Fall Favorites: OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty

OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty, 2 coats plus top coat

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiiime of the year…. no, it’s not Christmas yet, but it is FALL!!!!! Although 2020 has been a steaming pile of poo, one of the bright spots has been all the incredible fall and Halloween polishes that have been released this year. Well, not from my wallet’s perspective. Money may not be able to buy happiness, but nail polish and happiness are pretty much the same thing, sooooooo… all the fall polishes, please! I’m hoping to share a few of my favorites with y’all before the other holiday season starts, but with my current schedule of posting every two weeks, we may not fit as many in as in the past. But I would rather go for quality and we are starting off Fall 2020 with a banger! It’s from OPI’s Milan collection, which was pretty much made for me: I ended up getting 11 of the 12 polishes (thank you polishpick.com, no way could I have done that paying full price). This beautiful burnt orange rusty dirt color, My Italian is a Little Rusty, is the first of those 11 polishes I have worn. You guys KNOW I go insane for oranges and while this is definitely brown and not orange, it’s the orangey-ist brown out there and I adore it. The name is definitely a 5/5 too, maybe not specific to Milan but perfect for the hue!

I wore My Italian is a Little Rusty as a full mani, using Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock as my base coat and Holo Taco Glossy Taco as my top coat.

OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty, 1 coat

This polish is a creamy wonder. I did not have to worry about accidentally leaving too much on my brush or anything like that, it almost refused to pool! It goes on like butter and totally covers all visible nail line with just one coat. I don’t think my coats were super even so I did need one more coat to get the color perfected.

OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty, 2 coats

The second coat of My Italian is a Little Rusty goes on just as easily as the first. I did flood my pinky because the brush is just slightly too wide for my little pinky nail and I painted too far over. Despite this being a super rich, pigmented polish I did not notice any inclination to stain the skin during my cleanup. When you buy an OPI, this is the formula you want (and the formula you deserve for that price tag). I can only hope the rest of the Milan polishes are anything like this one!

Left to Right: OPI It’s a Piazza Cake, OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty, Essie Playing Koi

Instead of searching for dupes, I thought I would try to situate this polish for anyone who has not seen it in person by comparing it to other popular burnt orange/brown/red polishes from the falls of yore. My Italian is a Little Rusty is in the middle and of course I had to compare it to my all time favorite, OPI It’s a Piazza Cake, on the left (what’s up with these Italy collections being so good). It’s a Piazza Cake is definitely a true orange, it looks waaaaaay lighter than My Italian is a Little Rusty. To the right we have Essie’s Playing Koi, which is much more red-leaning and also has a squishier formula. I had to do three coats of it versus two coats of the others.

While I didn’t search for dupes, knowing how My Italian is a Little Rusty compares to some of my other fall favorites makes me feel really good about having it in my collection! Shades like this just scream fall to me and I know I’m going to be itching to get it on my digits every year. I don’t know why I didn’t think about this until now, but this polish REALLY looks like pumpkin pie. Mmmmm. Even more reason to love it!

Do you have any fall favorites this year? I feel like we’ve been so spoiled!

xx, Ashley

OPI is not cruelty-free. I purchased this polish from polishpick.com.


2 thoughts on “Fall Favorites: OPI My Italian is a Little Rusty”

    1. Totally get it, I was on the fence with it but ultimately decided it was orangey enough 😀 The name is fantastic, I always love the place-themed OPI collections for the names they come up with!


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