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OPI - The History Of A Revolution In Nail Lacquer

President & CEO of OPI George Schaeffer, who emigrated to the U.S. as a child from post-World War II Eastern Europe, founded OPI in 1981. George Schaeffer originally conceived OPI nail lacquers during his scientific research. Schaeffer was attempting to create a long lasting and hardwearing lacquer for teeth, which would produce a gleaming, white smile with little side effects and maximum results. This tooth lacquer was developed to never chip and remain constant in colour.

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In the process of creating this revolutionary product Schaeffer realised the potential of his new product and started to redevelop the lacquer to be a conditioning nail varnish with long-lasting, chip resistant potential unlike any other available on the market. The product he created also took colours like a dream, allowing Schaeffer to develop a huge range of shades for his new nail lacquer range that simply was unbelievable.

Classic OPI Nail Lacquers
Today, probably more than any other professional nail care product it produces, OPI is renowned globally for its Nail Lacquers – a brilliant, chip-resistant, professional formula available in over 200 fashion-forward colours. With clever names that customers look forward to with each new Collection, OPI Nail Lacquers are beloved around the world, and trusted by professionals. OPI Nail Lacquers are sold in over 74 countries worldwide and are only available in the best salons and spas and OPI sells over 35,000,000 bottles of nail lacquer each year, testament to the success and demand for the range.
OPI Classics Unlike many successful beauty and nail care brands, OPI continues to be family-owned, with Schaeffer at the helm. OPI is still the sole manufacturer of its own products and refuses to make nail, manicure and pedicure products for anyone else, ensuring that the quality and innovation associated with the brand cannot be sourced any where else in the industry.

Furthermore, OPI invests in unprecedented research facilities in Hollywood, California, ensuring OPI customers receive the most up to date, fashionable, innovative and extensive nail, hand, feet and body care products available. This has resulted in a product range that contains 24 product patents with numerous patents pending and professional beauty awards across the collection.

OPI Innovation and the Future of OPI

OPI continues to demonstrate that it is at the forefront of product innovation and has recently responded to the latest research and concerns that have been voiced within the beauty industry. OPI has taken the unprecedented step of reformulating their Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners to remove some of the ingredients that have been the topic of recent discussion, while maintaining the high product quality standards that you would expect from OPI.

Beginning in Spring 2006, OPI eliminated DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from all Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners it manufactures.

Beginning in January 2007, OPI eliminated toluene from all Nail Lacquers it manufactures. Toluene-free formulas have been approved for all of OPI Nail Treatment and Nail Hardener products.

Through improving formulas, OPI continue in their tradition of supplying customers with safe, effective, innovative products that promise beautiful results. In addition, as the world leader in professional nail care, OPI is proud to help lead the industry in transitioning ton newer, “greener” formulations.

OPI’s reputation is built on its commitment to quality, safety, innovation and excellence – a commitment it honours with every product, every day.

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