In the world of professional nail care, OPI is clearly the industry leader and one of our favourite nail polish brands. However, OPI got its start in a surprising way.
In 1981, what is now OPI started out as a small dental supply company. As the use of acrylics in the dental industry started to come into its own, OPI switched gears and developed an acrylic system for faux nails.
The company marketed its new product to nail salons and soon realised that acrylic products were a phenomenal hit with clients.
Our favourite OPI nail polish colours:
In 1989, OPI expanded its product line to nail lacquers, gels, and other products. The brand's nail colours are available in many fashion-inspired shades to match any outfit or mood, so here are some of our favourites to help you choose.
OPI Infinite Shine Black Onyx:this OPI black gel nail polish is one of the best we have come across. With a high shine finish and a comfortable gel manicure wear, this deep black gel nail polish is a clear winner.
OPI Nail Lacquer Bubble Bath (Sheer):for a more muted tone,this chip resistant, fast drying formula is a soft pink you will just adore.
OPI Nail Lacquer Malaga Wine:for something a bit more rouge, this rich wine OPI gel nail polish shade will effortlessly coat nails for a glossy finish.
OPI’s most innovative products and formulas:
Why is OPI nail polish so good? Well, OPI’s signature colour-rich nail polishes are easy to apply, fast-drying, long-lasting, and chip-resistant. Additionally, the brand is proud to offer a full line of professional-quality nail care items such as nail treatments, finishing products, grooming tools, mani/pedi products, and acrylics.
For extra cuticle care, try the OPI ProSpa Exfoliating Cuticle Cream, which perfectly preps the nail bed with non-irritating Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
How to apply and remove OPI nail polish:
Want to know how to apply and remove gel nail polish? First, prep the nail bed with hot water and a cuticle scrub. Then, follow with a nail file and scissors and shape your nails. Follow with a base product before you apply your first coat.
In total you should apply 2 coats of polish on top of your base and a top coat. If you’ve ever wondered how long between coats of OPI nail polish you should wait, we recommend waiting two minutes between each coat. For more tips, head to our guide to DIY manicures.
The nail polish removal process has usually involved a lot of acetone soaked cotton balls and aluminum foil. Not any more with the OPI Expert Touch Lint-Free Nail Wipes, which are dry wipes that remove nail polish seamlessly with your favourite nail polish remover.
Are OPI nail colors safe?
Many people want to know if OPI creates non toxic nail polish. OPI is a 3-free brand free of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene.