nicole by opi carrie

After living in the South for 22 years, there are characteristics easier to acclimate to than others.  For me, the three problematic things were: grits, sweet tea and country music.  I’ve finally warmed up to grits and sweet tea (thanks to Pensacola’s Fish House and Charleston’s Martha Lou’s Kitchen) but country music is still not enjoyable for me.

My younger sister in California is a huge country music fan and has the Pandora playlists to prove it.  My youngest sister’s country music favorite, however, is American Idol’s Carrie Underwood.

The main Carrie Underwood song that stands out in my mind isBefore He Cheats. This song indulged a lot of my scorned woman fantasies after being recently duped by a good-for-nothing guy around the time the song released.  My husband, a big car enthusiast, was horrified by the revenge getting taken out on an innocent vehicle.

American As Apple Pie (two coats)

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This strawberry red with a subtle pink shimmer has mad pigmentation.  If careful, it can be opaque in one coat but two is definitely enough.

Backstage Pass (three coats)

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Red grape shimmer in a black base.  The Polishaholic must have been reading my mind, because the first thing that came to mind while applying Backstage Pass was OPI’s Midnight in Moscow.  It’s a little more purple than MiM but has a similar watery formula that needs three coats for opacity.

Carnival Cotton Candy (three coats)

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Bubblegum pink creme.  This could be opaque with two careful coats, but I kept having issues with the formula and ended up with three.  The application is a bit finicky since it tends to coagulate rather than flow.

Color Me Country (three coats)

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This color brought back a lot of childhood memories…because it’s a lot like Crayola’s Carnation Pink, available in the 16-pack of crayons.  How many of you turned this crayon into a stump?  I can’t be the only one!

Fisher Queen (three coats)

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Rich, dark violet shimmer.  This reminds me a lot of Illamasqua’s Baptiste and is a great alternative for the high-end price.

Get Carried Away (three coats)

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This glitter gold also has smatterings of silver, but is definitely yellow gold.  It dries gritty but isn’t a dupe for Zoya Solange.

Goodbye Shoes (three coats)

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This slate blue/green is a bit of a chameleon depending on the lighting.  In person, it looks blue/green but looks greener in pictures.

Lips Are Dripping Honey (one coat over Goodbye Shoes)

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This topper has a rather thick base with gold holographic hexagons with a bit of smaller gold holographic glitter.  It’s not too finicky compared to Party Bus.

Love My Pups (four coats)

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If I had been more patient and careful, this pale pink jelly would be fine with three coats.  I know many people are bored by colors like Love My Pups, but milky colors are always welcome in my collection.  This one has a pretty good application and reminds me of a pinker version of OPI Funny Bunny.

Party Bus (one coat over Carnival Cotton Candy)

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While I’m intrigued by mainstream brands starting to adopt indie polish trends, the execution tends to be bad, such as Party Bus and OPI holiday 2013’s I Snow You Love Me.  Like I Snow You Love Me, you’ll have to fish for the large flower-shaped holographic glitter or else you’ll end up with sparse glitter and lots of goopy base.

Sing You Like A Bee (three coats)

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I have a bit of trouble describing this polish’s finish…it has glass flecks but has a textured, sugary finish, similar to Zoya Destiny and OPI Jinx.  Think of a textured glass fleck version of Chanel’s Pearl Drop, white with a gold flash.

Some Hearts (two coats)

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This bright, saturated coral reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Coral…and costs 50% less.

Southern Charm (three coats)

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This cafe-au-lait would look right at home in Zoya’s spring 2014 Naturel collection.  Coincidentally, that collection has a polish that shares a name with another country music star.

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Sweet Daisy (two coats)

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I love salmon…I love it in my sushi, I love it smoked on a bagel with cream cheese, onions and capers, but I do not love it on my skintone.  This color looks fabulous on others but it’s not for me.  This salmon pink creme is opaque after two coats.

My main problem with this collection is the lack of color selection…it’s overwhelmingly pink.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with pink, I just want more choices.

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I will say, NOPI did get a bit adventurous with flower glitter but the execution could be better.  I find that many mainstream brands have a problem with chunkier glitters (e.g., OPI I Snow You Love Me, China Glaze Whirled Away, every NOPI I’ve owned with heart glitter).

Like country music, this collection may not be for everyone but I’m sure there’s someone out there who LOVES it.  My favorites are:  Love My Pups, American As Apple Pie, Some Hearts, Fisher Queen.

Are there any local tastes in our area you just can’t acclimate to?  Or are there any you’re missing from other places?  I could kill a box full of boiled crawfish right now, which isn’t readily available in the Lowcountry.

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