Sunday, 3 August 2014

OPI Nordic Collection Swatches and Comparisons

The new Autumn 2014 collection by OPI is the Nordic Collection. It consists of 12 new polishes including 1 glitter, 2 shimmer and the rest are all cremes.  I picked up the mini set which includes My Dogsled Is A Hybrid, Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?, My Voice Is A Little Norse, How Great Is Your Dane?

The collection will be released on the 6th of August, although I purchased this set from Nail Polish Direct early.

First up is My Dogsled is a Hybrid, a bright sea foam green creme formula. It's a really nice bright pop of colour for the autumn, without being too in your face.

I used 2-3 coats for the swatch, some of my nails only needed 2 coats, whereas other needed a third coat to even out any streakiness.

When I saw the colour I immediately thought of OPI Thanks a Windmillion and Barry M Greenberry. I have MDIAH on my middle finger and pinky, Barry M Greenberry on my index finger and OPI Thanks A Windmillion on my ring finger. They're not close at all! Greenberry is much brighter and more blue toned, whereas Thanks A Windmillion is much more muted and green toned. My Dogsled Is A Hybrid is right in the middle of the two.

I also swatched My Dogsled Is A Hybrid alongside Kester Black Alimony. Alimony has a similar brightness, but is MDIAH bluer sister.

Next up is Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm. That's such a great name! And also such a great colour! Opi describes this to be an icy blue violet. It's a very bright, dark, blue toned purple.. if that makes sense?

I again used 2-3 coats for the swatch. The first coat seemed very sheer and a bit jelly-like, but the second coat covered it up beautifully. I did have an issue with a bald spot (probably not letting it dry) so I did apply a third coat on one nail. I think with the wider OPI brushes the application would be easier.

I know I don't have anything like this in my collection, but I just wanted to compare it with a few other purples that I love. I have DYHTCIS (that's long!) on my index and ring finger. I used Kester Black Deep Violet on my middle finger and Ulta3 Spring Break on my pinky. Kester Black Deep Violet is a much darker and warmer purple. Spring Break has a similar brightness, but is much more pink toned.

The third nail polish is My Voice Is A Little Norse, a holographic glitter. I love holographic nail polishes so was excited to try this one out! On my index finger I applied one coat over DYHTCIS, and on my ring finger I applied one coat over MDIAH. On my middle finger and pinky I applied 4 coats.

I think the glitter works better as a topper than on its own as you can still see my nail line underneath. The holo effect also works better over the purple than any other nail as you can see in the blurred shot.

It does have a beautiful holographic shimmer, these photos are taken in the shade.

I compared this to Kester Black Milkyway. You can immediately notice a difference in the two bottles. Milkyway is a lighter silver holographic glitter, whereas MVIALN is slightly darker and less holographic. I used one coat of MVIALN over Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm and  4 coats on its own on my middle finger. I again applied one coat of Milkyway over Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm on my ring finger and 3 coats of Milkyway on my pinky. Milkyway is more of a dense glitter as 3 coats equal to 4 coats of MVIALN. This photos are taken in the shade.

The final colour is How Great Is Your Dane? It's a dark brown 'cinnamon coffee' shade. During the Autumn in Australia I really started to get into darker brown shades like this one so I think this'll be another great colour this season. This had the easiest application out of the cremes and I only used 2 easy coats.

I compared it to OPI I Sao Paulo Over There from the Brazil Collection and OPI I Brake For Manicures. They're all very different. ISPOT is on my index finger, HGIYD is on my middle finger and pinky and IBFM is on my ring finger. ISPOT is much lighter and cooler toned, whereas IBFM is much darker and slightly more purple toned.

What do you think of the new Nordic Collection? Will you be picking up the minis or going straight to the full sized bottles?
xx Elaine