Ooooh! Lookit who has your first swatches and review of the 12-shade OPI Lisbon Spring/Summer 2018 Collection! It’s meeeee!! Squeeeee!!
Like many of the recent OPI collections, this one will launch across all three lines: Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine, and GelColor. What do I have? My favourite straight up nail lacquers. Wanna see? Durr… of course you do!
opi lisbon collection swatches & review
We’re gonna go in order of the way I swatched, k? Visually, it might not make the most sense to some, but from a cuticle-staining standpoint, it’s the way I usually swatch. Reds are last. Always.
OPI Suzi Chases Portu-geese – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Yes, lightest shade first and, as usual, the light stuff is always the trickiest for me. Having said that, this wasn’t at all tricky for me in 3 coats. If you don’t have the OCD like I do, you can maybe even get away with 2! It’s just a tiny bit off-white and I don’t even know how, but it seems to dry down a little lighter than the bottle shade. It’s a very, very good almost-white.
OPI Lisbon Wants Moor OPI – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). What do my notes say? They say “ 2 coats to this = impressive.” When I write stuff like that, you know I mean it. You’ll want to use as few strokes as possible and try to be as even as you can. Do that and you’ll be able to slap this on in 2 – same as me!
OPI Tagus In That Selfie! – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Again, 2 coats should give you this kind of fab coverage. That’s what mah notes say! They also say that she dries a hint darker but that only a real nail nerd with a huge eye for colour would even notice.
OPI You’ve Got Nata On Me – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). The notes? “It’s a peach version of ⬆️”. Ha! What does that mean? It means the formula is just as great and it’s 2 coats to that.
OPI Sun, Sea and Sand In My Pants – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Sometimes my nails are just a bit too long for living-actual and I have to bring them down. I made a note here that I filed ‘em just in case anyone notices. I brought them down by a good chunk but what’s really cool is that with this 2 coat yellow (oh yes, you read that right – 2-coat yellow) they don’t look any shorter! Oh. And don’t try to overwork this egg-yolk or you’ll end up patchy. Just let it sit there and it should level all by itself in 2. Mine did!
OPI Closer Than You Might Belém – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). That's 2 super-easy buttery coats. What more do you need to know, right? Wanna know what OPI says about it? “We’ll travel land and sea to get this coastal sea green.” Yeah, that says nuthin’ about how good the polish in that bottle really is.
OPI Tile Art to Warm Your Heart – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Seriously, when my notes are so short, it leaves me scrambling. “Splendid coverage in 2 coats! Heart.” If that’s all I wrote, that must mean it’s pretty swell!
OPI No Turning Back on Pink Street – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Gah! I love her! That right there is 2 coats to this vibrant purple-shot pink. OPI calls it magenta but to me, it’s purple-shot pink. My brush had a couple of wangles in it, but they totally didn’t interfere with my style of painting. I only mention it because sometimes, wangles can interfere. If that happens to you with an OPI brush, just drop them a line and they’ll send you out a replacement – they’re good like that!
OPI Made It To The Seventh Hill – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). I do pretty thin coats so I needed 3 to crush all visible nail lines – you might only need 2. This is actually a little more rosy, but the angle of the non-existent low winter sun made me crazy. So while this is close to colour-accurate, just think rosier and that’s what the shade really is. Oh! I used top on this one! She dries almost chrome-y and to get a good shiny-shine, I needed top.
OPI Now Museum, Now You Don’t – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Holy old-school feeling (and looking) formula! Don’t freak out on your first coat. When you start, go in expecting coverage to look all kinds of weird. Keep going. Trust me. This is 3 thin coats of amazeballz molten fiery-orangey-red-gorgeousnessssss.
OPI A Red-vival City – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). You can totally OCW this, but I didn’t because I had to see if 2 coats made it better. It doesn’t, but that’s 2. The saturation in this formula... it’s the bee’s knees!
OPI We Seafood and Eat It – OPI Lisbon SS 2018 (above). Ha! The OPI description says “lobster never looked so good.” I dunno about you but I don’t see lobster anywhere here! What I do see is a fabulous vibrant strawberry that just puts a huge smile on mah face!
And you know what makes an even bigger smile? It’s that all 12 shades where joy to paint with.
So there you go, fellow OPI nerdies! That’s your 12-shade OPI Lisbon Spring/Summer 2018 collection! It makes me insanely happy to be able to say that this collection is all kinds of solid. The shades aren’t particularly ground-breaking, but the formulas totally crushed it - mostly 2 coats and zero stains! Like, zero! It feels like maybe they’ve perfected things over there at the factory. OPI Iceland was amaze formulas, Holiday XOXO had some real good stuff, and now this Lisbon does too. There was a spell of crap formulas but with this release, it feels like we can maybe leave that all in the past. It’s a brand new kind of OPI day! Wheeeee!!!
Now that you’ve seen all that Lisbon has to offer, let’s jam! Yes, they’re all shades you’ve seen before, but are the formulas enough to make you replace your old similars? And what about the new bottle ink? Do we even notice it anymore? It still throws me off a little but I think mostly, I really don’t mind it as much as I did a couple months ago.
Oh! Yes! The Deets:
Before all ya’ll get all up on me asking when release date is, it’s slated for February 2018 but is possibly rolling out early in the UK. In Canada, you’ll be able to get it at Sally Beauty, Chatters and there’ll be 4 shades (in OPI IS) at The Bay. In the US, visit all your usuals like ulta.com, amazon.com, and SallyBeautySupply. Prices vary.
More info? Okay! OPI.com
ps. I’m hauling ass to Winterpeg over dah holidays so if I’m slow to respond, it’s because my fingers are frozen and I left my desktop at home.
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Manicures & Photos Karen Falcon (she totally ordered this for herself because she couldn’t help it – I mean look at it! It’s adorbs, is on sale, and it made both of us smile, right?)