“My name is Youngforgood and I am a nail polish addict” – is how I think I should start introducing myself… I wasn’t planning on getting any more polishes but I was intrigued by the new OPI liquid sand finish from Mariah Carey collection.
I have mixed feelings. The liquid sand finish is really nice. It’s a matte finish with a lot of texture. It reminds me of crushed jewels and precious stones. The name ‘liquid sand’ is very accurate. All four polishes have a colour base, some small and large pieces of glitter and girt that looks like sand. They are less ‘glittery’ than other glitters and are meant to be worn without a topcoat to preserve the matte textured finish.
I absolutely love this finish. I think it’s elegant, sophisticated, and classy, while at the same time fun and unusual. I think these polishes are more wearable than other glitters.
What I don’t like is the fact that without a top coat they last less than a day. They start to rub off at the tips after a couple of hours. Luckily they also look nice with a topcoat. Still, using a top coat changes the finish of the polish: see below for photos with and without a topcoat.
Another thing I don’t like are the colours. OPI makes some of the most amazing shades on the market. Yet, these colours are really simple, almost basic.
Here are some photos of OPI’s new liquid sand finish polishes.
Can’t Let Go is my favourite. It’s probably the only one I really like. It’s purple with just a bit of sparkling glitter. It has larger matte purple pieces of hex glitter and a lot of grit. The glitter is the same colour as the base so it doesn’t add sparkle, just texture. I really love this one. With a topcoat it looks even more amazing.
The Impossible, matte fuchsia colour with pink glitter, is probably my least favourite of the four. It’s quite glittery especially with a topcoat. It has small and large pink glitter and some larger glitter stars. Pink and fuchsia are not my favourite colour combination so I’m not a fan of this one.
Get Your Number is a nice aqua blue with blue and silver glitter. It’s the most ‘glittery’ of the four. It’s quite nice although not very opaque. Even without a topcoat it’s not very matte. I think the formula is slightly different in this one. Get Your Number reminds me more of gel polishes. It’s also much paler on the nails than it is in the bottle.
Stay the Night is interesting: a black gritty polish with small pieces of red/pink glitter. It reminds me of hot lava. The effect is quite interesting. I think this is my second favourite.
The liquid sand polishes are not as difficult to remove as other glitters. I like the idea behind them and really like the finish. I just wish they were more long-lasting and had better colours. OPI announced that they will introduce more liquid sand polishes in 2013 and I’m excited to see them.