22 March 2013

OPI Liquid Sand

So...how 'bout that textured nail polish, huh? It's definitely the Big New Thing right now, with several collections out at the moment and several more on the way. No telling whether this trend will have real staying power, but it's a fun trend, and I'm always happy to see nail companies continue to innovate. I really enjoyed the two Zoya Pixie Dust polishes I tried--enough to want to get my hands on a couple more from that line--and while I'm not so totally sold on textured polish that I feel the need to collect them all, I also wanted very much to at least try out a couple of the OPI Liquid Sands. I started with Get Your Number, my favourite of the Mariah collection.

OPI Get Your Number Mariah Liquid Sand swatch

OPI Get Your Number is pretty much dazzling, a matte blue infused with tiny, round pieces of holographic silver glitter. There's a lot of sparkle in this polish, a great contrast against the sandy, matte finish. It's also nicely pigmented and easy to control, and it feels so much smoother than its textured appearance would suggest.

OPI Mariah Liquid Sand Get Your Number swatch

I like the way the glitter gives this polish a little extra depth and shine (and also the way that the glitter is glitter...I'm not a terribly complicated person), but it stops short of overpowering the pretty, matte blue. Maybe a little fancier than I'd want every textured polish to be, but it's unique and fun, and it made me smile. Totally kicking myself now for not wearing it an extra day with top coat over too, but it's one I'll wear again.

For a different look, I also picked up OPI What Wizardry is This?, from the Oz the Great and Powerful Collection, and it's definitely love. Finer and softer than the Mariah polishes, What Wizardry is This? has a bit of a steampunk vibe to it. No, really! There's a hint of green to this brown that combines with the lovely, yet subdued, sparkle to give it a hint of tarnished brass.

OPI What Wizardry is This? Liquid Sand swatch

What Wizardry is This? was so easy to apply, and the coverage was excellent. This is just two thin coats, allowed to dry between, which took hardly any time at all. I may have a magpie-like attraction to all things bright and shiny, but I'm just crazy about this tarnished brown.

OPI Liquid Sand What Wizardry is This? swatch

All in all, I'm surprised with how on board I've ended up being with textured polishes! I love how different each of the ones I've tried so far has been. Love the delicate shimmer of the Pixie Dusts; love the bright, sparkling blue of Get Your Number; and supercrazylove the grunge-glam finish of What Wizardry. Even if I don't feel the need to grab up textured polishes in every colour of the rainbow, these are some great additions to my collection, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.

PS: Topical and relevant plug...Get Your Number is one of the OPI minis in my birthday giveaway!

30 comments:

  1. Get Your Number looks STUNNING on you!!!

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  2. Beautiful swatches! That blue is gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you very much! I agree, it's so nicely pigmented, and it's so sparkly in person too!

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  3. Oooo, these are some of the best swatches of the Liquid Sand polishes out there! Get Your Number looks incredible! I definitely want that one and The Impossible. :)

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    1. Aw! Thank you so much, Chelsea! Of the Mariahs, I was most excited about Get Your Number, and it did not disappoint. :D

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  4. The blue is very pretty - but I'm not caving to the sand look LOL

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    1. Haha! Thanks, Maria! And fair enough--it's not going to be everybody's thing. ;)

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  5. I love get your number.... I have to buy it :D

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    1. If it looks the same way top coated as it does when it's wet, I'm going to love wearing it that way too. Thanks!

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  6. I can't wait to wear what wizardry is this! You make it look so great!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I bet it'll look great on you--I loved What Wizardry!

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  7. I have What Wizardry Is This but haven't worn it yet. I haven't tried the textured polish just because I'm not sure how I'd like it! Maybe I should just try it :)

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    1. Haha, go for it, Heather! I think sticking to thin coats is the trick with it--too thick, and it just looks lumpy, but with a light hand, it's all kinds of awesome. It's actually my favourite of the textured polishes I've tried so far!

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  8. I like both of these and hurrah steampunk!

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    1. Thanks, Sharra!! Steampunk is one of those things I keep meaning to read a lot more about. I love the aesthetic!

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  9. I like OPI Get Your Number a little bit more.. :-) When I first saw liquid sand polishes (Kiko) it was love at first sight... :-) I adore them! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Tanja! Ooh, Kiko has some great colours as well. Yet another brand I wish I could get here!

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  10. I have always loved matte polish, and these sands are matte pushed beyond! Like you, I don't need every one, but some must be added!

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    1. Haha, well said, Tina! And thank you! :)

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  11. I love the color of What Wizardry is this? but it seems to be so chippy :( (at least for me)

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    1. Aw, no, really? Mine held up fine for a couple of days, but that's as long as I usually wear a single polish. Shame there's not a "liquid sand" top coat out yet...

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  12. Thanks, Meredith! It's definitely my favourite of the Mariahs!

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  13. Both look great, but I particular love that blue on you! Fantastic swatches! :D

    ~ Yun

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