You guys!! I was so excited to see that Scotland was the inspiration for OPI’s Fall 2019 Collection. I have never been to Scotland, but it is at the top of my bucket list of places I want to visit. I love the myth and magic of this beautiful country, and I hope to visit one day. In the meantime, I will live vicariously through OPIs beautiful collection.
Scotland is a 12 piece collection, with both a Sally’s and an Ulta exclusive polish. I didn’t purchase either of the exclusives, so I only have the base collection to share with you today. I’m just gonna say right up front that I loved this collection. Fall and Winter collections tend to be my jam, anyhow. But I enjoyed the mix of colors in this collection. I also loved that there was a minimum of red and pink in here, as well as a great feeling of “Fall” across the board.
So … let’s jump into the colors! As always, I will list these in alphabetical order.
A Little Guilt Under the Kilt is a metallic red with slightly pink undertones. In some lights and at certain angles, this one almost reminds me of a metallic cranberry. Am I crazy for thinking this? This polish has a good formula that was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
This one surprised me on the nail. I wasn’t expecting it from looking at the polish in the bottle, but I like the hints of pink that snuck through when I saw this one in person. I feel like those slightly pink tones might show around the edges of my photos. I also like the shimmery, “liquid metal” sort of finish on this polish. It is not always a finish I love, but I feel like it works well with this color.
OPI has lots of reds. And they also have lots of shimmery reds. So this one might be dupable with other polishes in OPIs huge arsenal. In particular, I’m Not Really a Waitress comes immediately to mind for me, but I haven’t compared them to each other yet. If you don’t have a shimmery red in your stash, I think this one is pretty great!
Boys Be Thistle-ing At Me is a metallic plum. Or, if you prefer, a plum with silvery shimmer running throughout. This polish has a good formula that was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
This is a pretty polish. I like the darker look on the nail, combined with that shimmer. It has the same “liquid metal” sort of look I loved with Kilt. I have to admit I like the shimmery finish slightly less with this plum-toned base because it feels a little frosty to me at some angles. Even so, I wouldn’t kick this polish out of bed for eating crackers.
I feel this color is slightly more unusual. But it also might be dupable within the OPI line. In particular, I thought of Lincoln Park After Midnight when I saw this one. Again, I haven’t done comparisons yet … so we will see.
Edinburgh-er & Tatties is a taupe-toned nude with warm or pinkish undertones. I’ve been thinking of it as a taupe with just a touch of peachy-pink blush. I was impressed with this formula. I haven’t always found OPI nudes to be the easiest to apply, but this one was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
Neutrals are not always my jam, and OPI makes a LOT of them. I enjoyed this one when I swatched the collection. It has enough punch to it that I found it interesting on the nail. But it would still be great for those times when you need a less bold look on your nails. I think this one would also be nice in nail art. It would be beautiful as a base for stamping or in a gradient.
There is another neutral within this collection. I have a comparison of them, which I will include later in this post, after my pics of the second polish.
Good Girls Gone Plaid is a dark and vampy purple/plum. This polish has a good formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
Now this is a polish that gets my engine running! I love deep, dark, moody, vampy colors any time of the year. But I especially love them in the Fall and Winter. This is a gorgeous one. I think it looks much darker on the nail than in the bottle. On the nail, it reads nearly black, but with a hint of that purple peering through around the edges of the nail. You can also see the purple tones in the sunlight. I like this one a lot — so much so that I have already worn it in a full manicure.
With that said … I have to also say this is not an unusual color. I’m sure we are all thinking the same thing right now, right? Right? (Hint: Lincoln Park After Dark …) Another polish that came to mind for me when I swatched this one was Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, which (I think?) was from the 2014 Nordic Collection.
Nessie Plays Hide & Sea-k is a blue base with shimmer. I can’t decide if the shimmer is iridescent or green. This has a good formula. I found it built well and applied easily. It was opaque for me in 2-3 coats. I used 3 for my photo, but I would probably wear this in real life at 2 coats with no problems and little to no VNL showing.
Ugh. I freaking LOVE this one. It is so, so, so nice on the nail. I love the shimmer. It is delicate, but it is also apparent on the nail. I feel like this polish catches the light beautifully. The blue of the base has a nice depth to it, and I loved how it darkened up just a little with each coat. You know how, sometimes, you come to the end of a manicure and you feel a little bit sad to be done, just because you love watching the polish go onto the nail? Yeah. This polish is like that for me. This one is an easy favorite for me out of the collection.
Nice Set of Pipes is a slightly dusty blurple. This polish had a good formula that was opaque for me in 2 easy coats. I feel like this one could be a 1-coater, although I always go for coat #2.
This is delicious. I love the color. It is deep and just a little bit muted or dusty. It reminds me of a dusk sky on a slightly cloudy day. I also enjoyed how creamy and rich this was going onto the nail. This is definitely a color that is right up my alley, and I know I will get some wear from it in the future.
I feel like this color might also be dupable or close to dupable from OPI’s existing line. There were a couple of colors that sprang to mind when I swatched this, so it will be interesting to compare them and see how they match up.
OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn. In the bottle, I thought this one fell somewhere between a French Blue and a Sky Blue. On the nail, I felt like I could see some gray undertones in it, which made me think more of a Cadet Blue. This polish has a good formula. I found it to be more of a crelly, so it was thinner and slightly more sheer than the cremes in this collection. It was sheer for me on the first coat, but I felt like it built up well for full opacity in 2-3 coats. I used 3 coats for my picture, but I would have no problems wearing this one in real life at 2.
Ugh. I. Freaking. LOVE!! this one. It is definitely another favorite for me, because you guys know how much I love the blues. It had a more muted or dusty look on the nail than what I expected from looking at it in the bottle, and I enjoyed that. This one reminds me of a slightly cloudy or moody Fall sky. It is definitely a “me in a bottle” color!
Red Heads Ahead is a bright red. I feel like this one has slightly warm or orange undertones. This polish has a good formula that was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.
I am not always one for reds, but I liked this one when I swatched it. I’m honestly not sure how much I will wear this, as red is not a color I reach for often when looking to manicure. I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone a little bit when it comes to reds and pinks, though … So who knows? It is a nice and vibrant red, and I like the formula for it. I think it would be great in a pedicure, too. It would also work great in nail art.
With that said … and I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record here … OPI has a lot of reds. There are probably some within the current line that either dupe this one or come close. In particular, Tell Me About It, Stud from the somewhat recent Grease Collection came to mind. Stud might be more cool-toned next to this polish, so it will be interesting to see how they compare. If you love reds or if you don’t have a great all-purpose red in your stash, this one might be just what you are looking for!
Rub-a-Pub-Pub is a dark gray. I feel like I might be able to see some slight blue or purple undertones to it. But I might also be imagining that. This polish has a nice formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats. I am going to go out on a limb and say it might be a 1-coater, if you are careful with application and use thicker coats.
I am a sucker for a dark gray! Actually, I’m a sucker for any gray polish, but whatever — ha, ha! This is a lovely, lovely dark gray. I like how it manages to have a little softness on the nail, instead of having that hard graphite look grays sometimes have once they are dry. Again, this isn’t a super unique color. But it is a nice gray.
Suzi Needs a Loch-Smith is a rusty or slightly burnt orange. This polish has a good formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats. This is another that might be a 1-coater, if you are careful with application and use thicker coats.
Oh. My. Goodness!! I love, love, LOVE this polish. Just look at it! I know oranges aren’t for everyone. But this is such a bright and vibrant polish. I love how much punch it has on the nail. I like that it has a burnt or rusty sort of edge to it. This is a great color for the end of Summer and right on through Fall. And it has that “Fall in a Bottle” feeling for me.
Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green is a dark and murky gray-toned green. This polish has a good formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats, but this is another polish that might be a 1-coater for some people.
This polish is darker and less green on the nail than I expected. I feel the gray tones really show through once it is on the nail and dry. I am not mad about that, as I love gray in any shape or form. I like the darkness to this polish, and I feel like the gray tones give it some weight and dimension. Bottle-wise, I felt like this polish and Rub-a-Pub-Pub looked very similar. But they were different on the nail.
Aaaaand bringing up the tail end of this post, we have You’ve Got That Glas-glow. This is a rosy-taupe neutral with cool mauve or purple undertones. This polish has a good formula. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats, which I found impressive for this type of neutral.
Of the two neutrals in this collection, I prefer this one due to the cooler undertones. Also, you guys know I am a sucker and a half for those rosy “grandma” types of colors. This is a lovely manicure on its own. For me, it feels more polished and feminine than the other neutral in the collection. Again, that’s just my own opinion. We all love what we love.
COMPARISON: For fun, I compared Glas-glow and Edinburgh-er. With two neutrals in the collection, I automatically wondered how they compared to each other. We have had several OPI collections where we got polishes that were the same color and only a shade or two apart.
As you can see, these two are not similar at all. I feel like you can see some purple undertones in each polish when they are next to each other. Separately, I don’t feel like I would have picked up on any purple in Edinburgh-er. Overall, Edinburgh-er is more of a brown, and I still feel it has a warmer undertone.
I realize I sounded contradictory throughout my post. On the one hand, I mentioned up front that I love this collection. But I also noted several times throughout the post that there are possible dupes or kissing cousins out there for many of the polishes from this collection. I don’t feel these two things are truly inconsistent. I did (and do!) love this collection. I love that it has a lot of purple and blue tones in it. I love that OPI tossed in a few fun finishes, and I love that they did an orange. I loved all the formulas in this collection, too. I thought every formula was pretty easy to apply and build on the nail.
But is this collection unique? No. Of course not. I don’t really hold that against OPI because this is a mainstream brand. They are catering to what people in salons and the occasional polish shopper might want. And, generally, the public wants pink, red, and neutral. Even as a polish addict, I’m happy to add these to my stash. Because I like the formulas on these, I may end up going through and destashing things that are similar but not as nice. I feel like I say this often, but I’m going to keep doing it: If you are new to polish, you can’t go wrong in starting your stash with an OPI collection. And this would be a good one to use for a building block!
I am planning a post of comparisons for this collection. I’ve already gone through my OPI stash and pulled polishes that struck me as potentially similar to the ones in here. So I hope to have that up in a week or two. I need to swatch them all and do pictures first, and that is going to take a bit of time. (Especially since I am still technically unpacking my house!)
In terms of my favorites from this collection, it would be Nessie Plays Hide & Sea-k, OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, and Suzi Needs a Loch-smith. If you want to grab the most unique colors from this collection for yourself, I think you can’t go wrong with Nessie and Suzi Needs a Loch-smith. I feel like those are the most unique and unusual from the collection.
How about you guys? Have you picked up anything from this collection? Have you tried any of the polishes yet? Do you have any favorites? I would love to hear all about it!