OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019


In part two of my exploration of the OPI Scotland Collection, we look at what is probably one of my favorites: OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn. It’s a dusty, teal-ish denim-y blue that I would swear I had a dupe for, but as you will see from my pathetic selection of comparisons, it stands on its own in my collection. As someone who easily has more blues than any other color, this is saying a lot. My only complaint at this point is the name: when OPI puts “OPI” at the beginning of the shade name, I go into a panic. Do I call it “OPI OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn” for the sake of consistency or do I forgo sounding like an idiot and get rid of the first “OPI” because it’s clear that it’s an OPI polish? Arrgggggghhhhh. The agony. Why you gotta do me like that, OPI? (How many times can I say OPI in one paragraph? OPI.)


Finding an OPI description for a color is genuinely like finding a unicorn; their website is super unhelpful and I have to trawl through online retailers and come up with mostly nothing. From Ulta, I got this very detailed description: “a soft blue.” We’re just going to go with my description above. For all the swatches you will see today, I wore Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock as my base coat and used SuperChic Lacquer Marvel Liquid Macro top coat where noted.


OPI OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, 1 coat

The brush in my bottle was a little wonky so my application may look extra terrible today (the key word there being “extra” because it’s always terrible). The formula of OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn looks a little squishy and crelly-ish. The consistency is nice and easy to work with, but you do end up with some streaks and the parts that are more opaque are still a bit see-through.


OPI OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, 2 coats

OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn builds up surprisingly well on itself after a second coat and reaches full opacity. I fully expected to need three coats, but I cannot find any lighter spots.


OPI OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, 2 coats plus top coat

It does dry super shiny on its own, but like all polishes you should whip out your favorite top coat. Look at this one shine! I thought Alpaca My Bags from last year was the perfect fall blue, but I’m really feeling OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn. I can imagine this one will look amazing no matter your skin tone.


Left to Right: Essie Poolside Service, OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, Pretty Serious Petrichor

Every other blue polish I have in my collection is either way lighter, way darker, way too teal, or way dustier than OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the horn. The two above were the closest I could find and honestly, they are not close at all. Pool Side Service falls into the too teal category and Petrichor is not teal enough, and is significantly darker. I love that I now have even more variety among my precious blues!


I remember seeing unicorns several places throughout Edinburgh, but I did not photograph any of them, of course. In the spirit of a blue polish, I thought instead I would share a shot of Scotland’s flag, seen flapping in the breeze when we first crossed over into the country from England. I love that there is no hard border between the countries!

I wish to see this polish compared to China Glaze’s Sample Sizing Me Up, shout out to all you bloggers that have both! I am super happy to have OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn. Despite its long and slightly obnoxious name, the color is somehow bold, fresh, yet dusty; perfect for the cooler weather. While wearing it I could not stop sneaking peeks and letting my gaze linger on my nails way longer than necessary. Any polish that makes you act a little vain is always a winner!

What are your favorite blues for fall?

xx, Ashley

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


3 thoughts on “OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019”

  1. This whole post was hilarious – “it’s always terrible”, honestly me when I’m swatching. I could never live swatch because people would see me cleaning up a gallon of nail polish that I always slop all over my nails and fingers. But also loved this color, and it was one of my favorites of the collection!

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    1. Haha, yes, I am the same way! The whole live swatch would just be an endless stream of me swearing instead of actually describing the polish. There is something about knowing you are painting your nails with the intention of photographing them that makes painting turn into a major cuticle flood event.

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