Fall Blitzkrieg: OPI La Collection De France

I’m a little late to the party (check out Scrangie’s swatches) but, of course, I have to give you guys my take on one of the biggest collections to hit us this Fall. I wasn’t all that excited for OPI France when I initially saw the promotional images. OPI has a proclivity for releasing several reds and ‘almost blacks’ in just about every collection and, frankly, it gets old. The promos of France made it seem like more of the same. Consequently, I wasn’t expecting to like these. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this collection is actually pretty cool.

Sure, a few of the colors were fairly run of the mill OPI type stuff. I’m not doing back flips for OPI Louvre me Louvre Me Not (ducks to avoid thrown stones, tomatoes, assorted rotting vegetables), but there are several solid gorgeous, unique colors in this collection. There have been a few complaints about colors in the France collection being thick and difficult to apply but I didn’t have any real trouble with them.

As a side note, I really feel like OPI did a good job of designing colors that are representative of French culture and fashion. I say that because I felt like they could have done more with the Indian collection, it’s good to see that they were spot on with France.

*Dies* OPI You Don’t Know Jacques is my absolute favorite color from this collection. Seriously, every once a while an amazing color like this comes out and renews my passion for nail polish. The color is tough to describe, grayish, brownish, dirty, mushroomy? This is my current NOTD, 2 coats, love it. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again, love these grayed out mushroomy colors. I just can’t get enough.

OPI Yes… I Can-Can! is a shimmery eggplant type color. The base color seems similar to OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. The shimmer seems multi-colored, I see flashes of green, silver, and violet in the bottle. On the nail, it’s silvery and serves to give Yes… I Can-Can! depth. This swatch is 3 coats but with careful application good coverage is possible at 2 coats.

OPI Tickle My France-y is my second favorite color from this collection. It’s a grayed out subtle nude pink – it is chic and sophisticated perfection. Earlier last week, when I went back into the professional nail color purgatory, Tickle My France-y was the first color I chose for the big switch. This color was so beautiful, so flattering that I didn’t even care about being forced to wear professional colors. This mani was 3 coats.

OPI Parlez-vous OPI?, another stand out color, is a grayed-out (or smokey as OPI puts it) plum. The application was slightly troublesome, my bottle was chalky and thick but it’s workable. This is 2 coats.

OPI Louvre Me Lourve Me Not is my least favorite color from this collection. Sorry guys, I know I’m completely alone, everyone else loves this one. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this color but I have a predisposition to disliking shimmers and I’ve just had my fill of shimmery mid-range purples this fall. You can’t really see it in my image but Louvre Me Lourve Me Not has blurple and violet shimmer. This swatch is 3 coats.

OPI I’m Fondue of You is a reddish light chocolaty brown with reddish brown shimmer. I don’t love this one. It’s pretty but not special. This swatch is 2 coats, I think the color would look better with 3.

OPI Eiffel for this Color is an ‘almost black’. OPI says it’s wine but it looks dark purple with violet shimmer to me. It’s similar to Yes… I Can-Can! but they’re different enough to warrant owning both if one is so inclined to do so. Normally, I would say boo to an almost black but I, surprisingly, like this color. This swatch is 2 coats.

Scrangie called OPI Crepes Suzi-ette a ‘mom’ color… it is – but – it’s hot. I think this one ventures into the realm of work appropriate. I’m actually surprised that I like this color too. I probably wouldn’t have batted an eye at this creamy reddish caramel in a store, but it’s actually very flattering on the nail. I would even dare say that it’s unique. This swatch is 2 coats.

There will always be reds in an OPI collection, shockingly there were only two in the France Collection. One of which, OPI Bastille My Heart, is a deep burgandy with violet shimmer throughout. Pretty, but standard.

OPI Baguette Me Not, a creamy salmon, is another shocker. Totally didn’t expect to like this ‘mom’ (haha) color but I love it. Very chic, very work appropriate. This swatch is 2 coats.

OPI A Oui Bit of Red, the other red in the France Collection, is a mid-range bright red. I love reds and I would have loved this one too, but for the shimmer. The saving grace is that the fuschia shimmer is very subtle, hardly noticeable. This swatch is 2 coats.

Finally, OPI We’ll Always Have Paris. Love. It. This is the color that I wanted the annoyingly almost black OPI Lincoln Park After Dark to be. I love LPAD but I always wanted it to be more noticeably purple and vampy. OPI granted my wish with We’ll Always Have Paris. Strangely, OPI says this color is dark coffee… definitely looks dark reddish purple to me.


Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by OPI.


28 Responses to “Fall Blitzkrieg: OPI La Collection De France”

  1. Frida ^ » OPI La Collection De France Says:

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  2. Sanna Says:

    I totally agree with you! representative of French culture and fashion for sure! awesome really!
    And seriously, wap a dark coffee?, My coffee does NOT look like that *lol*
    as you said dark reddish purple is more right- and it’s so pretty!

  3. pretear Says:

    I wish my coffee looked like that… but then again, I was totally amused when Heinz released purple and green ketchup. lol.

  4. Masa_inn Says:

    I share your sentiment about Louvre. Meeeeeh :)

    It’s nice to know that OPI finally has admitted the existence of Nail Polish blogs. Congrats!

  5. Jessica Says:

    would you call YDKJ work safe?
    i guess if im questioning it, i ought to save it for the weekend. or at least casual friday.

  6. pretear Says:

    Masa – lol, I think we mostly have similar taste in polish.

    Jessica – Ah. That’s a tough one. I’m wearing it now for work and I think it’s ok for me. Only because I’m starting to get the feeling that no one at the SAO I’m working at now gives a crap. At a highly conservative office, it’s probably not appropriate. It’s not a very flashy color so I don’t think it’s something someone would notice right off the bat unless they were specifically looking at your nails for some reason. So while it doesn’t stand out as flashy, I wouldn’t wear it to say… a job interview.

  7. Steph Says:

    I have four of these francies, and now I’ve seen Crepes Suzi-ette, I want it.

    Also Baguette is very similar to Lunch at the Delhi

  8. Sminkan Says:

    I said I only wanted one when the collecton hit H2T, but of course I have five of them now… Still, the first one is the best one! You don’t know Jaques is a stunner! Yesterday I received Tickle my France-y and I am glad you like it so much since it was an impulsive act ordering it. It is not a typical Sminkan kind of color, but I hope it looks as good on me as it does on you.
    I had a great polish day yesterday! 18 new nail polihes and no idea which one to wear fist. I ended up with Misa Toxic Seduction, but can hardly wait to try all the others…

  9. Lady Slatternly Says:

    In the design world, YDKJ would be called a “french gray,” so it really is quite an appropriate color! I almost think that the fact that warm grays would be in this fall, coupled with how this is sometimes called french gray, is how they came upon France for their region of choice this round.

  10. Amber Says:

    I see Crepes Suzi-ette as more of an 80′s throwback. That’s the color that “career women of the 80′s” would wear. But maybe that’s how for some, it’s a “Mom color.” I think it’s charmingly retro.

  11. pretear Says:

    Sminkan – I really love TMF-y a lot so I hope you like it too. Can’t wait to see your posts on these new acquisitions.

    Lady Slatternly – That makes sense and it’s good to know. : )

    Amber – I think you’re right about that although I wouldn’t know first hand since I wasn’t consciously self aware until the early 90s. (I’m a mid 80s baby. : P)

  12. Angel Says:

    I just love PVO, YDKJ and TMF. I am with you in that I am loving these greyed out colors that are coming out. I just have PVO so far but the others will be mine. :)

  13. Alison Says:

    I bought eiffel for this colour but when I tried it it was too much like LPAM. After seeing your swatches the shimmery purple I should have gone for is yes I can can! Oh well, I’m also kinda lemming parlez vous opi too! Very pretty

  14. Masa_inn Says:

    Hey, you were right about a similar taste in polishes :) I got TMF in a swap and have been wearing it for 3 days now; and I don’t want to remove it.

    Should I get YDKJ?..

  15. pretear Says:

    Angel – Major huge ditto. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of them.

    Alison – Yes I Can Can is very similar to LPAD too – maybe slightly redder? PVO is definitely worth it.

    Masa – TMF is gorgeous – hands down. I decided to wear it to a very important job interview. I really like YDKJ so my answer is yes. I think it will take a little getting used to though, it’s like a subtle beauty.

  16. Chloe Says:

    I love this topic. This is great. I’m totally linking you to my Fashion Blog. Keep posting!

  17. Morgan Says:

    Great blog!! I just got a manicure w/We’ll always have paris and wanted to see other colours from this collection. Came across this blog and have bookmarked it. thanks!

  18. Geeky Beauty Says:

    I just bought Parlez Vous OPI this morning, I can’t wait to get it on.

  19. Geraldine Says:

    This is coming really late but stock coming in to my side of the world for these colours have taken really long (and ebay’s too cruelly overpriced!). My version of Crepes De Suzi-ette look alot more burnt than yours. But that said, it looked its best with 1 coat, assuming you could get enough polish etc. on.

  20. pretear Says:

    Chloe – Thank you. : )

    Morgan – Thank you! : )

    Geeky Beauty – What’d you think of it?

    Geraldine – Hmm… more burnt sounds like it might actually be better lol.

  21. astasia Says:

    I don’t know truly what i will do with “tickle my france”…in your photo it does apper like a little bit “pink-gray” color…in other swatch i have seen on other site, the color is so flat…almost invisible between skin and nails…more beige…
    I like it more the color in your photo! how can i do with it? What is it the right color? Amletic doubt…

  22. pretear Says:

    Astasia – Hmm, I think my photo is a very good representation of what the color looks like. I used 3 coats, maybe the other person used less? I say take the chance. : )

  23. The Polish Addict » Blog Archive » The Polish Addict’s Top 20 Polishes of All Time: #20 OPI - Tickle My France-y Says:

    [...] This color is so subtle, so chic, just perfect.  As completely ridiculous as this may sound, I rarely wear colors more than once but I’ve worn OPI Tickle My France-y a whopping 3 times. This color has become my go-to ‘professional’ color. As some of you may know, I’m applying for a position as an Assistant State Attorney. It’s a 3 round interview process. I’ve worn TMFy to two of the interviews already and plan to wear it one more time this Monday for my final interview. I almost feel like this color gives me confidence, maybe even a little bit of luck. If I get the job on Monday, I guess we’ll know for sure. Even if TMF-y isn’t bestowed with magical job granting powers, it’s still an excellent color. It definitely belongs in everyone’s collection. (You can read my original post about TMF here.) [...]

  24. The Polish Addict » Blog Archive » Super Underrated: Misa Runway Collection Swatches Says:

    [...] High Waist Hue is a dusty pink. It’s actually a pinker version of OPI Ticke My France-y, which I passionately love. It also has really subtle, practically nonexistent blue shimmer. I only [...]

  25. cristela Says:

    they’re all so nice

  26. Ulta3: Flashback Fuchsia « Enamel Coated Says:

    [...] and low light you can see that Flashback Fuchsia is a muted, dusty medium red crème, not unlike OPI Crepes Suzi-ette from the France Collection. I love that it’s not a blue based red, and that it has that [...]

  27. vania Says:

    hi im a bit confuse now since u posted a purple version of TMF. i find some others pictures showing the nude version of TMF. so which one is the correct color for TMF?

  28. prettypear Says:

    I love the photos- you did such a great job!

    I hope you don’t mind if I use some of your photos- I will definitely include you’re site of course!

    thanks in advance!

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