News: Nicole by OPI will release a line of “texture coats”

WHAT THEY SAY: Nicole by OPI announces the launch of Texture Coat, a line of graffiti-style nail art products inspired by OPI’s bestselling Shatter. Available in six chic shades – Gold, Silver, Red, White, Turquoise and BlackTexture Coat offers a simple way to create unique, unpredictable patterns on nails with a quick, at-home application.

WHAT IS IT“Fans of Nicole by OPI are fun, fashion-forward women who love experimenting with trends and using nail lacquer as a form of self-expression,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Texture Coat offers an easy way to create your own completely customized nail art. Whether you choose pastels, darks, glitters, shimmers, or sheers to pair with Texture Coat, the endless options will accessorize every look.”

HOW TO USE ITTo use this product, start with Base Coat Plus, followed by two coats of any Nicole by OPI nail lacquer. Let the lacquer dry completely before applying Texture Coat. Complete the manicure with Top Coat Plus for a high-shine finish.

WHERE YOU CAN GET ITNicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.  Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Texture Coat will be available July 2011 for $7.99 each at ULTA, Target, Meijer, Harmon, Wegmans, Sears, and H-E-B. Texture Coat will be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Loblaw.

MY THOUGHTSSo… what sounds like more shatter? I’m hoping it’s not… only because OPI has all of these colors except gold.

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China Glaze Island Escape Collection: Cha Cha Cha — Photos, Swatches, Review

Picture taken after four days of wear. That’s right! Four days! No chips!

GOLDEN APPLE GORGEOUS. Cha Cha Cha is a beautiful baby from the Summer 2011 Island Escape collection. I’m not a green kind of person, but the past few weeks I can’t get enough of the earth tone on my nails! Now, the shimmer in this can come off slightly frosty, but just throw on some gold jewelry and it becomes absolutely stunning.

COLOR: Bright and brilliant green with dazzling gold shimmer.

APPLICATION: This went on smooth and opaque in just two coats.

WEAR: I wore this for four days and there were no chips or wear at all. I didn’t use a base coat or topcoat.

I don’t know how this pares up in a Dupe Off against Zoya Apple, but I intend on finding out soon. If you own Apple and/or Cha Cha Cha, let me know what you think! I think this color is unique enough that it’s a must-have.

OPI Press Release: Nice Stems! Collection

Whee! Spring and Summer always bring around such awesome nail art techniques and colors! The sky is blue, the grass is green, the weather is nice, and the flowers are in bloom! Speaking of flowers, here’s OPI’s press release on their Summer collection called Nice Stems!

The Fun Stuff:

Play The Peonies, Come to Poppy, Be a Dahlia Won't You?, I Lily Love You

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:

Play the Peonies — We’d put our money on this lovely soft pink.

Come to Poppy — Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You? — Give the gift of fabulous fuschia- to yourself!

I Lily Love You — Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.

“Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems!by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia.  Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.”

The Lowdown:

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

  • OPI polishes contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

My Thoughts:

While I’m not a pink fan, I do want all four of these colors! I could see myself wearing Play the Peonies, Come to Poppy, and I Lily Love You, and Dahlia looks too bright to be true. We’ll see once this collection rolls around whether or not I’ll be on the Dahlia train. :]

OPI Press Release: Glam Slam! England

It’s about time to roll out the Summer collections and that means PR, PR, and more PR! Which is always fun! I mean, who doesn’t like to see all the new collections coming out?! Here’s one of three OPI announced today, with the other two coming shortly!

The Fun Stuff:

Your Royal Shine-ness, Servin’ Up Sparkle, and Grape…Set…Match

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection.  To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.

The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.

The Lowdown:

  • Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) for each duo-pack.
  • OPI is 3-Free (no DBP, Toluene, or Foraldehyde) and include OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush “for the ultimate in application.”


NOTD: OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection: Stranger Tides– Photos, Swatches, and Review

Well, lookie what I got! This is Stranger Tides from OPI’s summer brights collection. While these aren’t bright, even in the least, they are still oh so summery. I bought two from the collection, one which I will post later this week– Mermaid’s Tears. I have it as a pedicure right now, and seeing how I never have and never will show pictures of my feet (I hate feet. I positively detest them.) I will do MT as a mani in a few days.

COLOR: A dusty sage green cream. It looks almost gray in the bottle, unless you really do put it up against a gray. Once I put it on it became much more green to the eye.

PIGMENTATION AND APPLICATION: This is very pigmented, it would’ve been opaque in just two coats, but I needed four to even everything out. The unevenness is strictly an issue with myself, my hands shake a lot 😉

WEAR: The picture you see above is after four days, so it’s safe to say the wear time is phenomenal. Almost no tip wear at all. One little chip on my right pointer finger is all.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a must have. It’s murky gray-green beauty is a stunner, and a perfect spring and fall color. I want a darker version of this. A perfect khaki military green is now on my lemming list.