Nicole by OPI: Blues In The Night (swatches, review, & comparison)
Moving right along with Black ‘n’ Blue Week I’ve got another vampy black polish to show you all, somewhat similar to the one I shared with you yesterday. This time we have Blues In The Night (BitN) from Nicole by OPI. This one was acquired in a blog sale, at the time I did not realize that BitN was a limited edition polish that was only released in Canada. What are the odds that it would find its way to me in Michigan?!
All swatches today are with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.
Blues In The Night
Blues In The Night is a pretty interesting polish. At first glance it looks like any other black polish with *insert shimmer color here*, but upon a closer look you’ll see that this one is filled with duo-chromatic shimmer! The shimmer changes from a blue/teal to a purple/fuchsia color in certain angles.
This is my first experience with Nicole by OPI so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by a smooth formula and I reached opacity with two coats!
I was a little sad that the purple shimmer was much more shy than the blue when it came to appearing on my nails. The duo-chromatic quality of the polish looks much stronger in the bottle than it did on my digits. If you enlarge this photo to its maximum size you can just see hints of the purple around the edge and sides of my nails.
When it did switch to the purple and fuchsia shimmer it was simply gorgeous! This is another one of those polishes where I could spend ages just moving my fingers around.
Here’s a close-up that gives you a good look at the color changes in Blues In The Night. Looking at the finger that is in range you can definitely see the color shift. It’s hard to imagine that both nails in the shot are painted with the same polish!
Comparison: Barielle – Blackened Bleu vs. Nicole by OPI – Blues In The Night
I wanted to do a quick comparison since I had Blackened Bleu out while I was swatching. Right away you can tell that the shimmer in Blacked Bleu (BB) is much more dense than the shimmer in Blues In The Night (BitN).
They both have the same black sheer base, though I think that BitN is a bit more opaque since I only needed two coats for that one (three needed for BB).
Here you can see the biggest difference in the two polishes right away. BB always has the tightly packed blue and teal shimmer, while BitN will shift to the purple and fuchsia. Both very pretty, definitely not dupes.
When I first applied Blues In The Night I was positive that I had a dupe for my other black w/blue shimmer polishes, but I was quite wrong on that assumption and pleasantly surprised by the duo-chromatic shimmer. I’m a fan of vampy colors so this one is definitely staying in my stash.
As I mentioned earlier, my bottle of Blues In The Night came from a blog sale. It was a limited edition release for Canada so I don’t believe you can get it in the stores anymore. I have seen it on ebay (for good & not-so-good prices) though so if you must have it you can try your luck there. ^_^