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The Best of O.P.I
Date: 20 sept 2017

This cult brand’s unique hues are legendary in nail circles, while the pun-heavy shade names are equally stellar. We’ve picked out the most iconic O.P.I shades and reveal the story behind some of those LOL names - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Cajun Shrimp

This pinky coral is the ultimate beach mani pick. It beautifully enhances a golden tan and reminds us of electric, ocean-front sunsets.


The Thrill of Brazil

This vibrant red leans just a tiny bit towards the orange side of the spectrum, which means it’s magical on Indian skintones. It’s the perfect accessory to a chic LBD.


Lincoln Park After Dark

This shade changed the nail polish landscape when it was released nearly 12 years ago, making deep shades a manicure staple. It’s named after Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighbourhood, and the rich plummy hue is still celebrated for its modern goth appeal. We love it with pastel-hued Indian-wear.


Russian Navy

Another iconic deep shade, this navy with reflective particles is almost hypnotic. When worn, its almost metallic finish makes it a sparkly yet sophisticated option for nights out.


Bubble Bath

This is a classic pale petal nail hue. It’s a basic building block of every nail polish collection, and we love its minimal, barely-there vibe. It’s a bridal classic in the west, but for Indian skintones, it could also be an essential summertime shade.


I’m Not Really a Waitress

The name of this metallic cherry red is so iconic, that if the colour were not so great, it would be easy to dismiss its popularity only because of its title. It’s a tribute to struggling actresses who take on waitressing jobs to pay the bills as they wait for their big break in Tinseltown. But we promise the colour is as interesting as the backstory!


Black Cherry Chutney

The reason why there as so many deep shades on this list is because O.P.I truly excels at them. This blackberry shade is spiked with red and blue pearl and is a stellar match for a metallic dress or shoe.


Do you Lilac It

We love lilac as an unexpected nail shade—this creamy option plays well with whites, pastels or dark outfits, and makes a particularly subversive match with Indian dressing.


Alpine Snow

Blanc will always be an intriguing mani choice and this white-out like option is a perfect snowy hue. What we love is that it’s the nail version of seasonless dressing—a scorching hot option for summers and winters alike.


Big Apple Red

This one is the original red, as classic as they come. From manicurists to celebrities, this red has always been a vanity staple for years. Look no further if you’re on the hunt for an Old Hollywood red.

The Best of O.P.I
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.

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