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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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. I 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:

Nicki Minaj by OPI

Nicki Minaj by OPI

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 in Did It On 'Em, Save Me and Fly

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

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

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Save Me

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Save Me

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Save Me is a bar-glitter-fest.

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Metallic 4 Life

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Metallic 4 Life

Nicki Minaj by OPI in Metallic 4 Life is all about chunky metallic glitter.

OPI Holland

OPI Holland

OPI Holland collection, Spring/Summer 2012.

OPI A Roll in the Hague

OPI A Roll in the Hague

OPI A Roll in the Hague from the Spring/Summer 2012 OPI Holland collection – part of the fun is always the names, right?

OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?

OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?

OPI Red Lights Ahead from the Holland Collection.

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

OPI I Have a Herring Problem

OPI I Have a Herring Problem, the Holland Collection. Makes me want herring for breakfast – but not really. I love sardines, but am not as fond of herring. *grin*

OPI Thanks a Windmillion

OPI Thanks a Windmillion

OPI Thanks a Windmillion – so pretty on nails. And maybe my fave name from the Holland collection!

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam mani

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam mani

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam – I love this. Looks gorgeous on Gabrielle of Sweetspot.ca. And actually, I think it's tied with Thanks a Windmillion as my fave Holland collection name.

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam

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.