Comparison~~ OPI Princesses Rule! Old and New Formula

Hello gentle readers. Cripes! Up to my eyes. Whew! But I have a few, so I thought I would do a quick comparison post of my two bottles of OPI Princesses Rule!

I first bought this polish back in... '07? I think? Or '08. Can't remember... I think it was '08... Maybe...

Anywhoozle. I fell in love with it the moment I first applied it to my nails and I have loved it madly, ever since. I have used it so many times that the level in the bottle is getting pretty low and I decided I needed a backup bottle so I ordered one from Amazon. Funny thing, when I was down in the Valley, last month, I considered buying that backup bottle at Ulta, but I changed my mind, then. I remember looking at the bottle of Princesses Rule! at that time and thinking that it looked a bit different from my old bottle at home.

I thought I must have remembered it wrong. But, when I received my bottle from the Amazon seller and took a good look at it, I realized that I was right. They are different. Visibly, appreciatively different. Obviously, OPI has changed the formula since I first bought this polish.

Photographic evidence. All Photographs are clickable, as always.

Above, new bottle and old bottle. The new one is obviously more pink and has less glass fleck shimmer.

In shade. On index and ring, old. On middle and pinkie, new. Both are swatched with base and topcoats.

In sun. Old on index and ring, new on middle and pinkie.

As you can see, the old bottle is slightly less pink and contains much more of that delicious glass fleck shimmer. The new bottle is more pink, cooler and contains less of the glass fleck. Coverage is about the same. It looks a little more sheer on the new, to my eye. Probably because there is less shimmer.

 I am a little dismayed that OPI changed the formula. As beautiful as the new one is, I do think it lacks a little of that special magic the old one has. That said, I still love this colour, old or new and I will continue to wear and enjoy it. But I doubt I will buy yet another bottle.

Is Princesses Rule! part of your polish family? Did you buy an older or newer bottle? Both? What do you think of the difference?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble.


  1. ohmygosh this color is stunning!! Going on my wishlist
    That's too bad that they changed the formula... weird that the color literally changed. lol

  2. Hi! I love comparisons and I love Princesses Rule! I think I like the old one a bit more than the new one. But... there is no way I can have the old, so, I'll definitely get the new one ;)
    Thank you for this post!

  3. I love them both but you are right. They are very different. I agree that the original is a little more lovely.

  4. It is so frustrating when companies do this, and OPI sure seems to do it more than others. I don't think I have either version of this one, but I do have two or three different MPJ's.

  5. I never realized that companies did this! I also prefer the older one, though if I hadn't seen this, I'm sure I would've been happy with the new one, haha. But that is so weird.

  6. That's a lot of pink.

  7. Hi, I'm a new follower. I hesitated getting this polish many times but your pictures convinced me! Off to the shop on Monday :)

  8. Ok, so I love the old Princesses Rule and my bottle is gone/empty from so long ago. I went to pick up a new bottle, getting married in April and wanted to wear this with my dresses, one is emerald green and gold and the other is a champagne colored dress. I pick up the bottle and immediately notice that it was different. I didn't purchase it as it seems warmer and not quite as sheer. Come home to check this out, and found your post! Thank you!

    1. I'm so glad that this post was helpful to you! Best Wishes on your upcoming marriage!

    2. Update! I found my old bottle. Your first pic comparing the 2 bottles is spot on! I went from tears of sadness to tears of joy when I found my old bottle. It's still in good shape and I will be using that one. #opiwasnaughty

  9. I'm so glad. It will be a perfect wedding polish!


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