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OPI Euro Centrale Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review – Part 1

By on April 10, 2013
in Blue, Creme, Glitter, OPI, Purple, Spring 2013 with 18 Comments

Get your passports ready for we’re off on a European adventure. No, not with the Griswolds, though I would totally tag along with Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey. Instead, OPI is whisking us away to far off places with the OPI Euro Centrale collection for Spring 2013.

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OPI has a long tradition of selecting countries or regions for their semi-annual seasonal collections (Australia, Chicago, South America) and although they’ve done Europe before (2002) this time they are focusing on countries in the middle of the continent; Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland. I’ve broken down this collection of twelve shades into two parts and knowing the love I have for blue and purple nail polish, a close second to my undying devotion to green, reviewing these colors first is just a given.

Formula & Application: OPI is a 4-free brand. The OPI Pro Wide brush is flat, wide and medium in length. It’s of average stiffness and easily spreads out on the nail when pressed. The only downside to the Pro Wide brush is that it can be too wide for slim fingers or little toes.

The consistency of all the polishes is nice and thin, easy to manipulate, but a tad on the sheer side in terms of pigmentation. I used three thin coats with all the shades but can get away with two thicker coats for the darker hues. My one major issue is with You’re Such A BudaPest. It is a streak-fest and even after three coats it looks patchy. No bueno!

OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook is a muted cyan creme. At first glance I thought it would be a dupe to Jin Soon Blue Poppy but it’s not that bright. Instead it’s a toned down, less aqua, version of China Glaze Flyin’ High.

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OPI… Eurso Euro is a vivid royal blue creme. I’d say it’s a brighter, more purple sibling of China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway.

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OPI I Saw… U Saw… We Saw… Warsaw is not quite teal but not a true blue creme either. If you mixed American Apparel Peacock with Chanel Blue Rebel, this would be the result.

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OPI Polka.com is a clear based glitter polish filled with cyan, violet and magenta hexagonal sequins and purple micro-glitter. As with most glitter polishes of this style, the sequins don’t spread out evenly on the nail. Application tip: Dot a small pool of polish at the base of the nail and then spread the glitter out.

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OPI Vant To Bite My Neck is an eggplant creme that is the love child of OPI Honk If You Love OPI and OPI Sapphire In The Snow.

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OPI You’re Such a BudaPest – Is a pale violet with a sprinkling of silvery micro-shimmer in its base. The shimmer factor is pretty negligable to the naked eye. As pretty as the color is, it’s also splotchy. It looks good in the picture but in person you can see the unevenness. In terms of the comparisons, this is just a tad lighter than Deborah Lippmann Shoshanna with less noticeable sparkle.

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Bottom Line: As much as these colors are right up my alley, and you know they are, I wasn’t overly wowed. Eurso Euro and Can’t Find My Czechbook are my faves but they don’t give me first date butterflies. This part of the collection just doesn’t feel that unique even though I don’t have exact dupes for any of the shades. Maybe it’s that overall they don’t scream “SPRING” and I’ve been in such a brights mood of late.

The OPI Euro Centrale nail polish collection is available now at salons nationwide including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA. They are also available at the first authorized online seller ULTA.com. OPI nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle. For more info visit OPI.com.

Thoughts on this half of the Euro Centrale collection? Which shades are speaking to you? Anyone get my whole need for brights moment I’m having?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by OPI. Affiliate links may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Caitlin says:

    I am so in love with this collection! Thanks for the awesome review

  2. Grace says:

    I wound up with much less of this collection than I initially thought I would based on the promo pics. I picked up just Eurso Euro (Bermuda Breakaway is my HG, and this is a quasi-backup) and My Paprika is Hotter than Yours. I may not have EXACT dupes of these colors, but I have polishes that are close enough that I didn’t need to drop the $ on these.

    When it comes to green or greige, I need every possible iteration. As much as I love my blues and purples, I have enough options in my stash that something has to really knock my socks off to add to those drawers in my helmer at this point.

  3. Jaye Brown says:

    I’m with you in that they’re all nice, but not wow-worthy. Vant To Bite My Neck is a pretty solid purple creme, which I’ve been looking for, but I kind of get the feeling that there’s something better out there, you know?

  4. Hanna says:

    The weather here in London has been really bad recently, so cold, and we had snow as recently as last Thursday. So haven’t been going with brights as much as I would normally at this time of year. I keep trying, but they just haven’t looked right. At the moment I have Illamasqua Mottle on my tips. Am feeling the mint-chic-chip ice cream look at the mo ;o)

  5. Becky says:

    Oh my god, I love the blues!! I have a thing about blue nail polish, I’ve been looking for American Apparel Peacock in the UK with no success, and I’ll buy ANYTHING teal. So Warsaw is going in the basket right now. And the aubergine (eggplant) purple, cos it’s beautiful too :)

    Thanks for this! I wouldn’t have known otherwise!

  6. Not putting circle glitter in Polka.com was a missed opportunity, IMHO ;)

  7. NailPolishFan says:

    I’m in love with these colors.

  8. Erin Ortiz says:

    Great swatches! I just started my polish collection so I picked up all of these.

  9. Danii says:

    Any other suggestions for a pretty pale violet cream? It doesn’t look like a streak-fest, noticeably a little patchy but I’m OCD and will do whatever it takes to make sure my polish is even! Since my closest Urban Outfitters disappeared (they stocked Deborah Lippmann, no?), I can’t get my Lippmann fix.

  10. TikiBarbie says:

    Polka.com is my favorite of these and the only one I got.

  11. Jacquelyn says:

    Like the cyan w Polka.com. The others do nothing for me. Am looking forward to your review of the others. Right now I want only light & bright.

  12. Jessica says:

    This entire collection (not just this half) is more suited to a Fall/Winter release, imo. So far I’ve only picked up Eurso Euro, which is amazing! I’d like to know how I Saw… Warsaw compares to OPI Ski Teal We Drop, my gateway polish.

  13. Sabrina says:

    I’m feeling the deeper blues, Czechbook is pretty but I have the blue from the Essie 2013 resort collection and it is so so bright and I love the formula.

    Michelle what do you use on your cuticles? They always look so healthy and well!

    • Michelle says:

      You’re too sweet. I use Orly Cutique once a week to push my cuticles back and then I apply CND Solar Oil daily. I also carry the Sephora Cuticle Oil pen in my purse.

  14. Leslie says:

    I think I found a less expensive dupe for the OPI You

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