No Gwen Stefani inspired nail polish collection would be complete without the perfect red. That being said, I was a bit hesitant about this polish. I mean….it’s a red creme. How great can it really be? But it just looked so pretty in the ad I kept seeing in magazines so I’m here to tell you the answer to that question is REALLY GREAT!
OPI claims Over & Over A-Gwen is Gwen’s signature shade of red. It’s a bright neutral red creme and it’s really perfect. Over & Over A-Gwen is that classic red that you always think of in nail polish form. Because this polish doesn’t lean blue or yellow it is universally flattering and I have to agree with OPI when they say there’s an undeniable glamour to the color red.
The formula is fantastic. It’s thin yet very pigmented. It’s the kind of formula you often find with navy blue polishes that people like to call inky. I used two coats in my swatches. As with all red polishes it is VERY important to use a base coat with this polish. It will stain your nails.
Clearly I am a fan of this polish. That being said, red isn’t exactly a revolutionary nail color. And this polish is not sold alone nor is it included in the mini set for this collection. It is also $14.95 (as opposed to OPI’s usual retail price of $9).
Over & Over A-Gwen comes in special packaging and includes “Swarovski Elements.” AKA nail studs and crystals. Also included is a small tube (.07 oz) of nail glue and an insert with ideas on how to use the included studs and crystals.
I do like the studs that are included and I did use them in a manicure (not that my cat was impressed!). I do think $6 is quite a price hike for what actually comes with this polish. If you are a Gwen fan this is a definite must have. Otherwise, you can probably find something at a lower price point (and I’ve ordered plenty of nail studs off ebay for next to nothing for my DIY studded manicure post).
Under the jump you will find pictures of the packaging, all the contexts, the entire insert with nail art ideas as well as swatches of Over & Over A-Gwen. There are also a few tips on how to use the nail studs so you don’t lose one in your hair like I did as well as how to remove the nail studs (spoiler alert: acetone doesn’t work!).
Over & Over A-Gwen is available online at Ulta.com.
I find the best way to use these studs to make them stay is to apply a small amount of glue directly to the nail where you want to place the stud. Place the stud on the nail using tweezers then press down on the stud (the nail polish should be dry before starting this process!). Then add a little extra clue at each end of the stud. Let the glue dry then apply a top coat all over the nail but not over the stud.
It takes a good while for the glue to completely dry. Once the glue is dry it’s very difficult to get the studs off.
To remove the studs soak the nails in hot water for several minutes to loosen the glue. They should pop right off.