12.27.2012

OPI Mariah Carey Stage Shades: Liquid Sand Swatches and Review!

Good evening friends!  I am really excited to show you these swatches today!  These are the Liquid Sand shades from the OPI Mariah Carey Collection!  They are also being referred to as the Stage Shades!  There are four Liquid Sand polishes in this release, and I am surprised by how much I like them.  This new polish finish, according to OPI is "groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle."  I love that these glitters are all nicely opaque and super sparkly.  The matte textured finish is surprisingly fun and not as obnoxious as I expected!  Onto the swatches...



For each of the Liquid Sand polishes, I swatched with Finger Paints base coat, two coats of polish and no top coat first.  I then added a layer of Gelous immediately before taking the "with top coat" image.  Let it be known after about five minutes, the polish had soaked up just about all of the Gelous top coat. In order to maintain the glossy glitter look, you'd probably need several coats of a thick top coat, but I think it would be possible!  For the images below, I've made the Liquid Sand polish without top coat images extra large to show texture!

The first Liquid Sand polish I have to show you is OPI Get Your Number, a blue jelly packed with flashing holographic glitters in various sizes.  The "sand" particles are really sparkly too.  I'm loving this shade and the finish!  It's like a gritty glitter without top coat, but with a little added sparkle!  Adding top coat to this shade really makes the holo nature pop!


With Gelous top coat

OPI Can't Let Go is a purple jelly with purple microglitter and hex glitters with a Liquid Sand finish.  The hex glitters in this one add a little extra texture, but really, the hexes swim in the "sand" particles, creating quite a homogenous finish.  The color of this one is beautiful...bright purple, but dark enough to be sort of dark in some lights!  With top coat, the sand particles really sparkle!


With Gelous top coat

OPI Stay The Night is probably my least favorite of the Liquid Sand shades.  This is a black jelly with pink microglitter that dries to a Liquid Sand finish.  This one is pretty edgy, but the pink glitter adds a nice girly touch.  Adding top coat definitely changes the look of this one, as it doesn't seem to have as much sparkle as the others.  I like this one best without a top coat on.


With Gelous top coat

Finally we have OPI The Impossible!  This is the one I was most excited about from bottle shots.  A pink jelly base full of pink glitters and pink holo star glitter with a Liquid Sand finish...very exciting!  The pink base is almost a coral shade.  I did have to fish around for the star glitters, but they weren't too difficult to get out.  They swim around in the "sand" particles and aren't super, super apparent, but they are definitely a nice touch!  With top coat, the holo stars really flash in the right light.


With Gelous top coat

As far as formula goes, on all of these, I was quite impressed.  From the description, I anticipated these to be a thick gloopy mess, but it is quite the opposite!  They are really easy to apply!  My only complaint would be that the formula was actually sort of thin, and with the wide OPI brush, it was sort of hard to keep these from flooding my sidewalls and cuticles.  But I rather them be thin than too thick to work with!  I used two coats for each of these swatches, but I don't think a third coat would hurt if you have visible nail line issues.  For removal, I would definitely suggest the trusty foil method!

Overall, I actually really like these Liquid Sand Stage Shades!  And really, I like them all without top coat!  If you're not into texture, you may not like these, but they are so interesting and sparkly that I think they're worth a try!  My favorites are probably Get Your Number and The Impossible, and I really like Can't Let Go too!  I'm excited to try some nail art techniques with these babies!  Get excited! The OPI Mariah Carey collaboration collection will be available in January 2013 and will retail for $9. I will have the Studio Shades swatched for you soon, so check back soon!



9 comments:

  1. First 3 I really like. That pink one is very ugly in my opinion.

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  2. The pink base is not conducive to the glitter at all. They could have done a lot better with that combo. But that's my humble opinion. :P

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  3. The last two are my favorites! I definitely need to pick these up!

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  4. I'm about to try one of these on!! Your swatches look great, I hope these polishes will look great on me too... I like the red one the best so far!!

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  5. I tried the blue on tonight but really dislike it. Not my cup of tea.

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  6. I like the black and the purple ones! They look so fun!

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  7. I'm diggin' the first 2!!

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  8. I just got Stay the Night and it is quite edgy! The black grit with the pink sparkles! :) Also, why would you put top coat over it? The whole point is the gritty look.

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  9. @Jollyolly:disqus , I applied top coat just so I could show everyone all their options with these polishes! I know a lot of people were concerned about not liking the gritty look! =)

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