As we move into Fall, prepare to be whisked away to an icy wonderland thanks to the OPI Fall 2014 Nordic collection.
When creating colors for a new seasonal collection, I always draw inspiration from the food,
music, art, landscape and street style of a particular destination,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “While conceptualizing the shades of the Nordic Collection, I ate cinnamon buns and drank glogg, snapped photographs of brightly painted houses, and gazed in wonder at the region’s topography – from the northern lights and midnight sun to lava flats and deep fjords. All of these diverse elements came together to inspire an equally varied array of colors that capture the aesthetic of the Nordic region.
Today, I have the six cooler-toned shades in the 12-piece OPI Nordic collection. You all know how I love my purples and greens so, of course, I had to jump in with these first.
Formula & Application
OPI nail polish is 4-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde Resin). 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.
Because each polish applied a bit differently, I’m going to address that individually below.
OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm? is an electric purple creme. If you’ve ever seen Nfu Oh 554, it’s like that but not as warm/red-based. It has this brightness in spite of its depth that feels neon-esque. Though the application and pigmentation tells a different story. It’s very smooth and only needed two coats.
OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid is a deep mint creme. I kept thinking it would be similar to OPI Mermaid’s Tears or Sally Hansen Jaded but it’s richer and darker. The formula is smooth and streak-free but, because of my ridges, I needed three coats. The average person can probably get away with two.
OPI My Voice Is A Little Norse is a holographic glitter in a smoky, sheer grey base. The silver holo particles are dense, small and square so you can get pretty good coverage with three coats. I also put one coat over Viking In A Vinter Vonderland and, as you can see, you get a LOT of glitter with one pass. It dries pretty gritty so you may need two layers of top coat for a smooth finish.
OPI Skating On Thin Iceland is a plum creme that is extremely well pigmented, barely needing two coats. It’s very, very similar to Sally Hansen Plum Luck, just a touch cooler.
OPI Suzi Has Swede Tooth is a strawberry milkshake creme. It’s a pretty straightforward pink, very similar but not quite as warm as NCLA Mile High Glam. I don’t have any other OPIs quite like this. Like Dogsled, I needed three coats to cover my ridges but someone without ridges should get away with two coats.
OPI Viking Vinter Vonderland is a vampy, blue-based eggplant creme. To me, it’s a bluer version of OPI Siberian Nights. Oddly enough, even though it’s really dark, I was getting some dragging at my cuticle and needed three coats.
Bottom Line: While Suzi’s explanation of her Nordic palette makes sense, I thought there may be some icier shades or more shimmers in this side of the collection. Even though there are more cremes than I expected, I’m drawn to Stock-holm and Dogsled and enjoy the dense glitter of Norse. I have no dupes for those three so they’re all keepers in my book. The rest are nice but not showstoppers.
Thoughts on these Nordic shades? What color are you most drawn to? Do you plan to pick up any of these? Or have you already?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for OPI. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.