I have a review (of sorts) to share on the blog today. I seldom buy entire collections for mainstream polishes. When I first started my blog, I tried to shop more of the mainstream collections, but I quickly realized this wasn’t sustainable for me. I ended up with too many polishes I didn’t enjoy wearing, and it was too expensive, too. Now, I’m much more likely to buy a whole collection for an indie brand. This becomes doubly true when it comes to Spring and Summer collections, which, usually, are not my cup of tea. I had seen pictures of OPI’s Lisbon Collection online, and I felt more than a little underwhelmed by it, particularly in light of the size of my constantly-growing nail polish hoard.
And yet, here I am … What can I say, guys? The online pictures felt underwhelming to me. But the polishes won me over when I saw them in person in my local stores. Even then, I wouldn’t have purchased more than a couple. But a store sale plus coupon created a perfect storm of nail polish happiness. I love nail polish, and I’m weak. I can admit it — loud and proud. *ahem*
The Lisbon Collection has a mix of soft and bold shades, as well as a slight mix of finishes. The collection contains mostly creme polishes, but there are a couple of shimmers in it, too. This collection was inspired by the colors, sights, and culture of Lisbon, Portugal. There are 12 polishes in the core collection, as well as 3 shades exclusive to Ulta and 3 shades exclusive to Sally’s. I ended up purchasing a total of 7: 6 from the core collection, and 1 of the Sally’s exclusive shades.
We Seafood and Eat It is a bright and vibrant pinky coral creme. This polish has a good formula. It wasn’t too thick or too thin. It was easy to apply and built up well on the nail. I liked the opacity at 2 coats, although I still had a hint of VNL showing in certain types of lighting.
I think this is supposed to represent a lobster-type color, given the name (or maybe shrimp?). Not that you would ever want to use “lobster” in connection with nail polish. Because, you know … no one wants “lobster hands” — har, har. Bad jokes aside, I really don’t get seafood or lobster vibes from this one. For me, this falls into the coral category, although others might not feel that is the case. It leans a definite pink to my eye. It’s a beautifully vibrant polish, although I feel there is something soft about it, too. I’ve seen others describe it as a watermelon shade, and I suppose that could be accurate, as well. I’m generally not much for corals, but I like this one.
I had one other coral in my OPI collection. I compared We Seafood and Eat It to My Chihuahua Bites. These two look so similar to each other on my nails. I think Seafood might be a tiny bit more pink, whereas Chihuahua seems more red. But it is very, very slight. I keep staring at the picture and wondering if I am imagining the differences. Because these are so similar, I decided to destash Chihuahua. There is something about the look of Seafood on the nail that I like more.
I Absolutely Amador-ya is a red-orange with shimmer. The shimmer looks gold to me. This polish is a jelly consistency, and it has a good formula. It was easy to work onto the nail. It is sheer, but I expect that with a jelly — and even more so with a jelly that has some shimmer or extra detail in it. This is opaque in 2-3 coats, depending on nail length, application technique, and how much opacity you personally desire. I liked it at 3, with just the slightest hint of VNL showing through.
This polish kind of blew my mind when I saw it in my local Sally’s. It was so bright and vibrant and glittery from the shimmer. This is one of the first I purchased from the collection. And, honestly, I’m not sure exactly WHY it grabbed my attention like it did. I must have been in a magpie sort of mood that day. I don’t think the shimmer shows well in my picture, but it is easily visible on the nail in real life. This is a hot, bright, vibrant polish. It’s also one of the more unique polishes in the collection. It’s the kind of color I generally can’t wear for more than a day on my fingers. After that, the brightness gets to me a little too much. But, for that one day, I freaking LOVE it. This is a good one.
Sun, Sea, & Sand in my Pants is a sunny yellow creme. This polish had a surprisingly good formula, especially for a yellow. I found it somewhat streaky on the first coat. I can’t hold this against the polish, because yellows are pretty much always like that. I go into applying a yellow expecting a fair amount of streaking and struggle. I didn’t find this to be the case with this yellow. It wasn’t overly streaky on the first coat, and it leveled out nicely with the second. This one was opaque for me for everyday wear in 2 coats. But I used 3 for my swatch picture, to make sure the camera didn’t see low spots that my eyes might have missed. Since it’s a yellow, I’m calling it a 2-3 coater.
This polish surprised me, all around. I felt drawn to the vibrant and sunny look it has in the bottle. At the same time, I was hesitant about it, because yellows are notoriously difficult. When I realized this is a yellow that goes on with little to no struggle, and that it was going to be opaque for me in 2 coats, color me beyond happy! On the nail, the color looks slightly deeper than what you see in the bottle. I think there may be a hint of orange in the undertone. It reminds me of an egg yolk yellow, although it is still sunny, vibrant, and bright. I think this is a good yellow. I’m happy I decided to purchase it.
Closer Than You Might Belém is a green-leaning turquoise creme. This polish has a lovely formula that has just the right amount of thickness to it. It felt nice as it went onto my nails, and it was opaque in 2 easy coats.
After going through a China Glaze and OPI destash with me, you guys already know what I’m going to say here: I’m not one for minty greens or minty green-blues. And yet, I think most people would classify this polish as falling into that category. I guess I can see that. But, to me, this is a beautifully soft, slightly dusty or muted, turquoise. It isn’t overly muted or dusty. It’s still bright and vibrant on the nail, but that slight hint of softness it has takes it more into turquoise territory for me. As long as I don’t look at my nails and see “institutional hospital or old school building green-blue”, I am good. This means I have a small sweet spot for turquoise or green-blue polishes, and this one happens to fall nicely into that area. I liked this polish. I liked seeing it on my nails when I swatched it. And I liked the formula. Once I wear it in a manicure a time or two, I might change my mind. But, at this moment in time, I’m happy to have this one.
I compared Closer Than You Might Belém to Zoya, Wednesday and OPI, My Dogsled is a Hybrid. As you can see, these polishes are all similar to each other. When they are right next to each other, Dogsled looks a lot more green to me than Belém. I feel like Dogsled is more vibrant or bright than Belém. Wednesday and Belém are much closer, although I think Belém is slightly more blue-toned. It looks like more of a turquoise to me, whereas Wednesday looks like more of a soft jade green.
Tile Art to Warm Your Heart is a lovely and vibrant blue. I feel like it falls somewhere between a cobalt blue and an azure blue, based on my quick internet research. This polish has a lovely formula. It is smooth, creamy, and easy to apply. It built up nicely on my nails, and it was opaque in 2 easy coats.
It was a no-brainer that I would get this one. Even when I thought I would skip buying from this collection, I had planned on grabbing this lovely blue. I mean … look at it! It’s blue! I love blue! It’s like this was meant to be. And this is a glorious, glorious blue. It is rich and soft and vibrant on the nail. I don’t know how it manages to accomplish all of these things at one time, but it does. This shade of blue does something to me, guys. I don’t know how else to explain it. I love the color. I love the creamy finish it has on the nail. I love the formula. I have no regrets over grabbing this one. No regrets!
I bet you guys aren’t surprised to find I had some OPI blues in my stash that I could compare to Tile Art to Warm Your Heart. Right? Um, yeah. I have a problem with the blues. I’m happy to own it! (And all the blue polishes, too. Rawr.)
I compared Tile Art to Rich Girls & Po Boys and to Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic. As you can see from the above picture, Rich Girls & Po Boys is nothing like Tile Art. It is lighter in color, what I would consider more of a sky blue than a cobalt or azure. It also has more of a muted or soft appearance in comparison to Tile Art’s brightness and vibrancy. Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic is very, very similar to Tile Art. I think Super Trop-i is ever-so-slightly deeper or darker in color, but I feel like it still falls into that cobalt or azure blue family. I think Tile Art is more bright and vibrant. But you might not want both of these if you aren’t a blue fangirl like me — ha, ha!
Lisbon Wants Moor OPI is a white with a bit of pinky-beige tossed into the mix. It has a good formula, particularly for such a light color. I generally have a hard time with these types of pastels, but this one didn’t give me much trouble at all. It was a little streaky on the first coat, but it evened out on the second. It was opaque for me in 2 fairly easy coats. I found I had to be careful to use as few brushstrokes as possible across each nail so that I didn’t leave low or uneven spots.
I feel like my swatch picture doesn’t show this polish to its best. It looks uneven at the edges of a couple of my nails. This isn’t from the polish. It’s from my top coat, which was nearly empty and had gone goopy. I need to get a better picture of this one.
I like this polish. I even like it on my nails, which was a surprise to me. Even as I purchased it, I had a sneaking suspicion in the back of my mind that I wasn’t going to like it. I have a bad habit of falling for these types of colors in the bottle, then not liking them on my nails. This polish looked much more white to me in the bottle, but the pinky-peach tones came out when I put it on my nails. I think it’s a really pretty neutral. It will be nice against a variety of skin tones. That little hint of peach or pink gives it a very summery feel to me, too.
Lisbon reminded me of a couple of other polishes in my OPI stash. I compared it to Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around and Be There in a Prosecco. Lisbon and Bossa Nova are very similar in color. Bossa Nova looks darker and a little deeper to me. It looks more brown, but the type of brown that has a slight purple undertone to it. In contrast, you can see Lisbon is lighter and a little brighter. It looks like more of a peachy-pink. Lisbon and Prosecco are nothing alike. In contrast to Lisbon, Prosecco has a yellow, sandy color.
I originally had Bossa Nova and Prosecco both set out to destash. But I pulled them out of my destash pile for this comparison. I don’t need this many colors in this particular tone, that’s for sure. After swatching them for the comparison picture, I decided I didn’t like Prosecco at all. Even though it’s the most dissimilar, I destashed it. I ended up putting Bossa Nova back into my stash for now, because I like the deeper, slightly purple-brown color tone on my skin, even though it is really similar to Lisbon Wants Moor OPI.
Suzi Chases Portu-geese is an off white with the slightest touch of pink or, maybe, lilac. This polish has a good formula. It was a little thinner than I expected it to be, and it was somewhat streaky. I ended up working the brush over the polish too much as I was applying it, so I needed 3 coats to get to a level of opacity I enjoyed. I’ve seen other reviews where people were okay with it in 2 coats, so it could have been me.
I often don’t love whites or off-whites. I have a few in my collection, but it’s not a color I wear a lot. I try not to purchase them, but I fall prey to “love it in the bottle” syndrome. I’m drawn to these types of colors in the bottle, because they look so pure, perfect, and bright. But, they tend to look thick or chalky on the nail, which I don’t like. Portu-geese doesn’t have that feeling to me. I like how it looks smooth but not thick on my nails. And I like the off-white color, too. I think it has a good, solid formula, especially for such a light polish. I am happily surprised with this one, and I’m happy I grabbed it for my stash.
I have mixed feelings about this collection. I like the polishes I purchased from it. The colors are pretty. Even the softer shades are nicely vibrant. I can’t speak for the polishes I didn’t buy, of course, but the polishes I tried have nice, solid formulas. I think there is something in this collection to appeal to every polish wearer. Most of the colors I tried will look beautiful on a variety of skin tones, and they are nicely wearable in a variety of situations, too.
In terms of season, I don’t find this collection cohesive. It doesn’t feel like a Spring collection. It feels a little bit like a Summer collection, but there are some shades in here that are more “Fall” to me. It’s kind of all over the place. But, if I think about the collection in terms of its inspiration: Lisbon, Portugal, I think it is very cohesive. The colors remind me of photos I’ve seen of Lisbon and Portugal, and I think OPI really nailed it on their inspiration for this collection.
I’m a polish hoarder. I freely admit this (over and over again). From the perspective of a polish hoarder with a fairly large and ever-growing collection, OPI’s Lisbon is nothing special. Most of the colors, at least among the ones I purchased, are similar to or dupable with things that are already out there in the polish universe. I found a few just on a quick look through my own stash. There’s nothing spectacular or surprising or new in here. Do I like the polishes I purchased from the Lisbon Collection? Yep. I really do. But I will also be shopping my stash with an eye toward weeding out polishes that are similar to or dupes for these.
But does dupability make for a bad collection, overall? I’ve thought about this, and I think the answer is: No. It might make a collection not interesting to me, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad collection.
I think Lisbon is a good collection, even though there’s nothing new or surprising in it. And I think this is a good collection, even though I have dupes or near-dupes for some of these in my stash. If I was new to nail polish, I would be all over this collection. Ditto with if I was still building up my stash. The colors are bright and beautiful. They will be great for Spring, through Summer, and even into Fall. They will look great in manicures together. They will look great in nail art. And, from what I’ve seen, they have pretty fantastic formulas, too.