Before I get to the point of this post I want to thank OPI. For once they put out a very useful miniset! The Mariah Carey collection miniset includes all 4 liquid sand polishes from the collection and costs $12.95. Considering the new year brought a price raise to $9 for a regular OPI polish that’s not a bad deal.
Anyway, onto Stay the Night! I spotted the Mariah Carey collection display at Ulta recently and decided to pick up the liquid sand mini set. Stay the Night was the polish I was most interested in from this collection. I have a history of loving any and all polishes with red glitter in a black base so I figured this would be no different! I was right.
Stay the Night has chunky red glitter in what starts out as a black jelly base but dries to a gritty matte not quite black finish. It’s quite the interesting process. The formula is on the thin side so I did use 3 coats but it was not hard to work with.
Once it dried I began to contemplate if I liked the finish look or not. It was definitely not love at first sight. The look was definitely different though my DIY liquid sand manicure was almost spot on texture wise. To the touch my nails felt gritty…like sandpaper.
I went on about my day and eventually fell in love with the manicure. The reason being the contrast between the matte black and the sparkling red glitter.
Over on TDV Facebook page, Elizabeth warned me that her liquid sand manicure had chipped quickly. Luckily, I didn’t have that problem, but I had a different wear issue. No more than 24 hours after I applied Stay the Night I noticed some of the red glitter wasn’t red anymore. It had turned silver…like the color had somehow stripped from the glitter. Strange. There is a picture of that below the jump.
I was curious as to whether a top coat could be worn with this polish and/or if this could be layered over another polish (since the formula is kind of thin). OPI specifically says not to use a top coat and I understand why! With a top coat this polish is really quite ugly. I also tried layering this over a black creme polish with an equally disastrous result. There are pictures of both of those debacles below the jump.
Overall, I do like this polish and am looking forward to trying the other liquid sand polishes. I’d love to hear your opinions on OPI’s liquid sand polishes!