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I’ve been looking forward to the release of OPI’s textured Liquid Sand finish, and today I have swatches of three of the Liquid Sand polishes from the Mariah Carey collection: Got Your Number, Can’t Let Go and The Impossible.
The Liquid Sand finish is very difficult to capture on camera. Like the name suggests, it’s a finish that feels like fine grade sand, like a coarse grain nail file. It gives the same effect as dipping a nail into loose glitter, but with perfect coverage and excellent adhesion. It’s almost like the “polish” part of the polish evaporates.
Got Your Number is a blue base with holographic silver dust and round glitters, and iridescent “sand”. The blue is a lot stronger than Last Friday Night, and with far better coverage. This is two coats – the visible nail line is a lot less obvious in person:
The Impossible has a slightly pinkish red base, with the same iridescent “sand”, as well as red and silver holo dust, red hex glitter and silver holo stars.This is a bit sheer, and I’ve used three coats – unfortunately, as you layer more coats on top, the Liquid Sand effect gets less sandy and more grainy, which I don’t like as much. The stars were quite easy to fish out of the bottle.
Overall, I love the Liquid Sand finish, much more than I expected to from the initial swatches! For a girl who usually finds glitter polishes “too blingy”, this finish is a great alternative to using matte top coat or jelly sandwiches. The dry time is quite quick, about the same as if I had used a quick-dry top coat. My biggest gripe about the collection is that the Liquid Sand polishes get caught up in the Pro-Wide brush, making them even more unwieldy – a slimmer brush could be easier to handle with these special finishes.
Of course, these shades can also function as regular glitters, with the use of a thick glossy top coat. Look out for swatches of those here soon!
OPI’s Mariah Carey Collection will be available in Australia in January 2013, RRP $19.95.
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