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OPI Hong Kong Collection Swatches, Review & Comparisons – Part 1

opi-hong-kong-collection-spring-2010-swatches One of the most anticipated collections of the season, OPI Hong Kong takes us to the far east and I don’t want to come back.  Following what I consider a pretty boring year for OPI (I just didn’t LOVE Spain & South Beach) they’re already off to a great start with Alice in Wonderland and Hong Kong.  I hope the momentum keeps going throughout the year.

Of course I’ve been geeked over the idea of a new OPI green so Jade Is The New Black has been on my mind for months and it did NOT disappoint.  I dare say it may take down Rainforest as my all-time fave OPI.  That’s a huge statement people!

I’ve got the first half of the collection for you today so check out Jade Is The New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, Meet Me On The Star Ferry, Bling Dynasty and Pearl of Wisdom after the jump!

OPI’s formula continues to please me.  The cremes just apply so perfectly smooth and my wide nail beds love the brush.  Though it’s like I forget how good the polish is because when I put these on I was like, “DAMN, why can’t all brand be this good?”  You all know how much I love me some China Glaze but their formula just hasn’t been as great as of late whereas OPI just seems to be getting better.  All the polishes shown below applied flawlessly in two coats.

Jade Is The New Black is an understatement.  Jade is the new JADE and I’m talking about Chanel Jade.  I still love the mint polishes but this is the hotness!  Like a lot of gemstones, Jade comes in a range of hues and Jade Is The New Black is on the opposite side of the spectrum from Chanel Jade.  Slightly muted yet vibrant with a blue undertone, it’s one stellar color and a total MUST HAVE!


I know the color comparison requests will come piling in but I truly do NOT have a polish that dupes JITB so I thought I’d show it next to a bunch of other mid-tone greens so you can see how it stands out.


Suzi Says Feng Shui is bright cobalt creme.  Barry M’s Cobalt looks similar in the bottle but on the nail they couldn’t be more different.  This color is lighter and brighter.  FYI, Cleveland’s weather has caused me to rely on my indoor lighting equipment so the rest of these shots (with one exception) are in artificial light.


Again, I thought a bottle lineup would be useful as I have no exact dupe in my stash.  I pitted SSFS up against, OPI No Room For The Blues, Orly Calypso Breeze, Color Club Gossip Color, Barielle A Bouquet for Ava and Illamasqua Muse.  As you can see, it doesn’t have the teal undertones of the shades on the right and it falls somewhere between the two on the left.


When I saw Meet Me On The Star Ferry, I thought, “what is this color doing here?”  It seemed out of place and not that exciting.  On the nail it wowed!   Packed with golden micro-glitter this rosey mauve is extremely eye-catching.  I really have nothing to compare it to.  I thought perhaps Zoya Flowie (too gold) or Rhea ( too purple/cool) and I pulled my bottle of  OPI My Big Break that doesn’t have this type of sparkle.  It’s a winner!  Oh and I had a few seconds of light so I could show it to you in natural and artificial light.


Bling Dynasty is a burnished old gold with metallic shimmer and micro-glitter.  It’s definitely got an aged feel to it like if you dug up some ancient queen that wore real gold nails, this is how they’d look now.  Morbid but that’s where my mind went.


Bling Dynasty is deeper than the other golds in my collection.  As you can see compared to Duri Golden Nugget, Sally Hansen Salon Tassel, OPI Curry Up Don’t Be Late and Orly Gold Rush, BD is darker and richer.


Pearl of Wisdom is a sheer iridescent white with pink-ish pearlized micro-glitter.  This is not a buildable sheer so I’ve shown it with two coats.  I’m not a sheer girl, for obvious reasons (hello short nail beds!) so this one is a pass for me.


The OPI Hong Kong Collection officially launches in February though I’ve seen it for sale online already. OPI is available in salons nationwide including chains like JCPenney, ULTA, Trade Secret, Beauty Express and Regis.

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished to me by OPI. For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Tavia says:

    Love love love that green and blue color. I also have the Enchanted Forest nail polish from Orly and indeed looks pretty similar :)

  2. Euridice says:

    Wow!! I had been thinking the colors look nice displayed together, but wasn’t sure how I would like them individually. These are indeed exciting! The Jade looks more like jade to me than the Chanel version (taking your point about the wide range of colors of jade).

    Do you have Essie Mesmerize? That’s my only cobalt, and I am thinking it’s darking than this new cobalt.

    These are lovely and interesting, can’t wait for part two!!

  3. Tiffanie says:

    Wow, you are right that Jade is an absolute must have!! Star Ferry is gorg too. Can’t wait for the rest of the swatches! Thank you :)

  4. Lilan says:

    LOVE the green and blue.. and even the pink one! :) The creme formulas really do look to be fab so I can’t wait to try ‘em out!

  5. Kim C says:

    hey – I am loving Pearl of Wisdom – my kind of colour. Michelle – I have long nail beds lol I think this may explain our different tastes in colours! Thanks for the great reviews as always

  6. Sarah says:

    Oh lord have I been waiting for this.
    I seriously can’t overstate how helpful you are and what a great resource this blog has become. Has revolutionised the way I shop (for polish).
    Surprised by how gorgeous meet me on the star ferry looks. Yes please.

  7. Erin says:

    Thanks for the review!! Can’t wait for these. I know what u mean about CG’s formula lately! Yay for OPI doing fun colors!

  8. mochamishmash says:

    Love the gold and am looking forward to seeing the purples!

  9. Tenns says:

    I love the Jade Is The New Black shade.

  10. amy says:

    I love Jade is the New Black and Bling Dynasty and I can’t wait to pick these up! Surprisingly, I don’t have any golds in my collection yet. I thought the Hong Kong collection was released already but the sales girl had no idea what I was talking about and tried to tell me it is a Hong Kong only release. Oh well, now I know to look out for it in February instead.

  11. Isabelle says:

    Yay! I was waiting for this! I’m in love with ‘Meet Me On The Star Ferry’!

  12. grace says:

    I’m wondering if they’re releasing a set of minis with this collection and which ones will be included. I lucked out with the new essies because all the ones I wanted were in the set of minis and it was only $10 for 4 instead of $8/each. (I’ll never make it to the bottom of a bottle of polish anyway). Typically the OPI mini sets are heavy on the reds of the collections and leave out the really good colors (like this year’s holiday minis). On the other hand… I might like the blue and green enough to want full size bottles.

    • Virginia says:

      The only thing about the minis is the hard to handle smaller brushes. I had lots of problems with the AIW ones but maybe it was just me. Now I have to purchase the larger bottles!

      • Grace says:

        Was it mainly the glitters in AIW that gave you trouble or the reds, as well? Just curious, because I can see how the small brush would make it hard to pick up enough of the glitter to get it on the nail (as it is trouble enough with a full size brush), but I keep my nails pretty short and I feel like the new OPI brushes are like mops they’re so huge! I think I might like the small ones…

    • KarenD says:

      I came across a Hong Kong mini set yesterday and it had Red My Fortune Cookie, Dim Sum Plum, and Suzi Says Feng Shui (along with a Rapidry Topcoat mini). Very cute package–similar to a Chinese takeout box in shape.

      • Grace says:

        I just saw this and was so bummed! WHY does OPI always put the most generic colors from the collection in the mini set? Guess I’ll be picking up the full size bottles of the green and blue.

  13. Caity says:

    That blue looks a little scary to me, maybe because I had a bad experience with China Glaze’s “Shower Together,” and it’s a similar shade. Loving the Jade color, and the sparkly rose- very different from anything else in my collection, but would fit right in :-)

  14. JacieO says:

    Meet me on the Star Ferry? Mmmm, I think I’d meet that lacquer anywhere, anytime.

    Jade is just delicious. I’ve not seen a green like it.

  15. Sassy says:

    I am from/live in Hong Kong, so I was really excited about this but I’ve got to say I am not crazy about any of the colors? I have been obsessing over getting a bottle of Jade for months now so I was looking forward to seeing the Jade is the new Black but it just doesn’t do it for me :(

    Love your website!! It has helped me with many an agonizing color decision, haha!

  16. Kim C says:

    A question. ‘meet me on the star ferry’ – how sheer it is after one coat? I was thinking that it would be pretty as a 2nd coat over a dark berry/burgundy polish.

  17. SDpfeiffy says:

    Without seeing Part 2, I’m guessing I’ll pick up Bling and Star Ferry. I really really love the blue and green but I’m trying to curb my purchases to colors I’ll actually be able to pull off :P

  18. Jamie says:

    I really like this collection — I want all of these except for Pearl of Wisdom. Well, maybe. I’ve seen it as a top coat on dark colors, and it’s pretty gorgeous.

  19. TygerKitty says:

    O.M.G. I *adore* the JITNB!!! The ferry one is interesting, I didn’t expect it to be so pretty lol! And I do like the sheer but it’s a bummer that it isn’t buildable!

  20. ainamakeup says:

    With Every Review I get more and more excited about this collection. I can’t wait!

  21. DJ says:

    How does Suzi compare to Essie’s Mesmerize?

    LOVE the Jade. Time to start stalking my local salons for this one.

  22. Andrea says:

    Hey ALU, I have a question for you: I noticed that most of the lids on your n/p bottles are not tightened. Is this the way you store them to ensure that you can get them open after they’ve been sitting for a while? Maybe that’s a good idea! Or does it let the air in?
    Awesome review – thanks! I think I’m gonna get JITNB and Suzi Says.
    PS – I love the shape of your nails.

  23. Cadence says:

    I totally agree with you about both OPI’s color selection with Spain (disappointing and blah) and the formula. I consistently go back to OPI because of the spread of the creams and the brush (how easily it glides the polish onto my nails). I was impressed with the past few glitter polishes that they put out at the holidays. What fantastic depth and color! I can’t wait for Alice (ordering it now) and hoping to get my hands (or nails as the case may be!) on that Jade!

  24. Khabeer says:

    You are soooo right the previous two collections (minus Holiday Wishes Collection) were a complete BORE. I’m gonna buy this ENTIRE collection! I want it all!

  25. Virginia says:

    There are so many colors from this collection that I want. I can’t wait for Hot & Spicy. I have seen so many different swatches that I really don’t know what that color is! Thanks so much!!

  26. Kelsey says:

    I am very excited about JITNB and SSFS! Also looking forward to part 2 so I can see Dim Sum Plum! I find your blog so helpful in narrowing down my choices each time a new collection comes out. Your skin color and nail length/shape are very similar to mine, and I’ve found that your photos are more color accurate than on most other blogs.

  27. Jen says:

    Love Jade. Then FS and Bling and surprised by how much I liked Star Ferry. BUT your pix are some of the best out there so I know that if I get this (it’s about

  28. Thea says:

    How does Suzi Says Feng Shui fare against China Glaze’s Shower Together?

  29. smALty says:

    I like very much JITNB and Suzi Says Feng Shui even if I don’t think I could wear them for work.
    I’m not a “sheer” girl, I say “assolutamente no” to Pearl of whisdom!
    Hope you will show us the rest of the collection soon!

  30. JoAnn says:

    OMG – I love, love LOVE all of these colors (well, not so hot on the pearl color)- but I MUST have all of the rest! Must! I am so excited I can’t stand it!

    And may I add that I am ridiculously envious of your beautiful cuticles. No matter how much I try to take care of mine they are still absolutely hideous all throughout the winter.

  31. Brooke says:

    WOW, Meet Me on the Star Ferry was a surprise for me too!! It is gorgeous on your nails. Like you, I wasn’t too impressed by it in the bottle, but it looks awesome!

    Thanks for all the great swatches and comparisons :)

  32. Mel says:

    I *love* that blue! That is one shade I do not have in my current collection (I usually opt for navy or dark royal blues).

    That green looks a lot like my CND Green Scene — but it could just be the lighting. Regardless, LOVE GREEN!

  33. sara says:

    wow! your nails pulled off the sheer so well, i do so many swatches for my blog that my nails are beyond yellow…how do you keep them so white!?

  34. jolene says:

    How does Jade is the New Black compare to Misa’s Dirty Sexy Money? I love Meet Me on the Star Ferry too! Thanks so much for posting – love your photos.

  35. sharon says:

    i know this is very ot but i was wondering if you review the essie art of spring colors could you compare them to china glaze’s up and away? they look very similar and i wouldnt want to get a dupe. thank you so much!

  36. jenniferc says:

    uh oh, i like all of these colors…

  37. Carol says:

    I used to do nails and you still can’t beat opi and seche’ vite. Love the new colors.

  38. S_and_J says:

    Jade Is The New Black is by far the stand out among the polishes you have swatched. I can not even explain how great it is. This seems like a really great collection by OPI.

  39. Camila says:

    i think i’m in love with the green and the blue ones!! It’s gorgeous!

  40. Kathryn says:

    she’s already swatched the up & away collection. they look nothing alike.
    These are really pretty colors and I may have to try opi again.

  41. Glockoma says:

    Thanks for your helpful colour comparisons. It’s nice to have a visual to see if I already have something similar or not.

    I think I’ll be getting Jade Is the New Black and Meet Me on the Star Ferry. And after seeing your swatches, I’m actually considering getting the gold one, too, even though I never usually go for gold!

  42. Love the jade. So sophisticated and cool.

  43. Jai says:

    I work at a beauty supply store and we got these new colours in on Friday (sadly they have to be tucked away til the 3rd) and I’m already in love!
    I’m really looking forward to Star Ferry and A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find.
    If I had to compare Star Ferry to any other colours, I’d say it probably most closely resembles Zoya Anastasia, it’s just lighter.

  44. y.d. says:

    I just purchased Jade Is The New Black today at the mall! I really didn’t think the collection was out yet but I decided to drop by Regis anyway. And to my amazement, there was the Hong Kong collection sitting on the side!!
    Thank you for all of the beautiful swatches.

  45. Gejba says:

    I wonder why Meet Me On The Star Ferry intrigues me. I guess I’ll have to try it our. :)

  46. alison says:

    disappointed…. only the jade is worth looking at.
    being that im from hk, hk is worth better colours

  47. That is soo cool, I love it, I really like the green and the pink colors OPI has made available. All of their colors look great, but sometimes, the prices are a bit high. I’ve been using the 2 in 1 nail art pens I found from sassy nails recently, I like the ease of use of the pen tips.

  48. Pinch says:

    Suzi Says Feng Shui is so pretty! I like the jade one too :) :)

  49. ainamakeup says:

    Hey! I gave you a shout out and nominated you for best nail blog!

  50. Aubree says:

    Jade Is The New Black is just stunning. Great swatches and thanks for the comparisons :)

  51. rijaH says:

    Meet Me On The Star Ferry is pretty nice! To long name though haha :P

  52. stephanie says:

    i LOVE that they’re doing a line based on hong kong. i actually was just there last month and i still miss it! such a wonderful place…with cute&cheap nail polish too (im talking 2 US dollars)!! im definitely picking up the bling dynasty and jade is the new black.

  53. Can’t wait for Part II of this. I’m loving Jade is the New Black!

  54. ReaderRita says:

    I think I love this entire collection- and I’m not the biggest lover of red, either… but these- there’s something ABOUT them. Perhaps it’s that each polish is the epitome of that color range.
    Maybe it’s me, but I have a serious ‘entire collection’ lemming here.
    Of course, Jade Is The New Black is what I’ll probably get first…LOVE!

  55. MissyPrissy says:

    Thanks for posting these swatches! Love JITNB! I can’t wait for you to post Part 2!

  56. kira says:

    I want bling dynasty so bad!
    and the mauve:D

  57. Left Brain says:

    Those colors are stunning!

  58. Olivia says:

    I just stumbled across your site, it’s great- so helpful, I just went onto eBay and bought several polishes that I saw on here :)
    Just wondering what base and top coat you use?
    Kindest Regards,

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It depends. I change it up based on what I have on hand. Lately I’ve been all about Nubar Foundation Base Coat and Olan Quick & Slick top coat though other stapes are Seche Vite, Poshe and Nails Inc Caviar top coats and CND Stickey, Orly Bonder and butter London Ridge Filling base coats.

  59. Heather says:

    fabulous swatches! i’m really interested in jade is the new black and suzi says feng shui. however, orly calypso breeze and suzi says feng shui look really similar in your pictures! could you swatch them side by side??

  60. Lizzi says:

    I’ve bought 9 of the 12 bottles from this collection. I passed on Star Ferry, the light pink, and Pearl of Wisdom. OPI really outdid themselves this time around. PSST… Chopsticking to My Story is such a hot colour for this summer. Can you imagine it with woody, strappy sandals?! We threw a huge party here for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. I hail from Canada, so in lieu of the occasion, I used Alpine Snow for the base and then used Red My Fortune Cookie and a art brush to create a maple leaf on the centre of my middle finger. Came out awesome! Could you possibly compare JITNB to ChG’s four leaf clover. I’m considering buying FLC, but I don’t want it if it’s too similar to JITNB.

  61. Nicole says:

    Just a quick question: Suzi Says looks a lot like Illamasqua Muse in the comparison. Since I have Muse, is there a significant difference between the two hat would be obvious on the nail? Just wondering.

  62. Altea says:

    This is the first time I “dare” to comment something here, although I’ve been following you for a couple years at least.
    I just got Jade Is The New Black and I totally love it, but I’m having some little problems with application, I think it’s kind of “watery” and streaky

    • Victoria says:

      well if this helps, i found OPI a bit watery but that’s just the consistency/formula of the product. maybe exchange it? it’s still opaque in two layers or so.

  63. Altea says:

    Well I love the color enough to ignore the not-so-perfect application. I was just wondering if it’s my bottle ’cause I read nothing about it.

  64. Laura says:

    Any chance we’ll see Part II soon? Pretty pretty please?

  65. Pauliina says:

    I’m eager to see Part II as well! Please?

  66. Serena says:

    I found the application on Suzi Says Feng Shui HORRIBLE. Was it bad for you too or did I just get a bad bottle?

  67. bebelastrange says:

    I got Panda-Monium Pink. The color in my opinion and my bf is that it has a touch of purple. Application was not bad at all and i am a novice when it comes to painting my own nails. All i needed was two coats!
    PS- Part 2?

  68. Nicole says:

    Is Jade is the New Black similar at all to Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Mint Sprint?

  69. alice says:

    is there going to be part 2?

  70. L. H. says:

    I think meet me on the star ferry is only a shade darker than chicago champagne toast.
    I cannot wear panda-monium pink without getting sheet marks, no matter how long I let it dry. Even after 10 hours I woke up with sheet marks!!!What gives? I put on my other opi polishes the same way.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Weird. It’s just that one polish? Hmm, are you using thicker layers or more coats than you normally would? The thicker the polish on your nails, the longer it needs to dry.

      • L.H. says:

        I didn’t think I was putting it on any thicker than I would any other polish. Next time I will try to dry each coat before putting on another one. (I even sit in front of a small fan.) Thanks for responding.

  71. Cat says:

    May I know when will you be posting the part 2 to this collection?

  72. Mimi says:

    i was wondering when you would post the part 2 of this collection… i already have jade is the new black, bling dynasty and suzi says feng shui!!! i love opi colors and have a lot of colors but am afraid to try new riskier colors i usually only have pinks and reds and pale natural colors

  73. Leann says:

    I want Jade is the New Black and Suzi Says Feng Shui. I have Meet Me on the Star Ferry. It is actually a lot darker on my nails than in your pictures. It is just so gorgeous. One of my favorites!

  74. Tiffany says:

    I was so excited to see your pictures of Meet Me On The Star Ferry. (Quick Story) I went to a salon for a pedi and saw that color on the shelves. I loved it so much I bought the rest of the bottle (only about 1/3 left in it). However, the stick was long gone from the bottom of the bottle, so I had no idea the name of the color. I’ve been on a nail color hunting expedition since, just trying to figure out the name of this color. Your description and pictures match it exactly, but when I went and bought a bottle of Meet Me On The Star Ferry, it was a darker and a little more purple, with less shimmer than the mystery color. Is there any chance the decription on your pictures has the wrong color name? Do you have any idea what the color name is? You would be my absolute hero if you could help me figure this out! I’ve been to every OPI-carrying local store and am running out of leads. I’ve even e-mailed OPI. Haha!

    • Mascha says:

      Your mystery color would be Queen Of West Web-erly from Valentine’s Day Collection of 2009.

    • Snowydrops says:

      You may also want to check out Chicago Champagne Toast. It seems like a lighter and sparklier version of MMOTTS to my eyes. Good luck!

  75. L.H. says:

    I had a mani and pedi on Thursday evening at a day spa (gift certificate :) ) and chose Jade is the New Black for both. I like it alright on my toes but not on my hands. It seriously reminds me of John Deere green! Yes I know JITNB is darker but I just can’t shake it. I live in Indiana so I see a lot of John Deere green. I just think there are prettier colors. I myself love purples and have been on the hunt for a turquoise. I will try to buy Meet me on the Star Ferry and Bling Dynasty next time I’m out.

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  77. Jenn says:

    was there ever a part 2 posted?

  78. Lillian says:

    Sorry to bother you, but is there going to be a part 2? Did OPI not give you samples or something? I love your pictures! Thanks for all your time :)

  79. Jennie says:

    I love Meet Me on the Star Ferry! I am picking up a bottle for my best friend who LOVES mauve colors.

  80. Abbey says:

    Just bought JITNB and SSFS and omg, I am so in love. I am picky with blues on my nails but this blue is phenomenal, so pretty, and just the right amount of grey for me. It’s stunning!! Now, don’t even get me’ started on that green. I held off for a little while because it looked a little dark for me’, (I usually stick with Essies Pretty Edgy for my staple green) but my greenlover within just had to cave and
    I’m so glad I did!!! I have not stopped raving about this color since I put it on. Application was a dream and the colour is so rich and gorgeous that I can’t stop looking at it. Ahhhh! OPI how I love thee!!

  81. Carlee says:

    i have found a similar dupe to jade is the new black its actually two colours that i had just lying around and i wanted a new nailpolish and i really liked jade is the new black so i mixed em to try to get them similar. first 2 coats i used a nailpolish from ardene called emerald green and the second two coats are from L.A colours and the colour is atomic. i found that it came fairly similar to jade is the new black

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  83. Ellie~ says:

    so i am wearing this lovely color today and stop by at walgreens in search of my top coat…i spot a new revlon nail polish collection with a polish called
    “flirt” and it looks exacly the same as lucky lucky lavender. And so i tough for the one’s who will like this polish for spring season 2012..LOL…well winter time is not over yet lol but in LA is like spring or summer for us.

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