OPI Holland Collection Review and Swatches

by Lisa Heath

OPI Holland Collection Review and Swatches

Ok I know I’m a little late for this one as it released over a week ago, but the amazing Nick came home with 9 of the 12 colors from the OPI Holland collection for me yesterday as a “Get Well” gift (I have a cold… but so does he!).  I would have normally had this post up hours after getting them, but I took a lot of naps in the last 2 days – so it took a lot longer than normal!  The beauty store he goes into for OPI colors didn’t get the collection in yet so she called around looking for as many as possible just for Nick and was able to gather all but Kiss Me On My Tulips, Thanks a Windmillion and I Have a Herring Problem (I should have those soon though).

Before I show photos, I want to say that I had some unexpected favorites of the 9 I got.  I’m not a huge brown fan, but Wooden Shoe Like to Know won me over.  I wouldn’t have guessed that.  I’ve seen photos from other bloggers, and while it looked nice – I didn’t realize HOW nice until I had it on.

Onto the show!  Since I just talked about Wooden Shoe Like to Know, I’ll start with that one.  Wooden Shoe Like to Know is a gorgeous chocolate brown with a beautiful reddish-pinkish-gold shimmer throughout.  Capturing shimmer like this in a photo is difficult, but just that hint of shimmer jumped Wooden Shoe Like to Know way up to the top for me.  It will be one of my go-to fall shades I’m sure.

Gouda Gouda Two Shoes was another unexpected favorite for me, and it very well might be the hint of shimmer again.  Gouda Gouda Two Shoes is a dirty rose color with hints of the reddish-gold shimmer through out.  It is a very warm and inviting color to me and not one I would usually pick up, but I am very happy to add it to my collection.

Pedal Faster Suzi! is the delicate Spring Pink I was hoping for.  I think this color would have been fabulous for me with or without the silver shimmer in it, but I think the shimmer does liven the color up a bit.  Pedal Faster Suzi! will get a lot of use from me throughout the year.

Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? is a color I probably won’t touch much again.  It was extremely similar to Zoya’s Farah and just not a color that agrees with my skintone at all.  Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh is a putty shade with no shimmer.  For ladies that love foundation like neutrals, this is perfect for you!

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! is a beautiful dusty blue with silver shimmer in it and I loved the color.  I expected it to be more like Zoya Skylar and was pleasantly surprised when it was different enough to justify owning both.

Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? is almost dead on to Zoya Tru… but I love my purples and would still have purchased both anyway.  Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? is a gorgeous red toned violet with reddish-gold shimmer in it.  Like the other shimmers, it was a little hard to photograph, but it’s there and it’s gorgeous!

Red Lights Ahead … Where? (why oh why are all these names so flipping long??? LOL)  Ok so this is the vibrant orange toned red of the bunch.  It’s beautiful and very summery.  I found it to look very close to Essie’s Ole Caliente and are so close they could be dupes for each other.  Still a gorgeous color to own!

A Roll In The Hague is another summer color – this time a vibrant orange!  Alas, it is also very close to another color I own – Essie Orange, It’s Obvious!  If you have one, you probably don’t need the other (unless you’re like me and just like to have complete collections).  I like A Roll In The Hague but I can’t see myself wearing it outside of spring/summer.

My last swatch is of Vampsterdam, the gorgeous vampy deep cherry chocolate color of the collection.  Instead of being a shimmer or a creme, this one is a frosty one.  A nice little one to throw into the collection.  I will get a lot of use out of this one in the fall!

That completes my 9 out of 12 OPI Holland collection review.  When I snag the other 3 I will be posting them up.  Overall, I do like this collection BUT sadly their are a few near dupes in this collection and all of them seemed to have come out in the last few months.  I’m not saying it would stop me from buying any of them, but for the people who don’t like having dupes, it could help to know.

***The items in this post were purchased by Nick.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***

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Deb Mariano February 17, 2012 - 7:27 pm


Lisa February 17, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Thank you!

Demi February 17, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Gah! I love most of these. =] I wish I wasn’t in college and had a steady job! Haha

Lisa February 17, 2012 - 8:45 pm

I did a dupe post for some of these colors too in case you might already have something close!

Demi February 17, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Yeah I just saw! I love dupe posts. lol

Lisa February 17, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Me too! lol


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