o.p.i. summer 2010 colors

O.P.I. is a sponsor for SocialLuxe Lounge this summer and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled.  O.P.I. nail polish is the best nail polish out there.  According to me.  I have some knowledge on the subject as I’ve had my nails painted {fingernails and toes} consistently since Kindergarten.  You think I’m kidding?  I’m the the girl who smuggled Avon lipstick samples in my underwear to circle time so I could makeover the girls in my class.  I sort of wish I were kidding.

Nail polish is very important to me.  Every Saturday night, so I’ll be pretty for church and the coming week, I sit down in front of a movie and give myself a new manicure and pedicure.  I appreciate nail polish that lasts longer than three days.  You wouldn’t think it’s so hard, we can send a man to the moon and all, but we can’t find nail polish that won’t chip.  O.P.I. nail polish can actually last over a week, if I’m careful about it, and that’s really saying something.

I had a marvelous time testing out the newest O.P.I. summer 2010 colors, and I’m happy to say pastels are whats’ hot right now.  Very hot.  Pastel pink, purple, blue, and even pastel green are here for the lovely summer months.  They’re delightful.  Loads of fun.

Normally I wear some variation of a deep red nail polish but lately I’ve been sporting opaque pastels.  I love it; I feel a little bit more youthful with purple on my nails.

Would you like to know the best part about O.P.I. nail polish?  Aside from the fact that it’s beautiful, lasts longer than any other, and comes in a dazzling array of colors?

The names.  Each and every color has a hysterically funny name.  How can you not have a great day when you’re wearing ‘Lucky lucky lavender‘?

Do you wear nail polish?  Are you a red girl or is clear as brave as you get?



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Connie Weiss :

    I really need some extra luck…I’m going to get the lucky, lucky lavender!

    • Petit Elefant :

      It’s so pretty on your hands too, go get some Lucky Lucky!

  2. Stacia :

    I almost remember you with those Avon samples, but I also remember you were the only kindergartener in the wheel parade who rode a ten speed!

    • Petit Elefant :

      How do you REMEMBER these things Stacia? I can barely remember Kindergarten, but I do remember the lipstick! 10 speed? It was guaranteed a hand-me-down from someone older.

    • Petit Elefant :

      I think that might be the best pedicure I’ve EVER SEEN. Are you kidding me?!

  3. Carina :

    I adore OPI. I can’t WAIT to see them represented at SocialLuxe!

    • Petit Elefant :

      You’re going to adore them in the swag even more.

  4. stephenie :

    I am totally a red girl–in varying shades of course. But sometimes I step out and try a funky color like the ones in your post. In summer, you feel like you can do those sorts of things. Heading off this afternoon for a pedicure and might have to go wild!

    • Petit Elefant :


      Go bananas & then come home to tell me about it.

  5. Meg/Brassy Apple :

    LOVE the blue and the green! and the PINK is HOT! :) woo!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Aren’t the blue & green fun? I love them. Love. LOVE.

  6. Stacy :

    I Love, Love, Love O.P.I. as well. My fave of the moment is Parlez-vous OPI? Painting right now. Would you do a post on your manicure process sometime? I hope I haven’t missed it but try as I might I can get 3-4 days at most out of a mani. I need the trick! Thx.

    • Petit Elefant :


      That post is totally in the works. It’s quite the involved process, but it’s worth it in the end!

  7. Jess :

    I live for OPI polish. There’s not another thing I’ll put on my tootsies. My fingernails typically stay untouched because they’re busy getting bumped, broken, and trimmed (ah, the typing dilemma). Living in AZ keeps my feet uncovered for 90% of the year. I’m pretty sure, with the exception of a cute pair of boots or chucks, I’m wearing flip flops. And my toes? They are long and the nails double as canvas’ for elves. My big toe…I won’t even get into it.

    OPI is the best. Pretty much is what I was meaning to say with the rambling.

    • Petit Elefant :


      So glad you’re on the O.P.I. train. It’s marvelous stuff isn’t it? Even in the winter when my feet are bundled 99% of the time? I still feel better if I’m wearing hot nail polish.

  8. Jennifer (Savor) :

    O.P.I is the BEST nail polish! I had a manicure recently (huge discount through mom night out/moms club) and used the blue color that you have in a photo. It was a total risk for me but I love it!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Oh, so glad you love it! I know, sometimes I feel like a bit of a teenager trying out the bright colors but they’re totally fun!

  9. Stacey :

    Normally I only wear reds. I have about a trillion different shades of red in every brand, but occasionally I’ll wear a dark plum, black or dark grey, but mostly reds. I love OPI. It’s one of my favorite brands. I paint my nails ALL the time. Drives my poor hubby crazy. He says he’s losing brain cells from the fumes. haha

    • Petit Elefant :

      My husband complains about the fumes too, but I think over the last 12 years he’s getting a little more used to it. It’s only a sore point now when I paint them in the car.

      {you know I do it, too}

  10. Alix from Modern Kiddo :

    Ms Allison, you get more fun, cute and cool the more I “know” ya. I loooooove fun colors too. I mean, my classic go-to for toesies is the bright red or hot pink dealie. But on my fingers I love to play around. I just bought blue and yellow…i’m an OPI fan too, although I’ve been cheatin’ on ol OPI and have been using that Sally Hanson Quick Dry stuff (it literally dries in 30 seconds, which is great for on-the-go slickin’). Right now my toes are a fright and I’m so glad you reminded me because I best be gettin’ them read for EVO!!!

    • Petit Elefant :


      Yellow is a front I haven’t ventured into yet, but maybe it’s time! Yellow toes & blue nails? Hawt!

  11. Stacey :

    Sally Hansen has a new (to me) salon line. I bought their Commander in Chic and I LOVE it! It’s the perfect amount of grey and purple. For summer I bought a new color of theirs, it’s white with a hint of purple. I can’t get the coats just right so I haven’t worn it yet. But I do love how it looks in the bottle.

    • Petit Elefant :

      Oooh! I haven’t tried that, I’ll have to keep my eye out for it.

  12. jenB :

    “I’m not really a waitress” is a long long time favourite. I just bought four new mini OPIs and the two sparkly topcoats at Sephora.

    • Petit Elefant :

      Me too! It’s a perfect color isn’t it? I won’t lie, I have a purple sparkle OPI I bought at Sephora a couple months ago. Love it.

  13. Vanderbilt Wife :

    I just love the OPI names! I rarely put on nail polish at home, but when I go to the salon I always pick an OPI with a great name. :)

    • Petit Elefant :

      I think it’s a fairly good sign that every salon I’ve ever been to only carries OPI. The names alone make me feel more relaxed!

  14. Lu :

    I am always looking for a good bitch red! These look wonderul.

    • Petit Elefant :

      YES! Totally. They probably have 20 shades of red, which I adore completely.

  15. Marie :

    So excited to get my hands on some of this at EVO this weekend. My toes are ready!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Oh just you wait baby! I have more OPI than you can shake a stick at!

  16. Heather :

    I bout a new bottle last night at the dollar store. 1 dollar and 7 cents. It is a wonder what a little bottle of prettiness can do for a lady!!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Isn’t it though? I think a little lipstick and a little nail polish goes a long way towards healing a woman’s soul.

  17. kimberly :

    my favorite: I’m not really a waitress.

    • Allison :


      I knew it! I thought there was some OPI loving in our history together!

  18. girlsmama :

    OPI is the nail color my salon used in high school. Loved it. I love a good pedicure, but can’t afford it all the time. Would you be willing to do a step by step mani/pedi tut like your eyebrow one??? That would rock.

    • Allison :


      I think if we had more pedicures in the world, we’d be closer to world peace. OPI? Magic.

  19. Ivy :

    What’s the best place to find OPI polish? I know I’ve seen it but I can’t remember where. Help!

    • Allison :


      I buy it anywhere. Target, Walgreens, anywhere that sells nail polish.

  20. Jamie :

    I was a life-long nail biter until 2 months ago when I got a manicure and found the key to stopping was having pretty nails. I am now obsessed with nail polish – I don’t have any OPI but I am going to pick some up now, as I am always having trouble with chipping polish, probably because of so much typing etc.

    • Allison :


      Wear expensive nail polish, it will do the trick. I’m also going to do a post on how to make your manicure last a week, even with obsessive tap tap tapping.

  21. Amy @ The Bitchin' Wives Club :

    Painting my nails used to destroy them… until I found OPI’s Nail Envy. That stuff is amazing! And my favorite color ever (sadly no longer available) was called Lillehammer Lingonberry.

    Second Runner-up: I’m Not Really a Waitress Red.


    • Allison :

      Isn’t it awesome? Love!

      I’m not really a waitress is the best red ever.

  22. SweetNez :

    I’m not very familiar with OPI, but please be aware that most nail polishes have formaldehyde in them. And if you’ve been wearing it everyday for years….Think about it. There are plenty of formaldehyde free brands out there though, in lovely colors. Just a little FYI. :)

    • Allison :

      Thanks SweetNez! I’m cool with it, I probably have more toxins in my body than could fuel a car, but as long as I’m cool with it, it’s all good.

  23. Jasmine :

    I absolutely LOVE your post. =)
    Was wonder what were the name’s of the four pastel colors. They’re simply so bright and dashing!