Tonic Oops 30

When my recently snagged Tonic oops treasures arrived at my house, I just happened to be in need of a new mani, and these were all super pretty.  Oops 30 jumped right to the front of the line.

Tonic Oops 30
indoor, CF lighting
Oops 30 is a sheer sky blue jelly base, loaded with a gold-to-green shifting aurora shimmer, translucent iridescent glitters in 2 sizes, and silver holo flake.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, direct sunlight
There's a whole lot going on in this polish, but everything works beautifully together.  Somehow, the shimmer, glitter, and holo all sparkle in harmony (not the same notes but always complimentary), with each taking center stage separately in different lighting but giving way to the other elements with only a slight tilt of the nails. 

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, cloudy daylight
The sheer base built nicely by the 2nd coat and came to visual opacity by the 3rd.  In most lighting, the shimmer was dense enough that it looks opape IRL, but the camera occasionally "sees through" the shimmer to the jelly base beneath.

Tonic Oops 30
indoor, bright CF lighting
Tonic's maker warned that this would be "a little bumpy because of the glitter," but I had no problems with this one.  I got a nicely smooth final look with just a single layer of regular topcoat.  Removal is of course exactly what you'd expect with this quantity of glitter, though.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, partially cloudy sunlight
Even in bright light, I'm utterly unable to get the individual little rainbow flashes from the holo flake, so mentally dial up all the tiny bright-light flashes in these pics, because the holo flake plays a bigger role than these show.

Tonic Oops 30
indoor, CF lighting
While it's definitely a true blue base color, much of the time, Oops 30 looked tropical aqua due to the heavy shimmer.  In specific, direct, very bright lighting, it instead was sky blue with a stripe of gold down the center.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, bright sunlight
In the quick swatch photo available before the sale, the blue base appeared more cobalt than sky, and that gold flash was super contrasty with the darker blue base.  Since Oops 30 is sheer enough to possibly be used as a topper, I put 2 coats of it over one coat of a cobalt blue jelly on my middle finger.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, shady daylight
In regular indoor lighting, and in shady lighting outside, this was only ok. The shimmer and glitter elements are heavy enough that I didn't think they looked completely even when applied as a topper, though everything dispersed totally evenly across the nail.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, direct bright sunlight
In bright sunlight, though, BAM - the high contrast of the shimmer and the base was glorious.

Tonic Oops 30
outdoor, bright direct sunlight (Oops 30 on its own)
Rating:  4 out of 5 stars.  Glitter is not my usual jam, and there have been requests for Tonic to re-make the fairy queens without glitter, but in a reversal that totally surprises me, NOPE, leave that stuff just like it is.

Where to buy:  keep your eyes out for a re-release in the Tonic store, as the maker has said this particular recipe may return.

~Michelle

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