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…

Helen

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9 Comments

  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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