Nicole by OPI – New Spring 2013 shades

NOPI Spring 2013 opener

 

The four new Spring 2013 shades from Nicole by OPI, are an eclectic mix of colours and finishes – but one thing they all have in common, is their amazing formula. Looking at them side by side, I can’t help but think that each shade represents one of the 4 seasons; not your typical springtime grouping, but I like it just the same – not having any hard & fast rules in the world of nail varnish, is always welcome.

 

NOPI spring 2013

Nicole by OPI – Spring 2013

 

Still into Pink – an ultra pigmented hot pink hue with finely ground silvery shimmer, that sits just this side of neon. While the formula is somewhat on the thick side, application is nonetheless super easy and completely self-levelling. The finish was unexpectedly matte – and I loved that little twist, although I did swatch it with top coat as well. Coats applied: 2

 

NOPI Still into Pink swatch

Nicole by OPI – Still into Pink

NOPI Still into Pink swatch 2

Nicole by OPI – Still into Pink

NOPI Still into Pink & tc swatch

Nicole by OPI – Still into Pink (with top coat)

NOPI Still into Pink & tc swatch 2

Nicole by OPI – Still into Pink (with top coat)

Please Red-cycle – a highly colour saturated maraschino red crème in a smoothly applying formula and excellent flow, that finishes with the high-gloss look of a jelly. Bonus: no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

NOPI Please Red-cycle swatch

Nicole by OPI – Please Red-cycle

NOPI Please Red-cycle swatch 2

Nicole by OPI – Please Red-cycle

Plum to your Senses! – an intense purple shade in a jelly-esque formula, filled with violet and blue micro-shimmer that while not too highly visible, still adds a unique depth. Very colour saturated and with a glossy shine at the finish, there was also absolutely no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

NOPI Plum to your Senses! swatch

Nicole by OPI – Plum to your Senses!

NOPI Plum to your Senses! swatch 2

Nicole by OPI – Plum to your Senses!

NOPI Plum to your Senses! swatch flash

Nicole by OPI – Plum to your Senses! (with flash)

Totally in the Dark – a quasi-sheer & hybrid crème/jelly charcoal hue filled with ultra fine silvery shimmer, although I also spotted some pink and blue tones as well. Silky application, a beautiful natural shine, and totally smooth to the touch, there’s a wickedly sexy gunmetal look to this shade, which I absolutely LOVE! Bonus: completely non-staining upon removal, although the fine shimmery bits may migrate. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

 

NOPI Totally in the Dark swatch

Nicole by OPI – Totally in the Dark

NOPI Totally in the Dark swatch 2

Nicole by OPI – Totally in the Dark

NOPI Totally in the Dark swatch flash

Nicole by OPI – Totally in the Dark (with flash)

Final thoughts: I must confess that I wasn’t sure what to think of these four new Spring 2013 hues, but I definitely did not expect to be totally bowled over. Each shade has a perfect formula – application, colour pigmentation, and a relatively quick drying finish. I’m not usually one for vivid pink colours, but the matte finish with the embedded silver shimmer of ‘Still into Pink’, has won me over to the bright side, while the slightly sinister look of ‘Totally in the Dark’ is a must-have, especially if you love black lacquers like I do. All in all, an impressive little bunch and well worth checking out (still not a fan of the oddly shaped bottle, though).

Available for $7.99 at select Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Ulta, Kmart, Kroger, H-E-B, Duane Reade, and Meijer locations in the US, as $10.99 at select Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

 

NOPI Spring 2013 closer

 

 

 

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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