Wondering what’s going on behind nail products brand OPI? Simple. Just ask. VIBE Vixen decided to get the basics and some trend knowledge about one of the most popular nail lacquers on shelves. From the unique names of each bottle to the their latest Kardashian collection, we’ve learned why OPI is, indeed, a must-have in every Vixen’s beauty bag. -Niki McGloster
Who is the creative mind that comes up with the names?
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director, is the creative force behind every color created. There is a team of six employees from different departments at OPI, including Weiss-Fischmann, who go behind closed doors for 6-8 hours to brainstorm and decide upon new names for the lacquers.
What has been the highest selling OPI?
OPI’s bestselling nail lacquers include cult classics like I’m Not Really a Waitress, Lincoln Park After Dark, and You Don’t Know Jacques!
For the Fall, which top three OPI shades should women wear?
I recommend wearing deeper neutral hues like grey and khaki with a bold pop of red, coral or pink. Red, especially, as this color appearing as an accent shade in both fashion and décor. I recommend Color to Diner For from OPI’s Touring America collection for Fall/Winter 2011 when trying this trend. For the winter-hued neutrals, I suggest A-Taupe the Space Needle and French Quarter for Your Thoughts.
Which celebrity shades were the most successful?
OPI kicked off 2011 with partnerships with Katy Perry and Serena Williams, while Nicole by OPI brought Justin Bieber-inspired shades to fans. All of these celebrity collaborations have been very successful; the Bieber-inspired One Less Lonely Girl collection sold over one million bottles in just six weeks, while Katy’s promotion brought OPI to the forefront of the music and Hollywood scenes. Meanwhile, Serena’s desire to become a licensed nail technician brought her lacquers to millions of viewers on Oprah. Now, Nicole by OPI is about to launch a new collection with the Kardashian family, which has already generated a lot of buzz and excitement.
What was it like working closely with the Kardashians to create their nail polish collection?
Working with the Kardashians for the Nicole by OPI collection was very exciting. Each of the women in the family have such distinct personalities and are really passionate about fashion and color, which allowed us to create a fun, diverse collection of lacquers that will appeal to women of all ages.
Which sister had the most input?
Nicole by OPI created 2-3 lacquers for each woman in the family, so they were all able to give us input on their favorite colors and textures, to create hues that represented them best.
What’s the difference between Nicole by OPI and the original OPI line?
OPI is a professional brand, meaning that product is only sold in salons. Nicole by OPI is a mass market brand and available at retailers such as Target, Walmart and Walgreens.
What nail trends should women pay attention to during the cold months?
Nail art continues to be a huge trend for fall; to get instant nail art, I recommend using OPI Shatter for a crackled, two-texture finish. I’m especially loving Silver Shatter and Gold Shatter for a metallic, glittery effect, which is perfect for the holiday season. As I mentioned earlier, spring/summer nude hues have graduated to deeper neutrals for fall/winter, set off by a highly-pigmented red or pink. Nails are also being worn longer, with a pointed oval shape for fall.
Also, two-toned nails are a big trend, as seen by Kaley Cuoco at this year’s EMMY’s. She wore OPI nail lacquer in Over the Taupe on all fingers except the two ring ones; those were painted with Big Apple Red. My personal favorite for fall is Get in the Expresso Lane with half moons or tips painted in French Quarter for Your Thoughts. This color combination is classic, but with an edge.