Monday, July 22, 2013

Nicole by OPI Neons

One of the things I shared in last week's display post was the Nicole by OPI Neons display, which has two sets of mini polishes (and full size bottles of Top Coat Plus). I was fortunate to receive both sets of minis for review.

Let's start with the Notorious Neons set, which has the White Base with Green Neon, Fuchsia Neon, and Orange Neon.

Here's the back of the box, with directions and ingredients:

The white base wasn't as self-leveling as I would have liked, but it was fairly opaque, which I suppose is its main job. I did find two coats was necessary to get it even enough for my liking.

I did Skittles swatches of these because the bottles are so tiny (3.75 ml), and I didn't want to use them up too much when I wasn't going to be wearing them very long. Left to right below (all over white): Fuchsia Neon, Orange Neon, Green Neon. These are without topcoat, and you can see the typical satin finish most neons have.

The one called Fuchsia is does not resemble any idea of the color fuchsia I've ever had. It's clearly an orange red, nothing to do with purpley pink at all (well, other than it's got red in it). I would have called it Coral Neon or Tomato Neon (as they seemed to want to stick with one word colors to go with the neon part of the name). I found the green a bit streaky; I really should have added another coat to even it out. (All of the colors here are three coats over the two coats of white.)

Here they are with topcoat on them:

The second set is Scandalous Neons, which has the same White Base along with Blue Neon, Purple Neon, and Pink Neon.

For the sake of completeness, here's the back of this box (the ingredients are slightly different than the first set due to the colorants):

Left to right below: Pink Neon (alone), Pink Neon (over white), Purple Neon (over white), Blue Neon (over white). None of these are particularly neon to my eyes, though the white base does brighten them up (and I like the Purple Neon very much just for the color). Pink and Blue are three coats of color; Purple is two.

As mentioned in my display post, I saw these at Meijer, but my understanding from the press release is they should also be showing up at CVS, Duane Reade, HEB, Kroger, and ShopKo in the U.S. ($10 per set) and Loblaw, Jean Coutu, Rexall, London Drugs, and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada ($12.50 per set). I don't see anything about these sets on the Nicole by OPI website but they have popped up on the NOPI Facebook page.

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


  1. I saw these little guys at Meijer. They are cute but I usually loathe minis so I passed :-)

  2. Hmm, they seem nice enough but don't look very unique. I'll save my $25!

  3. I did see them at HEB the other day, but I am sworn not to buy anything for a while so I virtuously passed them by!

  4. Pretty, but... I dunno if they're really neon enough for me. lol I'm glad you said something because that "fuchsia" looked straight up orange to me.

    1. Agree with Lizzy. When I hear 'neon' I want the colour to blast my eyes out of my head. These are more 'brights' and tiny (and expensive!) ones at that. *shrugs* eh. Thanks for the review though!!

  5. I absolutely love the second set!

  6. I love the blue one the most <3


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