I was sceptical about the whole “sand effect” craze. A rough surface, no top coat to protect it, having to wait until the polish really dries and not being able to cheat by using a quick dry – that didn’t sound like something I would like.
But the pictures were so pretty, so after some encouragement from “Good Lack, Nail!” and Rea from “Lacktastisch” I bought the 4 Mariah Carey Minis from OPI – and when my local dm got the new sand polishes from p2 I couldn’t resist either – and finally found the time to give them a try:
The ones from OPI are basically matte polishes, but with a hell of a lot sparkly bits in them, which makes them quite intriguing. The p2 one – and I never thought I would ever say a thing like that 😉 – has too much glitter, so the sand effect doesn’t come out as much. This mainly looks like a “regular” glitter polish to me, simply with enough small glitter to give it some texture.
I’m really surprised how much I like the OPIs – even though I think my nails feel just weird – I can’t stop looking at them. Especially the black one is SO. VERY. PRETTY. Like rubies on the walls of a dark cave.
And they are much more durable than I expected them to be – I’ve got them on my nails for about 24 hours now and I cooked with them (and thus cleaned a bit and washed my hands quite often), and there is no tipwear at all, let alone chipping. I wore polishes WITH top coat that didn’t survive that long. 😀
Base coat: essence studio nails 24/7 nail base
Color on thumb: OPI Mariah Carey Collection Stay The Night (two coats)
Color on index finger: OPI Mariah Carey Collection The Impossible (two coats)
Color on middle finger: OPI Mariah Carey Collection Can’t Let Go (two coats)
Color on ring finger: OPI Mariah Carey Collection Get Your Number (two coats)
Color on pinkie: p2 Sand Style Polish 060 strict (two coats)