Having lusted over this on other nail bloggers recent posts, I decided to treat myself. It’s part of the OPI new Liquid Sand collection (part of the Mariah Carey range), though I have to confess I’m not so sure on the textured nails look yet. What convinced me to buy was the gorgeous colour combination and the way it looks with top coat (yes, I know you shouldn’t use top coat with it really!).
Here it is with two coats over base coats (no top coat):
Not bad, but look at the gorgeousness once you apply a few layers of top coat:
So shiny! So sparkly! You may have noticed I said a *few* layers of top coat. I found it took 4 layers before it went properly smooth, though these were relatively thin layers (using Boots No7 Stay Perfect top coat which dries really quickly).
When wet, the polish is relatively smooth so it applies pretty easily, though I found the second coat more tricky to apply than the first owing to the texture on the nail from the first. As you can hopefully see from the photos it dries to a black with a deep red glitter (and black ‘sand’ like texture without top coat).
I got mine from Amazon for just under £9 (incl. p&p) and I’ve seen it for a similar price on Ebay. You can also buy it from the OPI UK distributor and they also have a sample pack of all 4 liquid sand shades for £13.95.
I’m really happy with this colour – it’s sort of vampy bit with a bit of sparkle too. Let’s just hope it has staying power!