OPI’s Dutch Treats (Amazon, $10-16.95) is a collection of four mini nail polishes from their Holland collection. It’s a fairly eclectic set, including I Have a Herring Problem (deep gray blue with green micro-shimmer), Red Lights Ahead… Where? (coral red cream finish), Kiss Me on My Tulips (bright blue-based fuschia) and Pedal Faster Suzi! (pale pinked lavender with fine white shimmer). Despite how small these are, I found the brushes easy to work with.
I Have a Herring Problem
Easily my personal favorite from this collection, I Have a Herring Problem is not actually the top performer of the bunch. I just adore the color, which is rather unique – a stormy gray teal that actually reminds me of the color of some fish and/or a stormy ocean. This oneapplied very smoothly with no pooling or other issues. The first coat seemed so thin that I worried whether or not two would be enough, but the second coat made it about 95% opaque. It didn’t pool or give me any fuss going on. It wore better than average before chipping for me – 5 to 10 days, depending what I was doing with my hands at the time.
Red Lights Ahead… Where?
Red Lights Ahead… Where? was the top performer for me. It applied very easily, but was more opaque than I Have a Herring Problem. It lasted around 7 days each time I wore it before chipping. The color is very cheerful and bright, but has enough pink and orange in it to flatter skin tones that harsher reds might not.
Kiss Me on My Tulips
Kiss Me on My Tulips seemed thicker than the others and I had more trouble applying it – take a look at my middle finger in the swatch (second one down) and you can see a little area where the brushstroke seems to go off to the side. I just couldn’t seem to get it to go on smoothly. It also had a disappointing wear time of 3-4 days. The color is a soft yet bold shade of pink that’s just barely cool, but should still look good on many skin tones.
Pedal Faster Suzi!
Pedal Faster Suzi! applied well enough, but it was only at about 80% opacity after two coats. You can see the whites of my ring finger showing through particularly well. OPI doesn’t make claims about the opacity of their shades, and sometimes sheerness is desirable so that’s just an FYI, not a criticism. The wear time with this one was about average – 5 days. In the bottle, this shade didn’t excite me, but on my nails it was more interesting than I’d expected. It’s got a definite cool undertone and a lot of silver shimmer.
This is a good collection. There’s some room for improvement in wear time, especially on Kiss Me On My Tulips, but none of the polishes were a total miss, as often happens with collections.