The Nic's Stick Paint & Go Nail Lacquer is something that I received in my December 2011 Cravebox. I wasn't too thrilled at first because I am not a fan of Nicole by OPI and the color wasn't really something that I would purchase. Although OPI is my favorite nail lacquer brand, I feel like their side brands (Nicole, Sephora, etc) aren't that great. One night, I got bored and decided to paint my nails. I have a review box next to my vanity that has all the items I received in that months "boxes" so that when I am doing my make up, I can remember to try them out, so I dug in there and got it out. Here is my review.
Before I get into the review and more specifics, let me show you some pictures:
The color I received was "Stick With Me", it isn't much of a "color", not much of a white but not much of a nude. It is more of a creamy nude. I didn't think I would like the color but ended up really loving it.
The "wand" wasn't that great, to be honest, but it wasn't that terrible either. I have seen better. The thing I love the most about OPI is their LARGE brush wands and this goes along with it. However, when I received mine, the bristles were kind of all over the place already.
Just Pump, Paint and Go! This long-wearing, fast drying formula fits in your pocket or purse. Formula does not contain DBP, Toluene or Formaldehyde.Packaging (3/5):
The packaging was a hit and miss for me. I love that it is in a pen form, it's easy to store and easy to carry with you for touch ups. I loved that it has a pump type applicator on it, I thought that was pretty unique. The two things I didn't like about the packaging itself was that the bristles to the brush were kind of wonky and that you can't tell how much polish you have in there.
The polish itself was very liquidy, not like your normal nail polish. When you clicked to get the polish it, it came out quick. The first couple times I did it, it came out so quick I have to pump again because it would land up on something other than my nails. The color itself was fairly sheer, it took about 3 coats to make it "opaque". Because the brush will also collect dried up polish from your last go around, it will somewhat streak, but once it was dried, I couldn't see much of any streaking.
To be honest, I think a nail polish only lasts as good as your top/base coat is. I rarely have problems with chipping because I do use a top coat that I love and works wonders. I only wear the same painted nails for 5-7 days straight before I paint them again but didn't experience any chipping. If you used this without a top coat, I could see it chipping because of how thin the product is.
I wouldn't say that the price is too high, but I wouldn't say that it's affordable either. The price is $6.50 for .135fl oz. A normal OPI Polish is $8.50 for .5fl oz, which is saying this pen should be about $2.30. With the $6.50 price tag, a normal OPI polish is a better value.
I appreciate the quickness and convienece of these. I would pick up a color or 2 for traveling to make life easier and less packing. Application is simple and if you like simple, I would say pick them up. These would be great for little girls too who want to paint their nails like mom!!
You can get these on Amazon for $4.99 or $6.50 at walmart!