If my nails could be tired rather than just dry from so much polish remover, they would be, because I’ve got the entire OPI Hawaii Collection* swatched and ready to share with you. There are twelve colourful shades for Spring, including some really pretty creams and a few unusual shades. Well, better get started. (P.S. Do you find the polish names on the photos helpful or not? I am unsure about it, but I kinda like it).
OPI Hawaii Aloha from OPI is a near neon red coral cream that still has a little visible nail line with two coats, although it is not noticeable from a normal distance. It is a little brighter in the bottle than on the nail, but a white base would probably solve that. It also has a nice glossy finish, unlike ‘true’ semi-matte neons, which I prefer.
It’s pretty hard to win my heart with a nude polish, but OPI Hawaii Do You Take Lei Away is quite nice. It’s very streaky with one coat but much better with two, as pictured making the formula overall very nice.
OPI Hawaii Go With the Lava Flow is actually the shade that almost stopped my swatchathon because it looked so pretty on the nails I didn’t want to remove it. It has a fiery shimmery glow that is more noticeable in person, and although there is a subtle nail line with two coats, it’s also not noticeable.
OPI Hawaii Is Mai Tai Crooked? is a clementine cream that required 2 to 3 coats depending on how thick they are in order to apply evenly. On my skintone I’m not a fan, but it is a very spring-appropriate shade.
OPI Hawaii Just Lanai-ing Around could possibly be a one coat polish, but I used two for a total opaque finish. This mauve has shimmer in the bottle, but appears mainly as a cream on the nail. I think it’s an easy to wear but still really pretty shade.
I put on OPI Hawaii Lost My Bikini in Molokini before I had even swatched these polishes, and then realized I had a matching notebook and pants as well (see instagram proof). I adore this bright purple which I used two coats for, but is another case where you could maybe get away with one.
I first swatched OPI Hawaii My Gecko Does Tricks for my Perfect Polish for St. Patrick’s Day post and I was instantly disappointed that this lime green with a copper duochrome wasn’t more opaque on its own. Here I’ve also applied three coats, but the streaky shade doesn’t work well for me although it might be prettier over a black polish.
Easily the strangest polish in the collection, there’s the adorably named OPI Hawaii Pineapples Have Peelings Too! I was actually surprised this gold metallic polish filled with every kind of random glitter was opaque in two coats. I mean, I like weird polish, but I think this is even a bit strange for me…
OPI Hawaii Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a baby pink which I ended up going with 2 coats, just to try to hide the unevenness of the polish. I much prefer the formula of OPI Mod About You, which is a fairly similar shade. However, it is a great colour for spring.
I was actually pretty impressed by the formula of OPI Hawaii That’s Hula-rious!, which is a pretty but basic mint cream that I used two coats for. I was fairly thick on the second coat to give it an even finish, but I loved the non-streaky result.
OPI Hawaii This Color’s Making Waves is a frosty metallic blue-teal that is thin and sheer, and similar to the Gecko green might work nicely over black. Brushstrokes were noticeable but it was mainly opaque with three coats.
There are a lot of bright cheerful shades in the OPI Hawaii collection, as well as some lovely creams–with my favourites being the purples, OPI Hawaii Lost My Bikini in Molokini and OPI Hawaii Hello Hawaii Ya?. I also really liked OPI Hawaii Go With the Lava Flow and OPI Hawaii Just Lanai-ing Around. Do you have a favourite?