OPI Holiday Wishes for Winter 2009 Swatches and Review – Part I

Hey there!

Today I will be showing you the first half of my swatches of OPI’s new winter 2009 collection called Holiday Wishes.

Holiday Wishes is comprised of a lot of reds, and then quite a few interesting colors that I wouldn’t normally think OPI would do. The finishes are super cool and different on a lot of them.

As far as formula, these are all on the thicker side, but also nice and opaque in just two coats for most. Let’s take a peek!

OPI Ginger Bells!
Ginger Bells!

Ginger Bells! is a, um, ginger colored creme? Don’t know how else to describe it! Kind of gingerbread cookie-esque. I actually really didn’t like it until the third coat, and I still kind of think it’s just meh. Maybe it just doesn’t look good on me. As I said, this was three coats.

OPI Comet Loves Cupid
Comet Loves Cupid

Comet Loves Cupid is a pinkish/red creme. This is pretty, very flattering on my pale skin, but it doesn’t say “holiday” to me it says “spring” somehow. This was two coats.

OPI Crimson Carol
Crimson Carol

Crimson Carol is a medium red jelly with red glitter. This most certainly looks like the holidays to me and I like it. This was two coats.

OPI Dear Santa
Dear Santa

Dear Santa is Crimson Carol’s older, darker sister. She is more of a raspberry red jelly with glitter. This was two coats.

OPI Meet & Jingle
Meet & Jingle

Meet & Jingle is a medium red shimmer. This one didn’t send shivers down my spine for originality, but it is still a pretty color. This was two coats.

OPI Glove You So Much!
Glove You So Much!

Glove You So Much! is a deep burgundy/red shimmer, and it’s my favorite of all these here. This is vampy, shimmery, and it glows! This was two coats.

I will reserve judgement about this collection until I have swatched the other six colors. I wish I already had them for you tomorrow, but alas, the weather here has finally turned grey and dark, so I am having a hard time getting accurate swatches. I must do something about my indoor lighting situation ASAP!

What do you guys think about these so far, any takers?

These are available in stores and online now!



  • October 15, 2009

    I really like Ginger Bells and am dying to get my hands on it. :)
    .-= Smoochiefrog´s last blog ..Dream vs. Reality =-.

    • October 15, 2009

      Hi Smoochiefrog,

      It is a unique color isn’t it? :)

  • October 15, 2009

    I love Ginger Bells, the rest are a lot of reds, pretty reds but why so many? I hope there are more non-reds.

  • October 15, 2009

    I can’t wait to get some but it’s actualy the ones you haven’t swatched yet!

  • October 15, 2009

    I’ve ordered Ginger Bells, Shim-Merry Chic, Holiday Glow, and Merry Midnight. I think I might go back for Glove You So Much. I’m supposed to get them in the mail today; I can’t wait!! I love your swatches; your nails are around the same length as mine, so I can get a better feel for how it will actually look on me (except I’m black, but that’s not the point!!!). Thanks, I really love your blog.

  • October 15, 2009

    I see you have a boo boo on your finger. Hope it wasn’t anything serious!

    Love the work as usual.

  • October 15, 2009

    Not impressed. Especially compared to their glorious matte and satin fall collections.

  • October 15, 2009

    MEH on all of them. I think that the discontinuation of La Boheme was the cardinal sin of OPI… they should bring it back. It was the best color ever ever ever. But, if I had to choose… Glove You So Much!… not bad.
    .-= Di´s last blog ..All I Want… Right Now =-.

  • October 15, 2009

    I agree — a few too many reds. I mean, you gotta have red at the holidays, but do you need that many in a single collection? I’m going to get Smitten with Mittens, Merry Midnight, Shimmery Chic, and Holiday Glow for sure. The last three seem pretty unique, and I’m also thinking about Ginger Bells, which is also unique. I’m just not sure yet that it’s unique in a good way.

  • October 16, 2009

    Hi Kelly:

    Your right I am surprised that OPI has too many reds. Of them all here, “Comet Love Cupid” is a very pretty red color and looks fabulous with your skin tone. My favorite is the same as yours, “Glove you so much, I love that, “deep dark burgundy/red shimmer” and “Ginger Bells” should have been called “Carmel Apple” because it so reminds me of those home caramels when heated up and apples dipped in Carmel candy. Just my opinion because ginger bread cookies to me would be lighter in color, LOL Nevertheless Kelly, your nails are always so beautiful and gorgeous all of these shades look good on you, all very pretty and beautiful.

    I would most likely choose “Glove… and “Ginger… because of their uniqueness. “Ginger…seems to grow on me now and might be good for a trip to an “amusement park.” Have a great weekend.

    (((((Love Kelly)))))

    Mc Huggs :)
    .-= Mc Huggs :)´s last blog ..Project Runway Season Six: Episode Eight =-.

  • October 16, 2009

    I don’t look good in reds – makes my skin look very yellow, so I am always sad when there are so many reds that I can’t really wear. I’m interested in Ginger Bells – it’s the kind of weird yellow-brown that I can rock. I can’t wait to see your other swatches. I’m dying to get my hands on some of those!! Do you know when they’re going to be available to buy?

    • October 16, 2009

      Hi yourhermione,

      They are available now (I mentioned this at the bottom of the post ) :)

  • October 16, 2009

    aww, you have boo boo on your finger. I actually like you sportin the ginger bells. it looks good on you.

  • October 16, 2009

    I had Ginger Bells on my nails almost whole week (6 days without chiping) and I really loved it! It is such a unique colour but I think that you can only love it or hate it nothing between :-). My friend call it seriously ugly…
    I have also Glov You So Much (helo china glaze short and sassy), Merry Midnight and Holiday Glow waiting on my stash.
    .-= Day´s last blog ..OPI Holiday wishes =-.

  • October 16, 2009

    I wonder how much Glove You So Much looks like the raspberry polish from the new Nubar truffles collection….

    Got to say, there’s nothing new or unique there. All pretty enough but definitely something for people who don’t haul polish on a regular basis.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..OPI Russian Navy =-.

    • October 16, 2009

      Hi Helen,

      I saw Scrangie’s swatches of those and wanted to DIE they are so amazing! I don’t think Glove You So Much is going to be a lot like it actually. Nubar’s looks totally amazing!

  • October 16, 2009

    So far I like Ginger Bells. The rest just look like shades I already have. At first I couldn’t wait till they were available. I’m glad I’m waiting to see these a few times.

  • October 17, 2009

    I LOVE Ginger Bells!!
    May have to go get me a bottle now!
    Thanks for the blog xx

  • October 17, 2009

    Comet Loves Cupid is so pretty – I love bright reds! I agree with you that it looks more like a spring/summer color, but a nice polish is a nice polish!
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..My New Makeup Best Friends, from M.A.C. DSquared =-.

  • October 18, 2009

    I just discovered Vampy Varnish and i’m sooo glad you’re here. With $$$ being tight these days it’s so great to have a resource like this where i can test drive the latest polishes without dishing out the dough. I just want u to know what a great job you’re doing and what a service this is to the everyday diva with a less than overflowing pocketbook 😉 you’ve helped me come to terms with doing my weekly mani-pedis at home and not in the salon.
    i just picked up a bottle of opi suede suzi skies the pyrenees thanks to your review and it was well worth the money. it looks just like it did in your pics and i probably would have had to go through 10 polishes on my own before finding one i liked as much as this one. you’ve taken the legwork and the wasted cash out of beautiful nails! Thank You!!!

  • October 18, 2009

    Love the collection! Ginger Bells is definitely my favorite – & looks great with olive skin!

  • October 19, 2009

    ginger colored cream certainly sounds like the perfect description!
    .-= yaya´s last blog ..Nail Challenge – Continued =-.

  • October 19, 2009

    There are some of these that I’m definitely going to buy. Ginger Bells! and Glove You So Much! are two of them, but I can definitely wait on Meet & Jingle and Comet Loves Cupid. The other two I have slightly mixed feelings about.
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..Color of the Week: Hot Chili Christmas =-.