OPI Euro Centrale

While not a pastel or spring nail shade enthusiast, I’ve been impatiently waiting for OPI Euro Centrale to hit stores.  The line was finally on display this week at my local Ulta.  I have an affinity for all things Eastern Europe and narrowed down my selection to five of the shades more characteristic of spring.

I blame a lot of my subtle and minimalistic makeup choices on my former life of working in the legal and then interpreting fields.  Neither allow for anything bright and bold and I always viewed spring shades as a bit childish because of it.

OPI Euro Centrale with Fluffy

Little V insisted on helping with this photo shoot. But see what I mean?  A very, “It’s so fluffy I’m going to die!” appearance.

Be it from the flexibility of no longer being in the out-of-the-house professional world or my family ties to Eastern Europe, I find myself really liking all of the shades I chose.

I swatched the shades in the same order as the first photo.  I won’t pretend to be a world-class nail artist or that I have very healthy nails.  Quite the opposite, in fact, in both cases.  Each shade required two coats of polish.  I swatched all (except Budapest) without a base or top coat.  Every shade was a bit streaky, but I blame this on the ridges in my nails.  If I had applied thicker coats, I would have had better results.  I also don’t know of any brand of nail polish that likes my nails without a base coat.  So take the swatches for what they are worth.  The formula is typical of OPI and results will vary by person.

OPI Euro Centrale My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours SwatchMy Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours

OPI Euro Centrale Suzy's Hungary Again SwatchSuzi’s Hungary Again

OPI Euro Centrale Swatches You're Such a BudapestYou’re Such a Budapest (with Polka.com accent)

OPI Euro Centrale Can't Find My Czechbook SwatchCan’t Find My Czechbook

OPI Euro Centrale Czechbook Vs swatch“Monster Fingers,” by V …because it’s so freaking adorable

These are definitely bright shades and I imagine getting the most use out of them over summer when nothing else seems to look right except vivid colorful finger tips.  I have a couple other shades in mind (either I Saw…You Saw…We Saw Warsaw or You’re so Euro, as well as Vant to Bite My Neck) but will hold off for now.  I am much more of a deep polish girl so I still so I still want to compare those to other blues and purples.

Which shade from OPI Spring/Summer stands out the most to you?