We've been playing a game on the Instagram, a fun thing I like to call #GuessThePolish. The answer to this one has some geek appeal, so after yer done guessing, we'll post the details. So -- canya name that nail polish? Go on, take a guess!
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opi i'm not really a waitress: the original
If you guessed this is OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress, good eye! In fact, this is the original 1999 OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress. Yup, with its black label and skinny brush, this here bottle is actually 15 years old and still perfect inside. Note there are only three icons on the back -- that's an indication of its age. This exact bottle is VHTF (very hard to find) and highly covetable.
Like OPI My Private Jet, later incarnations of OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress are not quite the same as the first formula. The 1999 release has a deep micro shimmer that actually consists of tiny gold flakies. They give the shade a more golden/coppery hue than the later batches.
If you remember, OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress is really the shade that slapped OPI right smack dab in the middle of the polish map. The bright, bold shade itself was unique at the time, and its cheeky name was a standout back then, too. Popular with waitresses and non-waitresses alike, it was one of those early "talked-about" shades, and highly recognizeable.
Wow. 1999. Props to anyone who guessed correctly!
Oh!!! Also, this #GuessThePolish post was inspired by a couple of our lovely readers, Lisa and Amanda. They're both deeply entrenched in love affairs with old OPI shades -- the original toxic ones, not the reformulated newer ones. We've formed a gang (yes, a gang of three) and we're on the hunt for answers to our Mystery OPI shades. It's so fun! We email pictures and talk about all the black label, skinny brush bottles we have in our possession. They're both fabulous.