holland: opi spring 2012 nail polish

opi holland spring 2012 polish collection

When I think of Holland, coloring-book images of vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides and wooden shoes come to mind.

When I look at OPI’s spring 2012 nail polish collection, the mix of sophisticated neutrals and saturated brights paint the images in my mind.

opi holland spring 2012 polish collection

{Top row, from left to right: Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, Wooden Shoe Like to Know, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam, A Roll in The Hague, Pedal Faster Suzi, Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI. Second row, left to right: Thanks a WindMillion, Red Lights Ahead…Where?, Kiss Me On My Tulips, Vampsterdam, I Have a Herring Problem, Did You 'ear About Van Gogh? Photo Courtesy OPI}

“Holland has a very unique, vibrant beauty to match its open-minded nature,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI’s executive vice president and artistic director. “Spring is the season of color, and the Holland Collection provides an array of pink, coral and orange hues that capture this energy. The bright lacquers are married with neutrals in new variations like red clay and sea green.”

I’ve swatched all of the shades from this collection and have sported two full OPI Holland mani/pedis so far. My picks to date? “A Roll in The Hague,” a frisky little orange, on my toenails, and “Red Lights Ahead…Where?,” a coral-red, on my fingernails a few weeks ago.

I did my own mani/pedi, and what I love most about these polishes are 1) the color payoff is amazing — so vibrant!; 2) the “ProWide” brush makes polish application a snap — no streaking!; and 3) OPI nail polishes do not contain DBP, toluene or formaldehyde.

The drawbacks? Well, with such vibrant colors, sometimes your nails stain. I’ve been polish-free on my fingernails for a few days now since removing “Red Lights Ahead…Where?” and am just now seeing a return to a normal, non-red-tinted nail bed.

So, do you need every polish in the Holland collection? Maybe. Maybe not. In addition to the two I’ve already worn, my other personal favorites from the collection include “Kiss Me on My Tulips,” a sassy hot pink; “Thanks a WindMillion,” a breezy sea green; and “Wooden Shoe Like to Know?,” a shimmery chocolate-brown.

Which ones do you like? Are you willing to throw down $8.50 a pop for some dreamy Dutch polish? Tell me your faves in the comments section.

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