Sunday, January 27, 2013

Retro Sunday Squared - OPI Creme de Menthe

Happy Sunday my lovelies! Dana at Polished Claws Up and I are back today with another edition of Retro Sunday Squared. We're bringing out the big guns today folks - VINTAGE GREEN OPI's!! Ahh! So excited!! Don't forget to check out Dana's post, she is showing off one of the polishes we found dusty hunting together this past summer!

Today I will be sharing with you OPI Creme de Menthe, possibly one of the top 3 most rare OPI greens in existence. This one never pops up on eBay and even through my extensive dusty hunting adventures, I have never seen a bottle of this anywhere. Why is this polish so rare? Because it is from 1989! Yes, 1989 which makes this bottle of polish 24 years old! That is almost as old as I am =) This is by far one of the oldest polishes in my stash. But as old as it is, OPI Creme de Menthe is absolutely gorgeous!  Creme de Menthe was part of OPI's "X" Collection, and not much is known about this collection. It contained other now-VHTF polishes such as Rainforest, Real Teal and Iridescent Opal.

OPI Creme de Menthe is a mint green with gold shimmer. I have seen many near dupes of Creme de Menthe but none of them were ever quite as vibrant or as shimmery as it. You would think that in the 24 years since this polish has been released, someone would have come out with a viable dupe. I know that Lindsay over at Yacking about Lacquer came up with a dupe of it and it was definitely the closest I have seen. But as far as the big retail brands go, I haven't seen anything close. This is a very special polish.

The formula on this one was kind of meh - it was actually kind of thick for an old non-3-free polish. It was a bit streaky and kind of hard to even out. Nonetheless, it is still gorgeous and I can't begrudge a 24 year old polish its formula. I'll thin it out a bit next time but for now, the formula was workable.

Here's 3 coats of OPI Creme de Menthe. I took a boatload of pictures and couldn't decide which ones I liked the best, so here's a bunch! Enjoy =)











Thanks for stopping by today everyone! Don't forget to check out Dana's post!

31 comments:

  1. Be still my crazy beating heart! Ah-MAZ-ing!!!! I hope to one day get my greedy lil hands on this bad boy! That shimmer leaves me speachless! Great swatches!

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  2. OMG it's the same age as me :). And it looks so unique!

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  3. Wow, I was only a year old when this polish came out! And your right, the color is absolutely GORGEOUS - unlike anything I've ever seen before :)

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  4. An oldie but goodie! The perfect shade of green with a stunning gold shimmer! <3 :)

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  5. so crazy that you have it! its sooo old but so gorgeous! wow that is such a great color if i ever lay my eyes on a bottle i'll have to buy it no matter the price

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  6. This is one year older than me! Crazy! This colour is seriously stunning, I wish someone would release a new one that could capture it!

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  7. Wow, this is really old!! It's older than me!
    So cool that OPI were doing such unusual colours back then)

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  8. So jealous!! This one is absolutely stunning!! :)

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  9. Insanely beautiful, congrats on the find!

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  10. This is so gorgeous. What an amazing find. I think it's time OPI did a BiB collection again, lol.

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  11. Gorgeous! They need to do a new one like this!

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  12. O.M.G.!!! This is the most awesome green I've ever seen! I didn't even know about it till now! I LOVELOVELOVE the shimmer!! I'm so jealous right now! :)

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  13. There is a dupe, even more rare: opi celebrity celery from australia exclusive collection. I found it in a dusty a year ago. This collection also had golf course green, which is rainforest dupe.

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  14. WOW, it IS a great colour! Wher the # did you find it??? Big congrats that you did!!! :)

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  15. Holy Sh*t balls this is SO DANG amazing!

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  16. Oh I love it so much, it's such an amazing green, the shimmer is to die for! I also really love all the info about the polish you gave us, I love finding out about old collections and adding more vintage polish to my wishlist. :-)

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  17. O.O OPI needs to re-release this!! I LOVE it!!

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  18. The shimmer makes it look very beautiful! I'm glad you're still blogging, because I started wondering when you were selling so many vintage polishes.

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  19. I swear I found 2 bottle of this when I was dusty hunting but they didn't have labels. Ugh I wish I had bought them. I was 95% sure it was it.

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  20. Wow!!! This is an awesome green! It looks amazing on you!!

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  21. wowza! didn't realize it was that old. eep! def my #1 OPI lemming. it is stunning.. also looking for the Misa dupe!!

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  22. cool! i am a nail blogger and my name is Jacqui too! !

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  23. wow the color is amazing with the shimmer

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  24. A 24 year old polish, now that is the oldest polish I have seen swatched on a blog. You should insure that puppy! It is an absolute stunner! I already thinking it would look great with glitter on top as well. I can not stop with the glitter!

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  25. Love your blog :)
    Much love,
    Wengie
    http://www.wengie.com

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  26. I love OPIs, and this green one is so lovely!
    Happy to be your newest follower :)

    My nail polish blog nails-and-more.blogspot.com

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  27. Loving the colours babe and the electric green. Wish I could grow my nails, they are just too weak. <3

    www.longboardranch.com

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