Chocolate Shake-speare – OPI NL B20

There’s something about the fall that makes me want to wear brown and beige more often. Falling leaves, the chill in the air, the smell of cinnamon cookies and a big cup of hot chocolate. Oh yes, and pumpkins everywhere!

Two days ago I showed you my brown/ivory half moon nails, and today I’d love to share with you another brown manicure. This time it’s plain and simple — one color only: Chocolate Shake-speare by OPI:

Chocolate Shake-speare OPI

This is an oldie. Chocolate Shake-speare was originally released with OPI British collection in the dim and distant year of 2003. I bought mine about 2 months ago, and I think it was once included in the OPI core collection. However, I couldn’t find it in the OPI official color chart, so the brown shade might have been discontinued already.

Chocolate Shake-speare OPI NL B20

Chocolate Shake-speare is a lovely warm brown with subtle golden shimmer. On the picture you see 2 coats over Lumene Gloss & Care base (no top coat).

I wouldn’t wear it very often, this brown shimmer belongs to the group of polishes that I go to when I don’t know what color to choose and I want something simple and unnoticeable.

The polish is neutral and work-appropriate, perhaps a little on the boring side. So not to bore you with it-all-looks-the-same pictures of the polish, I decided to compare it with 2 more OPI brown nail polishes.

In the picture below L-R (daylight):

  1. OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know?
  2. OPI Chocolate Shake-speare
  3. OPI You Don’t Know Jacques
  4. OPI Oh So Glam! (this one is an ivory shimmer)

OPI brown nail polish

Same company, but in the different order (2-3-4-1) and in the sun:

Brown nail polishes OPI

I hope it was a bit more interesting and informative than a regular nail polish swatch. As for the OPI Chocolate Shake-speare, I wore it for 2 days and it behaved decently.

Thank you for reading and see you soon, right? :)

6 Comment

  1. It looks beautiful on you – and the colors on the swatch stick match the scarf/fabric completely!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      yep, that was the idea :) it’s a scarf and I wore it with the polish.
      the only thing i don’t like about OPI Shake-speare is that if I look closer I can see traces of brush strokes because of the shimmery/pearly texture. it’s not that obvious in rl, but still..

  2. I must say that I don’t like this shade. I think I have only one brown that was frankened and almost empty. I don’t usually go for brown items at all, even in clothing. I don’t have a special reason like with greens that I don’t like them it’s like I don’t notice them in the stores.

    1. Mari says: Reply

      I see :) I wear brown polishes, not as often as grey/dark/blue/pink/purple or teal colors, but I do have some items in my wardrobe to match browns with.
      Now I’m curious about that frankened brown nail polish you mentioned, it must be something really beautiful and unique! I wonder what it looks like :)

      1. I have it in this post it’s not that special and my nails are really really short there and I don’t like how they looked.

        1. Mari says: Reply

          Thanks for the link, I like the color :) It reminds me of CG Ingrid (which is a taupe-brown nail polish), and that one I’m looking for.

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