22 January 2013

Mariah Carey for OPI 2013 -- Liquid Sand Nail Collection Swatches!

So I actually saw a sneak peek of these OPI Mariah Carey Liquid Sand nail lacquers on Kimmi's blog (The Plastic Diaries) some time last year.. and they sure do look interesting!

To be honest, I actually forgot about them somehow LOL.. until yesterday when I stumbled across Jaci's post of swatches on this collection. The finishes of these nail polishes looked so unique that I knew I just had to try them! However, the shade that stood out most to me is 'Get Your Number'! I don't usually go for blues but it looked beautiful!

When I picked up this mini collection at David Jones for $24.95, I was surprised that 'Get Your Number' looked so dark as it's suppose to be a lighter blue colour according to the many swatches I've seen online by bloggers!

These 'liquid sand' nail lacquers applied to be much lighter than what it seems like in the bottle! Their consistency are thin and they applied nicely just like any other nail polishes, but wasn't too pigmented (took me 3 decent coats for full coverage) and took a little longer than usual to dry. Adding to that, for a fully matte finish, you'd need to wait it out.. It actually doesn't take too long.. I'm just super impatient so for me.. it was like a waiting game! 

As expected, on the nails, it does feel gritty.. somewhat like sandpaper, but not that course so don't you worry! I know that some people definitely will hate the feeling of these nail polishes though! That goes for all you guys who has the habit of stroking your nails... which also includes me... but I really like how unique these lacquers are so I'm dealing with it!

Nuff said. Let's get the swatch awn baby!

Get Your Number

Get Your Number -- described as a 'matte blue with sparkles'. This is my FAVOURITE shade of the bunch! I don't sport blue nail polishes that often because it looks weird on my skin, but this shade is just so pretty and the sparkles makes it.. amazing! Don't you agree?

So, so, so pretty! I think I might have to pick up a full-size of this one!

Can't Let Go

Can't Let Go -- described as a 'matte purple with dazzling sparkles'. Can't Let Go is another beauty of this collection! Although I don't love it as much as 'Get Your Number', it's a lovely cool-toned purple with small hex glitters which looks real girly, but at the same time, I think it just looks so elegant!

I just realised that the order of these swatches are pretty much the order of my most favourite to least favourite!

The Impossible

The Impossible -- described as a 'matte fuchsia with star confetti'. This one's a special one.. Why? Because it has star pieces! However, for my mini nail bottles, the star pieces are nowhere to be seen. I've tried dipping my brush in and out but couldn't fish out any star pieces! Meep!

In photos, The Impossible looks more red-to-pink, but in real life, it is definitely more pink-to-orange. It's the 'pop' member of the collection and sure does look really pretty, but sadly, I'm so over pink and red nails.. which is the only reason why this isn't appealing to me.. at the moment. 

I wished that I could fish out some star confetti pieces to show you guys! Sucks!

Stay The Night

Stay The Night -- described as a 'matte black with red glintz'. This is my least favourite from the collection. It reminds me of a rock.. Pretty odd! 

In the bottle, it looks like a black base with red glitz and glam, but just like the other shades, this also does lighten upon application. It's just as sheer and is more of a dark grey on the nails.

Definitely not a shade that I'd be looking forward to purchase again!

The brushes of these mini nail polishes (that I own) are more 'flared out' so I thought it was a tad harder for me to use. I feel like it would have been easier if they stuck to having regular thin-sized brushes, but overall, I really like these liquid sand nail lacquers for its uniqueness so it's forgivable.

I've read around the web and many have said that these are harder to remove than your regular nail polishes (expected!).. I try to avoid acetone as much as I possibly could so I skipped trialling the removal process of these nail polishes.. If you're wondering, I use peel off base coats so these come off in a blink of an eye.

Are you in for Liquid Sand Nail Lacquers?
Which are your favourite shades from this collection?

I really can't get enough of 'Get Your Number!'.


  1. The finish is very unique..The red polish (I think) is definitely the standout! I wonder where I could find this in NYC...|:

  2. I'm usually turned off by those kinda textures, but I wouldn't mind wearing the blue one as it is gorgeous!

  3. These polishes do look very interesting. Can't Let Go is such a gorgeous shade.


  4. I'm a bit on the fence about the liquid sand finish ... but I like that it does bring something new and interesting to the nail polish world. Get Your Number is definitely my fav! :) Excellent and very helpful swatches!

  5. This is such a beautiful collection. My favorite has to be Can't Let Go because I do love purple nail colors.

  6. Oh wow, they are absolutely gorgeous polishes! @0@
    I really love the sparkle of the blue one - it's just so pretty!
    Ah, yeah, you can kind of see the gritty texture in the photos!
    But I don't have the habit of stroking my nails, so it's all good!
    Thank you for sharing! ^^


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  8. This OPI line of colors definitely has an interesting texture. I'd like to see what it looks like in person.

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  9. Get Your Number looks SOOO gorgeous.



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