Nicole Glitz and Glisten

3 coats, sunlight

Nicole by OPI’s Glitz and Glisten is a clear base filled with purple micro glitter. It’s very sparkly and pretty but (to me) almost useless on its own. This was three coats and you still can see my nail. So what’s a girl to do in this situation? Layer of course!

I didn’t really put much thought into what polishes would match with this glitter. The only one that I knew would match was Nicole’s The Grape Debate as it came with Glitz and Glisten in a set when I purchased it from the US. True enough, it was the best combination. The purple glitter on the dark purple creme base looks really dazzling, almost like purple stars in the sky! My second favourite has to be the combination with China Glaze Sugar High.

In the end, I decided to go for a more subtle look using glitter just at the nail tips. Here is OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy as the sheer milky base; China Glaze Snow Globe as the first layer of glitter at the tips; Nicole Glitz and Glisten as the second layer of glitter; and finally, China Glaze White Cap as the overall wash covering the nail.

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Nubar 2010

1 coat of Nubar 2010 with NARS Midnight Express, sunlight

Nubar 2010 is a clear polish filled with multicoloured duochrome flakies. On a blue base, I see mainly green, orange and yellow, with the colours changing depending on the light. The different flake sizes also make it interesting. Some are big, others are smaller.

1 coat with OPI Nicole The Grape Debate, sunlight

On a dark purple base, I see a lot more orange than the other two colours. Overall, it’s an incredible polish for layering and an interesting twist to just plain glitter. I’m beginning to like Nubar a lot, seeing as how the two polishes I have from this line are incredible.

Nubar can be purchased off eBay to Singapore at a reasonable price.

Nicole The Grape Debate

Barbara’s nails, two coats, sunlight

The Grape Debate, from Nicole by OPI’s 2010 Holiday collection, is a dark plum creme. I like it because you can clearly tell it is purple even though it’s a dark shade, unlike one of those many near-black shades that look black most of the time (I’m looking at you, OPI Here Today, Aragorn Tomorrow).

I like this shade. I think it looks quite sophisticated and it’s definitely work appropriate.

Anna’s nails, with Nicole Glitz and Glisten

Nicole’s Glitz and Glisten came together with The Grape Debate when I purchased it in the US. The back of the box suggested that we use Glitz and Glisten as a French tip, so we tried that on one hand and it turned out quite well.