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I don’t care what the haters say, Coca-Cola is my favourite brand in the whole wide world. Not only is it beautiful to behold and a muse to so many great artists, from Andy Warhol to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (who has a Diet Coke butler), but nothing compares to its taste. As billionaire businessman Warren Buffett recently noted in an MBA talk, the reason why Coca-Cola tastes so delicious every time you crack open a can is because, unlike other soft drinks, Coca-Cola is designed to taste like the first sip no matter what number you’re at on your daily Coke can count. “Cola has no taste memory,” mused Buffett. “You can drink one of these [Coca-Colas] at 9, 11, 3 in the afternoon, 5. The one at 5 will taste just as good to you as the one you drank earlier in the morning. You can’t do that with cream soda, root beer, orange, grape, you name it. All of those things accumulate on you. Most foods do. And beverages. You get sick of them after a while… There is no taste memory to cola, and that means that you get people around the world that are heavy users, that will drink five a day… They’ll never do that with other products. So you get this incredible per capita consumption.”
I get a lot of flack for my specific love of Diet Coke and Coke Zero, so I recently came to the brand’s defense in a story called In Defense Of Diet Coke. My argument is far less eccentric than you might think. In Andy Warhol’s 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, the pop artist explained his love of the quintessentially American brand in surprisingly reasonable terms as well: “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
So imagine my happiness yesterday when I found out that OPI is partnering up with the Coca-Cola Company to release a new set of limited edition nail lacquers inspired by my beloved cola brand. Although Coca-Cola by OPI will only launch in June 2014, I’m already losing my mind over the nine new limited edition nail lacquers that pay tribute to some of the most world-renowned brands from the Coca-Cola Company. The individual Coca-Cola by OPI polishes will retail for $10.95, but hardcore Coke fans will clearly opt for the 10 Pack of Style mini pack ($29.95), which includes a set featuring eight shades (Coca-Cola Red, You’re So Vain-illa, Sorry I’m Fizzy Today, Get Cherried Away, My Signature is “DC,” Today I Accomplished Zero, Green on the Runway, and A Grape Affair) in mini bottles along with a mini OPI Top Coat and a mini OPI Original Nail Envy.
I know I’m supposed to use this column to review products I’ve already tried and love, but I can guarantee these nail polishes will rock my world before they each grace my fingertips and toenails because OPI is already one of my go-to nail polish brands. OPI nail polish is long-lasting and chip-resistant, which is great for busy women like me who don’t paint their nails often because of the upkeep commitments. When I do decide to give my nails a dose of high-impact colour for a special occasion, I often invest in an OPI polish because I know I can leave it on for a few days before even the slightest nick cramps my mani style. That said, OPI polishes with a Coca-Cola twist (check out the nine colours below!) will be all the inspiration I need to rock painted nails every day of the week.
Of all the nine Coca-Cola Company-inspired lacquers, I’m most excited for Today I Accomplished Zero (inspired by the glorious objet d’art and zero-cal soft drink extraordinaire, Coke Zero), which is a dramatic black with red sparkles – and not just because I drink about eight cans of Coke Zero a day and it will clearly look like the perfect accessory to my can. My second favourite of the pack is Coca-Cola Red (inspired by Coca-Cola), which is obviously a classic red, followed by My Signature is “DC” (inspired by Diet Coke), a shimmery silver. The other Coke-specific shades include You’re So Vain-illa (a creamy nude inspired by Vanilla Coke), Sorry I’m Fizzy Today (a creamy, smooth pink, also inspired by Vanilla Coke), and Get Cherried Away (a black cherry hue inspired by Cherry Coke). For non-cola drinkers, the line also includes Green on the Runway (a lime green inspired by Sprite), A Grape Affair (a dark, deep purple inspired by Fanta Grape), and Orange You Fantastic! (a bold orange inspired by Fanta Orange).
I normally cringe at the idea of having to paint my toes more often now that sandal season is upon us, but June can’t come fast enough now that my feet can get their own Coke Zero fix via Coca-Cola by OPI. Andy Warhol would approve.
What’s your favourite Coca-Cola by OPI colour going to be? Comment below or tweet us @ViewtheVibe!