I am typically a big fan of Nicole polishes even though they don't seem to get a lot of love anywhere else, so I started hunting for the collection when it came out. Wal-mart's website has a feature where you can see where items are in-stock, so I had to drive to Urbana to find these. Yeah, yeah, Champaign and Urbana are sister cities, but from my house to the Urbana Wal-mart is like 20+ minutes! :P I found OMB!, One Less Lonely Glitter, and Me + Blue there - I had to order My Lifesaver online, as it hasn't appeared here quite yet.
So first up is my fave, OMB!
Red is my favorite color, but I typically don't love it on my hands. However, OMB! is so amazing that I didn't want to take it off - evar! I have never seen a red foil like this. It is intense!
When I rooted around through my collection, I thought this looked pretty similar to I Stop For Nicole, also by Nicole. In the bottle at least. Not so much on the nail.
As you can see, OMB! is a deeper, more true red than ISFN. The finishes are totally different too. I don't think I've seen anything quite like OMB! before - have you? I'm thinking it will make one sexy pedi! Application was superb - 2 coats went on flawlessly. Might be able to get away with 1 if you are careful! Super-quick dry time because of the foil finish.
My Lifesaver is a mint green that doesn't seem all that unique, but it has just the right undertones to be flattering on those who mint is usually a problem for.
I have to admit, I ordered this because of hype. Lots of people on the NB were saying how great it was and I caved. It's pretty, but I didn't super-love it. The formula seemed a bit thick and you can tell in the application. :P
It's not an exact match for anything in my collection, but I think I might like the squishiness of Turquoise & Caicos better.
Next is One Less Lonely Glitter, a pretty lavender glitter-bomb...
Wow, look at all the sparklies! A unique color too, at least in my collection. I don't have anything even remotely similar to this one, so here's a close-up where you can see the different shape/sizes of glitter.
Can you think of anything this might be dupey to? *stumped*
And finally I've got Me + Blue. AKA Me + Lumps.
So when I re sized this, it made it not look so bad. I should post another close-up so you can see how lumpy this one is, but I won't... it's too scary and gross. Me + Blue is a gorgeous blue with silver holographic glitter, but the glitter sinks to the bottom and just makes everything look rough and bumpy. Here it is again with 2 coats of Gelous:
Me + Blue + Gelous = still bumpy. :P Maybe if I thinned it? It's pretty danged thick, so maybe that's the problem. I'll let you know after I try it.
Nicoles also introduced a new brush with this line - it's very similar to the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brush, but the stick is short! I was super-excited when I saw this because I do like the CSM brush, but hate the long funky sticks SH puts everything on. I think the new brush works great on everything but creams - i.e., My Lifesaver. Maybe my brush is a bit wonky, but it seemed to bring out the flaws in the polish and make it really hard to get an even coat. No problems with the others though - I will have to try another cream and see if I have the same problem.
Apparently My Lifesaver is from the second round of these polishes, but it was available before the rest of the collection, which is kinda weird. I have to talk myself out of Step 2 the Beat of My Heart every time I see it. I have Honey-Dew You Love Me?, which is a teal version of the same thing and I haven't had much luck with it, so I keep saying NO to S2tBoMH, but I know I will eventually cave.
Did you pick up any of these? What were your faves?
Topcoat: none (Gelous on Me + Blue)
Number of coats: 2 for all but One Less Lonely Glitter - that was 3