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…