OPI Fall 2011: Touring America

Bravo, OPI, I love your fall collection. I don’t know how many of you will feel compelled to buy the full set (maybe the polish collectors), but I think Touring America has something for everyone.

For me, these 12 polishes fall into three categories. First there are the “classics,” reds and pinks that anyone can wear (and they make great colors for toes, too).
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Are We There Yet?, I Eat Mainely Lobster, Color to Diner For, My Address is Hollywood, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
All of the “classics” have tiny, deep-set shimmers. The shimmer is visible in sunlight; less so indoors. Are We There Yet? is coral-pink/peach-pink with tiny gold and pink sparkles. I Eat Mainely Lobster (which is really not lobster-colored at all) is warm hot pink with pink and gold sparkles. Color to Diner For is cranberry red with dense fuchsia and gold sparkles (it’s the sparkliest of the group). My Address is “Hollywood” is a rose pink with pink and gold sparkles.

I also swatched these on my nails.
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Are We There Yet?, I Eat Mainely Lobster, Color to Diner For, My Address is Hollywood, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
And I wanted to give you a second look at Are We There Yet? and I Eat Mainely Lobster. They’re both bright, so they can look similar in a picture. Hopefully this photo better shows the differences between them. Are We There Yet? is definitely peachier; I Eat Mainely Lobster is more pink. (Click the photo to view at full size.)
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Are We There Yet?, I Eat Mainely Lobster, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The next group is what I’ll call the “avant garde” shades. As polish has grown more and more popular in recent years (and addicts need a new thrill for their nails), we’ve seen a lasting trend for edgy neutrals.
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, A-Taupe the Space Needle, Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, Suzi Takes the Wheel, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
A-Taupe is a Particuliere-esque chocolate taupe (I can never resist any iteration of this shade). Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window (oy! What a visual!) is a very muted, swampy army green. Suzi Takes the Wheel is an industrial, concrete blue-grey (though it looks almost green next to French Quarter). French Quarter for Your Thoughts is a warmer, softer, foggy, kitten, purpled grey. These shades are all cremes.

Here are your on-nail swatches:
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, A-Taupe the Space Needle, Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window, Suzi Takes the Wheel, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
And I thought you might need a closer look at the difference between Suzi Takes the Wheel and French Quarter for Your Thoughts (click to view at full size):
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Suzi Takes the Wheel, French Quarter for Your Thoughts, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
The final group is the “vamps,” your typical deep fall/winter shades.
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Get in the Expresso Lane, I Brake for Manicures, Honk if You Love OPI, Roadhouse Blues, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
Get in the Expresso Lane is a very dark cool brown (and I feel compelled to mention that espresso the drink is spelled with an S, not an X). I Brake for Manicures is a dark, muted, dusty plum (even dustier, I think, than Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Recherche). Honk If You Love OPI is a deep, rich plum purple — more red than I Brake for Manicures. (And in one coat, Honk is more sheer than the others, but it builds just fine). Roadhouse Blues is a deep, perfect blue-purple (blurple). I actually thought the vamps swatched even darker than they look in the bottle.

And I did these on-nail, too:
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Get in the Expresso Lane, I Brake for Manicures, Honk if You Love OPI, Roadhouse Blues, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
I was super excited about Roadhouse Blues, because for ages, I have wanted an OPI polish called Madewell to Order. It was a limited edition shade, (created with clothing brand Madewell) the exact blue-purple of their logo. I will probably never find it. Roadhouse Blues looks a little darker and maybe bluer than Madewell, but I think it will satisfy my long-held desire.
OPI, fall 2011, Touring America, swatches, Roadhouse Blues, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar
OPI polishes are $8.50 each. These polishes were provided by OPI for swatching purposes.

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9 Responses to “OPI Fall 2011: Touring America”

  • valerie says:

    Thanks for swatching these! I hadn’t paid any attention to this collection, but I think I might need Roadhouse Blues now.

  • scrapgalgr says:

    I already have “my address is Hollywood” and I love it, it’s like a mutted pink, ideal for fall.Now that I see your swatches, I def need Roadhouse Blues!

  • Diana says:

    French Quarter for your thoughts….omg…so lovely!

  • G says:

    Hi Dear,

    I love your website. My question is related to lipsticks. i ALWAYS ALWAYS read our reviews. So here’s my question i’m having trouble finding the best dark rose or rose color? can you recommend me one ? PLEASEEE

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  • Julianna says:

    Love Honk if You Love OPI and Roudhouse Blues. Great colors! I have just started using OPI because I got a manicure where they used OPI polish and my nails have grown out for the first time ever. I bought a bottle of polish and have kept up my nails and they are really long and pretty now. Can’t wait to try new colors!

  • becca says:

    These are the pinks I’ve been waiting for!!! Thanks so much for your post.

  • regina says:

    lovely swatches. your nails are fabulous – great length and shape! :-)

  • Devonne says:

    I love Suzuki takes the wheel. This fall collection is hot!!!

  • Cheri says:

    I love your line of body lotion; i would like to know if you would consider making a scent free and patchouli also.

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