OPI Hong Kong Collection for Spring 2010 Swatches and Review – Part I

Hi all!

I have some exciting stuff to show you today! I’ve got OPI’s Hong Kong Collection for spring 2010. This will be part I since there are 12 total colors in this collection.

The ones I am showing you today (I think) will wind up being my favorites, though I haven’t yet swatched the other ones. I am going by “bottle looks” alone.

Please know that these had to be swatched under indoor lighting yet again. I think I have given up on the sun for the rest of winter, and am just gonna suck it up and have semi-crappy pictures for now! I am just way too far behind on swatching to wait for weekend sun at this point. :)

The formula on these was fairly thick. You definitely have to wait a good 1-2 minutes between coats or it got “globby”. The great thing about the thickness though was that all of these were just two coats (with one exception, which was only one coat!) Peep ’em out!

Bling Dynasty

Bling Dynasty is a yellow/gold with gold shimmer. It does have a sort of “burnt” gold quality to it in my eyes. I thought for sure this was going to look horrible on me, but it wound up being pretty decent, and I liked it! This is the only shimmer of the six I have today.

Dim Sum Plum

Dim Sum Plum is a cool pink/plum creme. This is one of those colors that pretty much always looks great with my skin tone, but I don’t ever fall in love with it because it’s not that interesting to me. Still pretty though.

Hot & Spicy

Hot & Spicy is a coral creme with a bit of a dusty quality to it. This picture does not do it justice, let me tell you! This picture makes it look more orange than it really is. I didn’t expect to like this one, but it wound up being one of my favs here.

Jade Is The New Black

Jade Is The New Black is a dusty jade green creme. Again this picture doesn’t show it correctly. It’s definitely not a grass green, it has a lot of grey in it. Totally beautiful, and no other green I have is a dupe for it.

Suzi Says Feng Shui

Suzi Says Feng Shui is a vivid sky blue creme. This one also has that dusty quality to it, but not as much as Jade Is The New Black does. I love it what can I say, these blues are always fabulous on me and I love them!

Red My Fortune Cookie

Red My Fortune Cookie is a tomato red creme. It’s slightly less orange looking than this pic depicts, but it’s not a “classic red” at all. This one was amazingly opaque, this is just one coat shown here. Despite the fact that it’s yet another OPI red, I liked it more than I thought I would.

Overall I wound up liking more of these than I thought I was going to based on looking at them in the bottles. I knew I was going to like Jade Is The New Black and Suzi Says Feng Shui, but I thought the rest would be “meh”. I was quite surprised by Bling Dynasty, Hot & Spicy and Red My Fortune Cookie, so this set is a winner to me!

Stay tuned for part II of this collection soon.

These will be available online and in stores, I believe, in February.

Which ones have you re-thinking your “no-buy”? :)



  • January 12, 2010

    Jade Is The New Black looks stunning! And Dim Sum Plum and Bling Dynasty too! I am in trouble. 😀

    I am always unsure about medium blues so I am not sure if Suzi Says Feng Shui would work on my skintone (NC15). :(
    .-= Jeanette´s last blog ..The big lemming: Illamasqua Spring 2010 Nail Varnishes =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    Hot and Spicy is so pretty! I normally would not like that but I think it would look good on me, so different! Again, I love the spring collections thus far, none are boring pastels.

  • January 12, 2010

    Thank you for posting this, I’ve wondered when this will show up. I like Jade is the New Black
    .-= TipsToToes´s last blog ..Essie Spring 2010 Preview =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    Hmmmmm Jade is the New Black is gorgeous! Love IT!

  • January 12, 2010

    This is the first OPI collection I have loved in a long long time. Need to get me some Suzy says Feng Shui!
    .-= Lau´s last blog ..The Not-so-Secret Project: Part 1 – FabulouStreet =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    Thanks for posting! I have been waiting for (what seems like) ages to see actual nail swatch photos of this collection! As I had anticipated from looking at the promo images, I am definitely going to have to get Dim Sum Plum, Jade Is The New Black, and Suzi Says Feng Shui. You and I have similar skin tone, so looking at your photos is helpful to me.

  • January 12, 2010

    I like Jade and Suzi. Like. Not love. Maybe I’d wear them in the summer but I’m still crazy for dark colours and kooky finishes.

  • January 12, 2010

    Would you say that these swatch photos are more true-to-life color accurate than your photos?

    • January 12, 2010

      Hi Kelsey,

      Some of them look slightly more accurate (the ones that are in the sun).

  • January 12, 2010

    Jade is the new black and Hot and Spicy are soooo pretty!! Can’t wait to see part 2 !
    .-= Xuan-An´s last blog ..2010 =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    I know you said you have no Jade dupes, but how does it compare to Wandering Vine from the new Orly collection? I just got it and haven’t even worn it yet, but now I’m thinking I like this one better! I’m also curious to how Hot & Spicy compares to the bright coral from the China Glaze Up and Away collection. I’m pretty sure I don’t need them both.

  • January 12, 2010

    Usually I buy three OPI from the collections that I really like. So far I’m only loving Jade Is The New Black and Suzi Says Feng Shui. I’ve got what must seem like a million bright, candy reds at home, so I think I’ll pass on Red My Fortune Cookie. I can’t wait to see the second half of your swatches!
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..A Quick Note: Broken Pictures =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    OOOWEEE i knew i would love jade but the others all look like winners! i think i might have to get more of these than i was planning on 😀

  • January 12, 2010

    I love Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Dim Sum Plum. I’m looking forward to seeing part 2 of the collection. Thanks for the swatches, Kelly.

  • January 12, 2010

    Well im not on a no-buy (i have no self control) but i must have jade and suzi. I dont have many greens, and only one blue thats not a dark – so these will fit into my stash verrry well. I got a check from my dad for christmas ($125) and i do believe i’ll be setting it aside for nail polish purchases only :) there are so many great collex coming out for spring!

  • January 12, 2010

    Great swatches! This collection is great. I love the Plum & the Feng Shui Blue & the Hot & Spicy. The red is great, but I have a million. If I get any, it will probably be the blue & the Hot & Spicy because they are different than things I have. I have Essie Shelter Island, but I think the Feng Shui blue is more vivid & different enough. Plus, it looks more opaque, which I like in a creme.

  • January 12, 2010

    All of these could break my no-buy. I can never resist an OPI coral, or green, or blue…ha, ha. I even like the red one. With this and the China Glaze Up and Away my no-buy won’t last through February. I was good last summer/fall though, made it almost 4 months, so I won’t feel too bad about getting some of these.

  • January 12, 2010

    YAY! I’m so glad you swatched these already! I’ve been dyyying for more pictures of this collection. I’m sold on all of them but Bling Dynasty– golds don’t seem to ever look good on me, but it does look nice on you, so maybe I’ll keep thinking about it. And a one-coat OPI red? Definitely count me in.

  • January 12, 2010

    I love, love, love, dim sum plum. This one is definitely on my must haves list!
    .-= rachel´s last blog ..mac in lilly land has arrived! =-.

  • January 12, 2010
    Jenny R.

    Thank you for posting this! I was wondering what OPI was doing for spring!

  • January 12, 2010

    LOVE Jade!
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Why You Should Always Go After a Lemming =-.

  • January 12, 2010
    Katy M

    Thanks for the beautiful swatches. Loving creams lately and need the blue, green and maybe the red, too.

  • January 12, 2010

    Thank you so much for posting these! I really need Jade, Suzi and DSP!! But the others are very pretty too! Ooooh..

    Don’t think you’re pictures are (semi)crappy due to lack of sun, still think they’re great :)
    .-= Daph´s last blog ..Your Toxic Gun Slipping Under… Toxic Seduction! =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    I wanted Hot & Spicy now I´m not sure if I´d buy it or China glaze Peachy keen or Essie Tart deco (after somebody swatch it).
    Bling Dynasty is too warm toned for me. I´d like to buy Red My Fortune Cookie but I have Illamasqua Ruthless. I do like greens but they don´t suit me as well as blues. Cannot wait for second part.
    .-= Day´s last blog ..OPI Catherine The Grape =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    I am SO EXCITED you posted these!!! I love ALL of them! Between this collection (I can’t wait to see the rest) and CG UP & Away I am going to have a lot more polishes!

  • January 12, 2010

    Hot & Spicy and Jade is the New Black are love! Want them right now :)
    .-= Yaya´s last blog ..Talk It Out Tuesday – Shopping Partners =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    Hi! I have visited your blog spot many of times but it’s the first time I comment. I think you do an amazing job with your labor of love! Thank you for that.

    I love this collection, very nice. So far i think i want them all except the gold.
    Also, do you happen to know when etailers like 8ty8 etc. will have the CG Up & Away Collection?

    • January 12, 2010

      Hi stubby,

      Thanks! Actually Transdesign just put Up & Away on their site!!

  • January 12, 2010

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to see part 2. So far I like all of them except bling dynasty, I don’t think it would look well with my skin tone. Thanks kelly for featuring opi two days in a row. It’s my favorite brand.

  • January 12, 2010

    OMG This is my first look at these and I’m really loving the Jade Green and that dusty blue, but I don’t think the blue it will look good on my skin.

  • January 12, 2010

    First and foremost, your pictures are NOT crappy even in indoor lighting! Secondly… I’m going to be broke this Spring from buying so many beauty products, particularly nail polish! Love them all except for Dim Sum Plum; reminds of the berry one from the Espana collection (think it was called Ate Berries in the Canaries). Anyways, can’t wait to see the rest of the collection!!!

  • January 12, 2010

    These colours are great, I especially like Bling Dynasty and Dim Sum Plum. Can’t wait for this collection to come out!
    .-= SoVeryFabulous´s last blog ..MAC in Lillyland Haul and Swatches =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    So far I know for sure I am getting: Hot & Spicy, Jade is the new black & Suzi Says Feng Shui! WOO HOO! There goes by no-buy hahahaha

  • January 12, 2010

    I’m a sucker for greens and blues so definitely Jade and Suzi. Jade looks gorgeous!

  • January 12, 2010

    I am happy to say that none of these colors have me rethinking my no buy.

    Although Dim Sum Plum is really pretty… sigh
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..2010 Resolution Suggestions =-.

  • January 13, 2010

    oh wow. so many of these are going to make my bank account sad! good thing my student loan comes through in the next few weeks, haha! i am loving the greens and blues that are coming out for spring!

  • January 13, 2010

    I love that your swatches help me make better choices to buy — from the bottle p ics, I had figured I would need Dim Sum Plum and pass on Hot and Spicy, but looking at the swatches, I see it’s exactly the opposite. I am also definitely going to get the gold, blue, and green, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the swatches! Thanks so much for all your work in making the swatches so beautiful!

  • January 13, 2010

    Thank you for the swatches. I can’t wait for part 2!
    .-= Marina(Makeup4all)´s last blog ..Would You Get a Chanel Tattoo? =-.

  • January 13, 2010

    I love Hot & Spicy. I’m not usually into orange, but it’s amazing. Everytime I see it, I want it more and more. I also like the blue and green. Yay for dusty colors! I had read on Lackoholic that these polishes had a weird smell, but did you notice that with your bottles?

  • January 13, 2010

    I’d have to say that I’m in love with Bling Dynasty and Hot and Spicy, right off the bat. I think OPI has some of my favorite corals! I’ll be picking up several of these for sure.
    .-= Niki´s last blog ..China Glaze Wizard Of Ooh Ahz =-.

  • January 14, 2010

    Not really a fan of this collection, but Hot & Spicy looks nice.
    .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..DDD: Veelsieraden.nl winactie! =-.

  • January 14, 2010

    Jade is the new black is so gonna have to be mine! GREEN!!!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Shopping and my short nails =-.

  • January 15, 2010

    Hot & Spicy & Jade is the New Black are my favorites right now.
    .-= Mary Clark´s last blog ..Benefit Coralista, Peachy Please! =-.

  • January 17, 2010

    Wauw, they’re amazing! I want them!

  • January 18, 2010

    Wow! These are AMAZING! I want them all (well, except for Bling Dynasty)! I’ve never been on your website before, but I really like your swatches. Thank you for posting them. :)