OPI ‘Muse of Milan’ Fall 2020 Collection – Swatches & Review

I have waxed poetic in many-a blog post over the years about how much I love the fall and that it’s my favorite season. I forever have to live in a place that experiences all 4 seasons because I just need fall in my life. Just pumpkin and apple everything (yes I absolutely love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and I’ll never be ashamed over that), and the weather is cooling down enough for layering but not too cold. Overall it’s just perfect, and honestly it’s too short every year.

One of my favorite parts is always the makeup and nail polish releases. I love some vampy shades on my nails, and fall is the START of those colors and trends, and just gimme all of the deep berries and wines, and oranges.

And OPI delivered! We’ve got a pumpkin orange, a burnt orange, a deep wine cream, a deep teal and blue cream, and some lovely shimmers and interesting finishes. That’s right, today we’re looking at the OPI Fall 2020 collection. This is the Milan collection and OPI says it’s inspired by the vibrant colors, textiles and material trends of Milan’s fashion scenes. They already have my attention.

As always I purchased this whole collection from Polishpick.com, my supplier for all things OPI. They always have the fastest shipping, and the best prices, and you’ve heard me talk about them 19 million times.

We have 12 shades to talk about here, so let’s get into the swatches already.

First up we have ‘Fall-ing For Milan’. This is a warm-toned sandy brown base with gorgeous red-orange shimmer to it. This had a smooth 1st coat with a touch of nail line peeking through, so I added a 2nd. The color deepens up and it’s fully opaque in 2.

OPI – Fall-ing For Milan

That shimmer gives it a lovely warmth, and a lovely glow overall.

OPI – Fall-ing For Milan

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And now into the ORANGES, aka some of my FAVORITES.

First up is ‘Have Your Panettone and Eat it Too’, a bright pumpkin orange cream shade. Again, a more sheer first coat with some nail line peeking through, but a 2nd fully covered and made it opaque. It’s a beautiful and smooth cream formula, and I love the color SO MUCH.

OPI – Have Your Panettone and Eat It Too

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And if you’re looking for the rustier side of orange things, look no further. ‘My Italian is a Little Rusty’ is that perfect burnt orange fall cream shade that we all love, and I certainly can’t get enough of.

This had an absolutely lovely cream formula, and is almost fully opaque in just 1 coat. I added a 2nd as I always do, and it’s just so good. Perfect burnt orange to add to your collection if you don’t have one yet!

OPI – My Italian is a Little Rusty

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Next we go deep with ‘Complimentary Wine’. This is a super deep, vampy wine cream shade. It had an uneven 1st coat, which I do expect at times with such deep shades like this. (You can see the red around the edges that can give you a little bit of an idea that it needs to be built up). But it’s an easy 2 coats and it’s fully smooth.

Definitely be careful with application and cleanup, as such deep red-based shades like this can be a little messy and stain the skin a touch. But I do feel ready to break hearts while wearing it.

OPI – Complimentary Wine

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These next two shades definitely looked more similar in bottle, and they have the same depth but the undertones are completely different and easier to see on the nails.

‘Drama at La Scala’ is warmer and a deep teal shade. This had a lovely formula and can be opaque in 1 thicker coat. If you do thinner coats that 1st one can be more uneven, so it’ll need a 2nd to fully even out. But overall an easy 1-2 coats and super smooth on application.

OPI – Drama at La Scala

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‘Duomo Days, Isola Nights’ is cool-toned and a deeper cobalt blue shade. This had a stunning formula and was easily just 1 coat to be fully opaque. It just glided on and I absolutely loved it.

OPI – Duomo Days, Isola Nights

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Next up we have a couple of more interesting purple shades!

This first one is ‘Galleria Vittorio Violet’ and it’s a light lilac purple base with subtle pink shimmer all throughout. This had a more sheer 1st coat with some nail line still showing. A 2nd coat easily covers and makes it fully opaque.

OPI – Galleria Vittorio Violet

I do wish that pink shimmer was more apparent, as it gets lost on the nails and doesn’t show. If you tease me with shimmer in the bottle, you better deliver dang it. So one .5 negative point there.

OPI – Galleria Vittorio Violet

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‘Leonardos’ Model Color’ is a shimmery purple base with bright orange glitters. This again had a more sheer 1st coat, but it builds up super well with a 2nd coat and is pretty well opaque. I did add a 3rd since I did thinner coats and I wanted to make sure the base was fully built up!

OPI – Leonardo’s Model Color

It’s shimmery and fun, and I love how the glitters contrast with the base.

OPI – Leonardo’s Model Color

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Our last purple is ‘Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails’. This is a dusty lilac base with what looks like red and silver glitters. The glitters here are less shimmery and contrasting, and instead just add more of an interesting, almost mottled look to the color.

Again, a more sheer 1st coat with nail line still showing, but it’s fully opaque in 2 coats. It was super smooth to paint on again, and just goes on super easily.

OPI – Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails

I did love the flecks of different colors, as it gives the overall shade such an interesting look.

OPI – Addio Bad Nails, Ciao Great Nails

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The last cream of the collection is ‘Suzi Talks with Her Hands’. This is a warm-toned medium gray cream. This had a super smooth formula and is opaque in just 1 coat. Absolutely beautiful!

OPI – Suzi Talks with Her Hands

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The last two shades are the more interesting and sparkly shades that I was so intrigued to put onto my nails!

‘OPI Nails the Runway’ is a shimmery, glittery purple toned base with bright blue and orange glitters. It’s almost hard to describe exactly what’s happening, and I’ll just let the photos do the talking! It had a sheer 1st coat, but it’s even so it can be a cool 1 coat nail look depending on your preferences! This is 3 coats built up, so it can be worn on it’s own, and it’s just a smorgasbord of shimmer and color.

OPI – OPI Nails the Runway

Now how would you describe this one?

OPI – OPI Nails the Runway

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And last up we have ‘This Color Hits All the High Notes’. This is a shimmery, pearly base with icy blue shimmer. Another that has a more sheer 1st coat that can be worn as a “1 coat nail look”. I still had nail line and my ridges peeking through after a 2nd, so I added a 3rd and it’s pretty well opaque.

OPI – This Color Hits All the High Notes

Depending on your nails and the lighting, you might still have nail line peeking through after 3 coats, so it’s a more sheer nail look overall. I ended up really loving the look of it on my nails, and especially on longer nails it has an almost ethereal look to it.

OPI – This Color Hits All the High Notes
OPI – This Color Hits All the High Notes

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And that’s the release! Overall some great formulas, and another solid collection from OPI! I loved the different finishes and formulas we had in this release, and I always hope that OPI keeps experimenting with shades. You have some classic cream shades in there as well with gorgeous formulas, so there’s really something for everyone!

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