OPI Catherine The Grape

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, OPI’s Russian collection just never lets me down. When I’m not sure what I want to wear on my nails, I find it is this set that I find myself reaching for with the most frequency. I’m just never disappointed.

For me, Catherine The Grape is one of the stand-out polishes of the Russian collection. It is a beautiful hybrid of shimmery brown and purple. I’ve heard it described as a duochrome, but let me set that straight – it’s not!

This is one of those nail varnishes that I think of as being like the little black dress of my stash. It goes with everything – except perhaps 1980s neon – and I really do think it is a classic in the making.

Application is beautiful – two coats and this is perfect. It applies like a dream, and has no dragging or bubbling. This really is OPI at their very best. Generally, mauve toned shades don’t look brilliant on me, but this has enough of a bronze overtone to be (I think) universally flattering.

This just once again confirms that the Russian Collection is far and away OPI at their best. I was talking on Twitter last night to one of my blogger friends, arranging a swap for later in the year (when the wedding is done and paid for) and getting really excited about the fact that the new Autumn/Winter collections should be out by then. Can OPI top the Russian Collection this year? Only time will tell.

Also, I love the name of this. Although the only fact I appear to have about Catherine the Great is something about a horse…probably not appropriate here… I do find Russian history to be absolutely fascinating. I bet you’d never forgive me either for giving you an earworm along the lines of “Ra Ra Rasputin…Lover of the Russian Queen” for the rest of the day either…




  1. 1st April 2010 / 9:50 AM

    Looks good on you. I only ever had Russian Navy Matte which was a huge mistake as I hate matte! Don’t think this shade is for me though.

    You can’t get me with your “Ra Ra Rasputin….” as my head is full of “Are we hu-man or are we dancer?”

  2. 1st April 2010 / 10:51 AM

    My current earworm is a folk song about a rail crash, and since I’m catching a train in 2.5 hours a change of earworm would be very welcome! 😉

  3. 1st April 2010 / 1:57 PM

    Helen, this is a fantastic color. I can’t believe I have not used it before. I think that the Russian collection was truly fantastic, as you say. I might need to try this one. Right now I have been sticking with Essie polishes because I’m finding they wear better than OPI (I would never have thought this but lately that’s what I’m finding).

    I highly suggest an Essie called “Thigh High”. I am super picky about reds/bricks and this is the MOST marvelous shade of red/brick with shimmer and it lasts and lasts. I am so in love with it.

  4. 1st April 2010 / 3:44 PM

    I have this polish and oit’s lovely, but I don’t think it looks anything like your photos! It’s lighter and more purple.

  5. 2nd April 2010 / 4:16 PM

    I don’t know about this its a little “flat” looking in the pics! I quite like the look of the russian collection, the navy shades have been lovely but this just isn’t quite hitting the mark for me!

  6. 3rd April 2010 / 8:04 AM

    Love this polish on you. I don’t own this and must get it. Fantastic looking. I don’t think I even own anything from the Russian collection. I wasn’t really buying much polish then. I’ve made up for it ever since.

  7. 5th April 2010 / 3:31 PM

    Catherine is my favourite from russian collection, whole collection is my all time favorite from OPI. And on me it is more cool toned purple and with less sheen.
    I am actually studiing russian so for me all that names are quite apealing.
    Why you have to remind Bonney M, now I will repeat all their songs in my head…geez Daddy daddy cool 🙂

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