Carrie Underwood For Nicole by OPI – Swatches & Review




I don’t know about you, but I am always excited when I see interesting and fun celebrity collaborations. When I first heard that Carrie Underwood would be teaming up with Nicole by OPI, I was thrilled because I looooove her. I can’t say that I’m still an American Idol fan, but I still remember when she won her season and how awesome I thought it was. Now that she because a huge superstar in her own right, I’ve continued to follow her and her music despite the fact that I’m not a typical country music fan. As soon as I received this collection, I set out to swatch it because I was so excited. Let’s take a look at my swatches for the Carrie Underwood for Nicole by OPI Collection, and then I will share my thoughts with you.

Nicole by OPI Love My Pups 1aNicole by OPI Love My Pups 2Love My Pups
Let’s “paws” for this adorably sweet pink

Nicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy 1aNicole by OPI Carnival Cotton Candy 2Carnival Cotton Candy
This spun sugar pink is all about fun

Nicole by OPI Color Me Country 1aNicole by OPI Color Me Country 2Color Me Country
This soul-ful hot pink makes me want to sing

Nicole by OPI Some Hearts 1aNicole by OPI Some Hearts 2Some Hearts
You can’t beat this romantic coral dream

Nicole by OPI Sweet Daisy 1aNicole by OPI Sweet Daisy 2Sweet Daisy
A bouquet of southern peach blossoms

Nicole by OPI Southern Charm 1aNicole by OPI Southern Charm 2Southern Charm
Frankly my dear, this nude shade looks charming on you

Nicole by OPI As American As Apple Pie 1aNicole by OPI As American As Apple Pie 2American as Apple Pie
Tradition runs deep in this classic red

Nicole by OPI Goodbye Shoes 1aNicole by OPI Goodbye Shoes 2Goodbye Shoes
Hit the road, but leave me this standalone gray-green

Nicole by OPI Fisher Queen 1aNicole by OPI Fisher Queen 2Fisher Queen
I’m hooked on this deep, deep eggplant

Nicole by OPI Lips Are Dripping Honey 1aNicole by OPI Lips Are Dripping Honey 2Lips are Dripping Honey
This multi-gold glitter is sweet on you

Nicole by OPI Backstage Pass 1aNicole by OPI Backstage Pass 2Backstage Pass
I want access to this brown with purple nuances

Nicole by OPI Party Bus 1aNicole by OPI Party Bus 2Party Bus
Celebrate on-the-go with this party-perfect confetti glitter

Nicole by OPI Sing You Like A Bee 1aNicole by OPI Sing You Like A Bee 2Sing You Like a Bee
Put some of this frosty ice on that, honey!

Nicole by OPI Carrie'd Away 1aNicole by OPI Carrie'd Away 2Carrie’d Away
Carrie’s own gold record signature shade

Wow, that was a lot of swatching! This 14 piece collection is composed of 8 cremes, 4 glitters and 2 shimmers. All of those crèmes made my heart happy!  The two best crèmes—formula-wise—are American As Apple Pie and Goodbye Shoes. American As Apple Pie is one of those perfect one coat reds that I can always appreciate. The 6 other crèmes were nice, but I did find that they required a little more work because they all applied streaky on the first coat. I left plenty of dry time in between coats so that I could eliminate and dragging which unfortunately creates bald spots.  I just love pink polish so I was so excited with all the pink here. The light pink nudeish shade, I Love My Pups, will require multiple coats and you may still have some visible nail line. Despite this, the color is very crisp and lady-like so I’m diggin’ it.

The two shimmer shares (Bastage Pass and Fisher Queen) are great dark and vampy colors. At first I felt the formula was lacking pigmentation, but the second coat evened out my polish perfectly. I think these shades are super welcome in this collection because of the sugary sweetness of most of the crèmes.  We all need some variety…amirite?

The four glitters include two glitter toppers that I quite liked. I wouldn’t say that Lips Are Dripping Honey is revolutionary, but boy did I love how it looked. In fact, it’s my favorite glitter from this collection. Party bus is cute but I’m always cautious about big glitter. I didn’t notice any curling with the bigger flower-shaped glitters and I left this on for a day. I may have to try it out again because I suspect it might curl a bit. The two other glitters are somewhere between fine micro-glitters and texture polishes. I didn’t think that they were quite as rough-feeling as most texture polishes out there but they still had that sandy look to them and they dried fairly satin-y and matte. Carrie’d Away, in particular, is super sparkly. Even though I’m not a fan of gold polishes (I’m looking at you, Gold Master V!), Carrie’d Away is so bright and sparkly that I know I’ll be using it again. The one thing I didn’t like about these last two polishes is that the glitter gets into every nook and cranny. I used pure acetone to remove these polishes and I still had glitter embedded in my cuticles, under my nails, up my arms, in my nose…ok, maybe not in my nose but you get the picture.

Overall, I really like this collection. If you’re like me (or like Lesley), you’ll probably want these bad because they are Carrie Underwood polishes. While the colors aren’t something groundbreaking, you get a nice variety of colors and finishes. I’m not going to lie: I love that this collection has 8 cremes. I love crèmes. I have always loved crèmes and I always will. My favorites are: Goodbye Shoes, Carnival Cotton Candy, Color Me Country, Backstage Pass, Fisher Queen and Lips Are Dripping Honey. So now that I have rambled on and on, what do YOU think about these? Thank so much for the visit, and we’ll talk soon!

From Nicole by OPI

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.  This limited edition collection will be in newly designed bottles featuring the NEW Nicole logo.  These shades will be available January 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select CVS, Duane Reade, HEB, Kroger, Kmart, Ulta, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Meijer, and Harmon locations.  In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws. For more information, visit Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

35 thoughts on “Carrie Underwood For Nicole by OPI – Swatches & Review

  1. Wow ,what a great collection of polishes! Carrie and OPI went all out on this one, didn’t they?And all the colors look fantastic on your beautiful nails!

  2. Fisher Queen is killing me! I nearly like all these colors, but Queen, Color Me Country and Good Bye Shoes are on my to be purchased ASAP list.

    Super pixs and I really appreciate it when bloggers tell me what polishes might be difficult. Great review as usual!

  3. I saw these recently at Walmart and couldn’t decide which colors I wanted…they are all so beautiful. You’re swatches made me want to purchase them all even more!! How was the consistency of them?

    1. For the cremes, the red and smoky teal are perfect. I think the pinks and corals were a little streaky after the first coat but they leveled out nicely with a thicker second coat. Love My Pups was super sheer but I was expecting that. The shimmers and the glitters were great. All around this is a great collection.

  4. I love that goldy glitter but hate the name. If someone’s lips were actually dripping honey, can you imagine how disgusting that would look?? Gross. The rest of the colors are pretty, but not very exciting if you ask me. :-/ I like the coral-y colors but they’re still not that exciting.
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  5. I’m in love with this collection. I love Carrie & think she did a great job collaborating with Opi & picking great colors. I gotta have it!

  6. Yay, it’s here! I like Carrie Underwood, too…I think she’s pretty and she seems nice, although I’m not a fan of country music. I remember when she won American Idol, too…I was at a trade show in Baltimore…man, that was A LONG time ago!
    As you know (hehe), I have been looking forward to this collection. I think my favorites are Color Me Country, Some Hearts, American As Apple Pie, Goodbye Shoes, and Lips Are Dripping Honey. Oddly, I’m not too into the two vamps, but everything else is gimme gimme gimme!
    I’ve been kind of avoiding this collection to try to circumvent a “BUY ALL THE THINGS” expenditure, because that’s like $100 for this collection…but now I want it again, haha.

    1. I kind of do like country music…not all of it, but I do like it. I don’t know why we were so obsessed with this collection way before we even had swatches to drool over. I’ve got to say that I was not disappointed–they are awesome! Sorry, but you’re going to want all of them. ALL OF THEM.

      1. Damn it…shut it!!!
        I should just bust out the credit card and give up…when you get that “I want an entire collection” bug, there’s pretty much no stopping it.
        Two collections that I own in their entirety are some of my favorites of all time…ChG On Safari and FingerPaints Gumdrops and Lollipops. That ChG Fall one we bought…not so much, LOL! I haven’t even used any of them. :/

        1. Ugh…I finally got rid off that whole colection via my blog sale. I regret it a little because I did like some of the colors but it was such a snoozer overall. The excitement of finding it is another topic altogether and it had nothing to do with the actual collection. haha

  7. What’s been so frustrating for me in relation to this collection is that every grocery, drug store and even Ulta only have a seven-color display. What’s up with that? Thinking I’m going to have to go to a salon to find the full 14.

    1. The collection is being release in 2 waves. The second 7 piece set isn’t out yet from what I can tell. They should have just released them all at once!

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