Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection Nail Polishes (Pictures, Swatches & Review)

Today I have something very cool from Nicole by OPI to show you- this is their "Selena Gomez" collection, new for Spring 2013!

Selena (Source)

I may or may not be a closeted "Wizards of Waverly Place" fan, so I was totally psyched when I heard that Nicole by OPI was creating this Selena themed set of lacquers! Selena is such a cutie and quite talented (and a class act to boot!). I think this collection captures her perfectly, and with 14 different polishes, there is certainly something for everyone.

First, let's start with "Love Song", a beautiful, medium purple creme. This was 3 layers:

Then, I topped "Love Song" with "Sweet Dreams", a clear base with large silver, medium teal hex glitters, and teeny purple glitters:
Close up- "Love Song"

Next we have "Hit The Lights", a bright sunshine/egg yolk yellow creme polish.  This was very easy to apply (for a yellow!). I probably could have gotten away with just 2 layers, but I did 3 here for this photo:

I then topped "Hit The Lights" with the glitter polish "Confetti Fun".  This polish is a rainbow glitter similar to the likes of Nicole by OPI "Rainbow In The Sky-lie" or OPI "Rainbow Connection". I believe the main difference is that "Confetti Fun" not only has the multi-colored hex glitters in different sizes, but also a super fine silver glitter mixed in:
Close up- Confetti Fun

Next up is "Spring Break". They describe this as the "perfect hot pink", and I agree 100%.  Not only is the color beautiful, but the formula was EXCELLENT- that jelly-creme type finish, and a 'bouncy' application (yes, I use this to describe polish often; while it really makes no sense, I am actually referring to the way that the brush behaves with the polish formula- it just sort 'bounces' right onto your nail without much effort, almost painting itself :)  2 layers:

Then, I topped "Spring Break" with a slight holographic, silver-bar glitter named, "Stars At Night". Dudes. I usually have an aversion to bar glitters, but this combination was really cool. Very 'Barbie & The Rockers' (please tell me I am not totally dating myself here).  This combination made the bar glitter very palatable for me:
Close up-Stars At Night

Then we have "Scarlett", a shimmery red-violet polish with a very 'glass fleck' type finish.  3 layers shown:
 And I had to include a second shot of this polish with the flash- you can really see the gorgeous violet peeking through:

I topped "Scarlet" with the perfect gold glitter- "Kissed At Midnight".  It may be difficult to make out, but the gold hexes and the small gold particles are very slightly varied in tone- some are more yellow-gold than others, making this pretty and multidimensional:
Close up- Kissed At Midnight

This beauty is called "Naturally" , a sweet, cool toned pink. This is 99% creme with a super subtle hidden shimmer (see second picture with flash for that shimmer glinting through).  3 layers:

I topped "Naturally" with my favorite glitter from the entire collection- "Inner Sparkle". This glitter has a clear base with light lavender and pink hex glitters, along with teeny gold particles. So soft and feminine!
Close up- Inner Sparkle

Next is a super saturated, deep plum purple appropriately named, "Pretty In Plum". This shimmery polish covered nicely in just 2 layers:

I paired "Pretty In Plum" up with this glittery beauty- "Mi Fantasia", a bar glitter & tiny hex glitter combo of periwinkle, teal, silver & gold:
Close up- Mi Fantasia

Then we have the namesake polish of the collection, "Selena".  Sigh. I cannot tell you enough how much I love this. If you know me, you know of my absolute obsession with neutral polish. They call this one, "fresh young peach", and its just so pretty. A peach that leans a little bit to the pink side, it's not quite bright enough to label 'coral'...but it is almost coral.  There's a super fine shimmer in this one as well. The formula was a tad bit on the thicker side, but it would still not stop me from picking this as my "chose only one polish to wear for the rest of your life" polish. I think they chose the perfect shade to name after the Starlet.  3 layers:

Last but not least, I topped "Selena" with "Heavenly Angel", an iridescent, glass-shard type glitter. This was just one layer:
Close up- Heavenly Angel

Bottom Line- This is such a great Spring collection.  There's brights, neutrals, shimmers, and let's not forget those glitters. They are awesome (especially "Inner Sparkle"..definitely my fav).  The formulas were great, with not a dud in the bunch. This was my first time ever trying OPI's Nicole brand (can you believe it!?), and I was very pleased with my experience.

Here's some more details about Nicole by OPI:

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Selena Gomez lacquers will be available January 2013 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Target, Walmart, CVS, K-mart, Rite Aid, ULTA, Sears, Meijer, Fred Meyer, Kroger and H-E-B locations. In Canada, this line will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

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Which 'Selena' polish is your favorite?

***Disclosure: Products in this post provided for review***

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