OPI Nail Lacquer in Don't Talk Bach To Me, swatch

OPI — Don’t Talk Bach to Me (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2012 Fall, Germany

Don’t Talk Bach To Me (NL G17) is a color so difficult for me to wear that I would not have bought it, even at the discount price of $3, were it not Halloween this Saturday. But something about this holiday inspires me to try out some unusual shades, so here we go!

It’s equal parts straw yellow and pea green, with a grey undertone and fine, silvery shimmer. A dusty chartreuse. Sound appealing, yet?

OPI Nail Lacquer in Don't Talk Bach To Me

I am actually quite a fan of chartreuse, with the caveat that it is pretty much a disgusting color on my skintone. Yellowish greens and yellowish browns in general just look like death on me. It can be a tremendous color, however:

Chartreuse mosaic
Clockwise from top left: Chartreuse cocktail (the color is named for the French liqueur), colorblocking with chartreuse, cobalt and aqua, and a striking amethyst and chartreuse interior.
Images: tasting table.com, aurelieandangelo.com, and decoist.com

Application was reasonably smooth, though I found I did want three coats to even it out perfectly. Even so, for some reason, this polish seemed to dry quickly: you can probably see some faint brush marks in the surface.

Don’t be put off by its awfulness on me: on the right skintone, this could really complete certain outfits! The pearly shimmer is a nice, subtle touch.

I actually kind of dig this, even on me…am I crazy?!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Don't Talk Bach To Me, swatch

OPI Nail Lacquer in Don't Talk Bach To Me, label


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.

OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010.


9 thoughts on “OPI — Don’t Talk Bach to Me (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Oh you’re really selling the heck out of this colour: straw yellow + pea green = dusty chartreuse… JUST LOVELY! /sarcasm
    I call this baby diarrhea after they’ve had too many jars of peas. 😀
    Again, I struggle to imagine what skin tones would make this look smashing. A tanned or deeper colour skin tone?

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