Spring is slowly approaching and along with the new makeup items in the aisle, the OPI Spring 2016 collection is here too! This season OPI was inspired by New Orleans to create a great array of bright, springtime appropriate shades. I love this collection and may be a little biased because I fell in love with New Orleans when I travelled there last year.
I have swatched all of the 12 shades in the OPI Spring 2016 New Orleans Collection which retail for $12.50 CDN ($10 USD) and can be found in stores now!
Take a Right on Bourbon – This metallic dream of a polish is a really cool mixture of a creamy silver with a touch of warmth. A very unique shade but can look a little streaky. Used three coats to perfect the finish and minimize streaking.
Let Me Bayou a Drink – A pale pink with a subtle touch of shimmer is a really great staple polish shade. It was a little difficult to work with in terms of streaking but 3 thin coats should minimize any hassle.
Humid-Tea – This unique, nude shimmer polish has a touch of pink and almost salmon hint. The shimmer in this polish gives the polish dimension and is in no way a loud glitter/strong metallic. Only two coats were needed to achieve maximum opacity and no streaking issues. If you are wanting to only pick up the very unique shades in the collection, you need this one.
Crawfishin’ for a Compliment – This creamsicle shade is a stunning creamy light orange. It dries a little bit darker than what’s seen in the bottle. No issues with streaking and only 2 coats are needed. This would look great on the toes during the summer paired with a tan.
Suzi Nails New Orleans – A vibrant bubblegum pink cream polish that is flat out Barbie-esque. Like the other creams in the collection, no issues with streaking and only 2 coats were needed.
Got Myself Into a Jam-balaya – This coral pink with a hint of melon is such a stunning summertime polish. Just like Crawfishin’ for a Compliment, it would be so great against tanned skin. Two coats required and no streaking issues.
I’m Sooo Swamped! – This vibrant olive green is another unique shade in the OPI Spring 2016 New Orleans Collection that I am so impressed with. The creams in this collection are the true standouts because, like this shade, the pigmentation is amazing and they all self-level like a dream. I don’t know how much I will personally wear this shade but it will be sticking around in my collection, especially for nail art purposes.
Show Us Your Tips! – This was the shade I was most excited for when I received the collection. It is a shimmery, periwinkle blue shade. Unfortunately, this shade let me down the most. I needed 3-4 coats to get full opacity and fix any streaking that occurred. The polish is super sheer surprisingly. Once it is built up, it really is a gorgeous shade but just watch out for the opacity issue.
Rich Girls & Po-Boys – This is a pretty, vibrant blue cream polish. Oddly enough, it reminds me of the blue sky I saw when I was visiting a cemetery in New Orleans. Again, with the creams, you just need 2 coats to achieve the perfect mani.
She’s a Bad Muffuletta!– If this colour doesn’t scream spring/summer, I don’t know what will. This beautiful strawberry toned red is super vibrant and a dream to apply. This shade just makes me smile and get even more excited for warmer weather. Two coats are required to make sure it’s fully opaque.
Spare Me a French Quarter? – This rich berry shade is a great twist on a pink or red nail that are staples in people’s collections. You almost don’t need a second coat for this colour but the second coat really evens everything out and makes the colour a bit more vibrant.
I Manicure for Beads – Last but certainly not least, is this bright, grape purple. Like Spare Me a French Quarter?, you almost don’t need a second coat but it just adds a bit more vibrancy and slightly evens out the coverage. This is one of the colours that says New Orleans the most to me. All I can think of are the masks and beads from Mardi Gras.
Overall, I am very impressed with the OPI Spring 2016 New Orleans Collection. The cream finish polishes are the highlights of the collection along with the vibrant shades. OPI really hit the nail on the head when it came to picking shades and names for the collection. Having been to New Orleans, I can easily say that I am transported back there just by looking at the collection. Some great names are Rich Girls & Po-Boys (a Po-Boy is a type of sandwich famous in the area), Crawfishin’ for a Compliment (the seafood there is amazing!), and Take a Right on Bourbon (the infamous street in the French Quarter).
What shades from the OPI Spring 2016 New Orleans Collection are you loving?
til next time…
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