Because why not?

OPI - Liquid Sands.

19 January 2014
OPI released Liquid Sand polishes about 100 years ago but I'm not really one to jump on the 'OMG it's new and I must have it' bandwagon. Stuff goes on my list and I buy it when I'm ready, occasionally I will run out and buy the latest and greatest thing but quite often that ends badly so I've learnt to wait and see if the desire to buy that new lipstick that is just like a million other lipsticks already on the market goes away, months later when I'm reading/watching a don't believe the hype blog/video and I see the 'new and improved, life saving lipstick that will make you the most beautiful girl in the world' I feel awesome that I didn't cave and end up with another sub-par product that I didn't actually need.



This post is going to consist of 2 products, one that I wish I could turn back time and buy the day it was released in Australia along with multiple backups and one that is just plain shitty and I wish I could turn back time and slap the developer in the face the moment they created the crappy formula.


I'm going to start with the new love of my life. This is OPI Liquid Sand in Jinx and it is fucking beautiful. Seriously, if this was a woman I would be so jealous of her beauty that I would likely crawl in to bed and cry for a few days while eating Ben & Jerry's Triple Caramel Chunk and aking God why that girl got all the damn pretty in the world. If it was a man.. Well, yeah.

This is a stunning pink based coral colour that dries to a semi-matte finish, while the actual liquid base has no shine to it and is completely matte, the glitter particles in it give a gorgeous sparkly finish. I think the thing that really does it for me is the fact that the glitter content is insanely high in this polish, you don't need to keep layering it over and over or dabbing pieces of glitter to make it look even, you litteraly just get a layer of glitter on your nails from base to tip. It's perfection in a bottle.

Photo doesn't do it justice in the slightest. But it is textured so little fluffy hairs may grab hold and come for a ride.
Removal is slightly annoying as with most glitter polishes but I find myself just touching up my tips for well over a week when needed because the new polish blends perfectly with the old, you can't even tell you've touched it up, it just looks like a fresh manicure. My god I love this stuff so much right now.

I also picked up Vesper which is bloody shit and I doubt I'll ever use it again, just applying it to take these photos pissed me off and I'm dreading the removal.


Unlike Jinx this polish is made up of a normal gloss base with little grains of.. Sand I suppose, or whatever they used and maybe some glitter?? I don't know and don't really care, it's flawed crap that is like superglue and impossible to remove without setting aside 20 minutes and half a bottle of nail polish remover. While the colour is one that I love, the little grains look crap and aren't worth the hassle of applying 3 coats for an even finish only to have surface wear after a few days that shows the pale tone of the textured particles.

First Coat.
Three Coats.
I really don't understand why some of the range consist of mostly glitter and this one has little grainy particles in it along with glitter, these grains make it so difficult to remove and applying your second and third coats is tough too, I find I have to really load up the brush to get it to smooth over the first layer. It just shits me so much. That colour though.. it's pretty damn impressive.

Pros:
  • The glitter based polishes in the range are stunning.
  • Glitter based polishes aren't overly difficult to remove but does require a bit more effort.
  • It's basically nail art without having to do anything out of the ordinary.

Cons:
  • Grainy polishes are so hard to remove. Just thinking about it is making me want to cry a bit.
  • Grainy polishes don't wear so well.
  • When removing glitter polishes you do get glitter all over the place.

Conclusion:
My feeling on these polishes range from deep love to deep despise, Jinx makes me feel like an Angel painted my nails while Vesper makes me hate nail polish. If I'd known what I know now when I bought them I wouldn't have purchased Vesper, I would have gone for another glitter based selection from the range but after experiencing this I went out and purchased some more textured polishes that are similar to Vesper because I am curious to see how they compare, I'll try them out sometime in the near future once I manage to find the time and energy to remove Vesper. 
Sigh.


Have you tried any of the liquid sand range? I want all the colours in the range that are similar in consistency to Jinx!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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6 comments on "OPI - Liquid Sands."
  1. Oh my gosh! I love the way you manipulate words - makes for a super interesting read, haha!!
    Wow Jinx sure is gorgeous, so perfectly formulated and I love how you can just add polish to the chipped areas and no-one will be able to tell...sounds like my kinda polish!

    It's a shame Vesper isn't anywhere near as awesome as its younger sister because it's one of those ugly/pretty shades I'm so fascinated about

    Thanks for sharing this! You're hilarious and so bloody blunt, I love it.

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    1. Haha thank you so much! Jinx is probably my all time favourite nail polish and if pink is your thing then I'd more than recommend it!

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  2. Could I also request a current favourites post? You must really know your stuff and I'm interested in what you're loving :)

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    1. You're reading my mind Missus! I'm actually planning on doing monthly favourite posts this year, you can expect to see this months on the 30th :)

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  3. Jinx is such a beautiful shade! And i completely agree, removing a textured or glitter nail polish is my worst nightmare! I cant believe there hasnt been an invention of a super nail polish remover to make these types of polishes easy to remove!

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    1. I have a secret..Use Acetone as a nail polish remover, pick it up at Bunnings, so cheap. But gosh it's harsh on the nails.

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