This is a jelly. Because it's a jelly, it has a good deal of depth and character, and develops into a rich, medium royal blue that leans very slightly to the indigo side. Also typical of a jelly, it's got a gorgeous, almost vinyl-shiny finish.
The first coat is streaky; this is the case with every jelly I've ever used, and this polish is no exception. As the first coat dries, it does even out a bit, and the colour gets a bit darker. The second coat will finish it up, even it out, and give opacity or near enough to it.
While this is very pretty on its own, and I find it very flattering to my cool, pale skintone (probably the most flattering blue I own, actually), I really like to use it for a "glitter jelly sandwich". I use two coats of Dating a Royal, a good coat of chunky glitter, and one more thin coat of Dating a Royal, followed by clear top coat. It's an amazing look, and not something you could do with creme or other opaque polish.
I would definitely buy this again. In fact, I already have, since I grabbed a backup bottle to keep handy just in case. I honestly wouldn't want to be without this particular polish.
Been trying out blue polishes recently, and I stumbled upon this to feed my blue fetish. I expected it to be a rich navy blue, but it is a disappointment. Royal blue should be a brighter and deeper blue than this. Instead, it is dull and weird looking blue. The formula is goopy and hard to dry even with my trusted Sally Hansen insta-dri topcoat... I did dutifully waited for 5 minutes between each coat, and it just didn't dry properly! But to it's credits, it works well with a glittery topcoat... just not on it's own...
Unlike some of the other reviews, I hadvabsolutely no trouble with the formula of this polish. It was a beauty to apply, opaque in 1-2 coats. Lovely color, lovely polish for the cooler months. Recommended!!
I'm an OPI fan through and through, but this colour has disappointed me. My initial reaction when I wore it was "I feel like a smurf". The consistency of the polish is very watery and overall I was not a fan of how it applied. For all the hype online, I really wish I could like it. Waste of $20.
I know it's stupid to have ONE favourite nail polish colour, but this colour is definitely.. well at least.. my favourite blue so far. It's just looks so flattering on me.
When I put on the first coat, I did a "Oh my, this is not what I like..." it was a streaky hot mess. but I put on a second coat, and the color began to even out. It really surprised me. I would say do 3 coats to be safe, but I use thick coats, and wait for them to dry in between, and 2 was actually enough for me.
The blue is gorgeous. I absolutely love it.
Beautiful polish with a great color, but I was disappointed with the formula. I usually use Essie for creme polish, and I love their formula, but this polish was watery, streaky, and gloopy all at once. It was difficult to get an even and smooth application, and took a while to dry. I had to use thicker coats just to make it even which resulted in some bubbling. It's not so bad that I'll stop using the polish - the color is really wonderful - but all in all, not the best. I do like how shiny it is when it dries, though, even without a topcoat.
So I have mixed feelings about this polish. It is a gorgeous royal blue. I absolutely love the colour. The colour is a 5/5 but the application is like a 3/5. It goes on streaky, and is a bit watery. There is no way on Earth you could get away with only one coat. I did two coats on my nails, and needed a third coat for a couple of nails. It wasn't a complete nightmare to put on, by any means, but it wasn't as nice as it should be.
So I'd still recommend this polish, the colour is definitely worth the less-than-ideal application.
I love blues, especially on my nails. Dating a Royal by OPI is a beautiful matte navy blue. It reminds me of the blue used often in nautical themes. I love using this color on my nails because it isn't loud or obnoxious. Its a perfect color on the finger nails for the summer. Its a basic in my nail collection, I use it all the time! Matte nail polishes are absolutely an essential.
Dating a Royal is a very chic color. It is a creamy dark blue color that requires about 3 coats to be fully opaque. This color does not need any decoration - simply wear 3 coats of it over short nails (I like my nails filed into a square-like shape).
Give it a try! You won't be disappointed.