DOVE® + Nicole by OPI® Dark Chocolate-Inspired Nail Lacquer Kit Review

I posted the Press Release regarding the DOVE® Chocolate + Nicole by OPI® Ring in the New Year with an Irresistible Sweepstakes this past weekend {so check that out if you want to win these shades for yourself}; and today I am so excited to share swatches of these colors with you, because they are part of one of the yummiest nail polish duos ever. And I'm not just saying that because they were shipped to me with two bags of DOVE Chocolate. Seriously. Onto the swatches!

Better After Dark is a Milk Chocolate with Microshimmer. This one caught my eye first because the color truly looks like melted milk chocolate - right down to the slightly red undertones and subtle glistening shimmer that tend to appear when you melt chocolate for baking. The shimmer is only discernible in certain light; but when it does make an appearance...swoon. Formula was great here - self-leveling, opaque, and easy to work with. This is 2 coats.

Promises in the Dark is a Dark Chocolate Creme. This is a unique one. From a distance, Promises in the Dark looks black; in sunlight it looks slightly hunter green. The true color? A rich, dark chocolate, coffee bean brown. No shimmer. The formula here was fantastic. A heavy hand could get away with using one coat for this shade; I used 2 coats here for opacity. Make sure your first coat dries completely before applying the second; otherwise it drags and gets patchy.

Brown is not a color that is high on my polish radar; but I liked both of these shades. Promises in the Dark wound up being my favorite from this duo, as it's a shade that I have never seen before {so no dupes to speak of}; plus, it serves as a nice subtle change from your standard blacks and black-reds.

As I mentioned earlier, I did receive two types of DOVE Chocolate with these polishes - Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate. Can I just say that these flavors perfectly capture the nail shades in this duo? I couldn't have come up with a better pairing. Honestly, I would buy far more chocolate if each bag came accompanied with a nail lacquer. Just saying.

What do you think of this collaboration? Do you have a favorite shade?


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ellie said...

I love these colors I would wear them to work.

ivy said...

Love these colors! Great review!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow, I'm surprised as well by the shade but love the richness of promises in the dark!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Couture Carrie said...

Love the milk chocolate!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Love the mix of chocolate and polish. I don't think of brown much, but these are very pretty.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I am not a big fan of brown either - nails, clothes, etc - but I agree with your choice out of the two. It's dark so it's almost hard to tell it's brown :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Promises in the Dark looks so rich!

Sherin said...

Oh wow. The darker shade looks incredible.

Alexa said...

Oooh what rich, dark and sophisticated colors!

Kacrates said...

that espresso brown shade is to die for!

Kathryn said...

Love the second color! I'm not always a fan of dark chocolate to eat, but the polish look amazing.

Sam said...

These are so richly stunning, love the darker hue. Hope your week is going well hun.

MOSAMUSE said...

like the chocolate


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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

LOOOOOOVE the dark one!

Christine Ly said...

I like the Better After Dark; it does look like creamy milk chocolate. I've never had chocolate that dark like Promises in the Dark, though. It definitely looks like it's black and just a slight bit of brown even up close (to me at least).

Sincerely, Christine from Invisible Blush

Kimberly G said...

Pretty colors. I like darker colors.

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