It’s been a few weeks since the weather cooled off from the blistering summer days, and in just a few more we’ll be expecting the bitterness of winter but, in the meantime, I’m basking in all things fall; from my wardrobe, to my daily pumpkin spice latte, right down to my nail polish. Thanks to OPI’s latest autumnal collection, I’ll be stylin’ right through the season.
OPI’s Venice Fall/Winter 2015 Collection features 15 polishes inspired by the Baroque period decadence with a gorgeous variety of vampy deep shades to pearlescent hues and soft tones. I’m usually the type to stick to my dark colors throughout the season, but sometimes it’s nice to add a soft palette to my look here and there during the “‘ber months” (as we call them in my house). Check out all of the colors below, and find out how they stack up against each other.
NOTE: These pictures were taken on a day where it was sunny one moment and cloudy the next. There was a lot of light shifting, so some photos will appear brighter than others.
I Cannoli Wear OPI
is a very pale gray (nearly white) creme. The formula was okay with a bit of streaking on the first coat. I used three coats for full coverage, and smoothed everything out with top coat.
Be There in a Prosecco
, a pretty yellow tone beige creme. I really like this one, although it seemed to look different from the bottle to the nail and even in photos. Again, the formula was good but not without streaking on the first coat or…so, I used three coats and top coat.
A Great Opera-Tunity
is a sort of salmon, peachy creme. It’s a pretty color, though I think it gives me lobster hands. I used two easy coats, plus top coat for coverage.
Gelato On My Mind
is a pretty baby blue creme. While this is a very pretty color, I feel like we’ve seen some variation of it in the last few collections. The streaking wasn’t bad with this one; it was really just on the first coat, and that’s kind of the norm for light colors. I used two coats, plus top coat for coverage.
Purple Palazzo Pants
, a very pastel lavender creme, which, to me, is more spring than fall but still pretty. The formula was good with minimal streaking only on the first coat. I used two coats plus top coat.
It’s a Piazza Cake
, a gorgeous burnt orange creme. Can I just say how much I LOVE this color? It’s a quintessential fall shade, and it’s so pretty. In my opinion, this is the best color of the collection. The formula was great; it went on smooth and easy. I probably could have gotten away with only one coat, but I used two to be safe.
O Suzi Mio
is a beautiful dark vampy eggplant creme, and I love it. Yet again, this is one we’ve seen close variations of in a lot of recent collections, but this one is a must. The purple is so deep that it almost looks black at times. Formula was good. I used two coats for full coverage.
Amore at the Grand Canal
, another dark red creme…an OPI classic, of course. There was nothing greater than normal about this one; it does look darker in the bottle than actually on the nail though. Good color, good formula, and two good coats for coverage.
Gimme a Lido Kiss
is a smooth and subtle red shimmer–again classic OPI. Formula was good–smooth and opaque in two coats.
My Gondola or Yours?
is black with very subtle shimmer. When I say subtle shimmer, I mean subtle … it doesn’t even show in the photos. The formula was much thinner than any of the other polishes, I used three thin coats as with two I could still see a few sheer spots.
Worth a Pretty Penne
, oh what a pretty penny it is! This one is a shimmery copper beauty that is perfect for fall, and completely worth it. I didn’t think I’d really care for this one, but I love it. I used two coats to cover, but really could have gotten away with one. It was a perfect formula.
NOTE: There is one polish missing from above “Tiramisu For Two”, a coffee creme color. Unfortunately, it was broken in the mail and there was no chance to save it.
Venice the Party
is a frosty bright aqua blue, that has a really nice sparkle to it. The color is great, and one I’d wear for sure …just probably not in the fall. Formula-wise, this one was a little thin but other than that, no major issues. I used two coats for coverage; be careful of any brush strokes.
St. Marks the Spot
, a deep navy blue shimmer. I’ve mentioned numerous times how much of a sucker I am for blue polish so no surprise I really like this one. The formula was good, I used two coats. Again, I would be mindful to avoid any brush strokes.
Baroque…But Still Shopping
, to be honest I’m not sure if this is a silver or gold metallic as it looks like a mix of both. Maybe silver polish with gold glitter? I don’t know. I wanted to love this, I really did–but, I just can’t. The glitter just makes the polish seem lumpy and poor quality once it’s dried. I believe that if you eliminated the extra glitter, the finish would be more like Worth a Pretty Penne
, and that I could totally fall for.
VERDICT: Overall, I love OPI and I think their polishes are great quality. With that said, I was kind bummed that this collection included so many cremes, “spring-ish” colors, and not enough oomph. As I said before, it’s nice to add lighter tones with some fall looks, but I feel like ‘softness’ overpowered here. I believe there were more deeper tones to offer- shimmery, creme and glittered versions. I do think a few stood out and are definite MUST haves, especially for the fall season; It’s a Piazza Cake, O Suzi Mio and Worth a Pretty Penne are my favorites.
OPI Venice nail lacquers retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com.
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