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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand Swatches and Review

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Liquid Sand

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As part of their bigger-than-ever holiday collection, OPI Mariah Carey Holiday includes six new Liquid Sand colors. Unlike the Liquid Sand’s that were part of the first Mariah Carey collection, these shades are more refined. No star glitter or giant chunky sequins to be found. I like the direction OPI has taken with Liquid Sand and the way they have evolved it over the past year. These shades are more in line with my PixieDust-loving self.

Formula & Application:

OPI nail polish is 4-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin). The OPI Pro Wide brush is flat, wide and medium in length. It’s of average stiffness and easily spreads out on the nail when pressed. The only downside to the Pro Wide brush is that it can be too wide for slim fingers or little toes. In the Liquid Sand formula, the brush feels even thicker.

Think of the Liquid Sand formula as a jelly based glitter polish that dries with a matte finish and texture similar to sugar crystals. Like matte nail polish, it is meant to be worn without top coat but you can wear it with base coat and not affect application. All the Liquid Sand polishes flow easily on the nail and, with one exception (Emotions), the polishes give full coverage in two coats.

OPI Baby Please Come Home is a silvery lilac with metallic glitter and hexagonal sequins. It’s just a touch lighter than the new L’Oreal Diamond In The Rough from the Gold Dust collection but not enough to need both.

OPI Baby Please Come Home Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI Baby Please Come Home Liquid Sand

OPI Emotions is a black texture with a sheer black base and hexagonal sequins. This one isn’t as densely populated with texture so the sparkle actually comes from the sequins and glossy black base peeking through the crystals. Due to the lack of opacity I used three coats with Emotions. Note: It comes across more “wet” looking on camera than it appears in person.

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand

OPI It’s Frosty Outside is a silver metallic texture with silver, mirror-like hexagonal glitter. I don’t own it to compare but Julie G Silver Bells looks similar, sans the hex sequins.

OPI It's Frosty Outside Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI It’s Frosty Outside Liquid Sand

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight is an icy cornflower blue with silver and blue chunky glitter. I have nothing like this and I’m so smitten with it. A completely unique and wintry shade.

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight Liquid Sand

OPI Make Him Mine is a rosy, coral texture. It has a lot of warmth in spite of the silvery glitters that are peppered throughout.

OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand

OPI Silent Stars Go By is a pale, pinkish taupe texture. It has a lot of metallic in its base which lightens up the shade, considerably, on the nail.

OPI Silent Stars Go By Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey Holiday

OPI Silent Stars Go By Liquid Sand

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand

Bottom Line: I can’t get over how utterly gorgeous Kiss Me At Midnight is. If I were to dub any of the shades with the title of must-have, this would be it. As much as I thought I’d hate Emotions, it’s growing on me. The way it catches the light makes it looks like black diamonds on the nail. I think it’s the only way we’ll ever see a pure black glitter with no silver involved. As much as I love a taupe eye shadow (see: affection for Naked 2), the shade of taupe in Silent Stars Go By just isn’t working. Make Him Mine is just a touch too warm for me but I think anyone with yellow undertones will adore it.

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday is limited edition and available now at salons and retailers nationwide including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA. They are also available at the first authorized online seller ULTA.com (where they are 2 for $15 right now). OPI nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Are you still loving texture as much as I am? Which of these shades are you most attracted to? Do you want to see more or less texture in 2014?

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  1. Kaitlyn says:

    wow this collection has a few gorgeous colors! i hope i spot them around here. thanks for the swatches!

  2. Laura says:

    I totally fell in love with Kiss Me At Midnight too, after I had my nails done a couple weeks back and chose it for my manicure. Promptly bought a bottle and it’s one of the best nail purchases I’ve had so far this year! :D

  3. Kellie says:

    While I like some of the colors I don’t understand how this is a holiday line. Where’s the gold…where’s the green…where’s the red? It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me that this is what they are calling a holiday line. o_0

    I like It’s Frosty Outside…at least there is one color that is somewhat holiday-ish…as in silver bells lol. I like Kiss Me at Midnight…who doesn’t like blue right? Silent Stars Go By is pretty…it is different that the other taupes I have seen. I also like Make Him Mine…but…I don’t see rosy coral when I look at it…I see pink gold. I would have liked the black if they had put some sparkle in it. Ok…I have rambled long enough lol. Merry Christmas!

  4. Kyema says:

    EEEE! I’m excited about Make him mine. What a pretty coral color. Thanks for all the beautiful swatches. I LITERALLY come to your site before I buy any polish, your pictures are awesome. :)

  5. Celeste says:

    I have to agree with you on how the Liquid Sands line is evolving. I didn’t care for the ones with the big stars etc… Thank goodness not all of them were like that. I look forward to seeing what is in store for the 2014 liquid sand line. I enjoy the ones I own, partially for the uniqueness and partially for the convenience of not having to deal with a top coat. I do like the Pixie dust line too. ;)

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      They marry the best of traditional and matte polish for me. You get the quick dry time and lack of top coat that mattes offer and the sparkle and wear of traditional polish. Love them!

  6. Jill says:

    Ugh. I knew I wanted some of these and now that I see these swatches, I need them!! Hopefully they’re still around after dec when my no buy is over.

  7. Liz says:

    For a black glitter sans silver, check out Cirque’s Dark Horse!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Liz! That’s a gorgeous color, thanks for recommending it. Though what I meant about a black glitter without silver is that there haven’t been any pure black glitters up until now. Meaning a black glitter with no other colors. The reason being, that it comes out like Emotions. A few years back when I created a collection with Barielle, we tried to create a black with black glitter and essentially made Emotions, without the matte effect of the texture. It looked like bumpy rubber so we went in another direction.

  8. I think I want Emotions. It’s very intriguing!

  9. Chris says:

    Thanks for the swatches! The liquid sands can be hit-and-miss as far as how they end up looking, so it’s really helpful to see these pics

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