OPI Fall 2016 Washington D.C.: The Greens Swatch & Review


If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely adore green and blue nail polish. I go crazy for them. Any time any collection is released or any time I’m looking at a display in a store, 99 out of 100 times I’ll say, “Ooo that’s a pretty color,” as I’m staring down a sparkling emerald or a majestic cobalt blue. So just imagine my reaction when I saw that OPI included two beautiful greens in their recent fall collection. Two greens?!?!? Unheard of. I was feeling very blessed by the polish gods. Things got even better when I saw that one of the Ulta exclusives in the Washington D.C. collection was yet another lovely green. Be still my heart! Of course, all three have made themselves nice and cozy in my collection. Today I’m going to give you an in-depth look at OPI’s three newest greens: Suzi – The First Lady of Nails, Stay Off the Lawn!!, and Front Runner, the Ulta exclusive. I have swatches and a couple of comparisons for you below.

All swatches are shown over Essie’s Ridge-Filling base coat. The top coat I use is Seche Vite.


OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails, 2 coats plus top coat

Suzi – The First Lady of Nails is an olive green. It is more army green leaning, it doesn’t have much of the yellow tones that some olive greens have. I am head-over-heels in love with this color. When I think of fall greens, this is exactly what I’m imagining (I have a coat this color that I wear to death in the cooler months). The great thing about this particular polish is that it isn’t so dark you would mistake it for black.


OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails, 1 coat

The first coat of this polish admittedly does not look promising. It applies a bit sheer, streaky, and patchy. It is easy to work with, it just does not look pretty!


OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails, 2 coats

The second coat swoops in and saves the day, bringing this polish completely opaque! It builds up really nicely and evenly on itself. In the photos, you can see a patch on my middle finger. Somehow I didn’t catch that in person and I’m cringing a little. But look at how shiny it dries on its own! There’s very little difference between the photos with and without top coat.


OPI Stay Off the Lawn!!, 2 coats plus top coat

The second green in the collection, Stay Off the Lawn!! (with two exclamation points, very important), is a blue leaning emerald green. This is right on the edge of being a true teal/blue-green. To my eyes, it is too green to fall into that category, but only just. It is really pretty, probably my favorite of the three! Let’s see how it applies.


OPI Stay Off the Lawn!!, 1 coat

Like Suzi, Stay Off the Lawn!!! is patchy on the first coat. However, it covers much better, though I doubt you could get it opaque in one coat unless you really globbed the polish on. I don’t know why you would want to because with a thin-to-medium coat this polish applies so easily and smoothly.


OPI Stay Off the Lawn!!, 2 coats

One more coat of Stay Off the Lawn!! brings it easily opaque. I found the consistency of this polish to be the thickest of the three greens, but it is by no means a thick polish. It is still simple to apply and is one of those polishes that stays right where you put it; I had no fears of it running or pooling. It’s an excellent polish all around!


OPI Stay Off the Lawn vs. OPI Amazon… Amazoff, 2 coats plus top coat

When I first grabbed Stay Off the Lawn!! it reminded me of Amazon… Amazoff. I decided to compare them for you. SOTL is on my index and pinky fingers while AA is on my middle and ring fingers (the bottle I’m holding is AA). As you can see, SOTL is much greener and a bit darker, while AA hits that true blue-green color. SOTL looks like a true green next to AA. Both are beautiful colors and I think you can happily own both, they are definitely not dupes (the difference is even more apparent in person).


OPI Front Runner, 2 coats plus top coat

OPI Front Runner is one of the Ulta exclusive polishes released with this collection. It is a very dark hunter green that, unfortunately, looks darker on the nail than it does in the bottle. It is a nice shade of green, but it looks almost black. I am a bit disappointed with Front Runner because I wanted it to be more green on the nail, but I do like close-to-black-but-not-black shades during the winter so I’m sure I’ll be happier with it then!


OPI Front Runner, 1 coat

Like the other two, this one is slightly patchy on the first coat and is not completely opaque. It does have the best coverage on one coat out of all of them. The formula was smooth and easy to work with, it had the best formula of the three for me, just a tad thick but still butter smooth.


OPI Front Runner, 2 coats

At two coats, this polish is opaque! Look at the shine without top coat, so glossy and beautiful. I found that this polish, along with being easy to work with, also self-leveled really well. You do not have to be super careful with your application to end up with a nice, even finish. This one might have been my favorite of the bunch if it had just appeared slightly more green in person.


OPI Front Runner vs. OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, 2 coats plus top coat

Front Runner reminded me a bit of Christmas Gone Plaid, so I decided to compare them! FR is on my index finger and pinky. CGP is on my middle and ring fingers and is the bottle I am holding. Compared with CGP, Front Runner looks more like a hunter/forest green. It also looks a lot darker than CGP. In person, the difference is much more stark so if you fancy both of these polishes, you can safely have them both in your collection without worrying about having dupes! Both do have fantastic formulas and are perfect for winter.

Overall, I’m really happy with the two greens in the core of the collection. I don’t think Front Runner is a must-have, it just isn’t unique enough and it doesn’t stand out as green enough to me on the nail. I like it, but I don’t love it, so if you have missed out on it you are fine. I have zero complaints about the formulas on all three, so fantastic and easy to apply!

Have you picked up any of these greens? Are there any other colors from the Washington D.C. collection that you are loving? Let’s chat in the comments!

xx, Ashley

You can visit OPI online here. Front Runner is exclusive to Ulta, where I also purchased the other two.


2 thoughts on “OPI Fall 2016 Washington D.C.: The Greens Swatch & Review”

  1. I love those swatches of greens. If ever interested in selling Front Runner – I’m interested!! 🙂

    I love the shade of geenish black undertones.

    Great posting too!

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