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Friday, January 3, 2014

nicole by opi carrie underwood collection swatches

nicole by opi carrie underwood collection

More nail polish! Today, in the form of the new Carrie Underwood Collection from Nicole by OPI. As much as I love OPI, Nicole by OPI has an excellent formula too and I love that I can pick it up locally at the drugstore. Not that I ever need an excuse for another polish though... Read on for swatches!



The Carrie Underwood Collection includes 14 shades inspired by Carrie Underwood and include a variety of finishes including creams, shimmers, chunky glitters and matte glitters. I love that the collection has so many creams, especially if they all apply as nicely as the two I have swatched below. The formula is pretty much perfect- flows easily onto the nail, not too thin or thick, and great pigmentation.

nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- Love My Pups (5)

Love My Pups is a pale milky pink cream. I expected this to be a sheer, which it is with one or two coats, but you can built this up to almost completely opaque. I used three coats in the photo above and only the slightest bit of nail line is visible. Pale sheers like this can often be too streaky to build up, but the formula of this is AMAZING and is incredibly easy to work with. Love it!



Sweet Daisy is a medium peach cream. This peach shade is a more true peach than a lot of shades- meaning it has less pink in it- and is a bit warmer in tone. I like that it's not as bright as many peach polishes, making it really easy to wear and more wearable by all skin tones. Two coats.


nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- Carnival Cotton Candy (6)

Carnival Cotton Candy is a vivid medium pink cream. While this shade isn't the most unique, it is a really wearable tone of bright pink. Some bright pinks are so bright that they just look odd against paler skin, this shade is muted just enough to look great on. Two coats.


nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- American As Apple Pie (15)

American as Apple Pie is a classic lipstick red. As I mentioned in this post, it is very similar to OPI Over & Over A-Gwen but does contain a hidden shimmer. The shimmer however, isn't visible on the nail but the polish does have the same perfect formula and glossy finish. Above is two coats.


nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- Sing You Like a Bee (2)

Sing You Like a Bee is a golden white glitter with a soft matte texture. The shade looks all white in the bottle, but once on the nail the glitter flares to a pale gold transforming the shade. Think NARS Albatross in nail polish form. Two coats.


nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- Carrie'd Away (6)

Carrie'd Away is a gold glitter with a soft matte texture. This dries to a texture that is quite similar to OPI Liquid Sand polishes, but has a softer feel. When applying this, I expected to need multiple coats, as it seemed a bit thin, but it built up fairly well and I only needed three thin coats. The third coat was mostly to cover a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) so two coats could work on shorter nails. This is a really gorgeous shade as it contains bits of holo glitter that really catch the light and reflect.


nicole by opi carrie underwood collection- Goodbye Shoes (8)

Goodbye Shoes is a dusty grey-green. I love that this shade was included as it's a bit different than the pinks, corals and glitters that make up the bulk of the collection. Formula wise, this shade is all kinds of amazing as this is ONE coat! Love that!

Overall, this is a great collection as it's got something for everyone and really wearable shades. Albeit, they may not be the most unique for hardcore polish collectors. The Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection is available now across Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws locations. Are you a fan of any of these shades?