40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Cult Classics
Day 31, OPI's Rainforest by Michelle Mismas from
All Lacquered Up - A Polish Fanatic's Resource
As with any cult classic, it starts with a small group of fanatics and builds from there. When it comes to green nail polish I am most definitely a fan and OPI’s Rainforest is a rock star. Back when the MUA Nail Board was young the original “green queens” included DQ2, Giggles, SpeakerPunk and myself. We were passionate about our love of green polish yet hard pressed to find a truly great shade. And then came Rainforest. It appeared as just a bottle pic on the board but that was all we needed to begin the hunt. Somehow it has snowballed into a phenomenon that can only be outdone by the frenzy Chanel Black Satin caused last year. The only difference, Rainforest has staying power.
Even for girls that aren’t into green polish, this emerald sparkler has become a holy grail and sought after shade. There is something about a genuine jewel tone that draws people in. You imagine matching it to your ring, a bracelet, your sweater, etc. and once you see it on the nail, you fall in love. It is one of the beloved discontinued OPIs that sparked the “dusty hunting” trend; the practice of stalking old (dusty) nail shops in the hopes of discovering a hidden gem. It’s your only hope for avoiding the eBay scalpers and their ridiculous prices. I was fortunate to score my bottle at a local nail shop for only $3. It was used but no less loved.
Unfortunately the history of Rainforest is murky. The collection it came from is unknown. There were hopes that the OPI anniversary book would solve that mystery but alas, we are left to wonder how and when it came to be. If anyone knows the origin story, please share.
Credit: Michelle Mismas