Monday, 18 March 2013

OPI Euro Centrale Collection - Review and swatches

Hello lovelies,

Late but still - I've got swatches of OPI Euro Centrale Collection. The colours are gorgeous as always and there's many different finishes. I was really looking forward to this collection and especially to all the 'Czech Republic' shades :)

From press release: Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for Spring/Summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.

"Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Euro Centrale Collection


Lucy's Stash - OPI Euro Centrale Collection




A Woman’s Prague-ative - burnt orange/rusty brown foil with gold particles. Despite my long-lasting dislike of brown/bronze shades, this will be a nice summer shade matching a tanned skin. It has good formula which applied easily and dried reasonably fast and glossy. Foil finish polishes usually take their time but this one was ok. I have applied two thicker coats which were enough for good coverage. I've experienced little bit of polish pulling from the edge of nail despite colouring it previously.

Lucy's Stash - OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative
Lucy's Stash - OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative
Lucy's Stash - OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative



OY–Another Polish Joke! - bright yellow gold foil. I love a good gold and this one is very pretty! But it is on the sheer side and I had to apply three coats. It applied nicely and dried fast and satin so topcoat needs to be applied if you want glossy finish. As with previous polish I've experienced little bit of polish pulling from the edge of nail despite colouring it previously.

Lucy's Stash - OPI OY–Another Polish Joke!
Lucy's Stash - OPI OY–Another Polish Joke!
Lucy's Stash - OPI OY–Another Polish Joke!



Hands Off My Kielbasa! - warm peachy brown with copper and gold shimmer. Very pretty and office friendly shade. It applied nicely but the finish was streaky so I had to pay a lot of attention to the brush strokes. Topcoat slightly hides the streaks. The polish dried very fast and the pigmentation is good too. I'm wearing two coats.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!
Lucy's Stash - OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!
Lucy's Stash - OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!



My Paprika is Hotter than Yours! - vivid reddish orange crème with subtle silver shimmer. This one is very bright, even brighter than in the pictures! It has really great pigmentation as it's almost one-coater. I've applied two coats to get perfect coverage and smooth finish. It dries fast but slightly satin so topcoat is needed. Application was just flawless!

Lucy's Stash - OPI My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!
Lucy's Stash - OPI My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!
Lucy's Stash - OPI My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!



Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN! - hot pink creme with very subtle silver shimmer. This shade is brighter in real life than in my pictures. It applied well but the formula was on a thinner side. I've applied two thicker coats but it felt like I could do with third coat. It dried average to fast.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
Lucy's Stash - OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
Lucy's Stash - OPI Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!



My Vampire is Buff - pale beige white creme. I can imagine this shade being a great colour under nail art manicures and office friendly. Unfortunately the formula hasn't worked great for me. It has lower pigmentation so I have applied two thick coats (you can do three thin ones). Otherwise it applied quite nicely and dried fast.

Lucy's Stash - OPI My Vampire is Buff
Lucy's Stash - OPI My Vampire is Buff
Lucy's Stash - OPI My Vampire is Buff



Vant to Bite My Neck? - dark grape purple creme. This is such a pretty purple! The formula is good - it is well pigmented but quite runny. I've applied thicker coats to get full coverage in two coats. It dries fast and glossy.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?
Lucy's Stash - OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? Lucy's Stash - OPI Vant to Bite My Neck?



Can’t Find My Czechbook - bright turquoise creme. I dare to say this is my favourite colour of the collection and it is not just because of the name. I've heard some concerns about the name but it doesn't offend me personally despite me being Czech. The shade is really pretty but the formula is less impressive. I have used two thick coats but the polish is not as pigmented as I'm used to with OPI. The formula is quite watery and dried fast.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
Lucy's Stash - OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
Lucy's Stash - OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook



You’re Such a BudaPest - periwinkle crème with subtle silver shimmer. Again, this polish has exactly the same formula as the Can’t Find My Czechbook. Watery and not amazingly pigmented.

Lucy's Stash - OPI You’re Such a BudaPest
Lucy's Stash - OPI You’re Such a BudaPest
Lucy's Stash - OPI You’re Such a BudaPest



I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw - dark blue creme. Ummm I have quite a few dupes for this colour so it doesn't really stand out for me. Formula of this polish is just great - it applied easily and pigmentation is excellent. It is one coater if you're applying thick coat but I've applied two regular coats to get perfect coverage. It also dries fast.

Lucy's Stash - OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
Lucy's Stash - OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
Lucy's Stash - OPI I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw



OPI…Eurso Euro - indigo blue creme. This is definitely my second favourite shade of the collection! Look how gorgeous and vivid the colour is!!! I've applied two thicker coats to get the coverage in the pictures. Polish dried fast and applied very easily but the formula was little runny.

Lucy's Stash - OPI…Eurso Euro
Lucy's Stash - OPI…Eurso Euro
Lucy's Stash - OPI…Eurso Euro



Polka.com - blue and magenta hex glitter mixed with small blue glitter in a clear base. This is a glitter topcoat so it is primarily for layering. In this case I have layered one coat of Polka.com over I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw. I've had to play a bit with the glitter placement to avoid clusters of glitter. Otherwise it applied well and dried fast.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Polka.com
Lucy's Stash - OPI Polka.com
Lucy's Stash - OPI Polka.com



Polka.com over Suzi's Hungary AGAIN!

Lucy's Stash - OPI Polka.com
Lucy's Stash - OPI Polka.com



Overall, I like this collection colour-wise but I was quite disappointed with the formula of the creme shades. OPI usually does well-pigmented cremes and these were unfortunately less pigmented and with runny/watery formula. The other finishes (foil, glitter) were good.

My absolute favourites are Can’t Find My Czechbook and OPI…Eurso Euro. Not for the formula but for the gorgeous colour! You can buy OPI at your usual outlets, you probably already know ;)




*These were provided for a review

21 comments:

  1. lucy your nails are freeking amazing! you make me want the colours I passed on now! beautiful my angel! xxxx

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  2. omg, I think I love them all! I'm not one to buy OPI polishes, but these shades are so vibrant and gorgeous and they all look so pretty as a complete collection. So well put together!

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  3. Really liking A Woman's Prage-ative, and it's all down to your swatch. I've seen it before and it didn't do anything for me.

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  4. I don't like this collection that much. For me is quite boring. I even don't like Polish shades (I'm from Poland, pity) :C I like only few shades but IDK if I would buy anything...

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  5. Polka.com looks lovely over the dark blue, haven't been tempted by it before but it looks so lovely here xx

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  6. Thanks for swatching these! I have a strage question, did Eurso Euro smell a bit bad compared to the other shades in this collection? Mine did!

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    1. Mine does smell bad too. There's a specific smell I get from OPI polishes but this one is really odd compared to the others. :/

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  7. Thanks for posting an informative review. I like being told if a formula was difficult, streaky, thick or runny. Very helpful! I don't have an OPI yet, but I was considering some of these. I think I might pass.

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  8. When I first saw swatches of this collection I didn't like the colours so much but I must say they looks fabulous on your perfect nails :) I didn't know you're Czech, I'm Romanian ^^

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  9. Krásný fotky! Mně zatím nejvíc zaujaly ty modré, ale zatím rozmýšlím, jestli je pořídit nebo ne.

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    1. Ty modry se mi taky libi nejvic, jsou fakt krasny!

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  10. I really like Polka dot com! :D

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  11. Hey, Have you done any post on your nail care? Please i want to see *-*

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    1. Hi Jessica, I will be publishing a post tomorrow on SpaRitual Cuti-coctail which helps a lot to sort my cuticles. Also I take vitamins for nails to make them grow stronger :)

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  12. I agree with Jessica Salles. How could you have so strong nails?

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  13. You could wear dirt and it would look amazing on your nails. I love this collection very much and don't think I could ever mind seeing another full swatch of it.

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  14. tie modré a tmavofialový sú božské! teda ni sú všetky, ale tieto najviac. ja som si kúpila ten budapešťský bledunkofialový cez víkend na Beauty expo. ticho závidím celú kolekciu a obdivujem úžasné laky, nechty, fotky... ako vždy super, Lucka

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