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September 13, 2006
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For nail polish lovers, the release of any OPI collection is an event. And this latest is especially festive because it marks the California-based company's 25th anniversary lacquering women's tips around the world.

It's also auspicious for another reason. This particular collection is the first to eliminate a chemical ingredient that has been banned in Europe and is targeted by watchdog groups and Prop. 65 advocates in our state. As I reported in The Bee today, OPI is one of three nail polish manufacturers who have or are in the process of removing dibutyl phthalate (or DBP) from its products.

This 25th anniversary collection from OPI is the company's first without the ingredient, which is primarily used to make the polish shiny and chip-resistant.

But more about the colors, which I haven't talked about. The 12 shades, which are the brainchild of Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI's executive vice president and artistic director, are suitable for fall, right into the holiday season. They cover the spectrum of colors, from warm and earthy to opulent jewel tones. Weiss-Fischmann says she drew her inspiration from periods in history: Victorian, Jazz Age, even the crazy '80s.

What every woman in Sacramento wants to know is, what are the "names" of the colors? That's where OPI always shows its creativity. Well, here they are:

1. Who Comes Up With These Names? (toffee brown)
2. Did Someone Say PARTY? (spicy cinnamon)
3. Decades of Shades (trendy brown)
4. OP-I Love This Color! (rich maroon shimmer)
5. Birthday Babe (satiny silver)
6. Happy Anniversary! (glittery silver)
7. Mauve-lous Memories (purple pink)
8. 25 Colorful Years (vibrant red)
9. Quarter of a Cent-Cherry (cherry red)
10. It's a Doozi, Says Suzi (glowing burgundy)
11. All Lacquered Up (brown red)
12. OH... To Be 25 Again! (dark brown)

And, there are three companion lipsticks and lip liners to go with the polishes.

So, happy anniversary OPI, and thanks for making a safer product.

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