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Review: Sephora by OPI Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah (urgh)

I was in Sephora the other day and always have mixed feelings about the place, now that there's a "nail bar" at the store in the Eaton Centre in Toronto.  It used to be I'd have to make a pilgrimage to a mall in further north to get access to all the fancy polishes but now they're all available downtown.  Not only are they too easy to get to, the teenagers always manage to make everything look messy and tawdry as they either paint their nails in the store or cover the displays in polish.  Even the lighting in the display makes it really hard to tell the colours.  It just makes it all vaguely disappointing.  I buy polish, you know, cos it's there, but it's never a good experience.  This isn't a terribly good segue but whatcha gunna do.  It's been bugging me.  Anyway, let's take a look at a polish I extricated intact from the display, Sephora by OPI Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah.

I've been burnt a few times by overestimating how sheer a polish is so I started with two coats of Essie Vermillionaire as a base.  It's a nice orange coral and goes well with the bright orange glass-fleck of Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah.  I then added two thin coats of OAC,AAC.  The result is a very fiery, sparkly orange, very eye-catching.  To keep with the fire motif (apparently I'm all about fancy words today) I added a simple gold glitter gradient, using loose gold glitter placed using my usual technique.  It may have been because I was around a higher proportion of women than normal but these nails now hold the record for most compliments!  The gold gold just made the entire thing look like fire so I count that as a win!

The Verdict:  Can't go wrong when your nails garner 10+ compliments in a single day.  Fire nails win!

The Polishes:

  • Essie Vermilliaire, various locations
  • Sephora by OPI Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah, Sephora


  1. So glad I'm not the only one who is bothered by the crappy lighting on those stupid new Sephora nail bars. And if you pull the bottle off the underlit stupid shelf, it's too dark in the rest of the store to really see it too. Boo. Hiss.

  2. Me too! Those lights make it impossible to see the colours and their names, not to mention the PRICES. Augh.

    This looks awesome though! As usual hahha =] Cheetah references on orange bother me though... (I hate OPI names)


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