OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath
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OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Swatches & Review

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The OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection landed recently so of course I had to get moving on it. I’m a little under the weather, so sorry for any typos that might be in this post.

For this collection OPI did a little something different, and I’m not just talking about bringing lighter shades into the mix. 12 of these shades are being moved directly into the OPI permanent line and only 3 are limited edition. So if you fall in love with any of the 12 in the permanent line – you can get backups at your leisure (and I know of 3 that I need backups of in the future)

The OPI Venice collection brings us to Italy (which I’m sure you knew already) and they are romantic colors inspired by Baroque period decadence.

Let’s jump into the collection. I’m going to start off with the 3 Limited Edition shades. Each swatch was done using Girly Bits Smooth Move Base Coat & What A Rush Top Coat unless otherwise stated. Because it’s a 15 piece collection and a lot of cremes, I only did 1 shot of the creme shades and only did closeup shots of shades with a little something extra to them.

Baroque…But Still Shopping

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Baroque...But Still Shopping Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Baroque…But Still Shopping Swatch

I’m going to start with Baroque…But Still Shopping just to get it out of the way. I said it during the review of the OPI Spring 2015 collection when I saw Pineapples Have Peelings Too! and it’s that I dislike metallic bases with hex glitters. While Baroque…But Still Shopping is better than Pineapples Have Peelings Too! it’s just barely better for me. This is the one shade in the collection I would have skipped.

Baroque…But Still Shopping is a light goldish, shimmery metallic base with gold hex and square glitters mixed in. I used 2 coats for theses photos and no top coat.

When I first saw the bottle I thought it was a top coat with a fine shimmer/micro glitter base and then the mix of hex and square glitters. I actually was like “OHHH!” but then I put it on and said “Noooo!”

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Baroque...But Still Shopping Swatch macro

St. Mark’s the Spot

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection St. Mark’s the Spot Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection St. Mark’s the Spot Swatch

St. Mark’s the Spot is a deep metallic blue. I used 2 coats for these photos and a top coat. I did experience light staining with St. Mark’s the Spot, so be sure to use a good base coat with it.

One thing I will say is that this is a gorgeous blue and I was expecting it to be brush stroke city, but it wasn’t. It actually had very minimal as you can see from the photo below.

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection St. Mark’s the Spot Swatch Macro

Venice the Party?

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Venice The Party? Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Venice The Party? Swatch 

Venice the Party? is the final Limited Edition shade and it’s also the last metallic shade in the Venice collection. Venice the Party? is a metallic, shimmery turquoise. In person it has a nice glow to it from the shimmer. It also has some light, visible brush strokes. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Venice The Party? Swatch  Macro

A Great Opera-tunity

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection A Great Opera-tunity Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection A Great Opera-tunity Swatch 

A Great Opera-tunity is a melon creme. Application was super easy with this shade and I used 2 coats and a top coat.

It’s a Piazza Cake

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection It’s a Piazza Cake Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection It’s a Piazza Cake Swatch 

It’s a Piazza Cake is a nice rich pumpkin creme. It’s actually a slight dustier in person and for some reason it wanted to be bright in my photos, but it isn’t. If you love Fall orangey shades – this one is for you.  Perfect application in just 2 coats and a top coat.

Worth a Pretty Penne

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Worth a Pretty Penne Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Worth a Pretty Penne Swatch

Worth a Pretty Penne is kind of a muted rose gold and pewter shimmer. Another nice Fall shade for sure. I used 2 easy coats and no top coat for these photos.

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Worth a Pretty Penne Swatch Macro

Tiramisu for Two

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Tiramisu for Two Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Tiramisu for Two Swatch

Tiramisu for Two is a pale almond nude creme. There are actually 2 nude cremes in this collection, and I’m not a huge fan of nude cremes. Tiramisu for Two worked best for my skintone. I used 2 coats and a top coat.

Be There in a Prosecco

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Be There in a Prosecco Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Be There in a Prosecco Swatch

Be There in a Prosecco is the second nude in the collection and is a pale ivory creme. It was a little too yellow tinged for me personally. I used 3 thin coats for these photos and a top coat.

Gelato on My Mind

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Gelato on My Mind Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Gelato on My Mind Swatch

Gelato on My Mind was the shade I was most looking forward to from the Venice collection and it didn’t disappoint me. Gelato on My Mind is a pale minty blue creme. I used 2 coats and a top coat for this.

This is just a nice, crisp and refreshing creme to me.

Amore at the Grand Canal

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal Swatch

Amore at the Grand Canal is a very slightly dusty cool toned red, and it’s an incredibly rich red that is beautiful. I used 2 easy coats for this photo. Use a base coat, this one will stain a bit.

Gimme a Lido Kiss

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Gimme a Lido Kiss Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Gimme a Lido Kiss Swatch

Gimme a Lido Kiss is the second red in the collection (and for Fall, I was a little surprised OPI only did 2 reds… since we know how much OPI loves putting reds out). Gimme a Lido Kiss is a slightly warmer red with small pink flecked shimmer mixed in. The pink doesn’t come out much on the nail, but it does give the red a nice glowing look.

Again, use a base coat – this one will leave some red behind.

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Gimme a Lido Kiss Swatch Macro

I Cannoli Wear OPI

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection I Cannoli Wear OPI Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection I Cannoli Wear OPI Swatch

I Cannoli Wear OPI is an incredibly soft grey creme. I feel like this is a nice base coat for nail art if you want a soft color but don’t want a white creme. I used 2 coats and a top coat.

Purple Palazzo Pants

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Purple Palazzo Pants Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Purple Palazzo Pants Swatch

Purple Palazzo Pants is a soft pink tinted lavender creme. I used 3 thin coats for this photo. I found this to be a thin formula, but not watery. It was still easy to use, but required 3 coats to get a nice opaque look.

O Suzi Mio

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection O Suzi Mio Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection O Suzi Mio Swatch

O Suzi Mio now we’re getting into the more common, vampy Fall shades. O Suzi Mio is a deep eggplant purple creme. I love purples, so I loved this one. Application was really nice with O Suzi Mio and I only needed 2 easy coats and a top coat.

My Gondola or Yours?

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection My Gondola or Yours? Swatch

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection My Gondola or Yours? Swatch

My Gondola or Yours? almost tricked me. Almost.  This is a black creme. Pretty standard right? In the bottle I saw black creme, on the nail I saw black creme… then my light hit it and I saw the faintest shimmer in the polish. So I looked closer. Yup – it’s got a VERY faint shimmer laced throughout it. I almost missed that – but there it is. You can see it towards the tip of my nail in the photo below.

The shimmer is a nice touch to a fairly standard color, but honestly – it’s not strong enough to make you need it. Seriously, it’s barely noticeable. I used 2 coats and a top coat for these photos.

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection My Gondola or Yours? Swatch Macro

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Overview

OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection Overview

I have a few thoughts on this collection, but I’m not feeling that great (and quickly declining as I type) so I hope I can get this out in this post the way it is in my head. It’s a nice mix of colors from super light to super dark. It’s a little different seeing such Spring like shades mixed in, but I like it. Application wise, I think this is one of the best collections OPI has made in awhile as far as only needing 2 coats for most and not being full of streaks, unevenness or anything along those lines. I would have liked to see one of the nude cremes yanked for maybe a chocolatey brown or just 1 more color that screams Fall, but if that’s my only real issue, then I have to say they did a damn good job.

Actually scratch that – don’t pull a nude, pull Baroque…But Still Shopping. I just cannot get into this metallic base that swallows the glitters thrown in. In the bottle it looks great. On the nail it looks like a mess for me.

As I said earlier, 12 of these shades will be thrown into the core collection. So that’s great news for those short on funds going into Fall – it’s not a race to make sure you get them immediately. Grab the ones you really want and the rest will be there in a few months when you decide to get them. The only 3 you will need to grab quicker are Venice the Party?, Baroque…But Still Shopping, and St. Mark’s the Spot since those are the only 3 that are limited edition.

Geez, I guess I’m wordy when I’m feeling off.

Full collection will also be available in OPI GelColors if you prefer gel to the normal lacquers.

Price: $9.50 retail 

WHERE TO FIND THEM:  ULTA, ULTA.com, and select professional salons.

What did you think of the OPI Fall 2015 Venice Collection? Do you like the mix of colors or do you wish they went more traditional with Fall shades? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below

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44 comments

Michelle Rouhier July 30, 2015 - 8:06 pm

I guess I’m a sucker for cremes. My top must-have is Oh Suzi-Mio. I also love Purple Palazzo Pants, I Cannoli Wear OPI, and Gelato On My Mind. For some reason, I also want My Gondola Or Yours. I can’t have too many black cremes!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:42 pm

The cremes in this set are some of the best they’ve done in awhile as far as application!

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Kath TheFabZilla July 30, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Though they aren’t unique colors, I still like formula and finish based from your swatches.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:45 pm

They aren’t super unique, but some are similar but not exact to what I own! Formula wise though – they are well worth it

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Viktoria July 30, 2015 - 11:28 pm

I’m trying and trying to convince myself I don’t need Gelato On My Mind, I have about 5 cremes that look so close to it!
No success so far )))

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:46 pm

It’s definitely a gorgeous shade! I have a few cremes similar, but none are exact

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Anouk July 30, 2015 - 11:36 pm

flawless swatches as always, but this collection….nah. I’ts like i’ve seen the colors somehwere before…nothing new. Exept for Baroque….but still shopping. A new color, but not pretty. For €15 a bottle (i live in Belgium, Europe), i’ll pass.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Ouch, the price is high for you! I get it though, for that price a polish has to be super unique to grab it!

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Debbie Crumpet July 31, 2015 - 2:10 am

Thank you for the honesty in this review – nicely balanced xx

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Thank you Debbie!

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Brooke @ Blushing Noir July 31, 2015 - 6:05 am

Beautiful swatches!! I can’t wait to get them, the line looks so beautiful!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Definitely a nicely done line!

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Allison @Never Say Die Beauty July 31, 2015 - 6:17 am

I like quite a few of them, though not the Baroque gold with the glitter that looks bumpy, and Oh Suzi Mio is my favorite – a great fall shade. And the first red is beautiful too. Nice collection and I’m glad a lot of them are permanent

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:48 pm

It’s definitely nice they are moving them into permanent!

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Nidia - Lit From Within July 31, 2015 - 6:53 am

I’m not feeling Baroque.. either. Sigh. The baby blue and two purples are on my wishlist, though! Lots of pretty nudes, too.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:49 pm

I just can’t get into the Baroque shade, but I’ve come across some who love it!

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BeautyJudy July 31, 2015 - 6:54 am

Your swatches are gorgeous and these are pretty but they don’t excite me :( I might need that black though!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Thank you! And I get they won’t be for everyone :)

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Heather July 31, 2015 - 8:22 am

I don’t think it matters how many polishes I buy, I still fall in love with more shades hehe

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Same here Heather haha

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Chelsea July 31, 2015 - 10:11 am

I need Gelato On My Mind. SUCH a pretty color!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Definitely my fav!

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Renu July 31, 2015 - 2:29 pm

I like Great Opera-tunity and Purple Palazzo Pants. But you’re right; about five of those shades look more Spring-y than Fall-ish.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:52 pm

It’s nice they did something a little different since there will be an onslaught of Fall shades coming soon!

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Cindy (Prime Beauty) July 31, 2015 - 3:35 pm

So many to love!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Definitely!

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Phyrra July 31, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Baroque…But Still Shopping and Venice the Party? are beautiful.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Glad you like them!

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Erika July 31, 2015 - 5:28 pm

There are only a couple of polishes in this collection I want. And that is sad because I normally LOVE OPI Fall collections and gobble them up whole.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Yeah, that’s the drawback to them going outside the box for Fall!

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Anastasia July 31, 2015 - 6:22 pm

Ahhh, that Piazza Cake is so beautiful! I think I might pick it up.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:54 pm

That’s a beautiful one!

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MarciaF July 31, 2015 - 7:02 pm

I’m glad to see they are adding to their permanent collection. I don’t go shopping often so it’s hard to find all the LE. I love that metallic blue.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Yeah, I was rather shocked they were moving a lot directly into the perm collection!

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Miranda | Slashed Beauty July 31, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Love the metallics best!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:55 pm

They are nice!

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Laura MyNewestAddiction August 1, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Baroque needs to be mine. What a funny name.

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:55 pm

The name is great!

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Destany August 1, 2015 - 12:51 pm

O Suzi Mio is gorgeous!!

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Lisa Heath August 1, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Perfect for Fall!

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Kim August 1, 2015 - 2:05 pm

I would pick up St. Marks the Spot

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Cathie August 17, 2015 - 10:20 pm

Thank You for an awesome review!

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August Manis | August 28, 2015 - 12:09 am

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Joe Loveridge September 1, 2015 - 9:49 pm

I\46#39;m all over essie and china glaze this fall. Do you have Don\46#39;t Pretzel My Buttons?

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