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Goin’ Dutch With New OPI Holland Collection

OPI is going dutch for Spring 2012, celebrating Holland through a vibrant color palette and quirky, pun-based nail lacquer names rife with cultural significance. The 12-piece nail lacquer collection, then, nods to the vibrant red, orange, and yellow blooms seen at the world-renowned Tulip Festival in Noordoostpolder, honors the works of Vincent Van Gogh (think 1889’s “Reaper” oil on canvas painting or 1887’s “Four Cut Sunflowers”), references traditional wooden clogs, mentions the smock and tower windmills presiding over grassy expanses, and notes everything form gouda cheese to colorful cruiser bikes (fact: Holland is the only country where the number of bicycles is higher surpasses the population), fresh herring (a type of fish that plays a major part of cuisine), and the many sights in Amsterdam (from the beautiful canals to the Red Light District).

The names of the colors in the collection are particularly campy and fun: Vampsterdam, a deep eggplant shade with just a hint of red plum and a hint of shimmer; I Don’t Give A Rotterdam, a pale cornflower blue color with tons of shimmering micro pearls; A Roll in the Hague, a creamy and über bright, poppy-worthy, red-orange shade; I Have A Herring Problem, an aquamarine color saturated with fine silver glitter;  Thanks a Windmillion, a creamy, mint-meets-sage green; Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?, a yellow-tinged ecru shade; Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?, a creamy deep lilac; Kiss Me on My Tulips, a perky hot pink; Pedal Faster Suzi!, a blush pink worthy of tulip petals; Wooden Shoe Like To Know?, a dark chestnut brown; Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, a creamy coral hue reminiscent of a watermelon sorbet scoop; and Red Lights Ahead…Where?, a tomato red with a bluer base than the A Roll in the Hague shade.

I tried three of the shades in the collection — A Roll in the Hague, Thanks a Windmillion, and I Have a Herring Problem — and I was blown away by all three. In fact, I’d venture to say this is one of my favorite OPI collections in quite some time. I’m now planning to scoop up the Vampsterdam, Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, and Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? shades.

After the jump, you’ll find some swatches of the three nail lacquers I tried out. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to go Dutch too!

THANKS A WINDMILLION

I’ve been experimenting with mint and sage greens this season, and this shade quickly melted my heart since it lies somewhere between those two hues — not quite as bluish and retro as the mint shades we’ve seen this season, but still fresher and more demure than your traditional sage. The creamy consistency amplifies the level of sophistication.

I HAVE A HERRING PROBLEM

This shade actually surprised me quite a bit. In its bottle, it looked pretty similar to Thanks A Windmillion but, as it turns out, the two are strikingly different. This nail lacquer has more of a cornflower blue meets aquamarine base, and it’s saturated with fine silver glitter that doesn’t make the effect appear cosmic or disco-esque but, rather, gives it the type of shimmering, sparkling effect we associate with the ever-moving surface of bodies of water.

A ROLL IN THE HAGUE

When the sun starts beaming, I naturally gravitate toward bright, succulent colors. Well, who am I kidding? I flock towards brights in the middle of winter too! Still, this color satiated my voracious appetite for vivacious color. The creamy nail lacquer is so richly pigmented that two coats more than suffice to deliver full coverage. The shade itself is a robust orange with lots of red in it — think hot red peppers. Spicy? Yes indeed!

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