December 22, 2012

OPI Mariah Carey Collection Swatches

Hi guys, if you're reading this that means we both survived the apocalypse! Mayan fail. Today I have OPI's Mariah Carey Collection to share with you! OPI has teamed up with Mariah to bring us 8 new shades for Spring 2013, 4 Studio Shades and 4 Stage Shades. The Stage Shades are what OPI is calling Liquid Sand which is gritty matte glitter, if you like texture you will like these!

I'm pretty excited about this collection, I grew up on Mariah Carey. My best friend Kaitie and I used to be all about Mariah when we were kids. I'm pretty sure we actually wore out her Music Box album back in the day from listening to it so much. I have so many memories of riding in her Mom's car and the 2 of us sitting in the back seat with a boom box between us singing songs from that album at the top of our lungs (I'm sure her Mom loved that). I just had to stop writing this post to take a trip down memory lane via Youtube haha!

To check out all my swatches & reviews of each shade click the read more button under the collage!




The first 4 shades in the Mariah Carey Collection are called the Studio Shades, they are the shades that we typically see from OPI.

A Butterfly Moment is a peachy pink with a strong golden shimmer. I surprisingly really like this, it would be a great office neutral for those of you who can't wear crazy polish to the office. The shimmer was great, noticeable both in low light and out in bright sunlight. The formula was great, much more opaque than I expected. It does show the tiniest bit of brush strokes once it dries but it's not very noticeable. I used 2 coats of A Butterfly Moment for the photos below.



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Anti-Bleak is a reddish purple creme. Depending on the lighting this can lean a little bit more towards purple but on me it leaned more towards red. The formula was fantastic, polishes like this remind me why I love OPI cremes so much. The formula was so smooth and easy to apply, I am a big fan of it! I used 2 coats for the photos below.



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Pink Yet Lavender is a mix of light pink hex glitter, small lavender glitter and little bits of holo glitter. This is such a feminine looking glitter, I think it will look fantastic over a pale pink or creamy white. The formula was great, a bit thick but easy to apply. The glitter payoff was fantastic! I used 1 coat over Anti-Bleak for the photos below.



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Sprung is a copper shimmer. This is a real stunner, it's my favorite of the Studio half of the collection. This is an interesting shade because going on there are so many different colors of shimmer happening that I didn't know how it was going to turn out. When I built up the opacity I was a bit shocked, it's so complex that the result is just wow. I don't think photos do much justice to just how shimmery this is. The formula was good but a bit sheer. Opacity was easy to build up, I used 3 coats for the photos below.



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Next up is the Stage Shades half of the Mariah Carey Collection. The Stage Shades are what OPI is calling Liquid Sand. These are meant to be worn without top coat, they dry to a very textured matte glitter look. I'll have the majority of my thoughts about these after the photos!


Can't Let Go is a grape purple glitter. There are pieces of purple hex glitter in the mix that look a little shiny when the polish is dry and without top coat (even though you can't tell from the photos). It adds a really nice dimension to the polish. The formula was great, it went on easily and was very opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




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 Below is Can't Let Go with top coat. It really deepens the shade of purple, I love this one with and without top coat!



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Below is Can't Let Go side by side with and without top coat. Without Top Coat is on the left and with Top Coat is on the right.



Get Your Number is a blue jellyish base packed to the brim with various sizes of glitter. The glitter even without top coat gives a bit of a holo sparkle. This one doesn't seem to dry quite as gritty looking as a couple of the other Liquid Sand polishes. The formula was good, a little bit sheer but it built up easily. I used 3 coats for the photos below.




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Below is Get Your Number with Top Coat, the change isn't too dramatic with this one. The color is a touch darker. The biggest difference is that glitter is all kinds of crazy amazing after top coat....photos do no justice to it!




Below is Get Your Number side by side with and without top coat. Without Top Coat is on the left and with Top Coat is on the right.


Stay The Night is a black base with bright pink glitter. I die. I love this one so much, the pink glitter stays shiny even when the polish is matte. It looks like smoldering embers in a dying fire (if embers were pink, that would kind of be awesome btw). The formula was good but a bit patchy, I used 3 coats to reach full opacity.



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Below is Stay The Night with top coat...it's like a completely different polish. I love it this way also!



Below is Stay The Night side by side with and without top coat. Without Top Coat is on the left and with Top Coat is on the right. 


The Impossible is a reddish pink jelly with hex glitter and star glitter mixed in. This one is a lot like Get Your Number in the way that it doesn't look quite as textured once it dries. The formula was great, I used 2 coats for full opacity. I did find that the star glitter in my bottle sunk so if you get this one I would suggest turning the bottle upside down for a few minutes before you apply it so that glitter redistributes into the polish.



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Below is The Impossible with top coat, it deepens the redness of the polish overall but it's not a drastic change.



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Below is The Impossible side by side with and without top coat. Without Top Coat is on the left and With Top Coat is on the right.


Overal I really like the Liquid Sand polishes, I am a big fan of texture so it's not a huge shock that I like them. If you don't like texture they might not be your cup of tea unless you feel like really layering on the top coat. I really like that OPI added in bits to each polish that stay shiny when the polish is without top coat, it gives nice depth to each polish. I actually prefer wearing these without top coat, I think they look more interesting that way. Below are a few of my thoughts, observations, tips etc...


  • Liquid Sand does not feel as gritty to the touch as they look, Stay The Night looks like it's going to feel like rough sand paper but it wasn't any different feeling than any other gritty glitter I own.
  • I found the dry time to be slower than regular polish but it wasn't too bad considering you aren't applying a top coat. When I wore Stay The Night my nails were dry to the touch in about 15-20 minutes.  When I say dry to the touch I mean I could run my fingers over them to feel the texture without it doing anything to the polish.
  • These eat top coat like no one's business. The 2 shades that are more of a jelly base (Get Your Number and The Impossible) didn't need as many coats of top coat to be smooth, I believe I used 2 coats for each. The 2 shades that dried down to a much more gritty finish (Can't Let Go and Stay The Night) sucked up top coat much more, I used 3 coats of top coat for my photos but once the top coat was completely dry I did need to go back and add another coat to get a glassy like finish. I was using Gelous as my top coat for those wondering (you can find it at Sally Beauty Supply)
  • I would highly suggest lightly running your finger along the edge of your nail while this polish is wet to get rid of the bits of glitter that might stick off your nail. Once it dries down those pieces are scratchy.
  • Removal was not horrible, surprisingly. I didn't need to bust out the foil for any of these. Don't get me wrong it wasn't like removing a creme but it was nothing like a typical glitter that is like cement on your nails. 
  • I can't speak to wear time without top coat...yet. I wore Stay The Night for about a day and a half without top coat and had no issues with tip wear or chipping. I haven't had a chance to wear any of these longer than that yet. 


My picks from the entire Mariah Carey Collection are Stay The Night, Sprung and Can't Let Go! What are your thoughts about these? I know the Liquid Sand polishes are a love or hate kind of thing, I'd love to hear what you guys think!



The Mariah Carey Collection will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.


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107 comments:

  1. I love the one that looks like cool lava....I'll be getting that one for sure! ;)

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  2. Thanks for your beautiful swatches! I think that the only polish I'll be purchasing from this collection is Sprung. I don't mind texture but... yeah. Not a fan of the liquid sand. At all.

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  3. Ohhh I just don't think I can do the texture on my nails...I would pick at them, I know it! They are lovely with top coat, though!

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  4. So pretty, may need to buy a few of those. Looks like I'll be visiting ultra very week until I find them.

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  5. Thanks for the swatches, I was just wondering if I should get any of these and this post helps. I think I'm just going to pick up Sprung.

    Do you think Anti-Bleak is dupey to Casino Royale?

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  6. I can't wait for these! Not gonna lie, I want every single one!!! I will be on the hunt this weekend just in case they've popped up in my local beauty supplys a bit early!

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  7. I was unsure about the liquid sand before, but after seeing your swatches, I think I need Stay the Night and The Impossible! The glitter pieces in Stay the Night really do look like burning embers!

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  8. a fabulously constructed post. Awesome xx

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  9. I knew that I wanted Stay the Night from the press release pics but seeing it on? OMG!

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  10. I really love Sprung! What a gorgeous color! Right now, I'm wearing NOPI All is Glam, All is Bright with just one coat of Out The Door and it almost has the same finish as those liquid sand polishes. I actually kind of like it, because it really holds up well! Gorgeous swatches!!

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  11. I would love to see how Anti-Bleak compares to OPI - Casino Royale, OPI - Dim Sum Plum and OPI - Pamplona Purple.
    I would also love to see how Pink Yet Lavender compares to OPI - Teenage Dream

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  12. great swatches! been looking forward to seeing this collection. sprung vs china glaze harvest moon perhaps?

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  13. I've been SO excited to see your swatches. I think textured polishes are pretty cool, these look particularly cool. I love Get Your Number, but I've always been a blue kind of girl, also the holographic glitter is amazing :)

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  14. Thanks for the swatches! I'm waiting for 4 of these polishes can't wait to get them :-)

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  15. Hope you find them, my local place got them on Thursday so yours might have them!

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  16. Love it!!! Really can't wait to try all the liquid sand polishes!

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  17. great swatches as usual.. could you do a comparison of Sprung with Jessica's Pumpkin delight?

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  18. I'm not love or hate with textures. Some are a win. The Liquid Sands I prefer seeing the texture through top coat ;) I'm actually surprised there wasn't butterfly shaped glitter anywhere in the collection! But the colors are beautiful. I'm looking forward to the traditional polishes, A Butterfly Moment and Anti-Bleak!

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  19. I was really surprised about that too (no butterfly glitter)!

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  20. Oooh Sprung, Can't Let Go, and Stay the night are my favorites!
    Can you compare Sprung with Warm and Fozzy?

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  21. I like Sprung, Stay The night, and Can't Let Go!
    Can you compare Sprung to Warm and Fozzy? :)

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  22. this is awesome. I'm so excited for the liquid sand collection... or should i say even more excited now that I heard such rave (but most importantly informative) reviews! I really want Stay the Night!

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  23. WOW! The Liquid Sand with a top coat looks so amazing, it gives so much depth. These would be awesome used in those nail polish pendants, omg I might just buy them to make me some! :)

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  24. FINALLY an honest review that answers everyone's questions. You always do great reviews Jen and I thank you for that! I don't know how I feel about textured polish, when I see the pics it looks like sand paper and I see scratches left everywhere...haha. I think I will get one and try it out.

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  25. Would you be able to compare Pink Yet Lavender with NOPI Inner Sparkle from the Selena Gomez collection? Both are mixtures of pink hexes and lavender glitter, but I can't tell if Pink Yet Lavender has the same gold glitter that Inner Sparkle does.

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  26. I am in the 'not thrilled' camp - cannot say I hate the liquid sands - I might wear 1 with a top coat, but I don't like the look without a top coat. Personally if I pick one up it won't be Stay The Night - that one just looks like crushed up coal with some red flecks in it - or maybe asphalt on the nails! All in all I am not going to beat down the packs to hit the only store that sells OPI for 150 miles around to get any of these. I want to see and feel the samples OPI always has with their displays in better shops (if the shops bought the nail card that is)...before I pass final judgement on the liquid sands. I saw the same texture that is coming from Zoya and like 2 of the shades from Zoya lots better than this.

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    1. My Ulta did have the card and so did my local nail salon. I got to test then out first at the nail salon and have to say I really love them! Like she said-they aren't as gritty as you would expect or even as they look.

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  27. I also thought of Dim Sum Plum when I saw Anit-Bleak - I like Anti Bleak but I immediately thought I have some really close to it.

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  28. Yuck. I don't like the look of the Liquid Sand without top coat. But with top coat, they look nice and have a lot of depth to them. If I pick up any of these, it'll probably be Stay the Night.

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  29. The liquid sands look like they need to be at the top of my list of polishes to purchase.With out the top coat, Stay the Night reminds me of truck undercoating with a little pink glitter added. I have to have it!

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  30. Great post!! I was really wondering what the liquid sand would be like. What do you think would happen if you used a matte topcoat on one of the liquid sands?

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  31. The one I like the most is Sprung! I thought I would hate it when I saw the promo pics but it's really pretty and complex. As for the texture polish I'm willing to try one and see how I feel about it.

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  32. I don't think it would really do anything, I haven't tried it though!

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  33. My wishlist just grew a bit! What about anti bleak vs. Butter London Queen Vic?

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  34. Cristina ImpoverishedDecember 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I just saw these at my nail supplier yesterday. The Liquid Sands definitely don't appeal to me any more in person than they did in pictures. Your pics with the topcoat are the only ones that made them palatable. I didn't get any of the other colors in this collection-none seemed that unique to me.

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  35. Comparisons, Water you waiting for from China glaze, casino Royale and Miami Beet for Get your number, and.anti-bleak

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  36. OMGAH. Those Liquid Sand polishes look AMAZING!!!!!!


    Love the texture & they all look great with & without top coat. Definitely need to hunt those down.


    Thank you for the swatches!!!


    --- Nicole

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  37. Amazing swatches!!!

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  38. I only bought four of them. Posted them yesterday your butterfly effect looks way better than mine. I agree that Srung needs three coats.

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  39. Same favorites! Great polishes to tempt forbidden work appropriate mani's for New Years Day when administration isn't there. Hopefully I can find them before then. Love 'em

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  40. can you compare anti-bleak to OPI casino royale and pamplona purple?

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  41. Wow, these are amazing colors. Thanks for these nail swatches.

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  42. i picked up all the sands today and i love the texture! def not for everyone but i find them all really pretty.

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  43. okay collection but I think I'll skip it. Thanks for the swatches!

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  44. Could you compare Anti-Bleak to OPI Houston We Have a Purple?

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  45. I really like stay the night. I think these polishes would have been more special if they were named after her popular songs or a small quote from the song.

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  46. Oooh, I'm really curious how Sprung compares to Pros & Bronze from last year's Serena Williams collection! These swatches make it look so tempting. :3

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  47. Found them at a local store about an hour after I read this and couldn't resist, bought them all!!! I am in LOVE with Get Your Number!

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  48. These are all so gorgeous! Saving already as I'll probably end up getting most, if not all of these!

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  49. The liquid sand texture is interesting... You took some great pictures but I think I'd have to test it out to see how I feel about it being on my nails. I like how they look with topcoat, but I'm a little too lazy to layer on that much Gelous!

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  50. thank you !!!!!!!!!
    i NEED sprung !!! i love so much those kind of polishes !
    could you show this one in comparison with warm and fozzy, pros and bronze ... and others i don't think about ??

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  51. I am totally going to have to get the liquid sands! The pink and black one is AMAZING!

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  52. I just picked up Sprung, A Butterfly Moment, and Anti-Bleak from Ulta today and I love the colors! I didn't like the gritty sandy finish on the others though. The red with the stars in it is really intriguing, but how many layers of top coat to get it to a smooth glassy finish? Pink yet Lavendar is interesting too, but I wasn't sure if I really needed it and thought maybe I had something similar already in my polish drawer at home. I may be making another trip to Ulta though post-Xmas to pick up those 2 glitters and some free top coat (for the time being, if you buy 2 OPI Polishes ULTA give you a choice of OPI base of top coat for free). Sprung is soo freaking gorgeous! You should see the shimmer in it. I hope it dries are pretty on the nail as it is in the bottle.

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  53. These Liquid Sand polishes look so great. I can't wait to get my hands on some. Thanks for the great swatches!

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  54. Thank you for the swatches! I'd like to see how anti-bleak compares to casino royale, china glaze purr-fect plum and essie bahama mama.

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  55. My neighborhood ULTA released the collection yesterday and I snagged Stay the Night. LOVE IT!!! Pics don't do it justice. Thanks for all the swatches!!

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  56. I love Get Your Number and Can't Let Go. Do you have Illamasqua Shrapnel? I'd like to see how it compares to A Butterfly Moment.

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  57. Anti Bleak is gorgeous.
    I'm really liking Can't let Go and Get Your Number with the top coats.
    However, my absolute fave has to be Stay the Night with and without top coat <3

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  58. Pink Yet Lavender is pretty much the only one calling my name since I'm not a big fan of texture. I'm glad though, I'm not a big fan of Mariah Carey either, to the point where I find it very hard to spend my money on anything with her name on it :P

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  59. Could you compare Sprung and OPI's Warm and Fozzie?

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  60. i think the jelly ones look cool but i don't know if could deal with the texture! i am such a stickler for having super smooth and shiny nails haha. i loooove anti-bleak though! great swatches as usual :)

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  61. The Stage Shades look sooo gross without the top coat! The top coat gives it an amazing & much needed touch-up.

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  62. I'm really quite impressed with the collection from Mariah in general but I absolutely love the liquid sand stage shades. As far as application, polish aholic, you're dead on!!! I like all of the shades because they're so bright I feel they compliment my skin tone beautifully. however, didn't like get your number as much in person as I thought I would and the impossible was much more impressive in person than I thought it'd be. My order from best to least is the impossible, can't let go, get your number, and stay the night..... overall, they're all must haves because of the unique texture :)

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  63. Does anyone know how similar sprung is to Jessica Pumpkin Delight?

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  64. It's a very close dupe to it, I'll have comparisons up on Monday or Tuesday!

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  65. Could you please compare Anti-Bleak with Casino Royale? :)

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  66. anti bleak comparison:
    -casino royale by OPI
    -bahama mama by essie

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  67. Ohhh... I cant wait to be the happy owner off some of them (in time, hopefylly all of tme) :-)

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  68. Hello from your newest follower!


    I've got to say, I am very disappointed by the Liquid Sand polishes. I loved the way the colors looked in the bottle, but I may as well just use any nail polish color, not allow it to dry, put a paper towel on it, and smudge it. That's what those look like. Putting top coat on them is great, but it defeats the purpose of these colors, I think. And I know you said they eat top coat. Oh well. I think OPI could have done better on this concept.

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  69. Anti-Bleak looks a lot like like a color a co-worker wore earlier this year that I looked all over for but couldn't find. Now it shall be mine! I also really love Pink Yet Lavender and Stay the Night (Stunning!). Thank you for this post. I'll be getting three of these thanks to you! :) My Ulta usually releases the polish the day it arrives and not the SOS ad date, so the colors I want are often sold out when I go on Sunday, or not in yet when I DO go early!

    Luckily, I found all three on Amazon just now, and it comes to just about what it would have been at Ulta with my coupon, but I'm guaranteed all three. So thank you! <3

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  70. I'm loving the liquid sand! The Impossible is really catching my eye with the stars.

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  71. I haven't checked any polish blogs since a few days before Christmas so tonight when I saw the Mariah display, I was like, how have I not seen any of these? I bought Sprung right away at Beauty Brands. Then I made an ULTA stop and got A Butterfly Moment and Pink Yet Lavender. I hemmed and hawed about buying the mini-bottle set of liquid sand and also Anti-Bleak. I figured the sand would be a B to remove so decided against it, but your swatches and removal report have convinced me that I will be going back to ULTA tomorrow to pick up the rest of the collection! :)

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  72. yay! Hope you like them!

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  73. Love your blog! I read it all the time. As for the liquid sand polishes, I didn't think I'd like them and wasn't going to buy them but my boyfriend put Stay the Night and and Get Your Number in my X-mas stocking. After checking out the pics on your site I decided to give myself a mani with Get Your Number. I am a stickler for smooth glossy polishes, but for some reason I'm loving the sparkly, gritty look of this polish. It makes me think of colored sugar on my nails. Also, I'm very impressed with their durability. This is day number four for me and I only have one super small chip and yes, I've washed several dishes in that time. Hope this helps for those of you who are wondering about the wear of a polish that doesn't require a top coat.

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  74. do you think cant let go with top coat looks like opi ds temptation?

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  75. Nope, I don't think they really look similar at all. Sorry

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  76. Great post, thanks :)

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  77. I found these over the holiday and wanted to add that I have been wearing Can't Let Go for over a week now without a single chip, and I'm hard on my nails. This is an unheard of length of time for me.

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  78. I have to say, the matte sand polishes are about as ugly as Mariah's personality. Perfectly fitting if you ask me. You sold me on the black one though, with your comparison of it to dying embers. That made it seem more beautiful.

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  79. Maybelline Color Show has a polish in their Fall line (I think) that resembles Stay The Night. I'm wearing it right now! It dries to what I assume the liquid sand polishes are like (I don't have any, YET). It's called Cocktail Dress and has deep reddish brown glitter in with a very dark charcoalish black base. It's really nice matte or with top coat....and so affordable! :)

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  80. I bought the liquid sand minis today. LOVE!

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  81. love how the liquid sand looks with top coat ^ . ^

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  82. What the heck is Stay the Night?!! That is freaking sick!!! I need it!

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  83. you do an amazing job with your photos and reviews!!

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  84. thank you Tammy <3

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  85. How close is A Butterfly Moment to Orlys Gilded Coral? Always love your swatches!

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  86. I gave away my bottle of Gilded Coral so I'm not sure how close they are, sorry

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  87. you are so amazing.. what i want to know is how you have your hand in the same position every time!

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  88. The texture looks gross without a top coat. Stay the Night makes it look like your nails are dying/dead. Sickkkkk

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  89. thanks for the swatches, this collection is really stunning,and it turns to a totally different feeling when you put on the top coat. love your post!

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  90. This collection is .. weird. It makes me laugh that polish grittiness and glitter texture is a huge pet peeve for so many polish collectors but, now that OPI has found a way to market it, it's the new "it" look for manicures. LOL! Personally, I don't know how people can wear it. I would pick it off within minutes of putting it on. Not my style at all. Thanks for taking the time to swatch all these polishes! I love your blog! You're one of my go-to nail polish girls cuz, you're always up on the newest collections and polishes. :)

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  91. OMG me too! The texture would drive me nuts! I always have an extra thick coat of top coat to ensure an extra smooth, shiny finish. I would pick those polishes off in a heart beat. LOL

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  92. It's actually not as bad as you'd think it was! I like texture so it doesn't bother me but I can see why it would be off putting for a lot of people!

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  93. I too love textured polish and am a huge fan of the liquid sand.I just recently wore the impossible from this line and love love love the color. However was let down at the fact that the star glitter, which is why I chose this over any other wet sand colors from this line, didn't last. Within a few hours I noticed that the points on the stars were bent and shortly after I noticed that some had fallen off.I guess its due to the fact that you don't apply a top coat. Bummed me out but other than that I love it!

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  94. OMG! I just bought a couple of the nail polishes at my local salon here in Canada. I was so anxious to get my hands on it. I bought Sprung and Get Your Number just because of your swatches ... :)

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  95. Hi Jen! I bought the mini liquid sand set as I was curious, OMG I love them so much, I have only tried the impossible so far but stay the night is next, I have Sprung on my toes and yes, it is an amazing colour, I have olive skin so it looks awesome, all in all a pretty good collection. Can you do a comparison of Anti Bleak and Casino Royale? To me they look exactly the same!? Thank you, big love from London UK! xx

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  96. Hi Cathy, I've already compared them on here :)

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  97. My favorite is Get Your Number! It's amazingly sparkly!

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  98. These all look amazing. Those Sand polishes, AREN'T my cup of tea however...:(

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  99. I have just bought SPRUNG as it was THE shade in the collection that really spoke to me right now.. I put three coats on as soon as I got home and I just love it. Plus top and base courts of course! It is really lovely and I have received quite a few compliments after just a couple of days wearing it. It is such a great shade becasue it is neither a brassy gold nor a dull copper. I imagine it will look fantastic with a tan. Enjoyed all the great photos in your review and you have opened my eyes to a couple of others in the MC collection! Thanks!

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  100. Alexandra MadajcsekMarch 28, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    How many top coats did you use to look liket this?I used top coat, but mine didnt look like this

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  101. I talked about that in the post.

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  102. Love coming to find your swatches. I just bought Stay the Night. I was to eager to try it and completely skipped a basecoat. 3 coats to get complete opaque coverage. Put it on Tuesday afternoon. It dried really fast for me with barely any wait time between coats. Its now starting to chip on my index fingers only, Thursday night, after doing dishes and washing my hair. Now you have an idea on how long it lasts, straight up.

    And I only came here to see if you mentioned how it was to remove. And ended up leaving a huge comment. Lol.

    Cheers.

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  103. Could you do a comparison post of Anti bleak vs Purr fect plum by China Glaze?

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  104. Thank you so much for showing these sands with topcoat. It has totally made me come around. I hate texture but with topcoat these are basically awesome glitters!

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