OPI Red Hot Rio is part of the amazing Brazil Collection, which I still can’t stop raving about, even though it’s no longer the latest release!
It has so many stand-out colours, and it’s been a while since I’ve been so excited about an entire nail-polish collection!
This has a jelly finish that I love, and even without a shiny top coat, it ends up looking like glass on your nails.
It reminded me a lot of OPI Vodka & Caviar (which I reviewed back in 2011) – it’s one of my all-time favourite reds.
The formula, finish, and colour are so close, you can probably only justify getting that or OPI Red Hot Rio. (You may remember seeing my comparison swatches on Instagram.)
To me, I consider them pretty much dupes because they look so similar. When I wear them on my nails, I can’t see much of a difference. It’s only when you see them side-by-side on a nail wheel and in certain lighting through the lens of a camera or one on a phone that the nuances show a bit. (If you were to show me one bottle and the other briefly, I don’t think I’d be able to distinguish them apart. Then again, I’m more of a green fiend than a red fiend!) 😉
I think you’ll be just as happy owning one or the other.
But, since OPI Vodka & Caviar is getting harder to find, OPI Red Hot Rio is a nice option for those who may have missed out!
P.S. Remember, you have until May 31 at 11:59 pm EDT to enter my worldwide giveaway to win the entire full-size OPI Neon Collection and the OPI Put a Coat On Base Coat!
OPI Red Hot Rio Pictures
OPI Red Hot Rio Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of OPI Red Hot Rio
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Ruby red (Yes)
- Name: OPI Red Hot Rio
- Collection: OPI Brazil Collection 2014
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Brazil Collection press release
- Quick Look: Click here to see my Quick Look post on the OPI Brazil Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Next Stop…The Bikini Zone, Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around, Taupe-less Beach, I São Paulo Over There, OPI Scores a Goal!, AmazON…AmazOFF, I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?, Toucan Do It If You Try, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Live.Love.Carnaval & Red Hot Rio
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets, NailPolishCanada & select spas, salons & beauty-supply stores
OPI Red Hot Rio Review
Red Hot Rio by OPI is a cherry red that’s classic, iconic, and feminine. It’s traditional, but it’s not boring.
There used to be a time when I saw red nail polish and yawned. But maybe it’s the fact that I don’t wear red nail polish much (other than during Christmas) that I’ve appreciated it more. (It’s a little funny how what is a standard colour to some is like a novelty to me, since I tend to wear greens and non-traditional shades more.)
This vibrant red packs a punch, and I love how the shade isn’t too light or too dark. And it’s definitely red, not orange. There are probably a few drops of orange mixed in, but under normal lighting situations, it reads red.
The finish is why I find this polish so swoon-worthy and a must-have for any nailphile who likes jelly polishes! The ‘squishy’ appearance and high shine take it up a notch and make your nails look like glass.
My top coat had a bit of bubbling. (Sometimes I rush when I paint my nails and get too excited). 😉 Otherwise, you’d see just how smooth and glass-like the polish is!
Because it’s a jelly and not really a ‘crelly’ (i.e. creme-jelly hybrid), you do see some visible nail line in person. (In photos, it’s not quite as obvious.) I used 3 coats to get a bit more coverage. Regardless, I still really adore this polish because even without a shiny top coat, the polish itself is super shiny!
Application & Formula
Application was effortless! If you’re a nail newbie, seriously, this is the best nail polish to wear first because the formula is so forgiving, it glides on evenly and smoothly, and it’s self-levelling. It’s a joy to paint with, and it’s one of the easiest nail polishes to apply!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Yup – even though my heart beats faster for greens, this red managed to nab a perfect score!
I love everything about this nail polish, and if you’re looking for one of the best red nail polishes, I highly recommend this one!
How often do you wear jelly nail polishes? Do you have an all-time favourite red? Was red one of the first nail-polish shades you ever wore? (The first nail polish I ever wore when I was a kid was a pearly beige, and it was my mom’s. I think I only started wearing red polish when I was in high school.)