Are you guys ready for the newest trend in nail polish? We’ve seen matte, crackle, glitter crackle, 18 Karat Gold and glitter galore over the last couple of years. The fad for 2013 appears to be the liquid sand/matte glitter phenomenon. OPI was the first to brand the new texture and put it on the shelves, but Zoya has their Pixi Dust collection launching in February, and China Glaze has had glitters with a similar texture in their last couple of collections, but hasn’t launched anything with an official name, aside from just “glitter.”
For their first set of matte glitters, OPI paired with Mariah Carey for the colors and inspiration. Aside from the liquid sand, the set also features a glitter, two shimmer/metallics and a creme, but my Ulta display didn’t have the full set when I got these. I’ll update if I snag the others.
And, yes, I am rocking out to some vintage Mariah as I’m typing. Rando is less than impressed with my vocals. True story, Music Box was my first CD. I owned the MTV Unplugged EP on casette tape, and it still resides in my car. My car has a tape player.
On to the polish.
I realized that my swatches didn’t show the difference between with- and without topcoat very well. Here’s a little better comparison. Matte on the left, glossy on the right.
- They take a lot longer than some glitters to dry fully. You can and will smudge them if you’re not careful, since you’re not setting them with top coat.
- They to look extra shiny with top coat, but they eat it up fast. The “with top coat” shots above are with two coats of Gelous, and still looked textured.
- Some people seriously dislike the gritty texture. I didn’t think these were bad, but tested them with Essie Matte About You to see if they would retain the matte finish and smooth out. They do a little, but mostly you just loose all the sparkle and depth.
- I also noticed it took a few coats to get the bottle color, since the bases are sheer so the glitter can shine through. I tried layering over other colors, and I found Can’t Let Go over Zoya Julieanne is amazing and Stay the Night over Black Taxi was a lot more dramatic and really pretty, and somehow added some silver sparkles to the mix.
Overall, I think this is going to be a fun fad. Not sure how it’ll stick around, but if you’re not sure you want to invest a lot, you can actually grab all four Liquid Sand shades in the mini set for around $12-13. I will probably end up going back for full size on Can’t Let Go and Stay the Night.