Collection: OPI 2012 Spring/Summer, Holland
I previously reviewed Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? from the 2012 Holland collection, and was quite disappointed by it. My second polish from this collection is also slightly disappointing, but on the whole, it’s much better than DYJLO.
I Have a Herring Problem (NL H58) is a stormy blue-grey with silver shimmer. There’s a touch of dirty seafoam green to it, as well.
And now, you will have to pardon an interlude, my ode to small fish…
I will not lie: I bought this polish mostly because I love to eat herring and other small “forage” fish (like sardines, sprats, and anchovies). When I visited Spain, I had grilled sardines every day, and I brought several tins of their phenomenal olive oil-packed sardines home with me! They had whole grocery aisles dedicated to canned seafood! I DIE! Of course, they also had a whole half-aisle dedicated to jarred white asparagus. That was odd.
In case you’re wondering, Iberian and Moroccan canned sardines are the best. Scandinavian is next best. Since I’ve had these types, I can no longer stomach the usual North American grocery store variety (John West? Brunswick?! Blech!)
Some benefits to eating these small fish (apart from them just being yummy on toast) include 1) being on the sustainable seafood list, 2) when canned with bones they are an excellent source of calcium, and 3) there’s little worry of mercury like there is with large fish such as tuna and halibut.
If you have looked at my Instagram lately, you’ll also see that I was recently ecstatic to find my beloved Latvian smoked sprats at my local grocery store. I normally have to trek out to a Polish grocery to find them, so this saves me so much time and effort. I just hope they’ll continue stocking these for a while!
Anyway, enough about fish. I Have a Herring Problem is a great shade. I don’t have anything like it, and the little sparkles in it really are a bit reminiscent of a school of silvery fish darting about in the sea.
The problem is that it’s a touch sheer, though it wouldn’t really do to wear it as a sheer polish. I needed four thin coats, though you could just do three thicker ones. This is irritating, though I feel the color is worth the trouble.
It’s too bad that I’m finding OPI’s formula below par these days. Perhaps I just got a few duds lately, but it makes me less inclined to purchase OPI, especially since they are priced a bit higher than brands like Essie, China Glaze, and Zoya, all of which I prefer to OPI at the moment.
OPI Nail Lacquer retails for about US$9.50 / CA$12 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. OPI nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor, and are made in the USA.
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