Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Salt-Crusted Blue

Mariah Carey and OPI. Two of my favourite things colliding in unexpected ways. This collaboration was tailor-made for me. Despite my love for both, to be honest, I wasn't blown away by any of the polishes in the collection. A Butterfly Moment was tempting, but a little too safe and unspectacular for me to shell out $20 on. Pink Yet Lavender reminded me way too much of Teenage Dream. And I wasn't quite sold on the Liquid Sand polishes. They were something I didn't mind trying, but wasn't particularly drawn to. Enter this pack of 4 x 3.75ml mini polishes featuring all four Liquid Sand "stage shades" that I received as a birthday gift. It was the perfect opportunity to see if my tepid feelings could be converted to love.





The shade I was most excited to try was Get Your Number. It seemed to be one of the best reviewed and hyped polishes from the range. I might get around to swatching the other polishes later, but this post's all about Get Your Number.




Get Your Number is a sparkly, bright medium blue with a Liquid Sand finish. The best description I can give is that it looks like a thin layer of fine salt crystals glued to your nail. The effect is uniquely three-dimensional and the bumpy-but-smooth texture is a genuine novelty. I was expecting it to be rough to touch, but it's actually not that bad (OPI Save Me is a thousand times worse). The blue base is matte but the glitter on top is iridescent and pebbly. It makes for a strange but compelling combination. This is definitely not an understated or conventional polish. The bling factor is strong but not exactly reflective, and unlike most glitter polishes, I don't find that it's any more shimmery or vibrant in direct sunlight compared to the shade or artificial light. I used three coats here without a top coat, though two would've been sufficient. Staying power seems like it'd be extraordinary because of the unique texture that really sticks to the nail and locks in each layer.

47 comments:

  1. I have the blue polish as well and I love it, plus it comes off so easy with the nail polish remover. I so want to get more colors
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  2. It is not the unique-est of polishes I have seen. Nonetheless, quite pretty. Considering it even has a smooth texture. x

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  3. It looks fabulous!!!
    Stay the Night seems really pretty too, can you do a review on that :)??
    x

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  4. Very, very, very pretty colour ^^ I love glitter nail polishes. I haven't seen anything like this one yet, though, most don't come with an opaque base to begin with and must be layered over something so this one is everything those other varnishes aren't. Loved it : ) xx

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  5. I absolutely love this polish! I was also a bit hesitant and unsure of whether to buy this or not, but I am so glad that I did! It's so beautiful and unique compared to the other nail polishes I own.

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  6. Oh. My. GOSH. STUNNING!!! So perfect in every way shape and form... I must have it!!

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh dear, this is gorgeous!!! I think I might have to give it a go... but the mini pack seems the way to go rather than shelling out that much cash for one polish!
    xx

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  8. Wow... I get this mystical feel when I look at this polish. Very pretty indeed.

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  9. So lovely! I'm surprised by the Liquid Sand formula, I quite like it! x

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  10. wow ! This is amazing !

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    kisses from sunny Cyprus, Katerina

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  11. oh my gawd!!! it is so, i mean super, i mean EXTREMELY pretty!!! so gorgeous! loved it =)

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  12. It turned out so pretty on the nails! Not what I was expecting when I was looking at the bottle. Looks great though! :) x

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  13. This is so pretty! It looks so different to how I expected when I saw the bottle. It's lovely :)
    S xx

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  14. This looks very pretty! I will have to check it out in real life :)

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  15. Wow this is amazing, what a gorgeous colour! That texture looks stunning x

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  16. Oh goodness, the colour is just divine! And the salt encrusted texture sounds really intriguing too!

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  17. Wow these really are so pretty I love the blue and purple shades going to be buying these as I love anything with sparkle and these cover so well great post ! x

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  18. I'm dyyyying to try out these liquid sand polishes, especially because your photos make them look GORGEOUS! This spending freeze is really SO hard. Haha

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  19. I thought the blue looked gorgeous in the bottle as it is, but then seeing it on the nails is just like WOWZA! Amazing! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  20. omg the blue colour is just perfect!!

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  21. LOVE the polish! I think the polish looks so much nicer when applied vs. in the bottle (since in the bottle it doesn't look all that different from other blue glitter polishes). Can't wait to see your reviews on the other polishes in the gift pack :)

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  22. Omg, the blue one is adorable!

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  23. Ogg these look so gorgeous and I love the finish!! The blue one is such a special shade! LOve it! <33

    XO,
    http://www.rosychicc.com

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  24. Gorgeous color!!! and your nails shape is perfect!
    Here in Germany, our local drugstore brand ; P2 has just recently launched similar 'sand' nail polishes like the ones from OPI ft.Mariah Carey collection. Those from P2 cost only 1,95 each, but they are exact dupe for the OPI ones. I love them!

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  25. Oh my god, hypnotizing! Cobalt AND sparkly? Must get soon!

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  26. Lovely review, as usual! I'm not keen on spending money at nails polish, and as in Brazil OPI can coast about $16, I think its not worth paying. We algo got awesome national brands, brazilians love manicure hahah
    x

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  27. Wow, super pretty! I wasn't expecting it to look that good on nails when I saw it in the bottle!

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  28. Such a gorgeous color, I can picture it looking so pretty on toes at the beach! - Boho Vanity

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  29. so pretty! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. It's so pretty! Wish we had opi here..

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  31. OH MY GOSH - *gasps in sheer shock* - this one looks amazing. I need this in my life now. Right, I am definitely making a trip to the store just to find this one. I WILL TREK ALL OVER HONG KONG FOR THIS ONE. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT <3

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  32. Oh sweetie this color is so beautifil. It´s a different nail polish glitter because this not is like gloss.
    And looks shimerring but no like last coat of gloss.

    xoxo

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  33. I wasn't particularly attracted to these liquid sand polishes either but by chance, my sister bought me Stay in The Night along with another polish and I must say I'm fairly impressed and happy that i have it in my collection! :P I like how these polishes are shimmery but subtly attractive/attention grabbing if that makes any sense lol. At first I thought these polishes would be like suede collection that came out a while back but these last much longer which is a major plus :)

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  34. I got the purple one in a glossy box and wasn't too pleased with the way it looked on my nails. But the blue looks gorgeous! So strange how the color change makes such a difference!!
    - Andrea Marie xx

      frominsidemycloset.com

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  35. These look so amazing! I need to get my hands on them x

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  36. I believe this shade is the most hyped too! I can understand why though! It's such a pretty blue!! I totally forgot about picking up a full sized for this as I also have the mini set!

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  37. I haven't been keen on these, but it just looks so pretty on your nails! I think I could be tempted to pick up the mini set xx

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  38. I do like that salt effect, gives it an edge and I'd expect to be low maintenance. The shade is stunning too. X

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