Not All That Impressed: OPI La Boheme

OPI La Boheme was my NOTD a few months back.[1. Don't be alarmed, these pictures are old, my current nail length is still intact.] This color is a major favorite among nail polish enthusiasts but it never really called my name. Shimmery, sparkly reds just aren’t my thing.


Then one day, for no particular reason at all, I decided to pick one up. I can see why everyone loves it. It’s very pretty, but to me it’s just another sparkly red.


La Boheme was released in 2003 as a part of the very glitzy Holiday on Broadway collection. That collection featured a few sparkly and glittery low intensity duochromes. La Boheme has the reputation for having two versions in existence, like OPI Black Tie Optional, one version is a high intensity duochrome that changes from red to amber, the other version only has a slight duochrome effect.


I believe mine is a dud. Everyone warned me to watch out, lest I be distracted by the sparkly duochrome-y-ness while driving. It was very beautiful and I admit I starred down at my nails during a few red lights, but I just didn’t see the magnificence that other people see.

Happy Holidays everyone!


14 Responses to “Not All That Impressed: OPI La Boheme”

  1. rmcandlelight Says:

    Pretty color. Its looks like china glaze ruby pumps.

  2. pretear Says:

    Yea, it definitely does in the pictures, but not in person.

  3. diana Says:

    I think your bottle is lackluster. :( The color appears on my nails with this olive green/gold tint in different lights. Drag Queens were drooling over my La Boheme. Really, you deserve a good bottle and similar treatment.

  4. The Asian Girl Says:

    I agree! I fell into the hype and picked up a bottle and just was not impressed…the duochrome quality was nice and it was a decent color; maybe if I had paid 6.50 for it and not 11 bucks I would’ve been happier about it.

  5. Sanna Says:

    I love it!
    Merry Christmas to you<3

  6. Stef Says:

    I love La Boheme, I think it’s in my top 5 polishes! However mine has a lot more gold and amber than yours appears to, such a shame that you got a dud bottle :(

  7. pretear Says:

    Diana – lol. Yea my bottle doesn’t have oomph but it’s okay – it’s still pretty just not oomph-y. : P

    TAG – That’s pretty much how I felt.

    Sanna – Thank you! You too and Happy New Year! : )

    Stef – : ( I knooooow. Ugh, maybe I just need to suck it up and order a second bottle?

  8. Jason Says:

    The “Up Front and Personal” that you swatched in the blog prior to this one is Really Awesome!! I love it! :)

  9. aprilrobin Says:

    I didn’t know there was a dude version. That explains it — I have the dud. My reaction was the same as yours.

  10. pretear Says:

    Jason – Thank you. : )

    Aprilrobin – Yea I know everyone is fighting me on the existence of a dud version but if there isn’t a dud then I feel like I’ve been mislead about what this color is supposed to look like.

  11. Molly Says:

    I was wondering if you could do OPI’s Cozu-Melted In The Sun. Thanks!

  12. pretear Says:

    Aw Molly, I’m sorry I actually don’t own that one. Shocking, I know. lol. I’m pretty sure Scrangie does though.

  13. Steph Says:

    I’m with you on this one Steph. I guess I had higher expectation from all the hype! Great swatches as always :)

  14. pretear Says:

    Major ditto and thank you. : )

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