Halo fans were left disappointed after buying nail polishes for sleek Spartan skin, only to find out the included cosmetics were for Forza Horizon 5.

Early 2022 saw Microsoft announce a neat collaboration between Xbox and nail polish brand OPI, with verifiable shade names like You Had Me At Halo, N00berry, and Can’t CTRL Me. The announcement also promised a cool Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 cosmetics for those who spent some money on polishes. The Halo cosmetic is a shimmering Spartan recolor with a radiant look, while the Forza Horizon 5 cosmetic is a gorgeous sunset shaded livery.

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They’re both undeniably stylish, but some Halo fans felt a bit cheated after only receiving codes for the Forza cosmetic (thanks, Kotaku). While the current terms and conditions on OPI’s site state that codes for the Halo Infinite cosmetic are only available through Amazon (Forza Horizon 5 skin is from Ulta purchases), a quick look at Wayback Machine shows that these conditions were not originally listed. The whole thing has caused confusion, leading some to make duplicate purchases to get the desired in-game cosmetic.

As if things weren’t already a bit of a mess, it turns out that the OPI Halo skin isn’t even in the game yet. Players won’t be able to use the cosmetic until a game update, due no later than March 1.

I’m a huge fan of this collaboration – beauty and gaming are two of my main hobbies, so it’s always really cool when worlds collide – so it’s a shame it seems to have been missed by a bad communication. Hopefully, this won’t discourage future collaborations with beauty brands.

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