40 Days and 40 Nights of Beauty Cult Classics
Day 10 , OPI's I Am Not Really A Waitress by Melanie Parker
In 1999, OPI introduced a shimmering cherry red nail polish called I'm Not Really a Waitress as part of its first Hollywood collection. The company has left its swatch on the beauty products industry with the ever droll and very punny names for its colors, which are always grouped with some sort of theme. However, no other polish has sold as well for the company in more than 25 years.
In fact, when OPI released a coffee table book to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006, they named the slick and glossy pictorial I'm Not Really a Waitress and hundreds of other names people can't stop talking about! This books shows how the original ad had a model in a diner waitress uniform with long red nails reading a movie script. But not every one who wears this color wants to be a starlet. It's a cheerful, neutral red that works with most skin tones. It would be a rose by any other name, but this playful ad spoke to beauty consumers by the masses and lead this hue to cult classic status among nail"philes" who affectionately refer to it as INRAW.
Disclosure: All products featured in this review were purchased by Melanie Parker