Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight Swatches & Review (Layered Over Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum)

Nicole-by-OPI-Kissed-at-Midnight-Swatches-ReviewThis is what one coat of Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight looks like over two coats of Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum!

Both polishes are from the Selena Gomez Collection that’ll be in stores January 2013.

Although I liked wearing Pretty in Plum solo, I loooooved this combination way more. I think it adds just enough bling, and the bling contrasts enough so it stands out instead of getting lost in the base colour.

What would you layer under this gold glitter?

Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight Pictures


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Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight Swatches

All swatches have:

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√ Gold glitter

Key Notes

Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight Review


Kissed At Midnight is a brilliant gold that’s fresh and current. It’s a very versatile type of gold because you can use it over lots of different base colours from yellow to black.

I really like pairing purple with gold because they’re the two royal colours. And you should try putting it over pink or green or blue…or…any other colour in the rainbow! 😉

All of the glitter is the same shade of gold. Unlike multicoloured glitter that you have to put more thought into pairing with a base colour that complements all the shades, Kissed At Midnight is very easy to pair with nearly any base hue.


Kissed At Midnight is a chunky glitter, so the finish has noticeable texture. However, there seems to be a lot of clear polish that coats the glitter, so it’s smoother than you’d expect with a traditional chunky glitter. (When you put on a top coat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, it makes it smoother.)

There are 2 different sizes of glitter. The large ones are hexagonal. The small ones look like they’re rounded.

It’s also important to note that the base polish is clear, so you won’t have to worry about it altering the polish you layer over. This increases the layering possibilities!

Be prepared to put in the time if you’re gonna do the crime. 😉 This glitter does take some elbow grease to remove. You’ll want to use the foil method or purchase those cool ‘bubble containers’ on eBay for removal. (Those bubble containers let you put polish remover in them, then you stick your fingers in them, and in 5 minutes, the glitter polish just dissolves! I’ve been thinking about purchasing a set.)

If you get some glitter hanging over the edge of your nail that you didn’t push back, you can take a nail file and just file away the sharp edges. Also, when you use a top coat, put some on the free edge of your nail to smooth it out more. This will help prevent your nails from snagging on your clothes.

Application & Formula

Kissed At Midnight has a great formula. I was surprised that the polish wasn’t gooey or hard to work with. It was actually pretty smooth and easy to paint with.

When you paint your nails like normal, the glitter goes on fairly well, but you may need to use the tip of your brush to move some pieces around. It’s not cumbersome, though.

Also, if you plan to use more than one coat, I suggest letting each coat dry before you add another one. This will prevent blatant bald patches.

That being said, I highly recommend that you use this polish for layering only. If you use multiple coats of just this, it’s going to become exponentially more challenging to remove.

1, 2 & 3 Coats

As you can see, if you just wear Kissed At Midnight solo, you won’t achieve full opacity even with 3 coats. This is also why I recommend using this polish for layering.

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  • Blingy gold glitter in 2 sizes
  • Clear base allows you more freedom to layer it over any polish
  • Formula is easy to work with

  • Glitter has texture
  • Challenging to remove

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

I really enjoyed wearing Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight over Pretty in Plum. The combination was striking, and I felt like both colours shone without overpowering the other.

This is the type of glitter that you can layer over tons of different polishes, so it’s really versatile. Excellent polish!

What would you layer under Kissed At Midnight? How do you typically remove glitter polish? Do you prefer chunky or fine glitter?


30 thoughts on “Nicole by OPI Kissed At Midnight Swatches & Review (Layered Over Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum)

  1. Shannon

    I really like gold. I didn’t realize this until I started swatching my whole collection on nail wheels and was like.. damn.. I have a lot of gold. And then Goldeneye arrived in the mail the next day, haha.

    This looks lovely over the purple! I totally have a thing for gold and blue though. I want to put it over my Road House Blues. Or green. It would look all kinds of awesome over a dark green.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Shannon!

      Interesting – our collections are very different. I don’t have many gold polishes. Which ones are your favourites? For me, OPI GoldenEye tops them all. But for a multichrome with some gold, I also like Chanel Peridot (however that has green in it – woo hoo!). 😉

      1. Shannon

        I don’t have as much gold as I do other colours (Like green. I have a lot of green), but I was surprised at how much I actually did have!

        Goldeneye is really awesome! I think it is my new favourite gold. It’s just so ridiculously sparkly. For something a bit softer, I really like Orly Luxe (it’s counterpart in silver, Dazzle, is my favourite silver too!).

        I know it’s technically not gold (well, black with gold shimmer), but I really like China Glaze Wagon Trail. I have a gem stone crystal ball of Gold Sheen Obsidian and Wagon Trail just looks so much like it! The stone looks pitch black until light hits it, then it lights up like it has a swirling, golden sandstorm inside it. Love!

        Hope you’re well Mary!
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        1. Mary Post author

          Your gemstone crystal ball sounds amazing! 🙂 Wagon Trail is such a dark, mysterious shade, so I can picture how awesome the crystal ball you have is!

          Thanks for the well wishes, Shannon! 🙂 Hope that you’re doing well!

  2. karen

    I love that you always manage to find something that makes me double-think.

    I would have automatically reached for a rich brown, black or dark blue…but I LOVE it over the purple that you’ve chosen. It’s bold and so pretty! Sure, the glitter is chunky, but I usually find that a coat of cheap topcoat followed by a coat of the ‘good stuff’ (Seche or Fast Forward) usually smooths it right out.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      Glad to hear that you liked this colour combination! 🙂 Oh, but I can picture it looking great over a brown now that you mention it.

  3. Brianna

    I love this! I’ve never seen those bubble containers before, they look really cool. I usually try the foil method, but get aggravated and just rub at my nails. I wish it were easier to remove glitter polish just like a creme polish, then I would wear them more than I already do!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      The bubble containers are pretty new to me as well. I’m not sure how long they’ve been around, but I haven’t heard many people mentioning them. I think they’re worth getting – inexpensive and effective. Plus then we won’t have to scrub and scrub!

      Let me know if you decide to get them. I may buy a set next year.

  4. Jessica

    I like this combo a lot! This looks like a gold glitter that would go with a lot. Lol I kept thinking there were pink pieces in it though–you must have been wearing something red that reflected off the glitter in some of the pictures!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      You know what? When I was typing the blog post, I thought about including a little note saying that I was wearing a pink sweater, and that some of the glitter was reflecting that…haha, but then I wasn’t sure if people would even notice. 😛 But you have a keen eye! Two, even! 😉 I’m very impressed that you paid so close attention to the details!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      We’re on the same wavelength – usually I’m not a fan of gold, either. But this and OPI GoldenEye have been the two gold polishes lately that really got my attention!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Randi!

      Glad that you like it, too! 🙂 I can really see this gold glitter over sooo many shades. I’ll need to wear it again to test out new combinations. 🙂

  5. Candice

    Hey Mary!

    I loved seeing your beautiful swatches. I’m wondering, as I’ve noticed on the last few glitter posts you’ve mentioned that it’s hard to remove. Just in case there’s a chance that you haven’t heard about using PVA glue (like Elmer’s glue) as a base coat, I thought I’d make sure you have heard about it. Because I’ve been using it for glitter mani’s in particular, and man that makes removal SO EASY. Which, as a glitter lover, is pretty exciting.

    Take care,

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Candice!

      Thank you so much! Actually, the hardest part about blogging for me is taking photos, so I’m reallllly happy to hear that you liked them. 🙂 Makes me feel good knowing that my efforts haven’t been in vain. (I certainly don’t have the best photos, but I’m glad when readers find them at least helpful.) 🙂

      Ohhh, yes! I read about PVA glue as a base coat, but I’ve never tried it. I should since it seems easy enough to do! 🙂 But, tell me, does a manicure using glue as a base coat last just as long as with a regular base coat? For some reason, I imagine that the polish would be prone to chipping earlier. What has been your experience with it?

      1. Candice

        I’ve definitely found your posts and pictures helpful! I picked up Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight because of your photos. And boy, it did not disappoint!!! I love that polish. So, thank you!

        Well, I typically get bored of my polish before it chips… so I’m not the best person to ask. 😛 But I recently had a mani that lasted four days with the glue base coat, and I only took it off because I wanted to change it. Ha ha.

        1. Mary Post author

          I’m so glad to hear that! 😀 Haha, that’s a lot better than if they’re useless…haha! So thank you! 😉

          Yes, Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight is incredible. I don’t know anyone who has tried it who didn’t fall in love with it. It’s pretty much a winner all around, especially for those who were lemming Orly Halley’s Comet but couldn’t find it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Light blue is such a Marta colour – you always make it look soft and elegant. I can see it on you with this gold glitter on top. 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amanda!

      Haha, it was also somehow easier for me to photograph the purple WITH the gold glitter on top. Without that top coat, a LOT of my photos were blurry.

  6. Cindi

    Must. Have. This.
    Oh so pretty. I love glitters and I really love gold. This reminds me of Sephora OPI’s I’ve Found A Pot of Gold except it (SOPI) has diamond glitters too.
    At first I thought there were some rose/plum colored glitter in it too, but they weren’t in every pic so I decided it was a reflection instead. I love OPI’s Goldeneye, I have it on now but this mani is coming off today. Can you imagine how pretty this would be layered over Goldeneye?!!!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cindi!

      Oh, I don’t think I’ve seen that Sephora by OPI shade. The name is really cute!

      Hehe, the rose/plum you see is the bottle reflecting the colour of a shirt I was wearing when I was photographing it. 😉 Oops!

      GoldenEye is spectacular – my favourite gold nail polish and the one that made me look at gold lacquer differently.


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