OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Señorita Rose-alita (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2002 Spring/Summer, South American

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (I clearly have very little imagination, as last year’s Cinco de Mayo polish was China Glaze Señorita Bonita!)

Today’s Throwback Thursday was released in OPI’s 12-shade South American 2002 spring/summer collection. This collection contained some real gems: Chile o Caliente? (surely a “¿” should have started that name!), Dulce de Leche, Ecuadorable Coral, La Paz-itively Hot, Peru-B-Ruby, The Thrill of Brazil, and Up the Amazon Without a Paddle).

OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita

Señorita Rose-alita (NL A11) is, hands-down, one of my faves, though! And, I’m not even usually a big fan of pink! OPI describes it as a “rosy plum with a touch of golden charm.” It’s always read a little more pink to me than plum, though. I’d call it a soft, slightly plummy-mauve rose with loads of pink and gold shimmer. It does lean a little to the frosty side.

Traditional Peruvian courtship dance; woman in a pink dress
Traditional Peruvian courtship dance; woman in a pink dress. (I know Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican celebration, but Señorita Rose-alita was from a South American collection!)
Image: viajerostodoperu.blogspot.ca

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. (This is pretty much word-for-word what I wrote about OPI Russian to a Party!) You can get this shade in the current 3-free formula, with the Pro-Wide Brush, since it remains in OPI’s core collection.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita, swatch

The finish remains quite smooth and glossy. Those who aren’t frost fans, however, will probably want to stay away. I personally love this shade, though I do wonder how much of this is down to nostalgia, since I think this was one of my earliest favorites!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Señorita Rose-alita, 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.

9 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! OPI — Señorita Rose-alita (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Oh you’re such a themer, aren’t you! I’m planning on having a burrito for lunch in honour of Cinco de Mayo! 😛
    This shade is “eh” to me. I’m just not a fan of these frosty rosy plum shades – they look dated to me.

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    • Hahaha! Mmm I haven’t had a burrito in forever. Yeah, I agree that this is a pretty dated -looking shade. I need to dig out more of these just for you 😀


  2. How does a company transition from dental supplies to nail polish? That seems like there must be a weird story involved doesn’t it?
    This shade is gorgeous!!


  3. oh, you made me remember I have this polish somewhere… need to dig it out again! 🙂
    while pink with frost may look dated now, let’s face it, everything comes back again sooner or later. 😉

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