Nicole <3's Walmart Collection

This month, Nicole by OPI is releasing more Walmart-exclusive shades!

The Nicole ♥ Walmart collection is a bit of a modern take on reds in hues of burgundy and mauve, to purples in shades of plum and iridescent lilac. Trust me, the mauve I swatched isn’t your mother’s mauve!

These Nicole ♥ Walmart lacquers are listed on the Walmart web site as part of the Justin Bieber collection, but they are not. The retail for $7 a pop.

Onto swatches!

Count on Me:

With flash:

Count on Me is a sheer, shimmery, flashing lavendar. At first I was disappointed with its sheerness, but as I started layering it, I loved how it transforms other polishes! This flashes pink and blue and just glows in the bottle and on the nail!

I showed this one first, because I’ll be layering it over the other three polishes in the collection, and will share those pics as we go along!

Got Style?

With flash:

With Count on Me layered on top, one coat:

With flash:

Got Style? was my surprise favorite of the bunch. I love mauve, but I don’t like to talk about it. I think of mauve as my mom’s polish color. It’s a stigma, what can I say?! But this mauve, this mauve is NOT my mother’s mauve. This is a kicked-up, spiced-up version, and it looks fantastic! I love it with the complexity of Count on Me’s shimmery flashes, too!

The only thing that stunk was the brush on this one was a bit wonky:

(Please click here to read a review of the new Nicole by OPI brushes!)

He’s a Keeper:

With flash:

With Count on Me layered on top, one coat:

With flash:

He’s a Keeper is an unoriginal red creme. It’s a bit brickish. While it’s unoriginal, it applies like a dream. I love the shot of it with flash. And again, Count on Me is a really cool layering polish over it!

Never Give Up:

With flash:

With one coat of Count on Me:

With flash:

Never Give Up is a bright pink shimmer with holographic glitter. I thought this would be my favorite but it was a bit of a let-down. As you can see in the first picture, instead of looking smooth and pretty and holographic, it looked bumpy. I was also disappointed because the holo bits all sunk to the bottom half of the bottle, and I tried to shake it to mix it but it barely budged. Here’s a pic:

Can you see the concentration of glitter in the bottom half?

In this case, Count on Me was a necessary layering option, and thankfully, I couldn’t go wrong. It eliminated the look of the bumps and gave it a pretty pop.

Overall, aside from Never Give Up’s bumpy ride, I didn’t have any application issues with these polishes. I had one wonky brush, but I’m getting the hang of the new, wider Nicole brushes. I absolutely love Count on Me, even though it does kinda transform each of the other polishes into look-a-likes, because the pigmentation, while sheer, is strong when layered.

These new Nicole ♥ Walmart Nail Lacquers will be available this month at select Walmart stores nationwide. I’m not sure if select means ginormous Walmarts (you know, the kind with grocery stores, too!) or just randomly selected stores. If you live in a highly populated area like me, with a Walmart – both ginormous and regular sized! – within minutes from any direction I leave my house, this isn’t too big a deal. I am sure I’d find them around.

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What do you think of these exclusives, friends?! Have you seen them and bought any? Are you going to take a pass?! Sound off in the comments below!

Disclaimer: The Nicole ♥ Walmart collection was sent to me for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer.