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I can see why this was included in a spring collection, but I just couldn’t see myself wearing this in warm weather, especially with all the bright colors I had to try at the time. So this is the last piece of the first 12-piece OPI collection I’ve bought in its entirety. OPI Vampsterdam (Holland, Spring 2012) is a deep, raisin-plum shimmer:

Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied well; although it was slightly streaky on the first coat, doing some filling in of those bald spots allowed me to reach full coverage at two coats. When I heard this described as looking like old school OPI, I thought that was perfect because the finish looks just like my oldest OPI shimmers. It is a little brushstrokey; not frosty but not completely masked by the shimmer. I had to be careful to paint in straight lines. It’s a really fine, almost metallic-like shimmer, so it’s not the type that’s super sparkly, but more of the pearlescent varity. The color is perfectly vampy; it sure lives up to its name (which I also love!) I paired this with Essie Angora Cardi on my toes.


I thought I’d break up all the bright pinks and corals for one mani. I also wanted to tick this particular polish off my untrieds list, as I’ve tried nearly all of the collection already. (I actually have one more untried but I’d prefer to leave it until the fall.) OPI Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? (Holland, Spring 2012) is a red-grape purple with gold and coppery pink shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well in two coats. This isn’t as bright a shade as I would expect from a spring collection. Not that that’s a detraction, but I was just surprised by it. It’s definitely not in vampy territory, but it’s a bit darker than medium purple. Because of the lack of sunlight, it’s not really reflected in the photo, but the shimmer looks gorgeous! It looks to be set deep into the surface, and because of the warm gold and pink tones, it has that burning-ember effect going on. It’s a very rich -looking finish. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out? on my toes.


For today I thought I’d put on a color that seemed Cinco de Mayo-esque. ¬†OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where? is a bright coral red creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (For me this photographed like a red-orange, but it’s really much redder in real life; I wish I had sunlight!) This applied well, but like my previous mani, the formula required three coats for full, even coverage. This color is awesome! It’s super-bright and saturated. I love how red-toned it is, since a lot of bright corals I see tend to be orangey, plus I’m just a sucker for red cremes. The only thing I probably don’t like about it is the overly long name (why not just “Red Lights Ahead”?) I paired this with Sephora by OPI Read My Palm on my toes.


May is already a couple days old, but for my first new mani of the month, I wanted to get started with all the brights I have lined up to try. OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips (Holland, Spring 2012) is a bright hot pink creme:

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, though I ultimately needed three coats for full, even coverage. This is a middling shade of pink; sometimes I look at it and it seems warm-toned, and other times it seems more cool-toned. But I do think it’s warmer-toned than the usual fuschia-leaning hot pinks. It’s not like I needed another hot pink in my collection, but it’s just so pretty and this collection is great. It is really bright and because I did three coats the color looks so saturated. It does remind me of flowers a bit, but it makes me think of Hello Kitty more. ūüôā I paired this with Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams on my toes.


Along with I Have a Herring Problem,¬†this was the other polish I most wanted to try from this collection, and probably the last dusty polish I’ll wear before I start with really bright colors in May. OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! (Holland, Spring 2012) is a dusty sea blue with soft gold microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬†This applied well in two coats.¬†There is so much microglitter¬†packed in there that you can see the individual particles¬†even in the shade.¬†In the sun,¬†they all light up, creating a spectacular, delicate sparkly effect.¬†I also¬†like the shade of the gold glitter; it’s light and almost champagne-like, as opposed to an overly yellow-gold.¬† This shade of blue makes me think of the sea, not in the same exotic way as turquoise polishes do, but I just picture tranquil waters when I look at it.¬†I paired this with Sephora by OPI Underwater Fantasy on my toes.


Since it’s the first time I don’t have sunlight for pictures in several manis, I thought I’d pick a polish to match the moody weather. OPI Thanks a Windmillion (Holland, Spring 2012) is a dusty sea green creme:

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well in two coats. This color is green and springy, but I love that it also has a murky, dusty quality to it. When I first looked at this quickly I thought this might be another turquoise but I’m pleased that it’s this fresh sea green. It makes me think of water and sea air. I paired this with MAC For Fun on my toes.


I wanted to break up my recent string of Jordan almond-type colors and also try more glittery finishes this month.  OPI I Have a Herring Problem (Holland, Spring 2012) is a dusty teal with champagne microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† This applied well in two coats.¬† This is the polish I was most looking forward to trying from this collection.¬† I always love a teal.¬† This one has kind of a dusty quality to it, but it‚Äôs still a saturated-looking color.¬† It‚Äôs loaded with microglitter, which is visible in even lower lighting conditions.¬† It’s the type of microglitter that’s made of tiny, irregular flakes.¬† In the sun all those little particles light up,¬†making it¬†look so brilliant and pretty!¬† The whole look makes me think of a fresh, clean river.¬† I paired this with Sephora by OPI Lagoon-a Beach on my toes.


I’ve been trying mostly cremes lately so I thought that I’d take advantage of the sunny weather by trying on something more sparkly. OPI Pedal Faster Suzi! (Holland, Spring 2012) is a light pink with light silver microglitter:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but the formula is on the sheer side so I needed three coats for opacity. I didn’t want to get this polish at first ’cause I prefer warmer pinks with my skintone, especially if they’re lighter-toned, but I just couldn’t resist the finish! It’s really sparkly in a sweet, delicate way. This shade of pink in this crystalline-looking microglitter finish makes me think of cotton candy sugar! I paired this with Essie Coat Azure on my toes.


The next “neutral” I had on my pre-spring (although with this weather it practically feels like spring already) list is OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know? (Holland. Spring 2012), a cocoa brown with subtle bronzey shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I got complete coverage in two coats plus touchups. I’m not usually immediately drawn to browns but this is gorgeous! Subtle as it is, I love the look of the shimmer. It gives off a little bronzey glint that works really well in the creamy cocoa brown base. This shade of brown is almost taupe-like, and even though I just said I prefer the greyish taupes, this looks great. I believe this was the last of the few neutral-type shades from this collection I had to try and it’s definitely
my favorite. I can’t wait to try the rest of the collection as the weather gets warmer! I paired this with MAC Style Clan on my toes.


Continuing with the dusty shades for the beginning of March, I’m trying a color that I don’t usually go for. OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes (Holland, Spring 2012) is a dusty rose with subtle peach shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight. (This is a little pinker in real life; the photo makes it look peachier than it really is.) This applied well; it looked decent at two coats but it’s not super -pigmented so I added a third. I didn’t want to get this at first because it seemed like a “grandma-looking” polish, but based on swatches I’d seen, I was still intrigued by it. Now that I’m wearing it, I’m pleasantly surprised! This one definitely looks better on the nail than in the bottle. It’s a hard color for me to describe; I don’t have many like it in
my collection. I also found it hard to photograph, as it looks different in different lights. Sometimes it looks definitely pinky rose, other times it looks more terracotta-peachy. When I look at it in the sun, it really reminds me of the color of the erasers on the ends of pencils. The shimmer in this is gorgeous. It’s dense in the sense that I can see it all over the nail, but it’s subtle in the sense that I can only really see it in bright light. I wish it was more apparent but I guess the subtlety is just a characteristic of this type of shimmer-in-a-creamy-base formula. I paired this with OPI Barefoot in Barcelona on my toes.




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