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.
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.
You’re Such a Budapest (with Polka.com accent)
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?