OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Swatches & Review

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Swatches & ReviewOPI Just Lanai-ing Around from the Hawaii Collection was like a Jack-in-the-Pineapple-Box for me because, in the bottle, I felt ambivalent about it.

Then, I put it on my nails, and fell in love with it because it’s such a casual, easy-to-wear mauve that’s muted.

Yeah, “I like to mauve it, mauve it!” (Hehe, I couldn’t resist the pun and reference to that song.) 😉

With that ‘Granny Chic’ vibe, it’s certainly a colour that appeals to people of all ages, and it’s easy to see why – OPI Just Lanai-ing Around is timeless like a Chanel handbag.

I also imagine that this colour is very flattering on a wide variety of skin tones, which gets major thumbs up!

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OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Swatch

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OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Swatches & Review

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Just Lanai-ing Around by OPI Hawaii Collection

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Review & Swatch

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Just Lanai-ing Around OPI Hawaii Collection Swatches


  • Dark creamy mauve (Yes)

Key Notes

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Review


Mauve is like pink’s sophisticated older sister. I can see this creating a classy pop of colour to a neutral outfit.

It’s one of those polishes that is so easy-going, the bottle should be catching some rays while lying in a hammock!

If any of you want to wear more colour without going too bright, I think you’ll really enjoy wearing Just Lanai-ing Around by OPI. And, if you’re like me and you live in bold (and sometimes tacky) nail polish because it makes your heart race, you’ll find that Just Lanai-ing Around is a lovely change of pace.

I had no idea that I liked mauve at all. But, sometimes it takes that one polish to make you rethink the colour wheel. This did it for me. Now I’m curious about other mauve nail polishes that I turned a prejudiced blind eye to before.

This is what some could call a ‘Grandma Chic’ shade. It makes sense. As we grow older, hopefully we mature and become wiser. Looks like grandmas know a good nail-polish colour when they see one. 😉


For the most part, Just Lanai-ing Around by OPI has a creme finish, but if you look very closely, you’ll notice sparse, fine silvery shimmer.

On the nail, it’s not extremely noticeable to the naked eye. It just helps the overall appearance seem not so flat like some cremes can be. Of course, in the photos on my blog that are blown up larger than life, you can see the shimmer more easily. (The shimmer is a little subtle surprise for the wearer.)

Application & Formula

Just Lanai-ing Around by OPI applied very easily. It was pigmented and smooth, so I only needed to use two coats to reach full opacity. And since the formula is creamy, it’s easy to control with the brush. (It has one of the better formulas in the collection. Not thick and not runny.)


  • Easy-to-wear ‘Grandma Chic’ mauve
  • Smooth formula
  • Needs only 2 coats to reach full opacity
  • Fine subtle silvery shimmer (Little surprise for the wearer – Can be a Con for some.)


  • Fine subtle silvery shimmer that is mainly seen only by the wearer (Can be a Pro for some.)

Final Verdict: 9/10

Even if you don’t normally like mauves, I urge you to give Just Lanai-ing Around by OPI a shot. It just may surprise you!

P.S. Stay tuned all this week because I’ll be bringing you more in-depth reviews on other OPI Hawaii Collection shades! 🙂

Which is your favourite OPI Hawaii Collection colour so far? Can you believe that the official launch for the collection is right around the corner? (February 4th is almost here!) What polish have you worn that surprised you?


18 thoughts on “OPI Just Lanai-ing Around Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    I’m not a big fan of pink or mauve, but I have to admit, this one’s got my attention. I like the shimmer factor. I might have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Cuti-CLUE-les!

      Thank you very much! Seeing in the bottle was just okay. I didn’t think it would be flattering on me until I tried it on! 🙂 Love it!

  2. ashley

    your swatches and review are beautiful, as always! but… man… i can’t. i just can’t get over the granny color. LOL my loss, i’m sure. just can’t get past that whole idk it reminds me of late 80’s and i got this set of cheap nail polish for xmas. they were all slightly different variations of this color (in my memory).. so sorry, OPI 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      Haha, that’s okay. We don’t have to love the same colours! That’s the beauty of being a nailphile. Each one is different, and we can respect each other without being the SAME as each other.

      You say that it has a 1980s feel to it. Maybe that’s why I like it. I was a little kid in the 80s, and I have so many great memories during that time. Who knows? Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to this granny-chic shade.


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