Tuesday, February 5, 2013

OPI Euro Centrale Collection Swatches, Review Part 1

OPI Euro Centrale is of course an ode to Europe, and as the name implies, central Europe.  The eclectic mix of shades and finishes in this collection pay homage to Europe's grand history and its modern designs and landscapes.  

Here's how OPI's The Powers That Be described the inspiration for this collection:

“Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

Euro Centrale boasts a wide variety of shades, ranging from pale nude to deep blue – and featuring everything from shimmering copper to aqua in between!,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”

Here are the first seven shades of Euro Centrale, and my thoughts on them:


OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!

OPI Euro Centrale



OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa! is a pretty bronzy tan.  I love how this does not make my hands look dirty when a lot of these types of shades do.   This looks super clean on the nails!


OPI Euro Centrale
OPI My Vampire is Buff




OPI My Vampire is Buff is a creamy pale bone or nude color.  It looks really clean on the nails, but it's a bit temperamental because it applies streaky.  You need two really let it dry between coats and apply carefully.  This is opaque in three coats.  It IS pretty, though.  Very clean and feminine.



OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke!


OPI Euro Centrale



OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke! is a gorgeous buttery gold shimmer.  It is on the sheer side so it took me 3 coats for it to be opaque.  Looks very festive.

OPI Euro Centrale
OPI You're Such a Budapest



OPI You're Such a Budapest is a gorgeous lavender cream.  I am a sucker for lilacs and purples so this is right up my alley.  So pretty and one of my top picks in this collection.


OPi Euro Centrale
OPI Can't Find My Czechbook





This is one of my top favorites from this collection as well.  OPI Can't Find My Czechbook is a very beautiful aqua cream.  It's a bit brighter than how it looks in the photos.  The formula is great and applies like a dream

OPI Euro Centrale
OPI A Woman's Prague-ative




OPI Euro Centrale

Just when you think the OPI names couldn't be more out-of-this-world....

OPI A Woman's Prague-ative is a flaming copperish duochrome shimmer.  The duochrome is very similar to OPI Sprung from the Mariah Carey collection, the difference is that Sprung is more plummy-pink and A Woman's Prague-ative is flaming orange and gold.  I love this shade- absolutely eye-catching.


OPI Suzi's Hungary Again

OPI Euro Centrale



Ugh.  So gorg.  OPI Suzi's Hungary Again is a beautiful coral pink - very similar to China Glaze Surreal Appeal of the Cirque de Soleil collection, but OPI Suzi's Hungary Again is just a tad brighter in color.  I think this is going to be one of the cult faves from this collection.  This also would be a great pedi color come sandals and open-toed heels season!

All in all, I am loving the mix of shades and textures/finishes in this collection.  I love the brights, subdued in deep colors, and I will feature the latter in Part 2 of this series.  Most are easy to apply, with the exception of My Vampire is Buff, which is typical for many light-colored creams which can be streaky.

My favorites are definitely all in this post except My Vampire is Buff.  The colors are nice and the formulas of many are really easy in application and with no or minimal streaking.


Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the brand for consideration.  All opinions are completely mine.

No comments: