Monday, April 4, 2011

OPI Russian to a Party

This polish has a little bit of a back story.  I had been going back and forth on MUA with a girl in my area (Hi Jessie!!  *waves frantically*) about finalizing a swap - my Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance for her OPI Damone Roberts 1968.  Since she lived so close, I suggested that perhaps we could do an in-person swap and then do some dusty hunting after.  "Dusty" is a term used on MUA to refer to nail salons or beauty supply stores with an older stock of polish that might, quite literally, be dusty after sitting there for so long.  Dusty hunting is the act of going to this places to check out their stock and is a great way to find some old discontinued polishes that may be going for absurd prices on eBay.  It's kind of like a scavenger hunt.  Not all places sell their polish, and it may take some bargaining at the places that do.  She agreed, and our day was set!

You guys, it was SO fun, and we found a ton of awesome stuff!  The day's total finds, all OPI, all brand new:

Sapphire in the Snow
Merry Midnight (came in a pack with Sapphire in the Snow, a backup for me)
Paris Couture For Sure
Absolutely Alice (I already had this, but who couldn't use a backup?)
Russian to a  Party
Glacier Bay Blues
At Your Quebec and Call

 I gave hubby the choice of Sapphire in the Snow or Russian to a Party for my weekend manicure.  He chose Russian to a Party - a warm rusty red with golden red shimmer.  :-)

I forgot how strange it was to work with the old black label OPIs!  The formula is much thinner, and of course they don't have the pro-wide brushes (which I'm ok with, 'cause those brushes are just a little big for me anyway).  Even though the consistency is thin, the polish is still pretty easy to work with overall.  What surprised me was that it took three coats to reach full opacity and bottle color.  Three coats?  For a red?  From OPI?  Red is what they DO!  I mean, it wasn't a big deal or anything, but I'm just not sure I've ever come across a three-coater red from OPI.  Shrugs.

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Pretty, right?  It's so perfect for fall (so of course I'm wearing it in spring - d'oh!).  It's not flashy, and I'd definitely say this is work-friendly.  It's a color I think my mom would LOVE, but I wouldn't chalk it up to be a "mom color," if that makes sense.  It's just a really pretty and unique color.  I'm actually shocked that OPI ever discontinued this in the first place, especially considering their knack for awesome reds.

Unfortunately since this one is long gone, you'll have to resort to the interwebz to nab this one up (or go dusty hunting!).  You can get it between $10 and $15 on eBay.  If you love unique reds or warm feel-good colors, I'd say this one is worth the extra price to get it.  :-)


  1. Hi!!!! :) Yeah for dusty hunting finds.

  2. do you take requests? i just tried to do the "half moon manicure" and it turned out pretty well but not perfect!! tips would be appreciated :)

  3. Hi Dana!!

    Absolutely!! And thanks for asking! I was feeling kind of uninspired for my weekend manicure, but you've got one half-moon manicure coming up! :-D

  4. OMG what an amazing color. Something about the copperiness of it makes me want it so hard ... oh and the fact that it has 'Russian' in the name only means I MUST own it by default.

    One of my favorite games is to let my hubs choose between colors. What a fun game!

  5. Loodie!! Yes, you NEED this!! (P.S. Are you Russian?? You must already own Russian Navy then, right?)

    I'd let hubby choose colors more often, but he so heavily favors the "bad ass" colors like glitters and duochromes (especially duochromes!), that my poor cremes would never get used! :-P


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