OPI ‘The Germany Collection’ Fall 2012 – Part 2 (swatches & review)

 

Something I really enjoy with OPI’s country-themed collections,is that you not only get to wear the latest colours along your nails, but also receive the opportunity to learn something interesting about new places; case in point, their latest ‘Germany Collection’, showed me facets of this country I never even knew existed — from its vast historical grandeur, that co-exists with a cutting-edge modernism. The 12 shades that make up this collection (please see part 1 here) perfectly embody the feel & tones of Germany .. something I wouldn’t have known, were it not for a little welcome “OPI” research!


Cologne, Germany – history & technology in perfect harmony (source)


 

Continuing the trend begun with part 1, once again the 6 shades shown here all had the same ease of application in common, along with completely self-levelling coverage and nice high shines at the finish, although the shimmery hues do tend to dry slightly less glossy than the crèmes, thus benefitting from a layer of top coat to complete them. While a couple of shades are almost one-coaters, my preference is to apply 2 coats (as I did for all shown here), as I find it just looks more “polished” (no pun intended!).  All swatches are with base and top coats.


 

‘Schnapps Out Of It!’ is the one shade out of the 6 here that I was sure would fall flat for me, but it surprised me by turning out more flattering than I thought. A dusty salmon/peach hue, this bears ribbons of a pearlized silvery shimmer throughout that while not very visible indoors, really comes to life when seen in the sun and/or with flash. The formula was the thickest of the bunch, although it still flowed quite well, and left no brush strokes behind.


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‘Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs’ is a beautiful cool-leaning violet hue with visible blueish undertones, and a lovely ultra-fine pearly shimmer throughout that lends a nice rounded depth to this shade. The formula was excellent and almost applied itself, flowing like silk along the nails, but this lacquer definitely needs top coat at the end to really bring out each & every nuance.


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‘Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue’ is truly an aquatic beauty; a deeply shimmering marine blue shade with obvious teal undercurrents, the ultra-fine glimmer of this lacquer lends it that ‘lit-from-within’ look I so love, giving it a glowing & luminous quality – almost gem-like. With an easy flowing formula, this one can literally be a 1-coater as well, although I much prefer the look of 2, with top coat locking in an über-glossy shine. BONUS: no staining upon removal.


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‘German-icure by OPI’ is a STUNNER. Sit back for this one, as I’ve included more photos than I probably should have, in order to really do this unique shade justice! First of all, when I opened the bottle and saw its inky blue (yes, you read correctly: INKY BLUE) colour, I did a double-take and thought that perhaps I hadn’t properly mixed the contents … but no, what you see on the outside is almost an illusion of what the bottle holds within!

What looks like a fiery berry-hued autumnal shade in the bottle, turns out to actually be more of an indigo/midnight aubergine hybrid once applied, with both colours merging happily along the nails. The formula was to die for – it flowed that well – along with perfectly self-levelling AND quite glossy at the finish, but what sets this beauty apart is the totally unique burgundy/bronze/magenta/cobalt *almost* duo chrome-like flash you glimpse in certain lights. How obvious is it that I am in LOVE with this shade?!


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‘My Very First Knockwurst’ is an ultra-creamy fleshy nude-pink shade that was so surprisingly non-streaky with the first coat; a super high gloss finish only adds to its clean & sophisticated allure, and the dusty/muted quality it bears, along with a slight greyish undertone, makes it an exceptionally wearable neutral hue for basically all skin tones – a totally modern ‘Band-Aid’ pink!


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‘Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!’ (while the name is ridiculous, I still like saying it!) is something of a conundrum; is it charcoal grey with deeply sage green leanings, or blackened green with “eelskin” undertones? Either way you want to view it, this shade not only applies super-creamy, but leaves behind an insane high-gloss shine. This is a fabulous and “clean” way to wear a moody hue without veering too much into black territory.


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Final thoughts: As I was wrapping up my review on this collection, I paused to think about each colour; initially, I was under the impression that with the exception of a few shades, everything here seemed somehow “seen before”, and while it’s true that for the most part the shades may not appear all that unique, several points need to be noted. I don’t always look for colour eccentricity when a new collection is released, but how well a varnish applies, its wearability, and the subtleties that make it stand out without screaming to be noticed. That’s what the shades of OPI’s ‘Germany Collection’ all have in common: all excellent quality, totally wearable, and with intricate unique touches. From the 6 of this grouping, my absolute favourites are ‘German-icure by OPI’ (a huge duh, right?!), followed closely by ‘Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue’, and ‘My Very First Knockwurst’/’Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!’ tied for 3rd. When all’s said and done, I personally think that OPI did an amazing job of capturing the colours of Germany with this collection … although I do still wish they had included a more vibrant green as well *grumble, grumble*.

Available as of August, please feel free to visit OPI’s website for more information, or by joining them on facebook and/or twitter.


 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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