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 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 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 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 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 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.
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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