opi cause it’s sorta a must have for the bottle

    October 26, 2012
    • The bottle is fantastic!!! The Zoya is also available again for a limited time (or so they say), so I’d pick that one up too if I were you. I believe the flakes are more dense than the OPI.

      October 26, 2012
  2. Sara S. #

    I love the look of the larger pieces best. It’s to bad it’s such work to get them out if the bottle. For the price (imo) it should be loaded. But, it does look beautiful!

    October 26, 2012
    • Once you apply the second coat the flakes look nice and even. I’d pick up at least one if I were you, they’d be gorgeous over a deep berry color! ..well, really any deep shade! :o)

      October 26, 2012
  3. Gahhh epic jealous you have THREE of these and I have none. They all look pretty but I love the $OPI the most I guess.

    October 28, 2012
    • Hehe the OPI has the most ‘even’ coverage for sure, I’m glad I have all 3 though!

      October 29, 2012
  4. Shelley #

    I bought the sephora opi one. Love it. I also got it half price on sephora MIT does look nice with two coats over a really dark burgundy like Oktoberfest.

    November 15, 2012
  5. Beth #

    Thank you!

    April 6, 2013

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