NOTW: OPI The Impossible "Liquid Sand"

Friday, January 4, 2013

Without topcoat
A little in-your-face, no?

I'm don't especially like this color, but I'm willing to forgive since no one expects subtlety from Mariah Carey, and the texture is obviously the main focus here. This sort of corally-strawberry-pink on my skin looks like I've used a pink highlighter to color in my nails, but on someone with less yellow skin, it would probably look more normal.

But again, this polish is all about the "liquid sand" texture, which I'm in two minds about. On one hand, it really is an interesting take on nail polish and the feel and look is very much like sand, but on the other, the overall look is quite strange. I appreciate the effort to come up with a new type of nail polish concept and the different "chunks" of grit are cool, but I can't help but think it looks too odd. 

The strangeness unquestionably has to do with the roughness of the finish--as anyone who wears chunky glitters knows, the coarser the texture of the polish, the more uneven the overall finish. The instructions on the liquid sand polishes specifically say not to use a topcoat (which could potentially smooth everything over), likely because that would ruin the effect of the texture. But my issue is that such a rough consistency means a matte finish which changes the look of the color, and obviously, the nails in general. 

With topcoat (Essie No Chips Ahead)

When you first apply it, the polish is actually so glossy it looks like jelly, and as it dries, the color turns paler and incredibly matte. But the crucial difference is that while you can only see some of the sandy bits when the polish is glossy and wet, you can see every single particle and the full dimensionality of the polish when it's dry and matte. I suppose that's the trade-off that must be made: a more flattering and even finish would never display the full strength of the texture--which is really what this polish is all about.

I'm not entirely sure what the little chunks of "liquid sand" are, but as far as I can tell, it's a mixture of different sized glitters, and the tiniest of plastic beads with a splash of something grainy and white. 

It's interesting, but as a nail polish junkie who typically appreciates color more than finish, this isn't for me. However, if you're looking for a fun new kind of nail polish or just want to try something new, you might want to give liquid sand a go.

This formulation is just one of the new generation nail polishes on the market now--just this week I've been reading about China Glaze's mood/color-changing nail polish, Ciate's new foil polish and Essie's snakeskin polish. 

It's definitely an exciting time for nails!

Let me know if you've tried any of these fun new formulas!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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