There’s No Crying In Baseball and Nail Polish: OPI & MLB Fashion Plate

OPI MLB

While I grew up watching basketball and later college football, I never quite got into baseball.  This irony is not lost on my basketball/football-hating husband, whose favorite sport is baseball.  He enjoys mid-January to mid-August, knowing that there will be peace in the house on Saturdays.  In the meantime, my Saturdays are spent with nail polish!

This spring, OPI collaborated with Major League Baseball.  I was a bit apprehensive when I saw the promotional material with the collection’s lack of diversity.  I also panicked when I found out many were *gasp* frosts.

What’s wrong with frosts?  First of all, visible brushstrokes are an eyesore for someone as meticulous as me…like having a visible chip in my polish.  While most people won’t notice a minor flaw, I will notice it until I remove the manicure.  My other issue is purely a matter of taste:  I find frost finishes to be too-old fashioned.  Despite my reservations with frosts, OPI surprised me a bit with their blue frosts.

OPI 7th inning stretch 2

OPI 7th inning stretch

7th Inning Stretch (two coats) is one such midnight blue frost.   It reminds me of the sheen found in satin.

OPI girls love diamonds 2

OPI girls love diamonds

Girls Love Diamonds (three coats) is a white glass-fleck polish.  The glass-flecks make Girls Love Diamonds look like crushed pearls.

opi love athletes in cleats 2

opi love athletes in cleats

Love Athletes In Cleats (two coats) is a slightly orange-tinged red crème with fine glass flecks.  This is similar to OPI Ali’s Big Break, which is more strawberry-toned.

OPI orange you going to the game 2

OPI orange you going to the game

Orange You Going To The Game (two coats) is a bright orange frost.  Of the three  frosts in this collection, this one is the worst when it came to brush strokes.

OPI right off the bat 2

OPI right off the bat

Right Off The Bat (two coats) is a glowing, shimmery imperial blue frost.  This was my surprise pop fly, even if it’s a frost.  Look at that incandescent glow!

OPI short-stop 2

OPI short-stop

Short-Stop (2 coats) is a slightly dusty orange-leaning red crème.  It’s not as saturated as it appears in my pictures.

OPI umpires come out at night 2

OPI umpires come out at night

Umpires Come Out At Night (2 coats) is a rich, dark navy blue crème.  I love how dark it is without leaning black.

While this collection may not be a home run, I sure hope you see a single or double that catches your fancy.  My favorites are:  Right Off The Bat, Girls Love Diamonds and Umpires Come Out At Night.

While I’ve never cried when it came to polish specifically, I did have a pretty bad experience with a pump dispenser full of acetone.  While swatching, I pressed my pump dispenser too fast, thus spraying myself with acetone directly in my left eye.  I spent 30 minutes flushing my eye out in the shower after it happened to me…it could have been a lot worse.  So, as with sitting out by the baseball field, please be careful of spraying acetone like watching out for an errant foul ball!

MLB Collection by OPI nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. MLB Collection will be available April 2014 – just in time for the start of the baseball season – at professional salons and select retailers for $9.00 suggested retail.

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About Janice

Janice Agagas-Welch is a Filipino Navy brat raised in Northwest Florida living the good life in the Lowcountry. She’s a married dog mom and licensed nail technician who has owned over 2000 polishes over the last 5 years. She also loves food, cider, mid-1990s R&B, college football and anything Peanuts/Snoopy-related.

  • Angela Garza

    I am a huge baseball fan and was super excited when I saw this collection on displayat Sally’s. But then I was really dissapointed when I got up close to see it. I didn’t like the frost finishes at all. I would have liked to see more team colors represented as well.