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I really liked the two polishes I’ve already swatched from OPI’s upcoming Gwen Stefani collection, but the polish I was really hanging out for was Push and Shove. There was a lot of mystery surrounding this one – the samples all had a blank nail for this shade, and they had an agonising slow reveal for the bottle shots. So here it is: OPI’s first ultra-chrome shade!
This finish is a lot like the Layla Mirror Effects collection – a smooth, streakless, dense metallic effect. The set includes a mini-sized bottle of a special grippy bump-filling basecoat, Lay Down That Base.
I was a little concerned because the first coat of Push and Shove went on streaky, but the second coat smoothed everything out. This finish really emphasises every flaw on your nail, and I didn’t pay too much attention to buffing my nails smooth beforehand, so you can see the resulting ridges and bumps show through the polish. I was hoping that Push and Shove would flatten out better than the Layla Mirror Effects, since it doesn’t recommend buffing, but I think it’s around the same.
The label does recommend that you leave off top coat, but I was curious how much of a difference it makes.
I applied Seche Vite on my middle and pinky fingers, and left the index and ring fingers with no top coat. Happily, I didn’t think there was a noticeable difference!
The label also says that “Push and Shove is intended for One Night Only wear” – I noticed a lot of tipwear on the top coat-free nails after a few hours of normal activity. The polish also scrapes off quite easily, and will continue to peel from the exposed part. I would definitely recommend that you try it out with a few different top coats to extend the wear time!
I really liked how eye-catching this finish was! I hope OPI release more chrome finish polishes in the future – I had no problems applying this and the effect was stunning. Maybe it’ll be the new Liquid Sand for OPI?
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