OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! Swatches & Review

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam Swatches & ReviewLife can be quite the pitcher. And some people seem to constantly get thrown crazy curve balls that make them strike out and feel frustrated.

Instead of giving up, sometimes you just have to learn how to let some things roll off your back. As gross as the saying sounds, you need to develop thicker skin or you’ll risk getting emotional wounded at the drop of a hat.

OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! from the new OPI Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012 not only has a funny name that’ll make you smile, but it also serves as a great reminder that when life hands you lemons, be glad that you’re not a lobster!

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Key Notes

  • Name: OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!
  • Collection: OPI Holland Collection (Spring/Summer 2012)
  • Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Holland Collection Press Release
  • Colours Available in the Collection: OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, A Roll in the Hague, Red Lights Ahead…Where?, Kiss Me on My Tulips, Pedal Faster Suzi!, Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI?, Vampsterdam, Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?, Thanks a WindMillion, Wooden Shoe Like to Know?, I Have a Herring Problem & Gouda Gouda Two Shoes
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: Nothing! (This was sent to me by PR.)
  • Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, salons & select beauty-supply stores

OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! Review


I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! by OPI is a sophisticated dusty blue done very well. It’s really easy for dusty blue polishes to look old or dull, but this one looks very classy and still fresh.

The colour reminds me a lot of jeans…like your favourite pair that you throw on at a moment’s notice when you want to be comfortable, but still look great.

This lacquer is very easy to wear and has a polite, demure personality that is quite charming.

As you know, I’m fond of loud and flashy colours, but when I sport something more subtle, I really like shades like this that still make a statement, so they don’t leave you bored to tears.

If you’re the opposite of me and tend to wear more neutral or subtle shades, but want to branch out into the bolder territory, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! is an excellent choice to ease you into wearing blues.


This is a shimmer polish, but when I strained my eyes and inspected the shimmer, it looks like all the pieces are slightly irregular in shape. That makes the shimmer way more interesting! 🙂

Also, the shimmer sometimes looks a bit golden to me, but in other lighting, it sometimes looks silver. In reality, it’s probably champagne, which is why it seems to shift so much.

Application & Formula

I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! by OPI went on pretty sheer with just a single coat. Two coats provided a lot more coverage, but I opted to use three only because I wanted to see if it made a big difference.

I tend to use medium coats, so at just two coats, it was fully opaque to the naked eye. The third coat didn’t seem to add anything extra.

The formula was easy to control, but it wasn’t anything special. I didn’t think it was the best formula I’ve ever worked with, and it was far from the worst. Pretty average – middle of the road.


  • Shimmery dusty blue is sophisticated
  • Shimmer sometimes looks golden & other times silvery
  • Funny polish name

  • Very sheer at one coat (but opacity quickly builds with a second coat)

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

I can see myself wearing OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! many times because I don’t have too many dusty blues, and this is one of the better ones in my collection. Plus the shimmer is what really sets it apart from the others.

Are you a fan of dusty-coloured polishes? Have you tried wearing hues outside your comfort zone? If so, was it a pleasant experience?


30 thoughts on “OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! Swatches & Review

  1. maddy

    Great color and I love the name. This color reminds of one of my jeans but it’s not my favorite. I’m more into grey/black jeans. The shimmer looks great. I haven’t been to the mall for 2 1/2-3 weeks because of my ankle so I haven’t seen thie collection yet. 🙁

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      You know what? I love grey and black jeans, but it’s very strange…they seem to always be made of a different fabric or the cut is different and doesn’t fit me. With blue jeans, it’s easier for me to find something that fits, although maybe that’s just because there are more blue-jean options.

      What silhouette do you normally go for? I normally gravitate toward the Artist jeans from American Eagle Outfitters, although I have a couple of pairs of leggings that I like to wear with knee-high boots.

      Hope your ankle continues to heal! Rest up and get better soon!

      1. maddy

        I tend to buy boot cut or flare jeans from Bluenotes but sometimes Old Navy and Wal-Mart. I also wear jeggings, I have a blue pair from Wal-Mart and a black pair from the Miley Cyrus and Max Azria collection. The only thing I don’t like about jeggings is that they don’t ahve belt loops. My black jeans fade more easily than my blue jeans but I still like black jeans better.

        1. Mary Post author

          Oh, the jeggings that I have come with belt loops. I totally need those because I wear a belt all the time. If I don’t, haha, I feel like my pants will fall down. And how embarrassing would that be? 😛

  2. mara

    When I saw the collection at the store, I thought I could pass… but now this blue looks interesting. It’s way outside my comfort zone, but I could try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey mara!

      This blue is definitely different than a lot of blues on the market. It’s the shimmer that I feel gives the dusty hue some life. 🙂 If you try it, please let me know how you like it!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Candace!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment! 🙂 I’m so glad that you appreciated the photos and like this colour as much as I do.

  3. Raychul

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting this color to be so pretty when I saw promotional pictures of the collection. I think your “jeans” description is spot on. It does look like a comfortable pair of jeans! I love the name too. If a polish has a fun name I’ll buy it even if I’m not that crazy about the color. Lol, there’s a sucker born every minute, huh? 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Raychul!

      Hehe, yes, promotional pictures can often be so deceiving, can’t they? More often than not, I find that colours look 1000x better in person, but it’s still nice to get a glimpse into a collection before it drops.

      Do you remember any crazy, weird, or fun polish names that you’ve come across that made you want to buy the polish? I’m curious!

  4. karen

    Dang! I was gonna be good, but this color makes it tough. I’ve already called my supplier and the Holland Collection isn ‘t in yet, but looks like this will be one of the irresistable ones.

    1. karen


      It’s HERE!!! It’s ARRIVED!! (insert happy dance here)

      My supplier called, so I slipped down the hall to see the goodies. They won’t be available for purchase until the 8th, so they let me put back a few bottles to purchase when they open that day.

      My little box of treasures includes:

      2 bottles of I Don’t Give a Rotterdam (one for my blue-lovin’ friend in OK)

      1 Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?

      1 I Have a Herring Problem

      1 Pedal Faster Suzi!

      1 Wooden Shoe Like to Know?

      I was a bit disappointed in Thanks a Windmillion. It was seriously on my list until it turned out to be not quite swampy enough and gave me Mermaid’s Tears flashbacks.

      1. Mary Post author

        I’m dancing right there with you! 🙂 Your excitement is infectious! YAYYYYYYY!

        That’s awesome how you were able to put all the ones you like on hold. 🙂 Hope you love them.

  5. Jessica

    This one is one of the ones I’m hoping to get from the Holland collection and these swatches certainly did not disappoint! This shade of blue reminds me of blue jeans as well. I like the shimmer–in fact, I like shimmery polishes in general as shimmer really adds depth. Right now the polish I’m wearing–OPI Tease-y Does It–is definitely out of my comfort zone, as it is the darkest polish I’ve ever worn, but it has a touch of reddish shimmer that makes me really like it and want to wear it again.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Glad to see that you’re trying something outside your comfort zone and that you like it. 🙂 OPI Tease-y Does It is a pretty shade. I don’t have it, but Nubar Raspberry Truffle’s in my collection, and people have said that they’re very similar.

      1. Marisa

        I actually ended up getting I Have a Herring Problem because looking at them together, I preferred that color. Honestly, I wanted them both, but decided to choose one because they were so close. Knowing me, it’s only a matter of time before I just get this one also, lol.
        Marisa recently posted: Avon – Tangtastic

        1. Mary Post author

          That’s a good choice, and it even has a cool name, too! (Haha, yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if you go back for this one. It’s beautiful!)

  6. Carmela

    I died, Mary. Oh my, here I was thinking I could safely pass on the Holland collection (never mind that this was the one polish that was calling to me) but then you show me this gorgeousness and my heart stopped for a bit. Okay, maybe just skipped a beat but this is so pretty! The base color reminds me of a dustier Color Club Shabby Drab and I absolutely loved Shabby Drab! I’m headed to Trade Secrets the first chance I get! 😀
    Carmela recently posted: CND Tutu banishes Monday blues with childhood nostalgia.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      You can’t die. Ever. Hehe, because then who would I gush over polishes with? 😉

      I totally thought of you and Marta wearing this colour when I first wore it!

  7. Melissa

    I’m a huge fan of this color and I can’t wait to get my hands on it, along with other colors from the collection. I had wanted Zoya Skylar which looks pretty similar, but when I changed my mind when I found out the OPI was a dupe, only because I can find them easier and get them for cheaper. I think the names are pretty cute too!
    Melissa recently posted: Flaky experimenting & Vampire’s Blood revamped!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      This collection has so many interesting shades. 🙂 Oh, I had no idea that Zoya Skylar is similar to this. That’ll help someone get hold of the colour who can’t find this OPI one.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      No, they didn’t send me the whole collection – I wish! 😀 I think that only the big bloggers get entire collections. Must feel like Christmas to them! 😀


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