OPI New Orleans Collection Spring 2016 (+ Swatches)

I don’t know about you guys, but after months and months of Winter I could really use some sunshine! And if the weather here in Toronto isn’t quite ready to cooperate then this new nail polish collection by OPI is just what the doctor ordered! The New Orleans Collection for Spring 2016 is vibrant, soulful and a welcome burst of sunshine around this time of year. Every day is Mardi Gras with these 12 limited edition nail lacquers (and associated GelColors) that personify New Orleans and the joie de vivre associated with the “Big Easy”


Let Me Bayou a Drink
A refreshing blush pink 

Spare Me a French Quarter?
A mellowed raspberry creme

A nude shimmer

She’s a Bad Muffuletta!
A hot red creme

Suzi Nails New Orleans
A light, bright pink

Got Myself into a Jam-balaya
Spice & creamy peach 

I Manicure for Beads
A luscious purple creme

Crawfishin’ for a Compliment!
A light, creamy orange 

Take a Right on Bourbon
A warm metallic pewter

I’m Sooo Swamped!
A creamy green 

Rich Girls & Po-Boys
A china blue creme

Show Us Your Tips!
A periwinkle shimmer 

New Orleans by OPI nail lacquers & GelColors are available now in stores & professional salons. Retail price: $9.50 USD/$11.95 CAD 
OPI-New-Orleans-3OPI New Orleans (L-R): Crawfishin’ for a Compliment, Got Myself into a Jam-balaya & She’s a Bad Muffuletta!

OPI-New-Orleans-4OPI New Orleans (L-R): Suzi Nails New Orleans, I Manicure for Beads & Spare Me a French Quarter? 

OPI-New-Orleans-5OPI New Orleans (L-R): I’m Sooo Swamped!, Show Us Your Tips & Rich Girls & Po-BoysOPI-New-Orleans-6OPI New Orleans (L-R): Let Me Bayou a Drink, Humidi-Tea & Take a Right on Bourbon 


I LOVE cream polishes so this collection was right up my alley. The vast majority of these shades required 2 coats for full opacity but honestly, you could almost get away with just 1 with some of them (i.e.“Spare me a French Quarter”, “Rich Girls & Po-Boys” & “I Manicure for Beads”). The overall formula of these was hit and miss. A handful of shades really blew me away, while others were just meh (i.e. “Let me Bayou a Drink”, “Humidi-Tea” & “Show Us Your Tips”). The best application and my favourite polish was without a doubt “She’s a Bad Muffuletta”….such a gorgeous hot red cream!! Another fairly unique and interesting shade worth a second look was “Take a Right on Bourbon”. I’d pass on “I’m sooo Swamped” though, unless you like that sort of shade on your toes? The formula of “Crawfishin’ For a Compliment”, “Got Myself Into a Jam-Balaya” & “Suzi Nails New Orleans” was a bit patchy but nonetheless, each shade is pretty enough to justify the extra time & effort you’ll need to level off the formula. Overall, a really great collection for Spring. There are some really great options for pedicure season and an absolute must-have red that I’ll likely buy a back up of. Good job OPI!