It’s no lie – this blogger is a bit of a polish junkie. Which means that OPI collection releases are both a blessing and a curse. Blessing because I add some fabulous new shades to my stash, curse because I’m always like “I must have them alllll!” and then my wallet cries. So when OPI released the spring Euro Centrale collection, I peeked at promos through my fingers in fear of how many polishes I’d end up falling for. The 12 shades of this collection were inspired by Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic. And of course my interest was peaked by the fact that the collection is based on countries – I mean, travel is right up my alley. Luckily I guess, this release was a mixed bag for me and there were only a few shades that had to come home with me – My Vampire is Buff, My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!, and Vant to Bite My Neck?
First up is My Vampire is Buff, a creamy white-beige blend. This shade was a little streaky and patchy on the first coat and got better with a second; I added a third shade just to ensure that the shade was completely uniform and opaque across the nail.
Next up is a fiery, bright shade that is so perfect for summer – My Paprika is Hotter than Yours! My Paprika is a hot red-orange with a faint shimmer running through it. The formula was creamy and smooth, almost a one-coater for me; I used two just to even everything out. The bottle shimmer really didn’t translate too much on the nail for me and the shade pulled more orange.
Last but certainly not least it Vant to Bite My Neck?, a dark, cool purple cream. This shade also had a great formula – creamy, easy to apply, and nearly a one-coater. What I also love about Vant to Bite My Neck? is that, unlike some dark purple creams, a second coat doesn’t make it look black instead of purple.
My verdict? After snapping up the majority of the Skyfall collection, this one looked a little “meh” to me in promo pictures. However, I have to take back my initial judgment. It’s really refreshing to have some basic creams that are done well. These are beautiful shades that I know I’ll end up reaching for over and over in different seasons, for both nail art and everyday manis. Although the collection is lovely as a whole, I still don’t feel the need to own the whole shebang – I do believe any pick from Euro would be a solid addition to a polish collection though, especially for those just starting their stash. You can snag OPI polish for $9 online or at beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora.
What do you think of Euro Centrale? Have you grabbed any of these shades yet?
- Nicole by O.P.I Am I Making Myself Claire? Review & Swatches (wayfaringbeauty.com)