OPI My Vampire is Buff: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today's offering is a polish that I bought with some trepidation. I saw it. loved it, read the not so stellar reviews, convinced myself (sorta) that it was going to be different for me and put my money down.

You know what P.T. Barnum had to say about suckers.

OPI My Vampire is Buff is a beautiful French vanilla crelly. Warm, rich, delicious. Oh, gentle readers, the beauty you see disguises a seething pool of deception and pain. This swatch is four coats. No, your eyes are not paying tricks on you. I said four. Coats. Plus Seche Vite.





The formula on this polish is a black hearted demon sent from the bowels of Hell to torment the unaware. This polish is thin, the pigmentation is weak, it is streaky, it likes to run and try to flood my cuticles, it bubbles, it tries to drag if you overwork it, it starts to tighten up as you are applying coat after coat after coat after coat. Seche Vite was mandatory to smooth a bit of lingering streakiness and some bubbles. I don't know if this was going to dry... I got this off of my nails the instant I finished shooting these photographs and it was still pretty wet.

I am so disappointed in this polish. In spite of that, I am not quite ready to give up on it, just yet. (Who knew I had a masochistic streak?) I am going to give it another shot, over underwear and see if I have better luck with it. But at this time, I am sorry, I can't recommend this polish.

Do you own OPI My Vampire is Buff? What do you think of it? Did it behave better for you than it did for me? Please, do tell. Maybe I did something wrong?

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a lovely day and may your polish never bubble.

12 comments

  1. This looks so lovely on you!! So sorry about the formula though. I didn't get this one because I didn't think I'd like it against my skintone.

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  2. I love this polish! It is my favorite out of the entire collection. I actually was thinking of getting a back up bottle because I use it so much.

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  3. Wow. Talk about two different people having two very different results from the same polish! LOL I love how this looks... LOVE it. But for me, it is so problematic. You must share your secret, please? How did you get it to behave for you? I want this to work because formula aside, I love this colour. :)

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  4. Thank you. :D


    It does pull warm and it tends to make my skin look tan, especially in photographs.

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  5. Yes, Erin Ortiz, please share the secret because I love how flattering it is to Erika's skin. My skin is vampire-ish pale at times...and this does pull warm. It reminds me of the cream in coffee and just before it's all mixed up. yum. It's really rich and warm looking. I want to get it as I haven't been too lucky with any shade this light on me yet. But I think I will wait and see if you have an update or something to hear how to get it work better. The drying time especially. That's always a bear!

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  6. I don't own it and you've definitely convinced me of the folly of doing so! The colour is lovely on you but 4 coats and the formula from hell? No thanks...

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  7. I didn't have any issues with my bottle of MVIB at all. Dry time was good, formula was good, full opacity at two coats, & no streaking or bubbling to be found. I can't help but wonder if some batches of this were bad, if you are having that much trouble with yours. :/

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  8. I don't have this one but I really like it! It seems like it would be a great nude for me. I don't have one in my collection. But, I don't like hearing that the formula was a pain. Sometimes, I'm not very patient, so I would probably get frustrated with it.

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  9. I didn't want to scare anyone off and I know that different formulas work for different people but sadly, this one is problematic for a lot of people. It might be okay for you, tho. :D

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  10. If you love the colour and think it would be fab on you, you could give it a shot... Maybe buy a mini? My less than fab experience doesn't guarantee that it will give you trouble... I have polishes that are perfect lambs for me that drove others absolutely insane and vise versa. :)

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  11. I just tried it for the first time. I'm staying up late waiting for it to dry so I don't get sheet marks. It's going to be a long night. I've found MVIB to be similar to the other cremes in the Euro Centrale collection. I think the trick may be two thin coats (it'll be streaky) and one last thicker coat. The formula may not be great, but it self-levels enough to end up with a nice finish.

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  12. Thank you for this hint. I'll definitely give it a try. I love the colour but the thought of four coats makes me want to cry! LOL

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