OPI Mariah Carey Liquid Sand Collection: Lots of Photos

“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.

Liquid Sand collection

Liquid Sand collection

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No topcoat

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.

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Can’t Let Go

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Can’t Let Go no topcoat

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Can’t Let Go no topcoat

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Can’t Let Go no topcoat

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Can’t Let Go with topcoat

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Can’t Let Go with topcoat

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.

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The Impossible

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The Impossible no topcoat

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The Impossible with topcoat

The Impossible with topcoat

The Impossible with topcoat

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.

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Get Your Number

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Get Your Number no topcoat

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.

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Stay the Night

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Stay the Night no topcoat

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Stay the Night no topcoat

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.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Friva
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 00:22:26

    Oo, do some posts with these colours on your nails. They are gorgeous! I love OPI 🙂

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  2. Friva
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 09:53:28

    O i see. And I see what you mean. The texture looks like sandpaper, however I think the blue looks lovely anyway 🙂

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  3. Nanni
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 13:45:02

    I’m totally with you.. I’m, just like you are, still not sure wether to like the liquid sand finish or not…

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  4. Kareen
    Feb 02, 2013 @ 19:08:01

    Great review and photos! Stay the night is probably my favorite color out of these. I think I like the look without the topcoat. If you could decide on a color to add to this collection, what do you envision it to be like? By the way, your nailpolish posts inspired me yesterday to paint my nails, nevermind that I don’t really have the time! It was a nice way to pause and do something very ritualistic.

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    • youngforgood
      Feb 02, 2013 @ 20:14:33

      Thank you 🙂 !
      Haha I’m glad you gave painting your nails a try. I usually do it while I’m working on my laptop or when I’m watching TV. Like this it doesn’t take time cause I can continue to work with wet nails. Otherwise I wouldn’t have time to paint them and wait for them to dry.
      I guess I’d like to see something more ‘grown up’. These colours look like they are only starting to experiment with the formula so they started with very simple colours. I think as the year progresses they will release more sophisticated colours.

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  5. raymegz84
    Feb 03, 2013 @ 03:09:32

    Loved your review! And so true, like you said, we have complete opposite likes and dislikes! That’s what makes individual reviews so neat to read!! 🙂

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  6. Lola Anne
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 22:10:38

    We really just need a different kind of topcoat for all these new types of polish. The matte finishes and textures that we are getting now are all ruined by the shiny sleep topcoats. I can’t wait til someone makes a low shine finish topcoat to keep stuff like this from getting ruined.

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    • youngforgood
      Feb 06, 2013 @ 02:16:36

      That’s a great idea. I wish they did make a topcoat like this. Or perhaps they can improve the formula of matted polishes so they last longer. Either way I’m excited to see what they think of next 🙂 !

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      • Lola Anne
        Feb 10, 2013 @ 03:10:41

        My mattes always seem to peel off in one whole piece. Even with my basecoat! Oops! They’re still so new though hopefully it happens soon!

  7. simplebeautyandstuff
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 05:25:35

    Wow looks great never heard of this before! Do you know if any other brands have this in their range?

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  8. luv4beautyandnailart
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 15:02:17

    Speechless!!!

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