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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review: Nicole by OPI Nic's Sticks

Nic's Sticks by OPI in Catch Ya Later

Up for review I have two polishes that I mentioned in yesterday's post: Nic's Sticks Paint & Go Nail Laquer in Catch Ya Later a sheer pale pink colour and Top it Off Top Coat.

As I said in my last post, I got these in clearance for the bargain basement price of $1.99 each. I have looked at these every time I pick up nail polish, and almost bought one on quite a few occasions but the the price always stopped me. They range anywhere from $9.99 (at Wal Mart) to $11.99 (at Shopper's) which would be a reasonable price for a bottle of OPI polish, except for the fact that these pens only have 4 ml of product compared to the 15ml you get in a bottle of polish. I was really interested in trying then out though, so I jumped at the chance to get these on sale.

The first issue I had with these is that it is a bit hard to see what the actual colour of the polish is. The tube is a close match and you can see the polish in the plastic end of the pen, but you can't really make out if the colour is a creme or a shimmer. I thought Catch Ya Later was a creme but if you look very closely you can see a hint of shimmer. I with more... well, colourful colours I would want to know what the polish looked like before buying it.

Brush tip, a bit disappointing

When I first opened these I was a bit surprised at the state of the brush. It was a rough looking brush that was slightly gnarled. Not at all what I expected. The tube says you are to "point brush down and and pump 3 or more times" to get the polish into the brush. Sounds simple enough, except that stupid ol' me couldn't figure out what part of the pen was supposed to pump. It took me a minute to realize that the plastic viewing end could be pressed. Once that was sorted out I was ready to roll.

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Painting was easy, the brush is a great size and it was actually easier than a bottle brush as it got right to the edges of my nails without being all over my finger. I ended up applying three coats to be able to get a better photo, but the third coat got a bit streaky. Overall the polish applied well up until the third coat. It was a bit hard to make each coat the same on every nail though as there isn't any way to control how much polish is on the brush, so some nails have more thicker polish even thought they have the same amount of coats. This shade would be really nice for French manicures or when you want a polished but super natural look. If you look close you can see a hint of shimmer.

Top it Off Top Coat

So, what do you do after you polish? You top coat. I figured it would be a perfect time to try out the Top it Off Top Coat. I applied it over Catch Ya Later and noticed a hint of pink on the top coat brush tip. I had Nicole by OPI Too Rich for You on my thumb so I applied the top coat on that and was shocked to not only see a blue polish on the Nic Stick brush but also a huge bald spot on my nail where it took of the colour.

OPI Shades applied before Top it Off Top Coat

After Top it Off

The aftermath

I decided to do a more thorough test, so I grabbed a few OPI polishes (from left to right: Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, Lucky Lucky Lavender, and Dim Sum Plum) I thought I would keep with just OPI brand, since you would think that their own top coat would work with their polish. As you can see in my photos, the top coat didn't agree with these polishes either. Jade is the New Black didn't end up with as many bald spots, but it did get really messy and the brush left major scrapes in the polish.

Overall, I can't say that I would pay full price for either of these polishes, and I for sure could have saved myself the $1.99 on the top coat.The idea is great, and I think had they worked better I would have been all for them. I was really surprised that OPI would have such lackluster products on the market, so I sent them an email about my thoughts. We'll see what they have to say.

Have you tried Nic's Sticks? What did you think?

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