So, the last month has seen a very interesting new relationship between nail polish and myself forming. To make matters worse, after almost 28 years on this planet, I have suddenly developed an obsession with pink...which means that there is a wardrobe/accessory overhaul in the works, naturally. However, that is a tale for another time.

I don't know what it is that has released this insatiable need for nail polish in me, but I strongly suspect it has a lot to do with the colours which are now in fashion. They are just so...colourful?! I truly do adore summer colours like yellows, blues, greens, etc. So, of course, I fell in lust with OPI's Euro Centrale collection and have been coveting the Euro Minis set for a while now. And on Thursday, I caved. Being the possible sociopath that I am, I have no regrets.

[Euro Centrale by OPI Mini Set (RM49.90)]
And these are the shades therein:

I don't actually understand how it is possible not to want this set of polishes. It defies logic! If you don't want it, you are a stronger-willed person than I, but possibly also one with worse taste, so it balances out.

I also wanted a decent black polish to enable my current obsession with making everything matte, but they didn't have one. Now, logic would dictate that I simply left without a black shade. Of course not.

[Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees by OPI (RM33)]

I left with an ALMOST black shade called Suzi Skis in the Pyreness [OPI's spelling issues, not mine]. When looked at closely in the light, it has a slightly blue-ish hue, but for those of us who don't walk around with headlamps, it's more or less a shade of black. 

Now, on to the polishes themselves. In general, I love! Quite thoroughly. But I noticed that I had similar shades of blue and purple from China Glaze in my collection and I'll compare the two for reference purposes.

[For Audrey by China Glaze (RM25)]

[Fade into Hue by China Glaze]

 In order for this review to be effective, however, one has to try to ignore the fact that I am simply not coordinated enough to paint my own nails. I'm not manufactured for manual labour of the sort! 

On my right hand (from pinky-thumb): Can't Find My Czechbook [OPI], You're Such a BudaPest [OPI], Suzi's Hungary AGAIN! [OPI], OY-Another Polish Joke! [OPI], Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees [OPI] + OY-Another Polish Joke [OPI]:

On my left hand (from pinky-thumb): For Audrey [China Glaze], Fade into Hue [China Glaze], Suzi's Hungary AGAIN! [OPI], OY-Another Polish Joke! [OPI], Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees [OPI]:

I painted a double coat of polish onto each nail, and they turned out decently opaque, except for the the gold shade since no one should have completely gold, glittery nails anyway. 

 [OY-Another Polish Joke! - 2 Coats]

[Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees - 3 Coats]

I really do need to say this - I DESPISE THIS SHADE! I don't know if I didn't mix it well enough, or it's the consistency of the polish, but I just don't like it. And because I'm too lazy to locate the nail polish remover, I tried putting the sheer gold shade over it:

[Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees - 2 Coats; OY-Another Polish Joke! - 1 Coat]

Definitely an improvement, no? 

[Suzi's Hungary AGAIN! - 2 Coats]

[Can't Find My Czechbook - 2 Coats]

Now, this is a colour I was REALLY excited about trying because it's been lauded as a brilliant "Tiffany's" shade. You know what I'm talking about...the gorgeous turquoise shade of that box which makes you crave jewels that are of truly horrifying quality. And yes...I have succumbed to the need for the perfect Tiffany's shade, and I hunted down THE perfect shade in China Glaze's For Audrey. I fell in love with it through and through, but people like to rain on my parade, so this was a must try as well. As expected, it had a mountain to climb in terms of competing because China Glaze created the shade in honour of Audrey Hepburn's role in Breakfast at Tiffany's. They even have an awesome back story! How can this possible compete?!

[For Audrey - 2 Coats]

Simply put, it can't! The OPI shade is beautiful in its own right, but it is absolutely not the right shade to be a match for what represents Tiffany's. It is simply too blue for that purpose. Comparisons aside, however, I do love the colour quite a lot and they would be lovely complementary colours on alternate nails.

[You're Such a BudaPest - 2 Coats]

[Fade into Hue - 2 Coats]

These colours are similar enough except that the OPI shade is slightly lighter and the China Glaze shade has a touch more blue in it. However, unless you are truly that anal, they are more or less interchangeable. Do I feel bad that I have two interchangeable shades? No! The more the merrier [A theory which does not apply to STDs]!

I believe I mentioned my deifying of the matte state, and this is what has been fulfilling my desires:

[Matte About You by Essie (RM38) ]

And then this happened:

[Suzi Skis in the Pyranees - 2 Coats; Essie's Matte About You - 1 Coat]

As is unbelievably clearly visible, matte coats bring out all the flaws in your manicure in high definition. But the effect is still lovely! The shine you see is purely due to the flash, but I can assure you that it is a true matte in person.

[Suzi Skis in the Pyranees - 3 Coats; OY-Another Polish Joke! - 1 Coat; Essie's Matte About You - 1 Coat]

I love this! As above, it doesn't appear as matte in the picture as it does in person, but this is something I can get behind. I don't particularly like either of these shades on their own, but the trifecta makes the holy grail!

I have yet to test out other matte top coats, but they are on my extensive to do list....shouldn't take too long at the rate things are going!

All polishes except Fade into Hue by China Glaze were acquired from