I wore Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint from the Gumdrops Collection quite a while ago. And let me tell you something – it is now on my list of Top 3 Favourite Textured Nail Polishes! (OPI Get Your Number still remains in first place.)
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint is a medium teal, which you don’t see too often in textured lacquers. I highly recommend this shade because I think it would be flattering on soooo many diverse skin tones!
It’s like The Little Mermaid was swept ashore, and she started sunbathing. I can picture the sun beating down and making the scales on her tail glimmer. It would be like That’s What I Mint.
Canadians, you’ll also be so happy to know that it’s a Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive shade! A lot of times, Canadians get the short end of the stick, but this time, we can celebrate having this gorgeous polish readily available! YAY!
Edit: According to my US readers, apparently this polish can be found exclusively at CVS! 🙂
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint Pictures
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
Claim: BUSTED, but Product: TRUSTED & HOLY GRAIL STATUS!
- Mint (No)
- Name: Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint
- Collection: Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Lemon Lolly, That’s What I Mint, I Lilac Gumdrops, My Cherry Amour, Candy is Dandy, Cinna-man of My Dreams, Blue-Berry Sweet on You & A-Nise Treat
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart (This is a colour exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart.) Edit: According to my US readers this shade can be found exclusively at CVS!
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint Review
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint is the perfect medium teal that I’ve been lusting after. It’s not too light, not too blue, not too green (err, wait a minute! Am I sick? Haha!), and not too dark. It’s as though the baby bear from Goldilocks mixed this colour himself because it’s jusssst right! (Prodigy? Hehe!)
I didn’t want to take this polish off, so I wore it literally until it chipped after several days.
It’s definitely one of those shades you can call a ‘mermaid shade’ because it reminds you of seaweed, the ocean, and fish.
While that alone is enough to warrant a mad dash to Shoppers Drug Mart to get your paws on it, there’s actually icing on this nail-polish cake: golden glitter!
Yes, that’s right! At first, I thought it was only turquoise, but when I looked at it closer, I saw noticeable golden glitter sprinkled throughout. The turquoise is clearly dominant, but there’s also a gold accent! This takes the polish to a whole other level, and it’s completely unique in my collection of textured polishes.
I tried hard to capture this gold, but you can’t only faintly see it in my photos. So, if you’re able to swing by Shoppers Drug Mart, go check out the bottle in person. You will see what I’m talking about. And when you wear it in the sunlight, the gold comes out more! (I thought it was a fun touch for the wearer!)
Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint has a textured finish that has obvious grittiness, but it’s not sharp. You can add a top coat to smooth it out and bring out the glitter, but be prepared to apply multiple coats because this polish eats up top coat.
I prefer wearing textured polishes as-is because I’m enjoying the trend and the novelty.
The great thing about textured polishes is that they dry lightning fast – they’re my go-to choice for when I’m rushing.
As long as you have a good nail-polish remover, removal is a cinch. You’d expect textured polishes to be difficult to get off, but surprisingly, they’re not nearly as difficult as a typical glitter.
Application & Formula
I adored how easy it was to apply this. I got great pigmentation with even a single medium coat. However, I applied a second coat to intensify the colour and to maximize opacity. You shouldn’t need 3 coats, unless you’ve used thin layers.
The formula goes on evenly, which was really nice, and it dries soooooo fast! By the time I finished painting the last finger on my second hand, I just went right ahead and did a second coat on my first hand. After you finish painting, it doesn’t take long at all for the polish to be ‘cured’ enough for you to feel comfortable running your fingers through your hair!
This polish wore well on me (and I am pretty hard on my hands and nails), but of course, it can react different depending on your body’s chemistry. If it chips early, just know that it’s the type of polish where you can literally paint over the chipped part, and it dries down seamlessly. I don’t tend to do any nail-polish touch-ups, but if you do, this polish is fantastic for that, I’ve heard!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Yes, Nicole by OPI That’s What I Mint got a perfect score! Yes, HOLY GRAIL STATUS, too! If you buy only one of the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, I recommend you get this. It’s very unique for a textured polish, and you won’t find lots of dupes around (hehe, at least not yet)! 😉
What is a textured nail polish you’re loving? Do you own a lacquer that you’ve given ‘Holy Grail Status’ to? What’s on your nails today?
Edit: Yay! Nicole by OPI retweeted this blog post to their followers – what an honour!