OPI Berlin There Done That Swatches & Review

OPI Berlin There Done That Swatches & ReviewCan you tell how enthusiastic I am about the OPI Germany Collection? Haha, here I am showing you yet another colour from it – OPI Berlin There Done That!

This isn’t a colour that I’m normally attracted to, but the polish fairies must’ve waved their wands above my head and blew their magic dust over my eyes because I was really feeling this one.

Probably my intrigue with this shade is because I don’t have many colours in my collection like this since I tend to go for loud shades. This one’s soft, but it’s not boring to me because it seems to look slightly different in various lighting. That’s enough to keep my interest!

It also makes for a wonderful ‘palate cleanser’ when you’ve been wearing tons of bright shades and need to take a break so that you don’t get burned out on them. Then, you can go back to wearing the screaming neons and appreciate them more.

OPI Berlin There Done That Pictures




Natural Light

Berlin There Done That by OPI





Natural Light

OPI Berlin There Done That



OPI Berlin There Done That Swatches

All swatches have:

Sunlight Photos
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Natural Light Photos
Berlin There Done That by OPI Germany Collection Review & Swatches
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(Hmm…none of my natural-light photos of just the thumb turned out…)

Flash Photos
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√ Taupe

Key Notes

OPI Berlin There Done That Review


Berlin There Done That by OPI is a colour that makes me feel very classy. Haha, but I think it’s only because I tend to wear ‘immature’ colours like greens, blues, and yellows. Whenever I sport a more ‘grown-up’ shade, I feel like a lady. I hold my pinkie up when I drink. Haha!

Seriously, though, this shade is more sophisticated than the colours I’m used to wearing. But I still love it when I’m in the right mood. Plus there’s a softness to this greyish taupe that makes it very easy to wear. (I don’t often purposely match my nails to my outfit – sometimes they clash and I don’t care, but it’s interesting how this shade seems to go with a lot of different outfits.)

Sometimes Berlin There Done That looks like a concrete grey. Sometimes it looks like it’s a very delicate taupe. And other times, I can clearly see a purplish grey! Shade shifter!


This is a beautiful creme polish that doesn’t look flat at all. There’s a liveliness to this polish, which I think is hard to achieve because this colour could easily look muddy if done wrong.

Application & Formula

Application was a joy! The polish wasn’t too thin and it wasn’t too thick – just right! And the pigmentation was terrific, too. You just need 2 coats to get full coverage.


  • Sophisticated colour that’s easy to wear
  • Colour seems to shift from taupe to grey to purplish grey
  • Great, easy-to-control formula

  • Not a completely original colour (but…it’s still nice!)

Final Verdict: 8/10

I very seldom wear taupe nail polish. And it’s even rarer when I like a taupe. So, trust me when I say that Berlin There Done That by OPI is a great taupe! I enjoyed wearing it, and I feel like it’s a nice change for me from the typical colours I wear.

What colour do you wear when you want a break from the shades you typically wear? Do you like taupe polishes, or do you think they look too ‘muddy’?


16 thoughts on “OPI Berlin There Done That Swatches & Review

  1. MariJo

    I totally get why you like this one!! It suits your complexion perfectly! I’m not much of a taupe person, mostly because it never looks great on me. When I need a break, I tend to go for dusty shades, grays or light pinks.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      Really? But I can picture you rocking every colour! There have been so many times when I thought a polish wasn’t much in the bottle. Then I saw you swatched it on your blog, and it looks breath-taking. (Please let me know where you found polish fairies…because your photos are always magical!)

  2. Gosia

    Wow, what a color shifter!! I also usually don’t wear taupes, they seem boring to me but i think this one is really interesting!! I especially like the purple look. I might just get it when it comes out!!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gosia!

      The purple is more like a tinge of purple in the taupe in certain lighting. You won’t see the intensity of purple in my flash photos in normal lighting…haha, unless you’re always under camera flashes! 😉

  3. Jessica

    I like taupe polishes a lot–they’re neutral but not boring, and I like their splash of gray since I don’t feel comfortable wearing straight-up brown polish yet. Love the name and the way this creme looks different in different lights, as you described (and you did a great job of capturing that in your pictures!). My Germany collection wishlist just got longer…

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you appreciated my photos. It was a fun lacquer to shoot because it showed me its many personalities.

      I’ll need to look into more taupes. They really make nails look elegant yet sometimes edgy!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cynthia!

      Same here – that touch of purple mixed with the taupe makes it soft and elegant. But at the same time, I feel like it can look edgy depending on what you wear it with.

      Oh, maybe you’ll get more excited about the OPI Germany collection. 🙂 I have yet another review coming up this week. Haha, I’m on a roll. Geez, this week was nearly OPI Week on Swatch And Learn! 😛

  4. Kellie

    How do you get the Seche Vite to not shrink the polish? I have tried putting it on the edge of the tip and even putting it on the underside of the nail and I still get shrinkage every time I use it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kellie!

      Sometimes it depends on the polish – Seche nearly always shrinks ones with jelly finishes, it seems. But for all other polishes, I usually wait a few minutes after my last coat of colour before applying Seche. I know that you’re supposed to use it on wet polish, but I find that’s when it causes the worst shrinkage. When I let the polish dry a little first and then apply Seche, I have the best results. (And, yes, I also wrap my tips – i.e. paint the free edge of my nails for every manicure.) 🙂 Hope this helps and that you have better luck with it.

  5. Marta

    I ADORE beige and taupe shades and this one has my name on it!!! Mary, your nails can rock any color and this truly is a lovely palate cleanser (or a vacation shade- matches with everything).
    PLUS, a tidbit about me: I was by the Berlin wall when it was broken down waaaay back when I was little! I even had a piece of the wall (before they frowned upon taking pieces and chose to SELL them instead). I lost the piece of wall with grafiti on it when we moved to Canada… sigh… now I could have Berlin in a bottle 😉
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      This is such a Marta polish to me. 🙂 And I think it would make for the perfect base for stamping so you can work your magic!

      How cool that you owned part of the Berlin wall! Maybe it’ll turn up when you least expect it. I know that I’ve ‘lost’ a few things, and while tidying up, found them in the most unlikely places.

      (Ugh…capitalism sometimes makes me very sad.)


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