OPI Fiji Collection for Spring/Summer 2017

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I’ve gotta be in the mood to polish. Some times, I’ll walk into a beauty store and completely disregard the polish section. I know, how dare I? That wasn’t the case this time though, I saw the new OPI display and the colorful collection grabbed my attention. I knew right then and there, I needed to get polishing. About time, right? 

Into my cart eight out of the twelve went and a smile crept on my face.

If you’re looking for something completely new, a color that’s never been done, this is probably not where you’ll find that. However, I’m sure once you look at these, sparks of inspiration will fly. C’mon whose spirits aren’t lifted when “happy” colors are presented?!


Of course I gravitated towards the purple and that’s the one I’m going to show first. I know, not predictable at all. Polly Want a Lacquer? is a great lavender. A very delicate romantic purple, if you will. The formula was good, a little on the thinner side, but still very easy to work with. It was streaky on the first coat, just have patience with it though, it builds upon itself nicely. I needed 2 coats and it dries nice and shiny, always a plus.

Polly Want a Lacquer?- 2 coats, no top coat

We’re going to jump from that to this shocking orange named No Tan Lines. This is an orange with a splash of yellow, it’s not bright enough to be neon, but it’s definitely bright. It’s what people would call a “radioactive mac and cheese” color. I’m not sure where exactly I heard that term first but I think it describes this color perfectly. Think Kraft Mac & Cheese. That’s this. This shade makes me think of China Glaze Home Sweet House Music from the Summer 2015 Collection. Out of the two, I prefer this one because of its formula.

It’s much creamier than Polly Want a Lacquer?. Two coats weren’t bad, but I struggled with opacity on some nails so I went with three in the end. Also worth mentioning that the color in the bottle is noticeably darker than on the nail. This color was just okay on me. I think this works best on darker, tanned skin.

No Tan Lines- 3 coats, no top coat

It’s only right to follow the glaring orange with an equally glaring yellow. Exotic Birds Don’t Tweet is a yellow. It’s not an egg yolk yellow. Take a true primary yellow and add a drop or two of red/orange. This gives it a kind of dingy quality that makes it a little more wearable than a true yellow. We all know how tricky yellows are to apply, so you know the formula had to have had some complications. I needed three coats, that didn’t really bother me. That’s pretty good considering it there have been times when I’ve had to go with five whole coats to get a yellow opaque.

Exotic Birds Don’t Tweet- 3 coats, no top coat

Suzi Without a Paddle is a light aquamarine. Another shade I’d categorize as a delicate like Polly Want a Lacquer?. Perfect for the clean look that you’re inclined to go with at the start of spring. I have much too many light blues but I love this one so much, I will be making space for it in my collection permanently.

The formula was a little runny, which means you need to make sure you let each coat fully dry before you lay another one on. I ended up using three coats, I always gently paint on the third coat to minimize the risk of streaking or pulling the polish.

Suzi Without a Paddle is not as green as Gelato on my Mind from OPI’s Venice Collection from Fall/Winter 2015 and it’s not quite as blue as It’s a Boy from their Soft Shades for 2016 Collection.

Suzi Without a Paddle- 3 coats, no top coat

Look at this! A red? I surprisingly picked up the red from this collection. It probably had something, okay, everything to do with it being Valentine’s Day week at the time of this purchase. Anyway, I don’t have any remorse. I actually liked this. Living on the Bula-Vard! is a red that leans coral. A summer red. Imagine this with a white flouncy supper dress…ooooh. Very loud. Very red.

The formula was a stroll in the park. It wasn’t a one coater, no, but man, the two coats I had to do just glided on.

Living on the Bula-Vard!- 2 coats, no top coat

I Can Never Hut Up is in my opinion, the most interesting one of this whole collection. At first glance, it may look stale. Just give it a chance though. It features this lovely minty turquoise shimmer through. It’s a pumped up gray.

Perfect, ’cause I don’t know about you, but it seems like if I had to summarize my winter style with one color, I’d have to say gray. This year was all about gray. Who doesn’t love a “gray-t” groutfit (gray outfit). Was that too much? Please tell me that got a chuckle out of you.

Formula was great, nothing to complain about. 2 coats and this is an excellent transition winter to spring shade.

I Can Never Hut Up- 2 coats, no top coat

I find blues like Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic a little flat. In spite of that, I still wanted to test it out. It’s a good blue. Very pigmented and a one coater. It’s pretty darn amazing really. Just not my favorite shade of blue. Be warned, this can stain, so double up on that base!

Can we talk about this name though? Do you know how much of a pain that is to write out and say? Damn you OPI and you incredibly inventive names!

Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic- 1 coat, no top coat

Oh, how I love the ocean. The way the water glistens as the sun shines down. The way it’s always so, lively. So I placed Do You Sea What I Sea? into my basket. It’s very shimmery, that’s what you’ll notice first. I wished this would be rich on its own but even with three coats, the blue base wasn’t as bold as I hoped it would be. Watch out when you start to build this, it can get tacky fast. This glittering sea blue ocean is decent with 3 coats, but save yourself the trouble and just use this over another color as the base like I demonstrated in the last photo below.

Do You Sea What I Sea?- 3 coats, no top coat

one coat over Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic

There’s my take on OPI’s new Fiji Collection. Some good stuff in this one. I can’t help but imagine all the nail art possibilities with this color palette. A solid collection from a solid brand.

My favorites were Polly Want a Lacquer? and I Can Never Hut Up. I always love a good purple and a gray with a turquoise shimmer is right up my alley.

This collection is available in the regular polish formula as well as the gel and Infinite Shine formulas. Always catering to all of our needs OPI! I see you! This is available in stores now, so take a look the next time you’re shopping, or go onto Ulta’s site. Give Amazon a little time to catch up though, they don’t carry it yet!

One comment

  1. Ariadna says:

    Yay! A new blog post! I’m glad you decided to review these, I’m intrigued by the gray shade but none of these are “must haves” for me. Maybe if I find them at Marshalls or TjMaxx I’ll grab one but I’m not running to Ulta to pay full price for them. Unrelated question, have you heard about a Limited Edition OPI Hello Kitty collection released in Asia only? I found one of the 4 polishes at TJMaxx this weekend and at first I thought it was a mistake but I googled the name in the store and it happens to be from the release in Asia!! Needless to say that I grabbed it along with My Twin Mimmy and ran as fast as i could! Haha!

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