Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand


Oh thank you Elton John for recording Tiny Dancer. It’s been one of my favorite songs for years, but I think I love it a little bit more now for being the inspiration for the lovely lacquer I have for you today:

Shiny Dancer from Sephora by OPI Spring 2011 Urban Ballerina Collection

When I first saw this collection, I wasn’t totally impressed by it because it has a lot of pinks-which are not always my favorite-and the colors didn’t seem all that original to me. But when I saw the name of this baby, I had to have it!

Yes, I admit it: I bought a nail polish for its name alone. I’d like to think I’m not the only one that’s ever done that 🙂

I’m pretty sure I would’ve bought it even if I hated the color of it, but I lucked out because I kind of  love it.

It’s a silvery, charcoal-grey loaded with  lovely little flecks of glitter that give it an awesome shimmery finish. I do have a couple of colors in my stash that remind me of it, but no dupes. That makes this a winner in my book.

Application on the first coat had me worried because it was thin and a little watery. However, it built up very nicely with the 2nd coat. In the pics below I added a 3rd coat for depth, but you could definitely get away with two. Check it out:


If you love greys and/or shimmer, I’d say you definitely need to snag this nail polish.

If you do get it, listen to Tiny Dancer while you paint your nails to complete the effect 😉 It’s totally cheesey, but in my mind I changed the words “tiny dancer in my hand” to “shiny dancer on my hand”.  Love it.

Have any of you ever bought a polish for the name alone?









6 responses to “Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer

  1. It looks waaaay better in real life than it does on the promo pics. I like it.

  2. I had the same reaction to that collection! Not great, but I had a long giggle at the name for this particular polish.
    Whyyyy do they have to be so expensive? I want to be able to buy this one just for the name alone (though it is a pretty wicked shade), but I can’t justify spending $12 (and then ridiculous tax on top of it) for an amusing/awesome name. Boourns.

    • RBL Diddy Mow’s name was definitely that main reason I bought it. I was ordering Dead Calm during an RBL sale, and felt like I needed to get another polish to make the shipping worth it. It was a somewhat random choice, but like Shiny Dancer, I was more than pleasantly surprised – it’s one of my all-time favorites!

      • Don’t you love the way that happens?! I’ve done it with a few other nail polishes, like Misa Paint My Nails @Work. We’re victims of the polish industry’s cute name ploy, haha.

    • Omg, $12 is way too much. Boo that. I didn’t like paying $9.50 for it but I made a special exception cuz I love the name.

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