O.P.I Passport to Color Travel Mini Set : Review

by Sub Editor Akanksha on August 22, 2016

in Grade A, Nail Products, Nailpaint, O.P.I, Reviews


Guest review by Surabhi K

Nail paint is like jewellery for the hands. It enhances the fingers and also makes them look nice and elongated. Earlier, I always thought there is no difference between nail enamel which costs 80 rupees and 300 rupees. After trying nail colors from 10 different brands, I realized there IS a difference. I wanted to try more formulas from several brands. O.P.I is known for the best formulas and I wanted to know what the hype was about. But unfortunately, very limited international brands are available in India. My friend was travelling to Hong Kong so I asked him to get me O.P.I nail paints. He got this Passport to Color exclusive travel set.



Packaging : 6 nail paints come in a red cardboard box with the brand name, product name, ingredients, shades description and a few nail art inspirations.  They are mini sized glass bottles with a black screw-on cap and contain 3.75 ml of product. The bottles have no shade names, so you have to refer to the box for it.

Texture : The colors go on smooth in one swipe. The formula is creamy and consistent. It gives a gel nail paint like finish.

Pigmentation : These nail colors are very opaque. They apply beautifully and are extremely pigmented.

T-B cajun shrimph, charged up cherry

Cajun shrimp (left), Charged up cherry (right)

Shades : The collection consists of 6 shades namely :-

Cajun Shrimp : PERFECT CORAL SHADE !! A very pretty shade that’s not neon-ish. This shade is universal and will compliment a wide variety of skin tones. It applies opaque in one single swipe and gives a gel finish. This color may look orange on a few skin tones.

Charged up cherry : A very beautiful hot pink-red.  This shade screams summer. It’s so beautiful and bright. I have so many reds and pinks in my collection but I always go back to this one. The shade is from the Brights range from O.P.I and gives a crème finish. It is very amazing quality and non-patchy. You just need one single swipe and you get world class pigmentation.

T-B tickle me france-y, passion

(L-R) Tickle my France-y, Passion

Tickle my France-y : A very cool toned grayish mauve shade. Absolutely love this one.  This color gives me Kim Kardashian nails. This color is from the classics collection from O.P.I. It is a crème finish nail lacquer.

Passion :  The lightest pale pink I’ve come across. It almost looks like a clear top coat. Passion is a gel based color. You need to layer it up 3-4 times to see the color payoff. It dries down quickly and gives a really nice glossy finish which I really love.

T-B lincoln park after dark, malaga wine

 (L-R) Lincoln park after dark, Malaga wine

Lincoln park after dark : A very deep blackberry purple which almost looks black after two coats. A perfect shade for the fall. It has a great consistency and applies smoothly. It gives a gel finish and comes under classic range of O.P.I.

Malaga Wine : STAR OF THE SET.  It is a purple tone red almost like Sangria. This particular shade will be loved by all – from lightest to deepest skin tone.  You just need to apply one swipe of it and that’s it. It is a perfect festive/bridal shade. It gives a gel finish and is from the classics range.


Pros :

  • Amazing formula/ quality
  • Does not chip for 5 days after application
  • Travel-friendly
  • Great pigmentation, dries quickly
  • The set has a great range of colors 

Cons :

  • Availability
  • Expensive
  • Can stain nails because of intense pigmentation.

Verdict : A 

Price : $ 35  ( I got it for 10 HKD  approx 1000 INR)

Recommendation : It’s the perfect set for someone who likes variety as it contains light & deep shades. My favourite shades from the range have to be CAJUN SHRIMP, CHARGED UP CHERRY and TICKLE MY FRANCE-Y. Let me know what your favourite shades from the collection are.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

vidya August 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Nice color. Loved the review.


surabhi koolwal August 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Thank you so much vidya! :D


Aditi August 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

all the shades are so beautiful! i i had to pick one it’d be tickle my france-y. so understated and chic! love the vampy ones too *_*

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surabhi koolwal August 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

tickle my france-y is my no. 1 favorite from the collection! I am surely getting a full size of it. plus a quick update. i have the nailpaints for 6 days now and no chipping yet!! :D


Nisha@ThePinktrends August 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Even I felt there won’t be much difference in 80 Rs nail paint when compared to 300. Looks like time for me to also try OPI


surabhi koolwal August 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm

if you get chance to visit duty free or find opi in any of the stores do give it a try for sure!! you won’t be disappointed! :D


Disha August 24, 2016 at 12:32 am

Just wow! Soo pretty colors. Absolutely loved the Cajun Shrimp and Charged up cherry! I’m getting confused which one is actually more prettier. :)



surabhi koolwal August 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Get them both ;)
thank you so much.


Chris August 24, 2016 at 9:36 am

O.P.I. is such a great brand. I love the shades Malaga Wine and Lincoln Park.



surabhi koolwal August 24, 2016 at 5:36 pm

yes they look so pretty on nails! *_*


Simran August 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

The shades tickle my france-y and passion look gorgeous! :D


surabhi koolwal August 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

yes,they’re the perfect nudes!!
thank you so much.


Swati August 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

Oh my god! I love all the colors so much! They are right up my alley! Love these!


surabhi koolwal August 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm

definitely,grab them when you get a chance.! :D


Sreeparna Ganguly August 29, 2016 at 11:44 am

Tickle my France-y and Passion looks really nice…


surabhi koolwal August 30, 2016 at 8:19 pm

yes definitely they are :)


Clothes and Creativity August 31, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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