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 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 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 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.
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.
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?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.