OPI Scotland Collection


With all of the hype around manicures and nail art, this OG brand is still bringing it.

OPI is one of those classing beauty brands that people love but might not know much about. Founded in 1981 by a husband and wife duo, OPI was exclusively available for sale to salons. As the demand for their products increased, the brand began selling directly to consumers and partnering with some heavy hitting companies like Ford and Coca Cola. They were basically doing social media marketing before social media (and even before the internet was opened for public use). 

In the decades since, OPI hasn’t lost steam on their creative collections and Fall 2019 is no exception.

There are the usual culprits of autumnal colors: pumpkin orange, vampy aubergine, and dark steely gray. The collection is rounded out by two beautiful nude shades - a cool light pink and a warmer beige pink. There are also two shades of red, a metallic and a cream, and two blues, a darker metallic and a bright candy shell blue.

I decided to try the more autumnal shades from the Infinite Shine collection. While the regular formula is $10.50 each, the Infinite Shine formula is meant to be longwearing (think at-home gel manicure without the UV) and costs $13 per bottle.


One of the shades was Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green, a beautiful olive shade that I can wear all year round and probably will. The other shades were part of one of the Fall '19 Infinite Shine Mini-Packs ($25 each), which contains five miniature bottles of polish - three shades, a base coat, and a top coat. Honestly, I got it to try Suzi Needs a Loch-smith, a shade of orange that screams pumpkin spice latte more than actual PSLs. The other two shades are A Little Guilt Under the Kilt, a purple so deep that it’s almost a black, and Good Girls Gone Plaid, the metallic red mentioned earlier. 

I won’t tell you which shade of the set ended up being my favorite but it wasn’t the one I expected.

I used a base and top coat that weren’t Infinite Shine, leading to bubbling.

I used a base and top coat that weren’t Infinite Shine, leading to bubbling.


There are a few things I want to note:

  1. I found the Infinite Shine formula is much thicker and harder to control than the traditional formula.

  2. The miniature bottles obviously have small brushes which made application much more frustrating than the full size. 

  3. I did not use the Infinite Shine base and top coat at first and the result was a much more textured nail - bubbles formed (pictured).


All in all, some shades are gorgeous while others are okay. If I learned anything it’s to definitely use the corresponding base and top coat for the Infinite Shine formula. Next on my list? I’m eyeing OPI Grabs the Unicorn by the Horn, a shade that is more summery for some but year-round

The shades in natural light.

The shades in natural light.



Things I’ve Seen in Aber-green

Infinite Shine.


Fall '19 5 Piece Minis

Infinite Shine. Includes a primer and a top coat.



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Cover photo by Daiga Ellaby.

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