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OPI Nordic Collection for Fall 2014 – Swatches & Review (Part 2)

By on August 19, 2014
in Berry, Brown, Coral, Fall 2014, Gold, OPI, Tan, Taupe
OPI Fall 2014 Nordic collection swatches and review via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Fall 2014 Nordic collection

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I’m calling the second half of the OPI Nordic collection for Fall 2014, 50 Shades of Tan. Okay, I’m exaggerating but there are a lot of neutrals here. So much so, that they seem better suited for the Wild, Wild, West than the Nordic countries. Granted, I’ve never visited Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden so they could be totally on the nose for that part of the world. Let’s take a look!

Formula & Application

OPI nail polish is 3-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). It’s recently been brought to my attention that some colors contain Formaldehyde Resin, but not all. Since my sample bottles don’t come with retail labels, I have no idea of which shades may contain the allergen. It’s best to check the label in store before purchasing.

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.

All but two of the shades in this set are cremes and they all applied beautifully, giving full coverage in two coats. I was very impressed with the application and pigmentation overall. The only exception is the metallic, OPI With A Nice Finn-ish. The finish shows brush marks, not terribly, but enough to warrant a careful application. It also needed three coats as it applied a bit sheer.

OPI Can’t Afjord Not To is a pretty true coral creme. In fact, as I was comparing it to my other corals, they all looked too pink or orange paired with it. It’s pretty perfect and unexpected for fall with its closest color sibling being NCLA I Only Fly Private, though Afjord is brighter and deeper.

OPI Can't Afjord Not To - Fall 2014 Nordic via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Can’t Afjord Not To

OPI Going My Way Or Norway? is a mocha latte creme. I went through three Helmer drawers of neutrals, a sign I need to organize them better, looking for a dupe and came up empty handed.

OPI Going My Way Or Norway? - Nordic for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Going My Way Or Norway?

OPI How Great Is Your Dane? is a deep taupe creme. To me, it’s a cross between OPI YDKJ and OPI Get In The Expresso Lane.

OPI How Great Is Your Dane? - Nordic for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI How Great Is Your Dane?

OPI Ice-Bergers & Fries is a woody tan creme. It reminds me of OPI A-Piers To Be Tan though it’s nowhere near as warm or orange-based.

OPI Ice-Bergers and Fries - Nordic for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Ice-Bergers & Fries

OPI Thank Glogg It’s Friday is a wine with berry micro-shimmer. It’s got a very luxe feel. If you remember Chanel Fantastic, this is a deeper version but in the same color family.

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday - Nordic for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Thank Glogg It’s Friday

OPI With A Nice Finn-ish is described as bronze by OPI but it’s more of a burnished gold to me. It’s not really bronze or copper or gold. It’s somewhere in between.

OPI With A Nice Finn-ish - Nordic for Fall 2014 via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI With A Nice Finn-ish

OPI Nordic for Fall 2014 swatches via @AllLacqueredUp

OPI Nordic for Fall 2014

Bottom Line: While I’m into the use of coral for fall, overall, I’m not wowed with this set of shades from Nordic. Then again, I’m not one to wear neutrals much so it’s just not my style. I guess the collection, as a whole, is pretty and well formulated but not showstopping. Thank Glogg and Can’t Afjord are definitely my faves of the six but not necessarily must-haves.

The OPI Nordic collection is available now at salons and select retailers nationwide including ULTA and OPI nail polish retails for $9.50/ea for a .5oz bottle. For more info visit

After seeing all the colors from Nordic what are your thoughts on the collection? Any standout shades? What country/region would you like to see them tackle next?

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Great swatches and review on this collection!

  2. I really liked Can’t Afjord Not To – that orangey coral is something else! Frankly what I see in this collection is a palette that is absolutely perfect for nail art because the colors coordinate very well across these 6 shades. My favorite destination collection was the Germany Collection. It was fantastic full of shimmers and really beautiful colors. Honestly even if they tackle another region I feel I won’t like any as much as that one :)

  3. butterdaisy says:

    From this part the only one I want is Can’t Afjord Not To. It’s gorgeous

  4. Faith J. says:

    I love them all! I have a weakness for corals and brown/neutral tones. Thanks for the great swatches!

  5. Karen says:

    I definitely prefer the other half of this collection, but then, I’m not a big fan of browns. I think I’ll be getting Glogg and Afjord from this lot and Stock-Holm, Dogsled and Norse from the other half.

  6. nailpolishcolor says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of this half of the collection. As a cool toned girl, tans/browns look gross on me. The only one I picked up from this collection was “My Voice is a Little Norse,” but that was only cause I hate a glitter problem. :P I’m loving the brights for fall tho!

  7. nailpolishcolor says:

    *have (not hate)

  8. Mary Liberti says:

    I actually love How Great is Your Dane. Other than that, I’m not a neutral or berry girl.

  9. Annika says:

    I live in Denmark and I agree – these shades are NOT Nordic at all. Very disappointing collection for me.

  10. Natalie says:

    I really like How Great is Your Dane?

  11. Sadie S. says:

    There are a couple of colors I like, but no must-have standouts. This is the most disappointing major collection from OPI that I can remember. Did they even look at pictures of that part of the world? Where’s the spruce green, or the magnetic green of the aurora borealis? The clear blues of Norway, or the slightly orange-leaning red that shows up in bright splashes all over that region on houses, barns, and schools? What happened to a good winter white, for Pete’s sake? I’m ranting, I know, but this feels like such a missed opportunity to me!

  12. As a Swede, I don’t think Suzi or anyone else ever visited the Nordic countries either. This collection is so misrepresentive!

  13. Belinda says:

    This line is gorgeous! Did they all go on smoothly and opaque as they look in the photos?

  14. Tricia says:

    I’m with you on this. Neutrals are not my thing so I’m not too into this collection. I do like the coral, though.

  15. Jacy Michele says:

    I just love these colors. I really like the colors that OPI comes out with. My favorite is ‘OPI How Great Is Your Dane?’ I think it would go with anything and it is a color I really would like on my toes :)

  16. Madeleine says:

    I’m Swedish, and as others have said; this collection is not ‘Nordic’ at all. Such a disappointing collection.

  17. TagathaX says:

    Nordic countries tend to have a lot of forests, maybe all these browns are a reference to that? I like How Great Is Your Dane best.

  18. Kathy says:

    I would love to have the numbers to all the bottles when the new collections come out. I guess I’m weird that way.