OPI has entered the gel hybrid game with OPI Infinite Shine. A concept similar to CND VINYLUX, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, it claims to deliver gel-like shine and 10-day wear with the ease of removal you get from regular nail polish.
Though, differentiating itself from the others, OPI Infinite Shine is a 3-Step system. After experiencing dulling with VINYLUX, staining with Gel Envy and a streaky finish with Miracle Gel, I was curious how OPI’s version would compare so, I picked up a couple bottles and put it to the test.
Formula & Application
OPI Infinite Shine nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor) but it should be noted that the Infinite Shine Primer contains camphor. The patented OPI bottles get a makeover in the Infinite Shine line, with a chrome cap. The brush is the same OPI Pro-Wide version with its flat, wide shape and flexible bristles.
The Infinite Shine system consists three steps, Primer, Lacquer and Gloss. The Primer sets this gel-like product apart from the others that eliminate the base coat. The Primer not only helps the product adhere to the nail, it prevents staining.
The Gloss dries like other top coats in this category, in that it delivers high shine and continues to harden and cure with exposure to natural light. It doesn’t require light to dry but, exposure aids in longevity.
The lacquers I tried are both cremes and they have a smooth, liquid texture that applies nice and even on the nail. They are also well pigmented, only needing two coats. And thanks to the protective Primer, I didn’t have any staining with the blue. No smurf fingers, yay!
OPI Infinite Shine Swatches
OPI Infinite Shine Get Ryd-of-thym Blues is mid-tone royal blue creme. It’s really rich and walks that fine line between vivid and moody. While I expected to have an OPI dupe in my stash, nothing comes close. They’re all either too greyed, bright or dark. Sally Hansen Thinking Of Blue is similar but no longer available.
OPI Infinite Shine Steel Waters Run Deep is an elephant grey creme. It has yellow undertones so it leans warm but not so much that cooler skin tones can’t wear it. Again, I have no OPIs that match, not even the Fifty Shades colors. It’s most like Dior Gris Montaigne, just a bit lighter.
OPI Infinite Shine Wear Test
I’ve worn these OPI Infinite Shine colors a few times now and, I’ll say, I’m glad I gave it a few tries. My first attempt did not go as well as I would like. I hastily applied it, so tip wear appeared after a couple days though the shine factor didn’t disappoint.
The next two times I wore Infinite Shine, I made sure to wrap my tips and the results were much improved. I didn’t begin to see any tip wear until Day 5 and chips didn’t appear until a week after applying. However, when I got out of the shower on Day 8, the cracks and chips were so bad, I had to quickly take it off before rushing out of the house. I certainly couldn’t have worn it 10 Days, as the product claims.
Bottom Line: Of the four gel hybrid products I’ve tried, Infinite Shine is definitely my favorite. I rarely wear polish for more than a week, let alone 10 days, so not living up to that claim isn’t an problem for me. The fact that it didn’t dull or stain my nails makes it a winner over the others in my book.
However, regular nail polish generally wears similarly on my nails so, I wouldn’t say you need to invest in this system unless that’s an issue for you. This is best for someone who doesn’t get great wear out of traditional polish but is leery of wearing UV gel polish.
OPI Infinite Shine officially launches in March 2015 at salons nationwide but it’s already online at LoxaBeauty.com and coming soon to ULTA.com. OPI Inifinte Shine retails for $12.50/ea. For more info, visit OPI.com.
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