Nicole by OPI “Mer-Maid For Each Other” VS OPI “Just Spotted the Lizard”
Nicole by OPI has just released a new collection exclusive to Targets nationwide. It is a limited edition display, titled “Back To Cool”, and offers a few re-runs and a few (not so)hidden gorgeous new gems.
I picked up two polishes from this collection: a pink/blue-infused gold (“For Gold Times Sake” seen HERE, link will open in new window) and the one seen in this post – “Mer-Maid For Each Other”.
The gold caught my eye because of how unusual it seemed and this one because I instantly thought we had yet another Chanel “Peridot”/Jessica “Iridescent Eye”/OPI “Just Spotted The Lizard” on our hands. Particularly that last one as it would be interesting to see if OPI simply repackaged the Lizard. I said it.
Them’s fightin’ words!
While the rest of the display was brand newly stocked, this was the very last “Mer-maid” at my local Target…. Drama! Suspense! Intrigue! The best nail battle yet? …no, probably not. But the results are both unexpected and imperative to those looking to either buy/pass over this new display..
SEE SWATCHES AND HOW THEY COMPARE, AFTER THE JUMP!!
(clickable)(clickable)Interesting that the font colors on each of these bottles sum up their differences quite well…
You’ll soon see that NOPI is blue while OPI is olive-gold.
Equal opacity- both are perfect at two coats! All swatches feature three coats, for good measure.
Ready to compare in full?
N= Nicole by OPI “Mer-Maid For Each Other”
O= OPI “Spotted the Lizard”
Indirect, Natural lighting:
OPI “Just Spotted the Lizard” is a very olive-gold duo-chrome that shifts to green. A deep blue can be seen rarely, at sharp angles.
Nicole by OPI “Mer-Maid For Each Other” is a very green duo-chrome that shifts to blue. There is a gold shift in the middle of the nail, but in comparison to “Lizard”, it could be described as subtle. A deeper true green can be seen rarely, at sharp angles.
“Spotted the Lizard” is one of the closest dupes to Chanel “Peridot” there is and is a much easier find than Jessica (for me anyways).
OPI can be found at several beauty retailers such as Ulta- stores whom continuously offer kick-ass coupons.
Wouldn’t it be more pun-y if it was “Mer-MADE for each other”? I don’t think we need it spelled maid to understand what you guys are going for here. Mermaid, mermade. Marmalade?
The NOPI brush was softer and floppier. Not quite moppy, but when comparing the two I could tell a difference. ..Plus this NOPI brush was cut a little wopperjawed on the tip- easily visible slant!
Same amount of product. It appears same quality formula as well but NOPI averages $7.04 at target (not on sale) while OPI averages $8.99 at Ulta (not on sale).
Ugly boot bottles. ‘Nuff said.
If “Mer-maid” was not a Target exclusive, I would say it would be easier to find. However being exclusive to Target, I believe “Mer-maid” might be a harder find, especially in the future if not re-released under another name.
However “Spotted the Lizard” is part of the Spiderman collection. This makes them both not core products. So while “Mer-maid” could prove to be harder to find, I think it’s a neck and neck race for availability.
Dried in equal time and to same finish.
Full opacity for me was achieved at TWO coats for both, however all swatches feature three for good measure.
Both had an extremely easy to use, workable formula. Super easy to minimize brush strokes and absolute equal opacity.
Despite how it may look, they actually have an equal amount of color shift. “Lizard”s shifting colors are more contrasted (gold to green vs NOPI’s blue to green) making it only appear to posses a stronger duo-chrome effect in some pictures. They are both equally gorgeous and complex!
Verdict? You need both!!! Or at the very least, know that whichever you choose is no less awesome than the other.
**No Pickles were given actual swords in the creation of this post**