Review of OPI Vampsterdam by Audralee27
I've been purchasing & wearing OPI nail lacquers & products since the early 1990's, before OPI went 3 free & although I read alot of nail reviews online & then I always refer to this website lastly before I decide upon purchasing a particular lacquer, it always comes down to what my heart tells me at the end. As cliche & simplified as that sounds, it's helped me immensely in life w/ a plethora of issues from the small ones we all face in life to the large ones, this has always been my belief. Although I like to read reviews on nail lacquers online before purchasing, I always go w/ my heart at the end & well if I like it, I'll buy it, no questions asked, but I do like to read all the details & I'll buy a nail lacquer even if it doesn't get the best reviews. I like to know what people think & how a product's success is based on reviews b/c I'm the type of person that likes to know all about a product before purchasing it. That being said, I was shocked to see the low lippies & reviews OPI's Vampsterdam received. I was so shocked at this lacquer's low rating that I felt compelled to write a review.
OPI'S Vampsterdam is one of the twelve latest shades to come out of their newest HOLLAND collection.I think this collection is really something as I base collections on many things, the biggest one being if I either want to or do own a majority of the lacquers in that particular collection. OPI'S HOLLAND collection ended up being a collection that I own more than half of the collection, eight to be exact so that's just one major & obvious reason why I give this collection high praises. On to VAMPSTERDAM: First off, OPI never disappoints w/ the creative names they give their lacquers & I love the name of this lacquer. In fact, there's a lot of catchy & creative names in this collection. The name Vampsterdam is catchy & this lacquer is really something, in fact it ended up being my favorite lacquer in the collection. I would best describe this shade as an iced plum/raisin shimmer, leaning more towards raisin than plum tones. There are subtle gold undertones throughout the lacquer to give this shade an elegant & sophisticated look. This shade reminds me of OPI'S YES...I CAN-CAN & LINCOLN PARK AT MIDNIGHT, but it has more gold undertones in it than the other two.
Vampsterdam reminds me of the nail lacquer's that OPI produced & came out w/ in the 90's. I don't mean that this lacquer is outdated or unstylish by any fashion, but rather quite contrary. This lacquer's ultra stylish, mod, chic yet elegant & sophisticated all at the same time. This lacquer has a lot of depth to it. OPI used to produce a lot of these style shades in the 90's & OPI Vampsterdam is reminiscent of that time. Although this shade, like all shades, looks different on everyone, this shade is one that can be complimentary to many skin tones. I didn't find any problems when applying, but I always use OPI's Natural Base Coat first, then I apply two coats of Vampsterdam. I typically apply more than one coat w/ my nail lacquers & I found two coats to do the trick. The formula was fantastic & applied smoothly & flawlessly for me. I can see this shade looking exceptionally well on someone w/ gold undertones as the gold in this shade really "pops" for a magnificent look. I could also see this shade looking good w/ a tan due to the gold pigment in the lacquer. I know this is a shade that would be expected to be worn in the fall & more warm months, but again due to the gold undertones & this being a raisin/plum shimmer, this really could work w/ a tan in the summer. I had initially thought this shade should've gone w/ a collection that was set to come out in colder months, but I've recently changed my mind. The other shades in the Holland collection are definitely what you'd expect to be in a spring collection from OPI w/ lots of cremes & shimmers. The shimmer in Vampsterdam is not so evident indoors, but outside, whoa! This shade looks stunning! It also does inside, but the gold really pops in the sun! I'm looking forward to trying this shade in the summer w/ a tan as I have medium skin w/ gold undertones. Again, please don't be put off by the low reviews b/c I don't want any girl out there to miss out on a really exquisite shade that'll look beautiful on their nails. The other shades in this collection are worth looking at as there's alot of fabulous shades for the upcoming warmer months ahead. Vampsterdam gets 5 lippies from me! :) I would most definitely purchase this lacquer again & again! Love it! :) Beautiful nails girls! :)