Manicure Monday – 11/11/2019 – OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress

OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress - GelcolorOPI I’m Not Really a Waitress – Gelcolor – Two Coats

My boss often says, “You never get tired of the classics.” Usually, this is a response to a joke or movie reference that makes him laugh; I find it to be true for nail color and cosmetics just as well.

An Old Flame

When I was a sophomore in high school, I grudgingly agreed to attend Homecoming with my group of friends. Generously, one of my friend’s moms carted us off to treat us to manicures and pedicures. It was the first time I’d gone to a nail salon; faced with a wall of choices, I plucked OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress from the wall and had it applied to my fingers and toes.

Soon after, I bought a bottle of it. Back then, spending $8 on a bottle of nail polish was unheard of to me. But I’ve purchased countless bottles in the time that has passed.

Color Fidelity

It is no secret on this blog that I regularly wear gel polish and rarely wear regular nail polish for my manicures. This is two coats of OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress in their Gelcolor formula photographed with flash because the lighting in my office was off. So we have a few issues with color representation, here:

  1. Unfortunately, in real life, the shade match isn’t exact in the Gelcolor formula; it doesn’t have the same depth and richness as the original.
  2. The camera flash makes it seem a bit brighter on me than it really – if I was looking at this without knowing what color I had used, I would guess it was Danke Shiny Red, not I’m Not Really a Waitress. This makes me sad (Danke Shiny Red is also beautiful, but not quite my aim for this manicure).

I keep telling myself that I should stop trying to bother and make a Polish-to-Gel cocktail of the original. I should have, yesterday, but I didn’t want to bother with the extra steps.