Nicole by OPI is kinda like OPI’s little sister– the polishes are slightly cheaper, there seem to be more celebrity-inspired collections, and I don’t expect quite the same level of performance as I do from OPI. However, when it comes to the Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer 2014 Collection*, these shades are just as good (if not better) than the ones in the OPI Little Bits of Neon Summer 2014 Collection*, and they are perfect, bright, summery shades for the season.
Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer 2014 Collection contains a lime-yellowish shade called Nicole by OPI Lay It On The Lime, which has the predictable streaky thin formula shades like this often do. That said, I still really like it, and with three coats it does pretty much even out into something unusual and bright (although still a bit white and creamy) with basically no VNL. I love shades like this and I haven’t found one that has a flawless formula yet, but I will still keep coming back to them anyway.
Something weird was going on with my Nicole by OPI Leapink for Joy because I ended up going with four thin coats but I know I could have gotten away with two if they had been thicker and I’m not quite sure why that happened for me. At first it was a bit streaky, but it even out to a very glossy bubblegum finish that I really like. It kinda makes my nails look like candy to me.
Easily my favourite, I’m all about corals this summer so it’s no surprise how much I love this standout shade from the Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer 2014 Collection, Nicole by OPI The Coral of the Story. This is definitely a reddish coral, which again had the initially streaky formula of the pink shade for me but it even out in three coats for a bright shade perfect for summer.
The final shade in the Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer 2014 Collection is a glittery top coat unlike any of the ones I already own, Nicole by OPI Shaved Nice. It’s got great coverage, and I’m wearing it with one coat over the coral and three coats on its own on my ring finger. It can definitely be layered to opacity, but it takes some work, and does a great job as a top coat as well with no fishing for glitters or patchiness. Like many glitters, it lasted like iron on my nails, but was gritty in texture although not actually a textured polish. It would require a couple layers of top coat to smooth out.
Overall, I think the Nicole by OPI Seize the Summer 2014 Collection definitely manages to capture the season with four cheerful shades, and while I can recommend any of the colours, my personal favourite is The Coral of the Story. What’s yours?