I think I got my expectations too high for OPI’s Texas collection. Having lived in Texas for most of my life, I expected to share (via nail polish) inside jokes with OPI’s executive vice president and artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.
But when I saw the collection in person, I couldn’t make the connection between the color palette and my home state. Am I being too literal? I’d love to hear your reaction to “OPI Texas.”
The collection is presented in two parts. Six shades are what OPI is calling a “sorbet” finish. They’re sheer, jelly polishes in bright, happy summer colors. Here are two-coat swatches:
Here are four-coat swatches:
I like these, even if they don’t make me think “Texas.” Not only are the colors bright and juicy and happy, but their sheerness provides a wealth of application possibilities. You could layer them over one another, or over regular polishes. You can use them for gradient manicures. You can apply them over white or nude to avoid Visible Nail Line. You could wear them over black or another dark shade for a vampy variation.
Houston We Have a Purple is violet-plum. Do You Think I’m Tex-y? is berry pink. Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em is hot raspberry. Guy Meets Gal-veston is hot strawberry (more coral and pink than red). Big Hair… Big Nails is red-orange coral. Y’all Come Back Ya Hear? is bright orange. Of course, the final line of the Beverly Hillbillies theme song is: “Y’all come back now, ya hear?”
I found the non-sorbet half of the Texas collection harder to love. The colors seem… off season.
Suzi Loves Cowboys is dark, cool brown creme. Football fans, I SO wanted this color to be Dallas Cowboys blue.
Don’t Mess with OPI is a blued green creme. One of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting other states is ask people what they think “Don’t Mess with Texas,” means. The answers are hilarious, and often along the lines of “if you find someone in bed with your wife, you’re allowed to shoot him.”
Don’t Mess with Texas is a 25-year-old anti-littering campaign by the Department of Transportation. It calls upon Texans’ state pride to persuade them not to throw trash out of car windows.
It’s Totally Fort Worth It is a dishwater grey-purple silver with tiny pink sparkles. I’d worry about brush strokes with this one.
San Tan-tonio is a greyed tan.
Austin-tatious Turquoise makes the most sense to me. It’s a sheer teal turquoise with tons of micro glitter. The polish itself is somewhat sheer, which means the sparkle takes on this multi-chromatic depth as you layer it. Austin is the funky-cool, college-vibe, hippy-ish, free-chips-and-salsa-with-everything, live-music-capital, vintage-clothing, used-record-store center of Texas, and this color could be the paint on an old Camaro, or the glitter-vinyl booth seat of Elvis-obsessed Chuy’s restaurant.
I Want to Be a Lone Star is a white-blue/pale blue satin finish.
OPI polishes are $8.50 each; you can find the Texas collection at your local Ulta.