Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors

It seems like you can't go even one full day without hearing about the Kardashian family. I don't get it, to be honest; they seem like yet another family that's famous simply for being famous. I mean, I think they're gorgeous, and they have to have some idea about what they're doing in order to create such a huge fanbase, but they don't do a lot for me. And I'm someone who admittedly watches a lot of crap tv.

Today, I have thirteen of the fourteen Kardashian Kolors (I HATE when people change "C" to "K" to make it all cutesy. At work we used to have cubbies labeled "The Kids' Korner," and I was always sitting there thinking, shouldn't we be teaching them how to spell correctly? Or would that be "korrectly?") to show you--I must not have packed Disco Dolls when I came home for a few days, because I can't find it anywhere. As soon as I do, I'll swatch it, though. Sorry about that! Now, let's see what the Kardashian clan created, shall we? (Or would that be "Kardashian klan kreated?" Okay, okay. I'll stop now.)

Oh, and I apologize for my nails and skin looking so atrocious. The winter is really taking a toll on me. That's why one of my New Year's Beauty Resolutions is to take better care of my skin and nails. I must moisturize! Moving on.

All Kendall-ed Up is a blue-toned medium pink creme. The first coat went on smooth, but the second coat made things a little streaky. I ended up using three to even it all out. Pretty color, but nothing we haven't seen before. I guess if you don't own this color polish, All Kendall-ed Up would be a decent version to pick up, though.

Sealed with a Kris is your typical wine red. Very pretty, but again, totally dupe-able. The jelly formula was a little runny, so I used three coats to avoid splotches.

I'm sorry, but I am so over these taupe colors. Yet brands still continue to pop them out, so right now we're looking at My Empire...My Rules. It's a mushroom-gray creme with tinges of brown in it. The formula was excellent and two coats was all I needed.

For some reason it was hard to get a shot of Hard Kourt Fashionista that wasn't totally blurry or color-inaccurate. Dark brown creme that needed two coats to be opaque. It's so dark that it appears black in some lights. Again, pretty, but nothing new.

When I first heard the name Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, I had no idea what it was referring to. Now I get it...Lamar Odom, Khloe's husband...it's all coming together now. Besides the idiotic name, the polish itself is nice. A dark teal creme that isn't too blue or too green. It reminds me of Gushers. Remember those disgusting sticky fruit snacks filled with goo they tried to market as "fruit juice?" And then they'd get stuck to your teeth and rip your fillings out? Those were the days...Anyway, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam needed two coats to be opaque. I was really worried with this one about staining, but it came off no problem.

Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi is your basic red. The jelly-creme formula was one of the best in the collection. I needed three coats, but it dried quickly and has that squishy look to it. We've seen this color before, but the formula was exceptional. Red is probably my favorite color to wear on my toes...I feel sexy when I look down and see a nice pedicure in a shade like this one, so it's funny to me that this is named Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi. Why didn't they spell out Kourtney's whole name in any of these names, I wonder? I'm just speculating here, but maybe because it's too long? Because, if that is the case, they certainly didn't need to make names that were as long as legitimate sentences! Just a word or two will work. OPI and Nicole by OPI are two brands that I think are notorious for long names riddled with punctuation. It's just unnecessary to me. But anyway.

The name Listen to your Momager is kind of disturbing to me, because, from what little I've seen of the shows, Kris really is more of a manager than a mother sometimes. Of course I don't know her personally and editing plays a large role in how she comes across on camera but...it's sad. The actual polish, though, is really pretty! Again, nothing unique about it, but I like it. A medium blue shimmer. The first coat when on smoothly, but the second gave me a few issues. By the third coat, I was able to smooth everything out.

I'm disappointed I couldn't get a better picture of Kim-pletely in Love, because it's one of my favorites of the collection. The sweet pink jelly-creme has a glass-fleck quality to it, so it often flashes blue, green, or purple, depending on the light. The formula wasn't great, however--after three coats, it was still a little streaky, but I'm going to try to take a better picture of it using a base coat so that I might have less streaking. Normally I wouldn't make the effort if the color wasn't worth it to me, but I am in love with this polish.

Wear Something Spar-Kylie is a warm rose glitter in a tinted pink base. There are both glitter pieces and microglitter, which makes it fun. I needed two coats, and it dried rather smooth, which was nice. Surprisingly, removal was a cinch.

Follow Me on Glitter is another terrible name. Like Twitter, I guess, right? Follow me on Twitter? Wow. Anyway, the polish itself is pretty cool. It's a gunmetal gray tinted base with silver and black glitter microglitter, combined with larger glitter in all different colors, which I wasn't expecting. The end result is very sparkly and eye-catching. I used two coats, and it dries pretty bumpy, so a topcoat would definitely be a good thing to add.

Rainbow in the S-Kylie is essentially the same polish that every company is putting out this season. The base is clear with hexagon and regular glitter in shades of pink, orange, blue, green, purple, silver, red, yellow...am I missing any colors? To apply I did three coats of dotting the polish onto my nails and spreading the glitter out the best I could. Pretty, and probably best suited for layering. It's very similar to OPI Rainbow Connection, but I think Rainbow in the S-Kylie is more opaque. I will compare the two soon, though. Still, Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday is always gonna be THE rainbow glitter of rainbow glitters.

I've already worn Kendall on the Katwalk three or four times, and each time I get complimented on it. I love this polish: it's a blue tinted base that has blue, purple, and green glitter in it. In the picture you can barely see any other glitter color but blue, which is the dominant glitter color, but in person the purple and green glitters are more prominent as well.
This blurry picture just gives a better indication of how sparkly it is. I used three coats, and it does dry fairly gritty, so I always use a topcoat with it.

Some of you know that I absolutely love a good white polish, and It's All About the Glam is no exception. As soon as I saw the promo pics I knew I would have to have it, and now that it's here I am not disappointed. The base is a milky white shimmer with iridescent pieces that flash different colors. It's like glistening snow, delicate and sprinkled with glittery specks. It's relatively opaque, and I could have done three coats, but due to some streaking, I did four. I don't care, this color is so, so gorgeous to me. It's similar to China Glaze Frosty from last year's holiday collection, which I also drooled over on the regular. I'll compare them later as well.

Like I said, I can't find Disco Dolls at the moment, but as soon as I do I'll review it. As for my thoughts on the collection, there are some very good polishes out there: It's All About the Glam, Kendall on the Katwalk, and Kim-pletely in Love are the ones that do it for me. But, with a wide variety in the polishes, I think everyone will be able to find at least one polish that she likes. That being said, there are a bunch of polishes that we've see dozens of times over. Was it necessary to make them again and slap the Kardashian name onto them? Nah, probably not. Some of the names of the polishes are just terrible. Follow Me on Glitter? Listen to your Momager? And no one stood up to say, huh? What does that even mean? It's like when you watch a terrible movie, and you sit there and go, how many people had to give this the okay before it was put into production? And not one person said, hey, this is crap? But I can live with the moronic names if the polishes are decent, and most of them are.

Regardless of how you feel about the Kardashians, the collection is decent. It's just like the Justin Beiber Collections I and II--it doesn't matter who the inspiration is, as long as the colors come out nicely. I happen to like Justin Beiber, by the way... Anyway, I wonder if this is the only collection we'll see from the Kardashians or if there will be more?

What do YOU guys think? What colors do you have to have? Does how you feel about the Kardashians impact at all how you see these polishes? Thanks for reading--let us know which polishes caught your eye, and if you'd like to see any comparisons done!
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