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Last year towards the tail-end of summer, a group of friends and I went on a road trip down to New Orleans. We had tons of fun. We enjoyed many delicious beignets, scrumptious seafood and some good ol’ music the city is known for. It was humid as could be, but it was worth it!
When I heard OPI was going to theme their new Spring/Summer 2016 collection around New Orleans, I knew I had to get my hands on it right away! I’ve been patiently waiting since September for this and it’s finally here! I bought these 8 and I can’t wait to dig in!
From the start I knew that I was going to get sucked in by the names. Each one invokes a memory of the time we spend in NOLA, I can’t help it if I want them all! I did control myself and restrain from getting the full collection but not a day has passed since of me not thinking I should have grabbed more. I know I am going to have to go get Take a Right on Bourbon. We stayed in the French Quarter and we did lots of walking on Bourbon St! Fun times with our red cups too. Hahahhaa!
Starting with the lightest, this is Let Me Bayou a Drink. It’s a very soft pink with a nice pearly finish. Nothing overly pearly, just a little hint that gives it class. The formula was what you would expect from such a pale color, I needed 3 coats for opacity.
Let Me Bayou a Drink- 3 coats, no top coat
You may think this looks pretty familiar. That’s ’cause I’ve recently reviewed something very similar! OPI Let’s Be Friends from the Hello Kitty collection is a similar shade, just without the shimmer. If you’re looking for something a few shades darker, try Essie Just Stitched (review here). It’s also a pearly pink but with a blue sheen.
Let Me Bayou a Drink, Let’s Be Friends
Now for a brighter pink, there is Suzi Nails New Orleans. This pink is very bright, almost neon and screams summer and the beach! For those who love pink, this one will make you go gaga. For some, you could get away with 2 thicker coats but I used 3 thin ones.
Suzi Nails New Orleans- 3 coats, no top coat
A bright pink may not be very common but I can’t find anything in my collection that dupes this. Suzi Nails New Orleans is a pastel neon that borders on the neon spectrum. It’s darker and brighter than Essie Groove is in the Heart (last year’s Make Some Noise neon collection) and OPI Suzi Shops and Island Hops (Hawaii collection for Spring/Summer 2015). The color I found that is most similar is OPI Flamingo Tini Pink. It’s a touch cooler and less as bright once again but it’s close enough to not need one or the other.
Suzi Nails New Orleans, Flamingo Tini Pink
Crawfishin’ for a Compliment is lighter and more peachy than other oranges, yet not peachy enough to be called a peach. I also detect the slightest bit of beige in the formula as well. This was once again a thinner polish and needed to be built up with 3 coats. I’m not sure if this looks very good on me but I love me some crawfish! Mmmmmmmm.
Crawfishin’ for a Compliment- 3 coats, no top coat
This is unlike any other oranges I’ve seen. Here’s a pic of it next to OPI Where Did Suzi’s Man-go in case you thought they would be similar. Where Did Suzi’s Man-go is a very close dupe to Is Mai Tai Crooked? from last year’s Spring/Summer collection so nope, that’s not a match either. Now that you’ve seen them together, you have a better idea of how truly different this orange is, don’t you?
Crawfishin’ for a Compliment, Where Did Suzi’s Man-go
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Humidi-Tea. When I was at the store, I just felt like something was telling me to try it, so I gave it a chance. I’m so happy I did! This is a shimmery warm pinky tan. In the bottle it looks like a frost but don’t let that fool you. It goes on so smoothly and has an opalescent sheen like Let Me Bayou a Drink. The brushstrokes seem to melt in nicely. I couldn’t help but think how fitting this would be for a low key cocktail party when I had this on. This is very feminine and had a light formula like the others.
Humidi-Tea- 3 coats, no top coat
I don’t have anything close to this but I think this is a more opaque and modern take on Essie Sequin Sash, which is now re-released in the new Retro Revival collection. I would choose this over that any day!
You know I can’t pass up a good blue! Rich Girls & Po Boys is a blue creme that had to be mine. Allure magazine described it best when they said it’s “halfway between cornflour and cerulean blue.” This had an amazing formula, it was nearly a one coater. If you like to apply thick coats, you’ll be able to pass with just 1, I opted for the thinner coats and ended up with 2.
Rich Girls & Po Boys- 2 coats, no top coat
No this isn’t a dupe for OPI My Pal Joey from the new Hello Kitty collection. However, I did find a dupe. Essie Avenue Maintain is just a hair darker than Rich Girls & Po-Boys but to the average person, you can’t even notice! I actually like the formula more on Avenue Maintain. I will be keeping this polish though, because that hair of a difference makes all the difference!
I&R: Rich Girls & Po Boys, M&P: Avenue Maintain
Avenue Maintain, Rich Girls & Po Boys, Snowcone
Show Us Your Tips! was one of the other colors I knew I had to get. It’s a periwinkle purple with tons of fine shimmer. The formula was really thin, thinner than the others. You’ll need a good 3 coats to get it opaque. By forcing you to apply that extra coat, you get a sparkle-tastic end product. It is really shimmery, a little more than I was expecting but I’m not mad at it. Periwinkle can do no wrong in my eyes.
Show Us Your Trips!- 3 coats, no top coat
Here it is next to other periwinkles I have, although none of them have shimmer like Show Us Your Tips!. The most similar in color is Essie Lapis of Luxury. Royal Hue from Sally Hansen (review here) is more blue and brighter, whereas You’re Such a Budapest is many shades lighter.
Royal Hue, Show Us Your Tips!, Lapis of Luxury, You’re Such a Budapest
I&R: Show Us Your Tips, M: Lapis of Luxury, P: Royal Hue
I wasn’t sure if I was going to get I’m Sooo Swamped! in the beginning. I was afraid it was too swampy and wouldn’t look good on. It’s a murky, mossy light green creme that may have you thinking no thanks. I was actually quite pleased with this one. The formula was amazing, another almost one coater and the color isn’t too dirty looking. It’s the perfect green for fall. It has a very earth quality to it. I’d also like to point out this is the perfect Grinch green!
I’m Sooo Swamped!- 2 coats, no top coat
Here’s another pic where the light isn’t as bright. You can really see the swampiness coming through.
I don’t have anything similar to this. I believe OPI Greenwich Village is in the same family as this, though it seems to be a little lighter and it’s also not a creme polish.
For my last pick, this is I Manicure for Beads. This is another murky shade I wasn’t sure I was going to like at first. It’s a pinky berry purple with some gray to give it a swampy look much like the green above. The formula was great, the best out of all of them. This is just one coat!
I Manicure for Beads- 1 coat, no top coat
In this lighting, you can see the mauve tones showing more.
I couldn’t find anything in my polish stash that would be a dupe. I thought Sinful Colors Hazed would be, but after swatching it I realized it wasn’t even close! Hazed looks like it could be close to another shade in this collection, Spare Me a French Quarter.
I Manicure for Beads, Hazed
I&R: I Manicure for Beads, M&P: Hazed
That’s all I picked from the freshly released New Orleans collection from OPI! I ended up being very happy with these 8 colors. I really wanted these to be good and I think they did a great job. I must say, I was a little disappointed in the shade selection when I saw the preview of the collection. I wanted fun shades that were different and some glitter or more shimmer to honor Mardi Gras. I did like what they had, I just wish I could have LOVED them.
On the flip side, there were many new more unique colors. I’m happy they decided to try less conventional spring/summer shades. Even the darker, murkier colors are bright enough to pass for the warmer season. There’s a mix of light and dark so I would say there was a good balance in colors, also a nice mix of finishes.
I do wish the lighter colors would have had a better formula. With OPI, I expect great formulas and some of these didn’t quite meet that expectation. Like the Fall/Winter collection from last year, some polishes were thinner and more watery than I’m used to from the brand. I was very happy with the pops of color. The blue, green and purple made up for it by being nearly opaque in one coat.
My top picks are Rich Girls & Po Boys and Show Us Your Tips! because of the colors. Two others that stood out to me were Suzi Nails New Orleans and Humidi-Tea. Despite the fact that I’m not a fan of pinks, I can still appreciate a well done pastel neon. That will need to go on my toes for my next beach trip in the distant future. Don’t let the initial frosty look of Humidi-Tea scare you! It dries with a beautiful smooth opalescence and it’s a timeless elegant shade.
This collection is out in stores now so pick your favorites! Each polish retails for $10 and you can find these at Ulta stores and online, JCPenney and I believe Macy’s should have them on their website soon too. Don’t forget to check Sally Beauty stores and their site, they often run sales on polish! You also get a little discount if you’re a Beauty Club member!
I’m tempted to go back for more so I can get another taste of New Orleans and remember the good times! Honestly, the colors don’t draw me in as much as the names!