OPI · Mexico City Collection

I feel like it’s been ages since I last did an OPI review and from the moment I received the Mexico City Collection, I just knew it needed to be shown in all its glory. After the long & hard winter we just experienced followed by the pandemic + subsequent travel lockdown, I figure this is one trip we can all enjoy … plus how uplifting is all this colour? ❤️

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OPI partnered with native Mexican artist, muralist and illustrator, Sofia Castellanos, to further capture Mexico City’s vibrant art scene for this collection. “Paint the world you’re proud to live in. Mexico is a powerful and magical place, I’d like that when people see the art we created, they connect with our Mexican warmth. I want to show them our outgoing, optimistic and fearless side as well as our hearts with all our unique colours” (Sofia Castellanos). Sofia’s artwork ca be seen on select packaging throughout the campaign and also on Mexico City murals.

Mexico City Collection (CAN $13.00/each) | The 12 shades of this collection contain a mix of pastels and vibrant colours, and include mainly crèmes with 3 shimmers thrown in for added interest. With the concept of using one’s nails as canvases, the shades have all been specifically inspired by Mexico City’s thriving art scene. I’ve been a fan of OPI’s formula and brush for years now, and while my personal collection from this brand is quite vast, I can’t remember the last time an entire collection captured me like this. Another plus is that there’s a good balance of both warm and cool tones, meaning the colours should compliment a wide range of skin tones — and tastes. For all swatches below, I used 2 coats of polish (no base or top coats) with the exception of Hue Is The Artist? and Mexico City Move-Mint; I added a third coat because I’m a perfectionist that way, but in reality you can definitely get away with 2. There are two shades in the collection that I absolutely recommend you use with a base coat to avoid potential staining: ¡Viva Opi! and Mi Casa Es Blue Casa — the rest are all good to go as is.

  • Hue Is The Artist? – pale wispy lavender crème
  • Mexico City Move-Mint – soft icy blue/green crème
  • Verde Nice To Meet You – lush aqua crème
  • Coral-Ing Your Spirit Animal – soft warm peachy coral crème
  • Don’t Tell A Sol – lemon yellow crème
  • Suzi’s Slinging Mezcal – pale gold shimmer
  • Mural Mural On The Wall – deep apricot with gold & coral confetti
  • Telenovela Me About It – cool pink with a subtle blue flash
  • My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore – true coral crème
  • ¡Viva Opi! – vibrant orange based red crème
  • Mariachi Makes My Day – saturated indigo jelly
  • Mi Casa Es Blue Casa – intense blue crème

I find that OPI absolutely “nailed” it with this collection. Pun intended, lol. The vibrant shades are all uplifting yet balanced out by some of the softer hues. The shimmers all have something unique about them, so there’s none of the same-old-same-old going on. Finally, the formula is consistent and bang-on with each, making application effortless, self-levelling (aka: goof-proof) with all coming to a natural glossy shine. All that’s missing is a pitcher of Margaritas …

Available at The Bay, fine salons and select retailers across Canada

Kindly provided by OPI for my unbiased consideration

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