Nicole by OPI: My Lifesaver

My Lifesaver from Justin Bieber collection

When I got this polish I knew it wasn’t going to be the most unique sea foam / Tiffany’s green. Because well, sea form greens are often pretty much the same. Basically perfect to me. And from a lot of other nail polish collectors out there, this color is always a must have from any collection. We all just love it.

I am unfamiliar with the Bieber song this polish is named after. (“Baby” is my pick. I hope my boyfriend doesn’t read that.) I knew I had at least 6 colors similar to My Lifesaver. Which isn’t really that many! But I didn’t care and wanted it anyway. And from other photos I saw it seemed to be the slightest touch lighter, and it is.

Turquoise&Caicos, My Lifesaver, Gumdrop

Just to give you an idea here are Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos, Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver, and Orly Gumdrop.  My Lifesaver is by no means minty really to me, it’s just slightly lighter than both of these polishes. Gumdrop and T&C seem to have a touch more blue. ML also dries a little darker than in the bottle.

My Lifesaver

My skin looks oddly red in these photos and I apologize. It isn’t at all. I think it’s because I took these later in the day so the lighting was different. As mentioned, this polish is a sea foam creme. I wouldn’t call it a turquoise, it’s not deep or dark enough to be a turquoise to me. It’s very tropical and summer time to me. A beautiful color no matter what.

Close up

Now is where we get to the tricky part. I thought with the new Nicole by OPI brushes apply this polish would be easy as pie. However, for me, that was not the case. And I’m not sure who’s to blame. Is it the new brush? Or is it the polish?

The first coat of this polish looked horrid. It was so streaky, uneven, and full of brush strokes. I held judgement back until I finished applying the second coat and was left with a more opaque version of the first coat. Streaky grossness. By the third coat I was able to get things almost fully even.

Pretty sea foamy green goodness

The formula was also pretty thick and goopy, which I really am not a fan of. I don’t really ever like the thickness that comes with creme polishes, but this formula seemed particularly thick and gross. I think a drop or two of thinner would do this polish a lot of good. Even with top coat, things aren’t fully glassy and even, there’s slight streakiness / brushstrokey-ness. But it’s not very noticeable.

If you already have a herd of these pretty greens, then I would say you can pass on My Lifesaver because of the formula issues. I still love this color, and am glad to have it on since I haven’t worn this shade in awhile. But the polish was annoying to deal with it!

Where to Buy: Target / Ulta / Drugstores / Online /$ 7



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3 responses to “Nicole by OPI: My Lifesaver

  1. Eileen

    Phew! I thought it was me! Streaky is an understatement! I have just finished my third coat and it is finally acceptable but not great. I did not have a base coat on so wondered if that would have helped. Like theclor but no really worth the effort. Wonder of it’s a batch problem . Bought mine at Target a week ago….

    • Oof, this polish was hard to work with! I had a difficult time making it look pretty.
      I think it’s just the formula of this particular color in this collection. Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos is pretty much the same color, and I didn’t have any formula issues with it. This color is always great, but definitely try to get one that isn’t such a pain to work with!
      – Liz

  2. Nancy

    i love this color…and i just had to get it since it’s bieber! oh and the song is “overboard”

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