Hello all of my lovely readers! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to do my weekly weekend post, but I knew I was getting some new nail polish for my birthday and wanted to swatch them for you guys. My birthday was last Tuesday (January 22), but I didn’t get to celebrate it until this past Sunday. Today I spent about two and a half hours getting the swatches ready. This is the first time I’ve swatched multiple colors and I have to say, it is A LOT of work, so I commend all the other nail polish bloggers who spend countless hours preparing swatches for all of us. You guys rock!
So, for my birthday I received four colors from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez collection. I got Heavenly Angel, Selena, Love Song and Naturally.
My birthday polishes!
(From left to right)
Heavenly Angel, Selena, Love Song and Naturally
Before I get started, I want to apologize in advance for some of the pictures. I’m using a new camera that I got for Christmas a few years ago and I’m not used to it yet…hence the weird lighting. Additionally, I’m in no way a pro at painting my nails, so please forgive the somewhat sloppy application and enjoy the colors.
First up is Love Song. This is a pretty lilac color that applies smoothly and is opaque in two coats.
The pictures don’t do this color justice. They make it seem like more of a periwinkle blue color, but trust me this is a true lilac and is very pretty once applied.
Next is Naturally. Naturally is a bubble gum pink color. It took me three coats to get it to the opacity that I wanted.
I then applied one coat of Heavenly Angel over Naturally. Heavenly Angel is a glitter polish with flakes of iridescent white glitter that shine green, blue and gold.
Again, the pictures don’t do this polish justice. It’s beautiful and adds just the right amount of sparkle. It was also surprisingly easy to remove.
Finally, there’s Selena, a peachy, coral pink. For people who usually wear neutrals, this would be a great polish to spice up your collection. This shade is nice and cheery without being too bright. For these pictures, I used two coats of polish, but I’d prefer wearing three just because the formula is a little streaky (this may be user error though).
Naturally and Selena are my two favorite polishes out of these four. Which are yours?
My mom purchased my Nicole by OPI polishes at WalMart for $7.00 each. You can also purchase them at Ulta for $7.99 each (click here to purchase).
Now on to the second part of my post: a comparison of OPI Rapidry spray and Seche Vite topcoat.
Seche Vite dry fast topcoat (left) and OPI Rapidry nail polish dryer (right)
When I first started doing my nails regularly, I purchased OPI Rapidry mist because I kept getting bored while waiting for my nails to dry. You spray the product on your nails 45 seconds after you apply your final coat of polish. Today, I used the Rapidry when I swatched Love Song. A minute and a half after applying Rapidry, my nails were still tacky. Five minutes after application, they were dry to the touch.
I just started using Seche Vite a few months ago because I read tons of excellent reviews on the product. Today I applied it when I swatched Naturally and Selena. My nails were dry to the touch a minute and a half after I applied Seche Vite! I felt comfortable enough to run my fingers through my hair five minutes after application. Seche Vite definitely dries polish faster than OPI Rapidry. Just remember that your manicure isn’t completely dry after five minutes; you can still ruin the polish if you aren’t careful.
Both products do have pros and cons, though. Rapidry is easy to apply, but can be messy since it’s a spray. Also, the mist sometimes leaves air bubbles on the surface of your nail, making it look a little bumpy. This can be rectified by holding the spray farther away from your nails and making sure to apply it no sooner than 45 seconds after your last coat of polish.
Seche Vite dries polish much faster than Rapidry, but it has a very strong smell. If you’re adverse to chemical scents, definitely go with the Rapidry because it has no noticeable odor. Seche Vite also feels more convenient than Rapidry because it’s a topcoat. With Rapidry, you have to apply a topcoat, then mist it over your nails. Seche Vite cuts out that extra step.
Overall, I highly prefer Seche Vite over OPI Rapidry. It gives a beautiful glossy shine to nails and dries polish very quickly. You can purchase Seche Vite at Ulta for $9.95 (Click here to purchase). OPI Rapidry sells at Ulta for $10.95.
Have you tried either product? If so, I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!