OPI A Little Guilt Under the Kilt: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019


Just like the 90s, we’re going to be seeing lots of plaid this series!

Welcome to the first post of my OPI Blogstravaganza. This fall, instead of doing my fall favorites series on new fall releases, I am going to be doing individual posts on all eleven polishes I nabbed from the OPI Scotland collection. I absolutely adore Scotland, I’m a huge Celtic fan (why did they let Tierney go to Arsenal, WHY???), a huge Walker’s shortbread fan, and I actually was in the country for a little over 4 days in July of 2016. The names of these polishes are so clever and, paired with a palette of fall colors, my favorite kind of color palette, I knew I had to get every single one I even slightly liked. I will be doing a full review on each polish and try to include a vacation photo or two that is at least slightly relevant to the polish. We are starting off with A Little Guilt Under the Kilt. It’s no where near as a good a name as Yank My Doodle or Show Us Your Tips, but it is a bit naughty so I applaud it for making me smile. OPI says “focus on the real jewel – an amazing red nail polish,” which is a completely unhelpful description. It’s a deeper red metallic. I would not call it wine or burgundy, but it’s not a bright cherry red.

For today’s mani, I used Orly Nail Armor as my base coat (big mistake – more on that below) and SuperChic Lacquer Marvel Liquid Macro top coat.


OPI A Little Guilt Under the Kilt, 1 coat

The formula of A Little Guilt Under the Kilt is a bit thin, which is why you shouldn’t use Nail Armor. If you can see any little bits sticking through the polish, it’s because Nail Armor has these little fibers in it. I got it to use as a ridge-filler for metallics like this, but nope, terrible idea! Because of the thin formula, not only do you need a decent base coat but you also need to get a good amount of polish on the brush. Ease of application entirely depends on that.


OPI A Little Guilt Under the Kilt, 2 coats

Despite the mostly self-imposed issues I had with the first coat, A Little Guilt Under the Kilt was opaque for me in two coats! I got a smoother application and experienced no dragging with the second coat. Even though it is a metallic red, it’s more of a glowy metallic and you do not have to watch for brushstrokes. They are only visible to a microscope.


OPI A Little Guilt Under the Kilt, 2 coats plus top coat

I feel like this is a pretty standard metallic red, nothing too exciting, but because it leans darker in hue I really enjoyed wearing it. I love my dark reds.


Left to Right: Rimmel Rock N Sparkle, A Little Guilt Under the Kilt, Zoya Amal

Since I love dark reds, most of my metallic reds are significantly darker or have gold shimmer in them (if you’ve been around, you know I love gold with other colors). Rimmel’s Rock N Sparkle is probably the closest thing I have, but it is much darker. Zoya’s Amal dries matte so it really is nothing like A Little Guilt Under the Kilt.


A shot of beautiful Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle in July 2016. I don’t have any photos specifically of kilts, but there’s got to be someone out there in this picture who’s wearing one!

I hope you enjoyed installation #1 (or is it instillation? Balls!)! As I write this, I have actually worn three of the polishes so far. Let me know if you’ve worn any and what your favorites have been. Are any of the OPI Scotlands on your wish list? Pretty much the only thing I don’t want to hear is any knocking of the collection – this is a fall-positive blog!

xx, Ashley

OPI is not cruelty-free. I bought my bottle at polishpick.com.


4 thoughts on “OPI A Little Guilt Under the Kilt: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019”

  1. Catching up on these, and I love the idea! Scotland is definitely on my list to visit someday, and it looks so cool! Also “A Little Guilt Under the Kilt” paired with “focus on the real jewel”…. Saucy, OPI. πŸ˜‚

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  2. I’m so out of touch with nail polish collections – I had no idea that OPI came out with a Scotland collection! I too, love Scotland! I have been twice. I’m pretty sure I have a photo of someone wearing a kilt from my trips, somewhere… πŸ˜›

    Glad this one doesn’t show brush strokes. I usually shy away from metallic shades like this because of the dreaded brush strokes.

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