Push and Shove is from OPI’s Gwen Stefani collection and one I knew I HAD to have. I adore Essie No Place Like Chrome and Push and Shove looked to be similar. I was also intrigued by the fact that OPI was selling Push and Shove with a mini base coat and included special application directions.
The directions are pretty straight forward; use 1 thin coat of Lay Down That Base (the base coat that comes with Push and Shove), wait for that to dry, then apply two thin coats of Push and Shove. It is recommended not to use a top coat and the directions warn of bad wear time (like all limited engagement events, Push and Shove is intended for One Night Only wear).
The first time around I followed the direction to a tee. I ended up with a foil silver/chrome metallic result that I really did love. But as OPI warned, the wear time was pretty terrible. I wore this out one night (I mean…the polish literally GLOWS in bar light!) but about half way through the next day my nails looked like a chipped mess.
Being the rebel that I am, the next time around I again used Lay Down That Base and applied Push and Shove the same way. But this time I used a top coat (China Glaze No Chip top coat). The finish was exactly the same as it was without a top coat and the top coat extended the wear time. I have no explanation as to why OPI recommends skipping a top coat.
After I discovered a top coat was fine with this polish I became curious about how it would do over my normal base coat (Amour Sticky Base) as well as using a matte top coat/ridge filler (butter LONDON Shine Free Top Coat) to get a smoother finish (more info on that here). I tried a bunch of different combinations and found they were all fine and the end result for all of them looked the same.
There are swatches of all that below the jump plus a comparison to Essie No Place Like Chrome which is a dupe of Push and Shove. Honestly, there is very little difference between the 2 even formula wise but I would give the slight edge to the Essie. I think the formula is a bit easier to work with plus it’s a tad less expensive and easier to find. No Place Like Chrome is part of most permanent Essie displays and can of course also be purchased online.
Currently, Push and Shove can be found anywhere OPI is sold (despite being sold with a base coat Push and Shove is the normal OPI price) or online at Ulta.com.
If you’ve tried Push and Shove I’d love to hear about your experience. I’ve read online where people have had issues using different base and top coats and found the application to be atrocious. I obviously didn’t experience any of these issues (thankfully!).
There is tons of stuff happening under the jump including swatches and comparisons.