Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters Collection

Well, it's time for the holiday collections to come out, and that means glitter! While I love a nice tame nude or a dark moody jewel tone, I will always have a special place in my heart for glitter polishes. They're just so fun! This year Nicole by OPI has brought us four glitters in there appropriately-named Holiday Glitters Collection

Each polish has a base color glitter with different colored accent pieces mixed in. The bases of the polishes are clear, so what you see in the bottle is what you get on the nail. I used two coats for each swatch and no topcoat. If you're going to wear these, definitely use a topcoat, though. They dry quickly, but rough. Observe:

Glitter In My Stocking reminds me of Thanksgiving. It's mostly bronze gold with red and maybe some silver mixed in (it's hard to tell. Enlarge and see what you think, because I'm just not sure.) The two coats provided adequate, opaque coverage.

My Sleigh's In The Shop is a name that really makes no sense to me, but I like the color. It's a nice purple glitter that flashes warm or cool, depending on the light. There's a little bit of silver mixed in, too.
Two medium coats was just barely enough for even coverage, so you might need to use three, depending.

Ornament For Each Other is a holiday version of one of my favorite polishes, BB Couture Sex on the Beach. The rich cherry red looks great against the accent gold pieces.
Two coats easily covered evenly. This was my favorite out of the collection.

I thought Snowman Of My Dreams was going to be my favorite, but it left a little something to be desired. The light icy blue is the base, but unlike the other colors, the accent colors was a mix of all different colors. There's purple, red, silver, maybe gold? I like it better in the bottle than on the nail.
I used two coats, like all the others, but I could still see some nail underneath. While the first three are probably too opaque for layering, you could probably use one coat of this one as a nice glitter topcoat.

All in all, I really enjoyed this collection. The polishes definitely require a topcoat, but if you're into this look, it's worth it. I just wish Nicole by OPI would change that ridiculous bottle. I know some people like it, and it's certainly recognizable, but still. It's weird. Now I'm just nitpicking, though.

So what do you guys think? Any you have to have?
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

OPI Pink Shatter

Where did October go? Anyone? Anyone? Fall is flying by and it feels like Christmas will be here tomorrow! Maybe I just feel this way because I was practically suffocated yesterday by all the Christmas decorations they threw up in Walmart at what I suspect was 12:00 AM November 1st. Or maybe it's because the weather here in North Carolina doesn't exactly scream "autumn!" We've had 70F days followed by 45F days, and while some leaves have already shed their red and gold leaves, others are still sporting perfectly green ones. Mixed messages, I tell you!

Anywho, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while my camera refused to function properly long enough for me to get these swatches up in the appropriate month, OPI Pink Shatter is still beautiful and for a good cause.

I know a lot of people are over the shatter polish trend, but others are still rockin' the crackle look. Pink Shatter is a fun topcoat that is probably one of my favorites that OPI has put out so far. I couldn't for the life of me find one white creme polish to try it over, but I found a few combinations that I liked.

I really like the pink over the silver metallic China Glaze Millennium.

It also looks nice over Essie Hard to Get, a light pastel pink.

Finally, I tried it over black, Orly Liquid Vinyl. Pink Shatter isn't opaque enough to show up as its true color over such a dark polish, but I thought it made very cool crocodile skin look.

Any colors you'd like to see Pink Shatter over? Did you pink this one up? What do you think?
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