OPI Liquid Sands from the Mariah Carey collection are a unique set of polishes which have a very textured effect to them, a bit like a sand finish. They dry gritty and matte but not in the same way that hungry glitters dry, they have a real sparkle to them which shines out through the matte effect.
Although I hadn't quite made up my mind on the finish I've been really excited to try these and I was lucky enough to get one in a birthday packages this month so straight on it went.
For this mani I used 2 coats of OPI Can't Let Go, which is the purple Liquid Sand in this collection and no topcoat. The polish dries pretty quick, I actually painted my nails at the train station because I ran out of time on Friday and couldn't go out with bare nails. The effect was stunning. I was worried the Liquid Sands were going to be too rough but they weren't, yes they have texture but they are not the same as a gritty glitter thankfully.
As for removal, I was expecting the worst but thankfully it was absolutely fine. I used my usual glycerine and acetone mix with cotton wool and it came off easily. Not quite as easily as a creme but certainly not as difficult as a glitter. What a pleasant surprise!
I'll certainly be picking up the rest of these and I've also ordered one of the Zoya's to try. I hope I don't fall in love........
After a day I had to add some topcoat to see what difference it would make. I used 3 coats of HK Girl topcoat which made it completely smooth. This really changed the polish a lot and gave it a lot of depth, it's almost like 2 different looks!
Which look do you prefer?