Nail Colour is the New Lipstick: OPI Spring 2012, Nicki Minaj by OPI (and Gelish Carnival Hangover + Dots)

It's official: the lipstick index is now the nail polish index. You cool with that?
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It's official: the lipstick index is now the nail polish index. You cool with that?
OPI NickiMinaj Did It on 'Em and Fly_Gelish Carnival Hangover

From top right: Nicki Minaj by OPI in Fly; Gelish soak-off gel in Carnival Hangover + black polish dots; Nicki Minaj by OPI in Did It On ’Em.

Hah. Said last April at the start of the no-chip mani craze that nail adornment had become the new lipstick. And now, according to Reuters, "Nail varnish has become the top-selling fashion accessory, replacing lipstick as an affordable indulgence in austere times and leading to a boom in sales as consumers flock to buy brightly coloured bottles."

Of course Staff claims she called it, but how she might have managed to do that without her own voice is a bit of a mystery. Oh -- "telepathy," she says. (Read my mind now, Staff.)

Nicki Minaj by OPI

The thing about nail polish is that it rings in at a lower price than many lipsticks today. Plus there are fewer colour boundaries than there are with lipstick. Neon, black, blue, green, glitter -- all happiness we can wear on our nails, but wouldn't on our lips. Never mind the explosion of nail-art creativity everywhere. And come January, with the release of the un-shy Nicki Minaj OPI collab (above), and February, with the release of OPI's Holland Collection, we'll have more fun colour to consider. Such as these:

Niki Minaj by OPI_Jan 2012

The Nicki Minaj by OPI collection consists of five shades (including Pink Friday, which is still in development) plus a purple "Super Bass" Shatter.

Nicki Minaj by OPI_Did It on 'Em_Save Me_Fly

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Did It On ’Em, Save Me and Fly.

Niki Minaj by OPI Save Me

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Save Me.

Niki Minaj by OPI Metallic 4 Life

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Metallic 4 Life.

OPI Spring Summer 2012_Holland Collection

OPI Holland collection, Spring/Summer 2012.

OPI Holland_A Roll in the Hague_Spring 2012

OPI Holland_Red Lights Ahead Where_Spring 2012


OPI Holland_I Have a Herring Problem_Spring 2012
OPI Thanks a Windmillion_Holland_Spring 2012

OPI Thanks a Windmillion -- so pretty on nails.

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam_Holland collection_Spring 2012

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam -- I think I love this. Looks gorgeous on Gabrielle of

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam_Holland_Spring_2012

Who's looking forward to February?

Top photo: that's Lesley Ellen Mirza of Lipstick Powder n Paint (@powdernpaint) in Fly, and Karen Kwan of Health&Swellness (@healthswellness) in Did It On ’Em.