Monday, 26 May 2014

OPI Gelcolor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around

Hi NaiLovelies!

As I wore a super bright colour whilst away in Italy, I have been yearning for something more subtle since I got back.   Today I have a swatch of another beautiful polish from the OPI Brazil collection to show you (two posts in one day!), this time I am wearing the gorgeous nude OPI Gelcolor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a pinkish toned nude with slight lilac undertones.  It really is a gorgeous nude shade and the lightest colour in the 12 piece Brazil collection and incredibly easy to wear.

 I had heard that the formula for this one was tricky but I experienced zero problems with it.  To avoid any possible issues, I shook this in my Robart machine for two full minutes, warming for 2 minutes between shakes.  I then continued to warm the bottle on my thighs whilst I prepped for the application of this mani.

There was zero shrinkage or pulling back from the cuticle and I didn't have to flash cure any nails.  I took the step of applying slightly thicker coats than normal much the same way as I did for Where Did Suzi's Man-Go? in order to avoid excessive streaking of the polish and it worked perfectly.

Unfortunately, the Gelcolor formula of Don't Bossa Nova Me Around fades terribly!  I have never experienced anything like it.  As soon as it is cured the polish loses most of it's pink tone and looks more of a cream nude.  It continues to fade each day and now two days after applying the polish it looks similar to My Vampire Is Buff, but less yellow.  This is a shame, but luckily I really like the faded colour and I think it works well with my skin tone.


I had been toying with the idea of getting Don't Bossa Nova Me Around in regular polish as I thought it would be a great nude tone to add to my OPI polish collection.  When I saw the fading during the manicure I knew I needed to get the regular polish so I hot footed it down to my local Sally's.

As I have completed a Manicure and Spa Manicure course I am now the proud owner of a Sally's Trade Card so I grabbed a bottle of Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (and a few others!) for a great price.  As I now have both  formulas, I decided to do a quick comparison between them.

OPI Gelcolor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around on the index and pinky fingers regular polish formula of the same polish is on the middle and ring fingers for comparison.

You may be able to see the pinkish tone more in the picture above and if the Gelcolor didn't fade during curing it would be a spot on match.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around – OPI Gelcolor
Don't Bossa Nova Me Around – Regular polish
I purchased my bottle of Don't Bossa Nova Me Around from Sally's Salon Services.

Don't Bossa Nova Me Around is a fab colour and I am really happy to have both formulas in my collection.

Ciao 4 Now


  1. What a beautiful colour! I love these pale creamy nudes :)

    1. I absolutely love this colour! I can't wait to wear it again soon - my hand has already hovered over it in the regular polish drawer a few times!!!

  2. Nice balanced review Tracey. I like how you compared the RNP with the gel. I don't see that done very often.

    1. Thanks Curious Creature! You know I'm a sucker for a good polish be it gel or regular formula. I enjoy being able to wear both and having some colours in both formulas really works for me. I'm happy to be able to compare and share as sometimes there are differences between the two.

  3. This color looks amazing on your nails !


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