OPI — OPI Red (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

 

Collection: OPI 1989 Original Launch

First of all, you’ll have to excuse my swatches today. I’ve been sick this weekend, I have a chip in one of my swatching nails, and my cuticles have been looking like hell now that winter is truly upon us! I’ll have to do better swatches of this shade at a later date.

Second of all, WE DID IT! Toronto FC are the MLS Cup Champions for the very first time, ever! Also, a few other records we broke:

  • 1st MLS team to complete a domestic treble (Supporter’s Shield, Canadian Championship, MLS Cup)
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the MLS Cup
  • 1st and only Canadian team to win the Supporter’s Shield (most points in a season)
  • Broke LA Galaxy’s MLS regular season point record of 68 points by one point

Toronto FC wins 2017 MLS Cup

Don’t forget to check out the victory parade if you happen to be in downtown Toronto, today!

Edit: Yes, we went to celebrate at Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon! It was freakin’ cold but worth it!

Toronto FC celebrate 2017 MLS Cup win in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, December 11, 2017

So, of course, my NOTD is the classic OPI Red, which I was saving for a Throwback Thursday, but here it is today!

OPI Red (NL L72), from OPI’s original launch, is actually one of the first OPI polishes I ever owned! Unfortunately, at the time in the mid 1990s, I decided I didn’t like the pinky red shade and swapped it off.

I saw it again recently and decided I probably should have it, albeit in the newer formulation.

OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red

It’s a slightly pink-toned medium red cream with “invisible” pink shimmer.

I like this shade a bit better than I did originally, though I still don’t think it’s the best red for my warm skintone. The pink shimmer does give it a very subtle pop, though!

OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red, swatch

Two coats gives full opacity. I am not enamored of the current OPI formula, which I find can give an uneven finish if you’re not quick about application. Still, it’s a very nice red cream that I’d recommend to those who have a cooler to neutral skintone. It’s a classic for good reason!

OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red, label

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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. 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.

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2 thoughts on “OPI — OPI Red (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

    • Thank you! I feel like I am getting over a sinus infection—never had one before. 😦 But am better now, thanks.

      And yes, I thought of you when I saw the pink shimmer in this (“huh I don’t remember this being shimmery!” but yeah, it’s pretty much invisible.

      I got the Julep stuff in, btw! 😉

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