Today I have select shades from OPI's Autumn/Winter 2015 Venice collection to share with you, including the Little Bambinos Mini Nail Lacquer set! The collection consists of 15 shades in total, and they're all being added to the permanent OPI core line, which is unusual! I have 7 to show you, so let's take a look...
The Venice collection is inspired by the "Sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendour of the floating city" sounds fancy doesn't it!? I've never been to Venice myself, but I have been to Rome and that's close enough...sort of. It's a bit of an odd collection as you might have already noticed; there's a few spring pastels amongst the elegant darks...not really colours that make me think of Venice! When you see them all together though it makes a bit more sense.
The first 3 shades I'm showing you are salon exclusives, only available to buy from www.opiuk.com. I assume this is a UK only thing, as American blogs are listing different shades as Limited Editions. I'm going by what my UK press release says! (*edit...I've since noticed these shades are available at Nail Polish Direct, so I don't know why the press release says otherwise!)
Purple Palazzo Pants is a lilac creme with a pink undertone. LOVE this, the formula is perfect and it's just slightly different to your average lilac. I'm wearing 2 coats plus top coat
Gelato On My Mind is a pale minty blue, again more suited to Spring, but I see what they're doing with the Gelato thing (if you've never had genuine Italian gelato, you are missing out) I used 2 thick coats plus top coat
Venice The Party? is an electric blue metallic, very pretty but I feel like I've seen similar before. 2 coats plus top coat
Now onto the Little Bambinos Mini set. This set contains 4 mini polishes from the collection. Please excuse how silly holding a teeny tiny bottle looks!
Worth a Pretty Penne is a rose copper shade, more shiny and sparkly than my picture suggests. This one actually seems like an Autumn/Winter polish! 2 coats plus top coat
A Great Opera-tunity is a peachy tan shade, not great with my skin tone but I like it nonetheless. A tad streaky on the first coat but builds up easily, I used 3 plus top coat.
Amore At The Grand Canal is a vampy red with a hint of a blue undertone. How many red cremes does OPI have? The answer is approximately eleventy-billion. I'm sure this is not much different to about 5 others, but to be fair, they do make nice red cremes with great formulas (if you like red cremes, which I don't) 2 coats plus top coat
My Gondola or Yours? is a smoky charcoal, almost black but not quite. The formula here isn't great, I needed 3 coats and it was a bit watery.
This is a big collection and I can't speak for it as a whole, but the ones I tried are great formula wise (with the exception of My Gondola or Yours) and I really love the pastel shades! There are a few other shades in the collection that I'd love to try (Especially I Cannoli Wear OPI!) so keep an eye out for them.
My Picks: Purple Palazzo Pants, Gelato On My Mind, Worth a Pretty Penne
- Available from August 5th in department stores
- Available online from Nail Polish Direct (pre-order)