OPI’s Ger-minis (Amazon)is a collection of four trial size nail polishes from their German collection. The colors are, with one exception, pretty dark. They are Don’t Pretzel My Buttons (beige cream), Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! (deep blackened olive cream), Unfor-greta-bly Blue (deep sapphire with shimmer) and Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs (deep shimmery purple). You’ve got to wonder what somebody gets paid to come up with these names, don’t you?
Being trial sizes, these came with a smaller than average brush, but it was surprisingly easy to work with. For pictures of it, see my post on the Dutch Treats collection – they’re the same.
Don’t Pretzel My Buttons
This one was a throwaway. It just would not apply smoothly, and the issue wasn’t thickness – there was just something about it that made it hard to blend two brushstrokes seamlessly, and you can see this in the above swatch. It’s just as well the wear time was disappointing, too – it started peeling on the third day. The color is an almond beige which turned out to be unflattering on my skin tone, somehow bringing out every iota of redness on my skin.
Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! was the opposite of Don’t Pretzel My Buttons. It applied very smoothly, becoming incredibly opaque with two coats. It lasted 7 to 12 days for me before starting to chip, and it’s very unusual for me to ever get more than 11 days. This was a really interesting color that definitely isn’t quite black, and trying to figure out exactly what it is (exactly the color of a black olive) draws you in. A co-worker of mine obsessed on it, so I let her borrow it – she has slightly deeper and more golden skin tones than I have, and she didn’t like how it looked on her, which was slightly more green. I disagreed and thought it looked good on her, and should look good on many skin tones.
Unfor-greta-bly Blue had a tendency to sheer out in some areas during application, and as a result you can see on my ring finger a paler stripe near the cuticle, then a darker stripe and then another sheerer stripe. It was about 90% opaque after two coats. It lasted for 5-6 days, which is above average for me. It’s a deep sapphire with a hint of teal, which I found to be more flattering to my skin tone than some more definite blues I’ve attempted to wear.
Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs
Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs also didn’t apply as smoothly as I would have liked. It tended to go on patchy, and it wasn’t easy to get two brushstrokes to merge seamlessly. It was totally opaque in two coats and wore for a good 6 days, which is pretty good for me. The color is just a straight up medium purple with shimmer and lots of shine. It retained the shine nicely, too.
This collection was uneven in quality, with one shade I just can’t use and others that performed reasonably well. The lack of smooth application with two of the shades would stop me from recommending this one, however. The best performer by far – and one that got me lots of attention because of the unique color – was Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!