Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatches & Review

Nicole-by-OPI-Spring-Break-Swatches-ReviewHope you had a wonderful Hallowe’en last night! (What did you wear on your nails for fright night?)

Today I have another shade from the upcoming Selena Gomez Collection that’ll be in stores January 2013 – Nicole by OPI Spring Break!

It’s hard for me to pull off pink polishes…when they’re light shades. When they’re saturated like Spring Break, they’re easy to wear. It’s something to do with the contrast against my skin tone.

Okay, I don’t really know much about Selena Gomez, so I have no point of reference to use in terms of her music.

Does she have a song about spring break? Otherwise, it’s a peculiar name for a polish that’s coming out in January. Hehe, it’s like a tease!

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Nicole by OPI Spring Break Selena Gomez Collection

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Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection Spring Break

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Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatches

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Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatches & Review

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Selena Gomez Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatches

Spring Break Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection

Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatch & Review


√ Hot pink

Key Notes

Nicole by OPI Spring Break Review


Nicole by OPI Spring Break is a very saturated pink polish that doesn’t break any new colour territory, but it’s still nice.

As you know, I tend to gravitate toward colours that are flashy, weird, and non-traditional. But every once and a while, I still like to sport classically feminine shades like red and pink.

Although Nicole by OPI Spring Break is a colour that doesn’t make me drool, I believe that I’ll wear it again because it’s one of the easiest pink polishes to pull off.

It provides enough contrast between my nails and my skin tone, so my fingers don’t wind up looking dirty or washed out. And this kind of pink would really pop under some nail stamping.


The creme finish of Nicole by OPI Spring Break makes it classic. It’s one of those no-frills type of polishes. And it’s not deceptive – the bottle colour is what you get on your nails.

This polish is nice and shiny. No, it’s not as shiny as a jelly finish, but it’s still worth noting. In fact, when one of my co-workers first saw Spring Break on my nails, she thought that I finally decided to try out Shellac!

(Side note: I don’t think I’ll ever try out Shellac just because I wouldn’t want to wear the same colour for so long, and it would be a waste to wear Shellac if I’m just going to remove it after a few days.)

Application & Formula

You probably already have a pink that’s similar to this one, but if you don’t and are looking for a good classic staple, Spring Break is a great choice. It’s very easy to apply because the formula is of an excellent consistency – not too thick and not too thin. So you can control where it goes.

Although I used 3 coats, you really only need 2 medium coats to achieve full opacity. I was just testing out an extra coat to see if it would transform the shade. (Some polishes get darker with a 3rd coat.) This one pretty much looked the same at 2 as it did at 3.


  • Classic feminine colour
  • Excellent formula

  • Standard colour doesn’t reinvent the wheel (Then again, not every polish has to be revolutionary, right?)

Final Verdict: 7/10

Nicole by OPI Spring Break is a nice polish, but because pink as a colour in general isn’t my favourite, that’s why I gave it a 7. If you’re a pink lover, you’ll probably appreciate this more. However, the formula will make any nailphile happy because you don’t have to struggle – it applies beautifully.

What kind of pink polishes do you prefer to wear? Do you tend to travel during spring break, or just stay in your area?


12 thoughts on “Nicole by OPI Spring Break Swatches & Review

  1. Conni Nørskov

    As you can see on my blog, my mani for Halloween was not that much Halloween inspired. Some might think it was quite scary, though! 😉 I’ve just been playing around with my new stuff from Konad and some tiny beads – quite funny! I saw the shades from the Selena Gomez Collection, and I might be interested in the peachy “Selena”. 🙂
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Conni Norskov!

      What a cool manicure! I love how each nail had a different design. And you applied those beads so neatly! I’m impressed! 😀

      It’s still Hallowe’en-inspired because it’s black. 🙂

  2. Erin M.

    I don’t really wear much pink, but this is a really pretty shade! Also, I think Selena’s in a movie about spring break that’s supposed to come out early next year. I seem to remember people making a big deal about it when she was filming because it was more “adult” than they were used to her being in.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erin M.!

      Ooohhhh, a movie about spring break. That makes much more sense now. 😉

      Yeah, eventually all those child stars need to branch out and do something really different to be taken seriously. I never heard of it, so I don’t know just how “adult” it is.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey mellinail!

      As I find more and more pinks that don’t make my fingers look dirty, I’ve been sporting more pinks, too. 🙂 They’re like a novelty to me since, aside from oranges, they’re my least-worn colour.

  3. Jenn

    I share your same thoughts on pink polishes, but I like this one a lot! It’s so bright and vibrant! And I agree with you about Shellac, I can’t imagine ever wearing the same polish for that long…I can only go 3 days max usually, haha 😀
    And like someone above said, Selena Gomez is in a movie with James Franco and others called Spring Breakers, so I’m guessing that’s where this name is from 🙂 It was at TIFF this year and I walked by across the street as the premiere was going on…SO many fans screaming for her, it was intense!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jenn!

      Sometimes I wear polish for a full week, but that’s when I do a nail-art design that I have trouble axing. 😛 Before I started blogging, I remember wearing China Glaze Blue Sparrow for weeks…yes…plural! Such a gorgeous shade, and when I wore it recently, it broke my heart to remove it sooner than 2 weeks.

      Wow, I completely was oblivious to her new movie!

  4. Marta

    Oh how refreshing to see a bright pink these days… I’ll admit I have been either vampy or pastel lately. This is great!
    I tend to wear coral pinks most often but I would totally sport this one also.
    As per your question, i hope that as the kids get older, spring break will be a great time for us to travel a little as a family. 😀
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Coral pinks look fabulous on you, so I can’t fault you for wearing them! 😉 Then again, I wouldn’t want to fault you for anything except being so damn awesome! Haha! Seriously, your manicures are a constant source of inspiration for me. And it impresses me how you manage to juggle being a mom and doing intricate nail art so often.


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