Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights from the upcoming Selena Gomez Collection due out in January 2013 is the first colour that caught my eye. Naturally, that meant I had to wear it first!
Yellows are notorious for being difficult. They’re usually streaky. So I was curious if this would be a miraculous one-coater or a dream to apply.
Even though green is my ‘comfort-polish’ colour to sport, I really like yellow, even though finding a flattering one can be tricky.
If it’s too pale or too orange, it makes my fingers look sickly or like I have jaundice. The easiest yellows for me to wear are neons, but that’s because neons look good on everyone.
Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights Pictures
Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 3 coats of Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Not-so-mellow yellow
- Name: Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights
- Collection: Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Hit the Lights, Selena, Love Song, Naturally, Spring Break, Pretty in Plum, Scarlett, Stars at Night, Mi Fantasia, Kissed at Midnight, Confetti Fun, Heavenly Angel, Sweet Dreams & Inner Sparkle
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: It’ll be available January 2013 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Jean Coutu, Loblaw & London Drug.
Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights Review
While this yellow isn’t as mellow as Orly Spark, it’s a soft yellow that isn’t harsh. But it still has enough ‘bite’ to it that it doesn’t make your fingers look sickly.
It’s a cheerful kind of yellow that’s fresh because it doesn’t have a lot of orange in it like some egg-yolk yellows do. I found this particular yellow easy to wear.
You’ll remember in my blog post about having dinner with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann that she said yellow and blue would be very trendy in the coming year. So that explains why this one will be part of a winter collection. (Normally when I see this type of yellow, I think of spring and summer.)
When I was having dinner with a friend, I wore this, and he said, “Don’t take this the wrong way (because usually I compliment you on it) but this time, your nail polish really stands out.”
That. Was. The. Point. 😉
I was wearing a black-and-grey leopard-print cardigan and jeans, so my yellow nail polish really popped against my clothes. Haha, guys don’t always ‘get it’, right?
It’s funny how he thought that he was offending me when I actually took it as a compliment since that’s the effect I was going for. Sometimes you want your nail colour to stand out and get attention, so you mute the colour palette on what you’re wearing.
Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights has a creme finish, which is simple and straight-forward. (It’s also very easy to remove.)
Application & Formula
Okay, so this wasn’t a one-coater like I was hoping. It’s streaky, so I recommend that you use 3 coats to cover any visible nail line. For me, it needed all 3 coats. At 2 coats, you could still see areas that were unevenly coated.
Yellows seem to stain my nails, so this time, I doubled up on base coat prior to wearing it. When I removed it, my nails weren’t stained.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
Despite the formula being streaky and requiring 3 coats, I still gave it a high score because the shade itself was very fun to wear. It’s not stale-looking, and I think when yellows have too much orange or too much white, that’s when people have a lot of trouble pulling off a yellow. This one isn’t too pale, and it’s not too ‘egg-yolk’y, so I think more people should be able to wear this. YAY!
Have you ever found a streak-free or one-coat yellow? What colour do you find the most challenging to wear? Which colours from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection would you like me to review next?