Hey Pretties! It’s finally starting to look and feel like fall here in Switzerland – which I personally love, because it means that we have all kinds of new color collections to play with. One of my favourites of the new season has got to be OPI’s new «Washington DC» nail polish collection.

The clever play on words has led to a new celebrity spokeswoman… or rather a new «creative ambassador»: Actress Kerry Washington not only is the face (or hands?) of the new collection, but also helped create the individual colors.

OPI Fall/Winter 2016: Washington DC, model visual with Kerry Washington

«Suzi (Suzi-Weiss Fischman, OPI’s CEO) is such a fierce female entrepreneur,» said Washington. «This is going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to testing out new colors on the red carpet. The fun, for me, is that nail lives in the crossover space between fashion and beauty. I love to play with nail color on the red carpet and explore new shades.»


Oooh, the drama! I suggest we jump right into the new Washington DC collection, with twelve brand-new colors!

CIA = Color is Awesome (a dusty dark blue), Stay Off the Lawn! (deep green) und Suzi – The First Lady of Nails (and olive-y khaki)…

OPI CIA = Color is Awesome, Stay Off the Lawn! und Suzi – The First Lady of Nails (Fall Collection 2016 Washington DC)

Never a Dulles Moment (curry yellow), Pale to the Chief (a «scandalous» nude… get it?) und Yank My Doodle (creamy brick red):OPI Never a Dulles Moment, Pale to the Chief und Yank My Doodle (OPI Fall 2016 Washington DC)

A very autmn-y color palette, right?

Here are Freedom of Peach (creamy peachy-orange, Squeaker of the House (chocolate brown) und Shh… It’s Top Secret! (a nearly-black dark brown)…
OPI Freedom of Peach, Squeaker of the House und Shh... It's Top Secret! (Fall Collection 2016 Washington DC)

And don’t worry, there are some gorgeous reds in OPI’s Washington DC collecton, too. Or, shall I say: «berry» gorgeous?

Madam President (deep pinky-red), OPI by Popular Vote (cool apple red) und We the Female (dark ruby red):OPI Madame President, OPI by Popular Vote und We the Female (Washington DC Collection 2016)

With OPI here in Switzerland, it’s always a bit of a grab-bag as to which shades they’ll send me to swatch. This time, I got a bunch of very wearable shades (for my pink skin tone), yay!

Straight to the swatching board, in that case!

Yank My Doodle is a brownish orangey-red that I normally never would have steered towards, but now, I’m pleasantly surprised by it:

OPI Yank my Doodle (Washington DC Collection 2016), swatched by Hey Pretty

And then there’s the beautifully named Madame President, which totally might become one of my new fall faves! I haven’t been attracted to deep pinks in a while, but this shade looks surprisingly grown-up:

OPI Madame President (Washington DC Collection 2016), swatched by Hey Pretty

By the way, there’s also a limited-edition additional collection here: Why OPI didn’t just include these three pretty shades in Washington DC, I don’t know… but the «Kerry Washington for OPI» shades are great, too:

Kerry Washington for OPI Limited Edition in Kerry Blossom (deep plum), Liv in the Grey (dark grey with a greenish tinge) und Inside the ISABELLEtway (creamy caramel):

OPI Kerry Blossom, Liv in the Grey und Inside the ISABELLEtway, Washington DC Collection 2016

Of course, these are all very much geared to Kerry Washington’s character in «Scandal» which is quite fun. Still don’t understand the separate Limited Edition run, but I like them!

That’s the lowdown, nail polish groupies! Go out and buy Madame President, okay? We might be doing Hillary a favour, karma-wise…

OPI’s Washington DC Collection is out now, the nail polishes retail for CHF 19.90 in Switzerland, around $8.00 in the USA.OPI Washington DC Fall/Winter 2016 Collection, Image by Hey Pretty Beauty Blog


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