Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Aaand were Back! Sephora by O∙P∙I Havana Nights Mini Collection (review)

I can't believe the holiday weekend is already over! It was awesome (hope yours was too), and it went by too fast! Since 'real' life feels like a big adjustment today; I perked myself up with one of my new nail colors. It's "Read My Palm" from the Havana Nights collection by Sephora by O∙P∙I.

Havana Nights Mini Collection (Limited Edition)

Blurb: A hot, bold nail-color collection, inspired by Havana. The Sephora by OPI Havana Nights shades are inspired by the sophisticated glamour of the Havana depicted in classic movies, as well as by this summer's penchant for vivid color. Read My Palm recalls palm fronds swaying in the beach breezes. At night, Havana shows its true colors and salsa rhythms—brilliant gold Rumba Romance sizzles with this intoxicating energy and simmering Caliente Coral is all about the passion. The evening ends with Teal We Meet Again, a dramatic blue-green that evokes a forbidden rendezvous under the stars—romance at its hottest.

I love O∙P∙I minis; and a few weeks ago, these were calling my name from across the store (so of course I had to pay attention). I especially love minis when I want to try out a color, but don't necessarily want to commit to a whole bottle – and if it's something out of the ordinary that I won't wear as often as a basic color. That said, three of the four colors just might make it to "big bottle" status anyway.

"Teal We Meet Again" is one of the most gorgeous evening colors I've come across. It's a deep blue-green with green shimmer. It's dark enough to be edgy, but not so much that it seems black. "Read My Palm" is my favorite. I would describe it as a muted mint green (with a hint of blue). It's a beautiful summer color – it has a bit of a carefree 80's vibe, but can also look more sedate against neutral colors. "Rumba Romance" is probably the sexiest of the four. It's got flashy gold and tawny shimmer, and goes perfectly with sunshine, bare arms and lots of shiny bracelets. "Caliente Coral" is a bright, spicy, reddish-orange. If you want a break from the usual reds and pinks, this color will look amazing.

Even though "Read My Palm" was my favorite, it's definitely a spring/summer color. But the other three colors would be great long after summer is over. "Rumba" and "Caliente" would be gorgeous for fall ("Caliente Coral" would be especially hot with gray, black, brown or olive). And "Teal" would look stunning with a little black dress any time of year.

Check out the Sephora website for more info (and to see all 6 shades in the entire Havana Nights collection). While you're there, be sure to take a look at the weekly specials.
(ftc disclosure: purchased myself)


  1. This is one of the best polish collections I've seen in a while. I swatched the colors on my nail during my last trip to Sephora and love them. My fave color is "Teal We Meet Again." I loved that color so much that my cheap self tried to replicate it! LOL. I think I'll just go ahead and drop the $9 and buy the bottle though. That is a gorgeous color. And I also like the "Caliente Coral" too.

  2. I agree - totally worth the 9 bucks!

    I love it that the shades are unique, but still wearable. (Checking my "Read" fingernails for the umpteenth time).