Finally! It’s the OPI Washington DC 2016 collection swatches! I’m not exactly sure what it’s called, but I think it might also be called the OPI Kerry Washington Fall/Winter 2016 collection because after all, Kerry Washington is now a Creative Ambassador for OPI.
We’re lookin’ at all 15 shades: the usual 12, plus the 3 Special-Edition Kerry Washington shades. It’s a complete Manigeek Guide, so you know it’s a long one!
UPDATE (August 2016): If you're planning to shop the OPI Washington DC collection from ulta.com, you need to know that Ulta has two extra exclusive shades that you can only get from them. The shades are Front Runner (a dark, "sophisticated green) and Politically Polished (a "savvy plum"). My polish bestie Kellie G over at KellieGonzo.com had swatches of those two for you!
opi washington dc collection swatches, review
OPI Pale to the Chief (above). That’s two coats and OPI says it’s “so nearly nude, it’s almost scandalous.” I say it’s just beautiful. I’m crushing on the shimmery sheen in there. Invisible from arm’s length, it’s a pearly-type shimmer that’s so fine it takes what would otherwise be a total meh for me and elevates it to amaze. It reminds me of old school OPI, big time.
OPI Inside the ISABELLEtway - Special-Edition Kerry Washington Shade (above). The OPI descriptor? “Washington’s movers-and-shakers vie for this caramel crème.” Yep, caramel is bang on. So is the formula – that’s two coats and while you could OCW it, I say don’t. One coat is a tiny bit patchy. Is she a remarkable shade for OPI? Let’s find out later. Down there. After the swatches.
OPI Squeaker of the House (above). I’m not sure why, but I have a really, really hard time typing "Squeaker." And I’m an all-finger typer. Just sayin’. But you know what? While the formula on this shade is great in two coats, I think the name really blows – especially considering the hasthag for this collection is #WeTheFemale. Squeaker? Not empowering. Not.
OPI Freedom of Peach (above). I’m on the fourth shade in this collection now, and gotta say it’s been quite some time since an OPI crème has applied this easily for me. I’m wickedly pleased to see a return to the good formulas. For a while there, I had struggles. So far the OPI Washington DC collection has all been two no-fuss-no-muss coats. I’m happy-dancing!
OPI Freedom of Peach (above). Depending on your light, she can be a mellow creamy shade of some kind of squash thing. I want to say pumpkin? No, not pumpkin. Maybe persimmon?
OPI Yank My Doodle (above). Heh heh. Cheeky, cheeky OPI. Oh – their wordage? “Get a tawny copper mani and call it macaroni.” Okay. *shrug* But I dig the shade regardless. It’s a crelly-ish kind of thing that gets to opaque in two coats, and finishes almost squishy but not. Definitely crelly-ish. For more shine, you’ll add top coat, yes? I did not.
OPI Never a Dulles Moment (above). Yella! I do love a good yellow. This one went on a little patchy and a touch uneven in two coats so I did three. I waited a minute for it to level before I hit it with the third, but level still escaped me. For best results, float your coats. The shade speaks to me – it’s a really good dusty yellow perhaps worth fighting with.
OPI By Popular Vote (above). I like this shade a lot. She’s a little bit murky and yet still vibrant and flawlessly fall-like. And can we squeee about the formula again? Sooo good in two painless coats!
OPI By Popular Vote (above). With a little less light, she shows way more bluey-raspberry, but still so lovely!
OPI We The Female (above). Right in the fall/winter dark bricky-red wheelhouse, this two-coat beauty isn’t exceptional, but for the formula. It’s all goin’ on like buttah! Wanna see my notes? “Heart this formula! Heart it!”
OPI Madam President (above). OPI is calling this a “commanding red,” but I’m not sure if I agree just because she leans really pink. Then again, she’s not really pink so maybe she’s red? Whatever she is, she’s gorgeous, super-saturated, highly pigmented, and has a sensational formula. Could you OCW? Sure. But two coats will give you best depth.
OPI Kerry Blossom - Special-Edition Kerry Washington Shade (above). I added top coat. I know, weird, right? It needed a little shine boost to pop the the coats of plummy beauty. I should also mention she dries down a touch darker than you think.
OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails (above). Hahaha!! I just looked at my notes and laughed! They say “Uh… another dumb name. First coat kinda putrid, but second = so good the khaki vert!” If that description isn’t enough for you, OPI says “Command the political scene in this chic olive green.”
I will never give this bottle of camo green up. Ever.
OPI Stay Off The Lawn!! (above). “Don’t trespass on this deep, lush green.” So what’s the deal with this green? Again, I thought the formula was impressive in two trouble-free coats, but I did have to smack it with top coat to lift the shine. You’ll want to watch yer cuticles with this one, friends. Try to get it on tidy, and when you remove it, no twisties, k?
OPI CIA = Color is Awesome (above). This right here is apparently a “smart, dusky blue for secret-agent fashionistas.” But she leans sorta green. And sorta teal. But mostly blue. I want to call her navy-teal – does that make sense? She’s two coats and I didn’t have it on for long so I can’t be sure if it’ll stain the nail plate or not. It’ll get your cuticles if you twist on removal though, that much I do know.
OPI “Liv” In The Gray – Special-Edition Kerry Washington Shade (above). I like grey polishes, especially this one! My notes here say that it’s a OCW!! How ‘bout that! They also say that it’s not shiny. And it isn’t. But I’m diggin’ its greeny-grey sort of industrial look. Wanna see it with top coat?
OPI “Liv” in the Gray with Top Coat (above). Oooh. Shiny. That’s two coats there + top. I just wanted to see if another coat would add saturation and it does.
OPI “Liv” in the Gray – mattified (above). Yep, I went there with my Revlon Matte Top Coat.
OPI Shh… It’s Top Secret! (above). Without top coat, this shade is much more true-to-bottle. The formula is highly plasticized so the first coat was applied to get full coverage (and was scary ugly). The second coat brought it all together and made this luxurious dark chocolate brown. That’s no top coat. I didn’t notice before that she’s not crazy shiny so today, I did a whole ‘nuther swatch for you with top coat.
OPI Shh… It’s Top Secret! – with top coat (above). Neat how a coat of shiny top can blacken a shade so much, huh? I’m gonna wear mine without so it looks more brown.
And that’s it, my fellow polish friends! The entire 15 OPI Washington DC fall/winter 2016 collection swatched for your perusal! How do I feel about it? I like it. For me, it’s not just a happy return to good OPI crèmes, it’s a wholly cohesive collection of very autumnesque shades. But wait! Is it dupetastical? Let’s see!
opi washington dc collection 2016 comparison swatches
Before I start here, I gotta let you know I don’t have a light-box so sometimes nuances between the darker shades on the sticks is easier to achieve on a black background. Why? I dunno. All I know is the contrast seems to help capture subtle differences a bit better – that’s why some shots are on black and some on white.
OPI Inside the ISABELLEtway comparison swatches (above). If you’re an OPI fan, you already knew you’d seen this before, right?
OPI Squeaker of the House comparison swatches (above). I thought I’d have more, I really did. Nothing is a perfect dupe here, but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Head Bang gets close.
OPI Freedom of Peach comparison swatches (above). I got no dupes. Zero.
OPI Yank My Doodle comparison swatches (above). Again, nuthin.'
OPI Never A Dulles Moment comparison swatches (above). Yes, similar in that they’re all yellow, but so not the same.
OPI We The Female comparison swatches (above). Mmm hmm.
OPI Madam President comparison swatches (above). Oooh! Where have I seen this shade before? That’s right – everywhere.
OPI Kerry Blossom comparison swatches (above). I have diddly-squat for dupes and my similars aren’t even that similar! Yay!
OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails comparison swatches (above). This is why I’ll never give my bottle up, ever. Totally not dupetastic for anything I already have! Score!
OPI Stay Off The Lawn!! comparison swatches (above). Yeah, you thought I've have more dupes for this. I really don't! But see what I mean about the black background showing some shades better? Lookit Amazon... Amazoff - it looks exactly right on black but so green on white. Weird, huh?
OPI CIA = Color is Awesome comparison swatches (above). Ta da!
OPI “Liv” In The Gray comparison swatches (above). You knew this though, right?
OPI Shh…It’s Top Secret! comparison swatches (above). Huh. I thought I’d have more. Colour me surprised!
And with that, I’m done. Whew! Now let’s talk. You know you wanna!
Crap. I always think I’m done and then I remember this blah blah blah part…. Available in regular polish & GelColor in August 2016. (Or now, from retailers and etailers who have jumped the gun). Here in Canada, $12.50 each at pro salons and tradesecrets.ca. In the US, $10 each and you’ll be able to find it soon at ulta.com. NOTE: Ulta has two extra exclusive shades that I did not receive to swatch (we don't have access to Ulta in Canada): Front Runner and Politically Polished.
See ya’ll soon!