OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian to a Party, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Russian to a Party (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2001 Fall, World (20th Anniversary)

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in honor of OPI’s 20th anniversary as part of the 12-shade World collection from Fall 2001.

I have several favorites from that collection (Black Tie Optional, Int’l Date Line, Mat-Adore Red, Outback Aphrodisiac, and 20 Candles on My Cake) but this one is the best of the bunch, for me.

Russian to a Party (NL W30)—that’s a great name, isn’t it?!— is a deep and lush red with elegant brown undertones and swirls of antique gold shimmer.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian to a Party

A Boyar Wedding Feast, Konstantin Makovsky, 1883
A Boyar Wedding Feast (1883), Konstantin Makovsky. Image: wikipedia.org

Now, red shimmers are a dime a dozen, but I think this is a particularly nice one. It’s deep yet not vampy. The old gold shimmer is unusual and though it’s very obvious in the bottle, it is subtle and exceedingly elegant on the nail. It might lean a little too brown for some, but on my warm-toned skin, I’m a big fan of this color.

Because this is an older OPI, I suspect I’ve added thinner to it at some point. I used three thin coats in my swatch, though two was fine—it’s just richer-looking with three. Either way, it still applies smoothly. The chemical stink is pretty strong, though again, that could also be the thinner.

The finish remains quite smooth and glossy.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian to a Party, swatch

Russian to a Party is long discontinued, but if you do happen to unearth it in a dusty nail salon, by all means get it! It’s not exactly a must have, since there are plenty of available colors that are similar (though perhaps not exactly the same). Still, it’s quite gorgeous and it’d be a shame to pass on a polish this lovely.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian to a Party, 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 currently free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor. (Since this polish is pre-2007’s reformulation, it is not 3-Free.) They are made in the USA.

OPI Products Inc. was originally Odontorium Products Inc., a dental supply company. It was purchased in 1981 and soon the company’s focus switched to selling acrylics to nail salons. Nail lacquers were introduced in 1989. OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010. The company is based in North Hollywood, CA, USA.


10 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! OPI — Russian to a Party (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. “Russian to a Party” LMAO. Love the name! So many puns to be had with the word Russian…
    And the colour is beautiful – surprising that I like it since it looks like such a burnt coppery shade in the bottle, it applies quite differently but in a better way. 😀


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