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About Face: Before holiday sets flood stores, grab summer and fall’s best nail polish

Polishes from Nicole by OPI

NicoleByOPITinkerbell ModernFamilyHoliday ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceFirst picture, top row, left to right: Nicole by OPI Tink collection shades Sweet on Pete; Half-Charming, Half-Alarming; Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary; and Tink’s in the Pink

First picture, bottom row, left to right: Nicole by OPI Modern Family holiday 2013 shades Who Red My Journal?, You’re My Treasure, Late Blu-mer, Spark the Conversation, Aren’t Families Grape?

Second picture, left to right: Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection Blue-berry Sweet on You; A-nise Treat; Cinna-man of My Dreams; My Cherry Amour; Candy is Dandy; I Lilac Gumdrops

Nicole by OPI, the little sister brand of salon powerhouse OPI, branched out in lots of different ways this summer and fall, experimenting with textures and finishes. My favorite might have been the mini four-shade collection, Tink, inspired by Peter Pan’s sidekick Tinker Bell. I love the weird, soupy green Sweet on Pete, as well as the orangey-red Half-Charming, Half-Alarming and lighter orange Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary. Tink’s in the Pink is a little more expected, but they’re all very nice crèmes.

NicoleByOPIGumdrops ChesapekeFamilyAboutFaceAnd Nicole by OPI also returned to their sweet spot with added shades to their “Modern Family” collection, inspired by the hit ABC show; although these are “holiday” shades, I’ve seen them in stores for weeks now, and am not sure how much longer they’ll be around. Who Red My Journal? is a really nice metallic red; You’re My Treasure and Spark the Conversation are great glitter topcoats, very chunky and attention-grabbing; and Late Blu-mer and Aren’t Families Grape? are nicely unexpected for the holidays.

Also unexpected for Nicole by OPI is the Gumdrops collection, which is the same textured glitter as the Zoya PixieDust collection. But these colors are darker, and more fall-appropriate: cobalt Blue-berry Sweet on You; almost-black A-nise Treat; mauve Cinna-man of My Dreams; berry My Cherry Amour; light pink Candy is Dandy; and light purple I Lilac Gumdrops. A-nise Treat and Cinna-man of My Dreams are especially nice—I haven’t seen any glittery finishes in these shades yet.

AVAILABILITY: Nicole by OPI shades are about $7 each at stores like Target, Ulta, and other drugstores.

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