Friday, August 31, 2012

OPI: The Americana set including exclusive shade Hussy

This Labor Day, the federal holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, why not celebrate American beauties…. OPI's Americana set is proudly made in America – and is red, white and blue!

OPI for Merle Norman - Custom-formulated by OPI to help celebrate Merle Norman’s all-American heritage. It features red, white and blue mini OPI Nail Lacquers. The main star is the exclusive Merle Norman OPI Nail Lacquer shade, Hussy — a ravishing red inspired by the world-renowned classic car. The set also includes OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow and Yoga-ta Get this Blue! as well as RapiDry Top Coat. Patriotism has never been more fun. Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios.  SRP:$12.50 to find a Merle Norman Studio near you, visit

The first two shades, Alpine Snow and Yoga-ta Get This Blue! are current OPI shades, but are shades that were new to my collection.

 OPI Alpine Snow
3 coats

OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue!
2 coats

Hussy, however, was new to me since it's an exclusive Merle Norman product. I LOVE THIS COLOR SO MUCH! It's glowy, deep, and could definitely be a one-coater. I went ahead and did two to make sure I had perfect coverage for this shot.

 OPI Hussy
2 coats

I'm a Fiat and VW fan (I had both a 76 VW Beetle and an 85 Pininfarina Fiat Spider in high school) but wasn't familiar with the classic car referred to in the press release, so I did a little research and found this info in another press release about Merle Norman's Hussy collection.

The history of Hussy Collection goes way back the days when Merle Norman’s nephew, J.B. Nethercutt, desperately wanted to purchase a 1934 Packard, of which there were only five in the world, but the owner, John Hussey, refused to sell it to him for any price. J.B. was determined to get it and, as luck would have it, he found one in an abandoned field and bought it.  

Jack Nethercutt, J.B.’s son and the Chairman of Board and President of Merle Norman, restored it to its original condition in 2008, painted it a beautiful red color and named it in honor of the man who owned the car his father wanted. When the name wouldn't fit on the license plate, he shortened it to "Hussy."  

Hussy has been a part of The Nethercutt Collection since 1966 and has won numerous awards at car shows. Jack and wife Helen received numerous requests from women for a lipstick that matched the car's beautiful color. In celebration of Merle Norman’s 80th anniversary, they decided to introduce a line of Hussy-inspired lip colors and an exclusive OPI Nail Lacquer in the same color.

How cool is that story? Love a nail polish named after a car!

Disclosure: This set was provided to me for review purposes.

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Erin CTMom06 said...

Very nice! Hussy reminds me a lot of I'm Not Really a Waitress. Such a lovely shiny red!

chiara said...

My dad has had a 1980 spider 2000 since his 18th birthday...i "inherit" it on my 25th. In an effort to combine my two great loves, i am desperately seeking a polish the same steel blue as its paint! Love finding other car/lacquer hounds. A woman i know had a porsche 911 done in custom paint to match chanel paradoxal! Dream car haha.