Nicole by OPI - That's What I Mint (2 coats)
First two pictures are indoors under my normal lamp
Below is a picture of it outdoors in natural sunlight.
I have no idea what's up with the name of this polish. It's not mint at all. Thats What I Mint is a beautiful teal texture polish with mostly blue and gold microglitter, and a tiny bit of green microglitter in there too. In real life it's seriously stunning. I hadn't seen this one swatched on other blogs before seeing it in store (Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada). I went into the store looking for Blueberry Sweet on You but this one just looked sooo much prettier in the bottle. I normally don't buy polish without reading reviews for it first but I took a chance on this one and I'm so glad I did!
No application issues here :) I really liked the Nicole by OPI brush. It's wide and flat like the OPI Pro-Wide brush but more rounded at the corners which I found made it nicer to use. This is definitely a two-coater. It is too sheer on the first coat but perfect on the second. Dry time was fairly good.
I just put this on last night so I don't have anything to say about wear time or removal right now. Please check back in a few days... I promise to update this post after I remove this mani!
UPDATE: Ok so that was way longer than I said it would be but as promised here is my update!
Here it is with topcoat:
Personally I LOVE it with topcoat. Although then it loses the texture/liquid sand finish that sets it apart from other blue glitters. This texture was not as rough as Honey Ryder and I think it would probably stay smooth with 2 coats of top coat.
Wear time was no good... I took it off after 2 days because I couldn't stand looking at it anymore I usually go 3-4 days before changing my mani so that says something...
No issues with removal. It was a bit slower than removing a creme finish polish but no need to use the foil method for this one. It was off in about 4 minutes (both hands) with minimal scrubbing just a few seconds of soaking.
Overall, I think in terms of color/finish this polish really is the stunner of the whole NOPI Gumdrops collection. I'm surprised it wasn't included in the samples provided to major bloggers... the ones that I regularly read anyway (The PolishAholic, Fashion Polish, Vampy Varnish, Peachy Polish). I was pretty disappointed with the wear time though. I think this might just be because I had read on All Lacquered Up that the Mariah Carey liquid sands wore like iron and it got my hopes up. I'll still wear this for a quick mani... it is very pretty! I just wish it stayed on longer.