OPI Muppets Collection – Pepe’s Purple Passion Swatch

OPI Pepe's Purple Passion
OPI Pepe's Purple Passion

Today I have swatches of Pepe’s Purple Passion, another polish from OPI’s Holiday 2011 Muppets Collection.  Despite the name I would call it a purplish red rather than an actual purple.

I’ve really liked the other two polishes I reviewed from this collection (Warm & Fozzie and Animal-istic), and this polish is so pretty in the bottle that I had high hopes.  It’s a muted, purplish red with jagged red glitter chunks.  I have to say, though, that this polish has been a big disappointment for me.

The problems start with the formula – it’s thick and oddly goopy, so it went on streaky and had shrinkage problems at tip and cuticle.  I only had to use two coats, but it dries to a very dull and gritty finish.  It’s kind of driving me crazy to wear it, it’s so gritty and textured that it has a bumpy, pockmarked look.  As it was drying I thought it might be problematic, and I used an extra thick layer of topcoat on top, but the topcoat was still totally swallowed up by the grit.

I also don’t like the balance between base color and glitter here – the base is so dark and opaque that the glitter is covered up and just looks like sort of faded spots, and doesn’t sparkle at all in normal wear.  The whole thing is kind of creeping me out.  I can’t recommend this color.

I even ended up with tip wear or chipped-off spots at the ends of my nails, although this picture was taken after just half a day of wear.  Grrr.

OPI Pepe's Purple Passion
OPI Pepe's Purple Passion


Here’s a shadier picture – take a look at that texture.  This polish seems somehow messy and unkempt – I hate the way the glitter just looks like dust or dirt.

OPI Pepe's Purple Passion
OPI Pepe's Purple Passion


If you’re looking for this color anyway, it should be popping up in the normal OPI retail outlets.

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4 thoughts on “OPI Muppets Collection – Pepe’s Purple Passion Swatch”

  1. It looks nice and bit smudged… Oh i didn’t read your comment for last two pictures and now I know why the look so smudged… like those nail arts which are done by using sponges… thanks to my ignorant approach towards to everything.

  2. A blogger that tested this nail polish recommended tipping out a quarter to a third of the bottle and replacing it with clear polish. That seemed to improve the texture and helped the glitter shine through.

    1. Thanks for the comment! That’s interesting, I guess the clear polish might give the flakies more room to settle…I guess it’s worth a try since the polish is so unfortunate on its own.

  3. I had a pedi today and chose this colour. Big mistake! It looked gorgeous in the bottle, and despite the great technician working on my toes, I ended up with a bit of shrinkage at the cuticle (so it doesn’t look 100% fresh). The worst part is that, after spending a few hours in sandals, the thick formula meant it still got smudged and ruined when I put shoes on (in addition to the bumpy texture it has anyway). That’s the most short-lived $60 pedicure ever. =(

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