The latest capsule collection recently launched from Nicole by OPI, is called Seize the Summer, four limited edition lacquers in vivid, flirty, fun hues – and all perfectly curated to capture the essence of Summer.
Now as those of you who follow me probably already know, I consider myself something of a “colour purist” and that my nail art skills are pretty basic at best, but I just couldn’t help but let some creativity loose with these four beauties – it somehow seemed effortless.
Nicole by OPI | Seize the Summer Collection
Lay it on the Lime – An almost retina-searing lime green hue with strong yellow undertones, in a crème formula that applies exceptionally easily: self-levelling, no pooling at the cuticles, and with a high gloss shine at the finish. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
Nicole by OPI | Lay it on the Lime
The Coral of the Story – A sizzling coral crème hue with pink undertones, in a formula that defines perfection: flow, opacity, and über-glossy at the finish. While this shade teeters on the edge of neon, it doesn’t quite cross over into that territory. Please note that as there could be some staining potential, do NOT skip base coat. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
Nicole by OPI | The Coral of the Story
Leapink for Joy – A Barbie pink crème hue that’s neither too cool nor warm leaning, and which should suit a wide variety of skin tones. One of the most wearable pink shades I’ve come across in a while – especially considering that it’s quite electric-appearing. Another winning formula and with a super glossy finish. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat
Nicole by OPI | Leapink for Joy
Shaved Nice – Ultra fine silver & confetti glitter, filled with small white hexagonal pieces, along with medium-sized copper, purple & green hexagonal pieces. There’s a pretty decent opacity reached with 2 coats – especially on short nails, and while the finish bears a light grit feel and winds up semi-matte, there’s a strong reflective brilliance nonetheless. Coats applied: 3 (thin), no top coat
TIP: To eliminate the need for a difficult removal, I strongly recommend applying OPI’s Glitter Off Base Coat first.
Nicole by OPI | Shaved Nice
Nicole by OPI | ‘Watermelon’ mani with Lay it on the Lime & The Coral of the Story
Nicole by OPI | Shaved Nice over Leapink for Joy
Maybe it’s in reaction to the hard Winter we just had, but I find myself strangely drawn to both neon and glitter polishes this year – they just make me smile. With colours as bold as the 3 crèmes of this collection, my personal preference is to wear them as pedi shades, although I’ll make an exception for The Coral of the Story – total love! A glitter bomb like Shaved Nice is taken to a whole other level with its uniquely textured finish and given a rather sophisticated turn at that, while retaining all of its eye-catching properties. Just remember, as with Summer, this collection won’t be around forever – better jump all over these while you can.
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