Nic's Sticks are nail polish pens made by Nicole by OPI. I pretty much always ignore them because the brush is terrible, there's not a lot of polish in the pen for the price, and the colors are normally pretty snooze worthy. Then a couple of months ago, two Nic's Sticks started appearing in closeout stores and clearance bins that were actually linear holos - a gold one called Rainbow's End and a silver one called Silver-ella. A few people on MUA ended up finding these at Tuesday Morning and Marshall's. I was out running errands over the weekend and went into Tuesday Morning. These kinds of searches are usually fruitless for me, but I emerged victorious with these!
Yes, three of them... because it takes three of these to equal one normal bottle of polish. My friend Love8Brain over at MUA had typed up a tutorial on how to take these apart to decant them into a normal bottle of polish, so that's what I did. These three silly sticks turned into this:
I put this one for the first time late this afternoon, and I'm absolutely dazzled. It is noticeably holographic even in indoor lighting. I know it would really come to life out in the sun, but it was rainy and overcast all day today. I've done what I could to capture it using a direct light source indoors, and I'm very happy with the way these pictures came out.
Seriously, this is amazing. And the formula is fan-freaking-tastic. Holos are notorious for having hideous formulas, but this one is great. I used my normal base coat, Pro-FX epoxy. Two easy coats, completely non-fussy formula. I love this.
I really want Silver-ella now too. I haven't given up the hunt! Perhaps I shall get lucky!
Happy Friday! =)