Monday, 26 May 2014

Nicole by O.P.I Spring Summer Collection

Emma and I were lucky enough to attend our first press event this week, where we got to view a ton of new collections from Coty brands, including Rimmel, OPI and Sally Hansen.

Our day started when we met for lunch - a comedy of errors at The Diner where they got every single stage of the process wrong in some way! We were already in fits of giggles by this point so it was going to be a good afternoon. We headed to the event a bit later on, trying to avoid the sudden downpours which graced London that afternoon (luckily I had Emma on hand to observe the time and weather every few minutes, keeping me fully up to date!). Once there we got treated to a quick manicure, met the lovely Laura from Rimmel London, viewed all the new nail collections, and tried (but failed) not to destroy the interior decor! We were over the moon when we left, laden down with a ton of press samples. The icing on the cake was getting to meet a few of our favourite nail bloggers, the inspirational Alice, Sammy and Allie

We're getting to work swatching all our new polishes for you. Today we have the pretty Spring/Summer collection by Nicole for O.P.I. All swatches were taken in natural daylight, using Seche Vite as a top coat.

L-R: I Shop Mintage*, Fabulous Is My Middle Name*, Yoga-Then-Yogurt*, At Least I Pink So*, Always A Flirt*, Be Awesome*

This is At Least I Pink So*, a pretty, pastel baby pink. Although this is undeniably pink and girly, it stops just short of Barbie pink, making it a very wearable shade. The formula is gorgeous, thin and easy to apply whilst becoming opaque in two coats.  

Next we have the only green of the bunch, I Shop Mintage*. Compared to some other mint shades this is at the green end of the scale. I usually prefer something with a little bit more of a blue tinge, but this polish is gorgeous. Again the formula is lovely, but this colour wasn't quite so dense, so I had to use three coats.

Yoga-Then-Yogurt* is the off-white that I have been looking for. It's awesome! We use white a lot as a base for nail art, but I've also been after one for every day use. Pure white can look a little like tippex so I wanted an off-white shade and I'm so happy to find it. This polish is perfectly named as the colour is just like natural yoghurt. This is two coats and you can see it's opaque with no streaks or pale patches. 

This is the brightest shade in the collection. Always A Flirt!* verges on neon, but instead gets it's glow from a dense pink shimmer. You can't see the shimmer properly until it's on your nails, then it catches the light and reflects gold, pink and reddish tones. It's a beautiful colour, although probably not something Emma or I would wear on a daily basis. The shimmer doesn't lower the standards of the formula we've been so pleased with so far, again this was two easy coats. 

Be Awesome* is a clear glitter suspension which reminds me of the carnival! The diamond shaped glitter pieces are purple, pink, blue, gold, green and silver, and make me think of a harlequin. This polish is undoubtedly gorgeous, but it was a total pain in the bum to get onto my nails. There doesn't seem to be enough glitter pieces in the polish, so using the brush was a dead end. After a few attempts I resorted to placing the glitter pieces onto my nails with a toothpick. The result was beautiful, but be aware you need a fair amount of patience to get there! 

Last but not least is Fabulous Is My Middle Name*, a purple glitter polish. This glitter formula is much denser than the last, and paints on with the brush just fine. The glitter pieces are all small but range in shape and colour, resulting in a purple and silver shade mani which catches the light in different ways. I didn't use a base colour for this swatch and it's three coats. In hindsight you could use a base colour and get away with two coats of glitter. I think this would look awesome over a black base. 

These were my first Nicole by O.P.I polishes and I was very impressed. The formulas of the coloured polishes were wonderful, and the glitters are beautiful. I'll definitely be making the most of these shades over the summer months. 

All of these polishes are available in Superdrug stores now, priced at £7.99 each. We were lucky enough to be given them as a press sample, thank you Coty!



  1. So cool that you got to go to a press event! It sounds really fun! :) I love your swatches here, I Shop Mintage is my absolute favourite (I have a weak spot for all things mint coloured)

    1. It was a lot of fun - definitely something we could get used to! We are slightly embarrassed about the amount of mint polishes in our collection but can't stop buying more! E&J.xx

  2. It's so exciting that you went to a press event and got to meet Alice, Sammy and Allie! All of these nail polishes look great, I think my favourites are I Shop Mintage and This is At Least I Pink So! :)

    1. They were all so lovely, it was really good to speak to them about blogging and how they manage their time. E&J.xx


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