Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Holiday 2012

Yes, another week with no Nail Wheel Wednesday—I think it's unlikely it will return before 2013, though I still might get ambitious and slip some wheels in on weekends. Today I've got the six colors in the NOPI Kardashian Kolor holiday collection (or maybe it's a "kollection"), three shimmers and three glitters.

I've stated my lack of enthusiasm for the bottle shape before, so let's just move on to what's inside, starting with the shimmers. All of these shimmer swatches are two coats, no topcoat. Deck the Dolls is a turquoise blue shimmer.

In low light, Deck the Dolls does have a nice glow to it.

Here We Kome A-Karoling is a deep purple shimmer. I see now, looking at the photos, that this could have really benefited from topcoat.

Keeping Up with Santa is a rich red shimmer, the sort of thing I'd most expect to see in a holiday collection.

This one takes quite nicely to low light:

Now let's move on to the glittery half of this group. All is Glam All is Bright is a very dense conoction made up of small particles of silver, red, and ice blue glitter. This can most definitely be worn on its own; I stopped at two coats when swatching it, as the coverage was fine at that point. Even without topcoat, it's not too bumpy, and I rather like the semi-matte look of it on its own.

Kardashing Through the Snow is a mix of small glitter in blue, green, red, gold, and silver that looks dense in the bottle but is no match for All is Glam All is Bright in the coverage department. I used two coats of it over Here We Kome A-Karoling, and it seemed pretty shiny even without adding topcoat.

I saved the oddest for last: A Gold Winter's Night. This is a fine rose pink glitter with gold, green, and blue stringy bar glitter scattered about, all in a clear base.

I've seen swatches of this worn alone at three (or was it four?) coats but I thought that would probably be too much texture for me, so I tried layering two coats over Deck the Dolls, to complement the blue in the glitter. The pink glitter stood out nicely on the blue background and the green and blue bars blended in, which made it a less "fuzzy" look overall than I'd expected.

I also tried A Gold Winter's Night over Keeping Up With Santa.

A Gold Winter's Night is definitely the most interesting of these glitters. Kardashing Through the Snow is more wearable for me; I can see layering it over lots of different colors. Keeping Up With Santa is my favorite of the shimmers; it's just so full of glow.

The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.


  1. Great swatches! Your swatches of "All Glam Is Bright" now made a new lemming! I have a soft spot for opaque glitters!

  2. Lol kollection is right! I love All is Glam All is Bright

  3. Beautiful colors - and great swatches!

  4. Oooh, I love the Deck the Dolls turquoise! I think I need that.

  5. Oh my goodness why do they have to be so pretty? Thanks for taking the time to swatch all of these. :)

  6. My favorite has to be All is Glam, All is Bright! It's so fun and unique!

  7. I like that Santa red one-so pretty!


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