My Thoughts on OPI Fall /Winter 2008 France Collection

Part of OPI Fall /Winter 2008 France Collection
On the Left:Baguette Me Not

On the Right:Parlez-Vous OPI?

I am loving the OPI Fall/Winter 2008 France Collection! This collection represents the sophistication and elegance of France fashion. The colors in this collection are predominantly gray/taupe-based purples, reds and browns. I think the gray and brown undertones give the colors an elegant and calm character, especially on purples. They also make them suitable for all skin tones.

The colors of this collection are beautiful and wearable. Perhaps, they might be considered as too "safe" for people who love eye-popping colors. I usually prefer to wear classic or natural nail colors like reds, pinks, pearls and nudes to complete my look. For some reason, they seem to look better on my skin than bold shades.

There are 12 shades in this collection. Six of them are cream shades, while the rest of them contain shimmer. The shimmers, however, are not that noticeable.

I found the polishes sweep on smoothly, and are relatively fast-drying. In addition, they are quite easy to be removed.
Close-up of Parlez-Vous OPI? from OPI Fall /Winter 2008 France Collection

Parlez-Vous OPI?
Parlez-Vous OPI? is certainly one of the standouts of this collection. It has quickly gained its fans ever since the collection was released. Parlez-Vous OPI? is a gray violet shade. The color is true to what it can be seen from the bottle. It is semi-sheer with one coat, and becomes opaque with 2 to 3 coats.

The color appears to change in different light settings and from different angles. It looks more purple under natural light, while it appears more dusty and grayish indoors and at night.

I normally don't wear intense or bold nail colors such as purples and blues. But what I like about the mid-tone violet shade of Parlez-Vous OPI? is that the gray undertone tones down the brightness of purple, and makes the finish feel more approachable.

While I like the uniqueness and edginess of this color, I w
ould only wear it for partying at night. The gray violet shade is too smoky for me at daytime.
Close-up of Baguette Me Not from OPI Fall /Winter 2008 France Collection

Baguette Me Not
Baguette Me Not is a muted coral cream with gray and taupe undertones. The color looks more grayish and brownish in the bottle, while it is more of a muted coral on my nails. It shows a sheer coral pink with one thin coat. The color gets intensified and opaque with a glossy finish after 2-3 coats.

The color is soft, and goes well with my skin.The hints of gray and beige undertone makes the coral looks more subdued yet refined. It is a beautiful year-round nail color that I would wear for daytime and night occasions.

Part of OPI Fall /Winter 2008 France Collection
On the Left:
Parlez-Vous OPI?
On the Right:
Baguette Me Not

The only problem I have with the two nail polishes I bought is that they tend to streak. I would suggest that you make sure to dip enough polish on the brush each time to ensure a streak-free application. Overall, I think the collection features beautiful gray/taupe-based hues of red, purple and brown that are effortlessly wearable and understatedly elegant for different skin tones.

Related posts:
OPI Fall/Winter 2008 La Collection De France

"Lunch at the Delhi" from OPI Spring/Summer 2008 India Collection

"Peach-a-Boo!" from OPI Summer 2008 Retro Fun in the Sun Collection


Anonymous said...

I am not loving the thought of fall at all however the colors, "yes"

Beauty Anonymous said...

Hello Kath,

Thank you for stopping by!

Since purples are hot this season, I have just started my venture into eye makeup with purple eye shadows. But I am still not quite sure if they suit me.

Hope you have been enjoying the fall colors! Has any fall makeup collection or color grabbed your attention?!

Thanks a lot for posting your comment!



Anonymous said...

It's so funny that I've come across your blog. I JUST finished painting my nails in "You Don't Know Jacques!" I also have "Eiffel For This Color."

I love OPI's France Collection. J'adored the review, too!

Simply said...

Ooh, it's so funny that I came across this blog entry..I wandered over here from Pursebuzz. I just bought You Don't Know Jaques, and it's a beautiful Gray/Purple, very lovely ^_^

Beauty Anonymous said...

Hello Park Avenue,

Thank you very much for liking the review!

I was thinking to buy "You Don't Know Jacques!" when I shopped at the salon store last time. I liked this deep grayish brown shade. The color is dark, but not so intense.

I normally don't choose bold shades. But I quite like the dark bold shades from OPI's France Collection.

It is great that you enjoy the collection as well. Thank you very much for visiting!



Beauty Anonymous said...

Hello Simply,

It is great that you enjoy the shade of "You Don't Know Jacques!". It is such a beautiful dark color, but it doesn't look that intense on my nails.

Thanks a lot for visiting and posting your comment!



Anonymous said...

I'm proud to say that I own Parlez-Vouz OPI?, and just yesterday I was looking at Baguette Me Not and decided it would be my next OPI purchase.

I also have Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not; I recommend 100%!

Beauty Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for sharing! I am really glad you enjoy Parlez-Vouz OPI? and Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not.

And thanks a lot for recommending Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not. It is a beautiful deep purple shade. Unfortunately, I can't pull this shade off nicely.

Do let me know what you think if you try the Baguette Me Not nail polish. The gray and taupe undertones make it a beautiful muted coral shade that I would wear year-round for various occasions.

Happy New Year!

Best wishes,