Swatch & Review: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

Hey everybody! Since my nails are not as miserably broken as before, I thought I’d start showing you my nail polish collection. I’m going to begin with the vampier part of my collection because it’s still the season to wear these shades. Today I’m showing you OPI Royal Rajah Ruby.

Royal Rajah Ruby came out with the OPI Spring 2008 India collection (it’s really old news), and I got this bottle at the end of 2010. I was looking for a vampy polish that will be good for the upcoming holidays after Lincoln Park After Dark turned out to be a major disappointment on my fingernails (it’s way too black. I tried to paint my fingernails twice with this polish, but I couldn’t stand it for more than half an hour so I ended up swapping it out). I hesitated between this and other similar shades (Tease-y Does It, Eiffel for This Color, Siberian Nights…) but ended up picking this one because the others are either too dark (I don’t want to repeat the LPAD fiasco) or too brown. I can tell you I don’t regret a single bit! Royal Rajah Ruby is a sensational brown-based red with gold shimmer. It’s noticeable in a nice way but not too in-your-face. The first coat could be a bit tricky, but with two coats it’s even, glossy, and completely opaque (you wouldn’t find me singing praises about a nail polish that takes more than two coats to achieve opacity. I simply don’t have the patience for that). I wear this both on my fingernails and toenails in winter, but even in summer I wear it on my toes!

Here are the swatch pictures in both natural and indoor light:

Brown-based nail colors are tricky for me to wear, because brown doesn’t contrast enough with my skin tone. As a result, my skin is left looking dull. However, this one really doesn’t cross the line of being too brown. I think it’s a lovely balance between brown and burgundy, and the shimmer spices it up nicely!

The formula is typical OPI. I still find OPI formula and brush the easiest to work with, and even on my broken nails it lasts a little better than other brands. I know that nowadays more bloggers rave about up-and-coming brands than OPI, but OPI nail polishes still have a special place in my heart!

How about you? What are some of your favorite vampy shades? Do you have anything that’s similar to Royal Rajah Ruby?

Sunny xx

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