Confession time: I am a Mariah fan, and it goes way back to the early 90's. Mariah's self titled debut album came out in 1990, which made me 11 at the time. For my birthday that year, I requested the cassette tape and I would wear my Walkman while riding my bike around my neighborhood, singing along to Vision Of Love, Someday, Love Takes Time, and I Don't Wanna Cry. I also may or may not have written and directed my siblings in a Mariah-themed musical, the venue- my parent's basement. Don't judge. I was a weird 11yr old.
First, let's get a little Mariah playing to get you in the mood. This one is one of my recent (last few years) favs- "Obsessed":
Does this woman even age? I love her makeup in that video!
So lets get this started with the new "Liquid Sand" lacquers in the collection. This is a new type of nail polish technology from OPI, debuting in this collection for the first time. This effect-type polish says it "dries to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light". To be honest, I thought I was not going to dig these at all. I have texture "issues" when it comes to my nails- I don't like feeling anything on them. The thing that saved these for me is two-fold: first, the texture is not bad. Not scratchy or overly chunky. You can definitely feel more grit than a 'normal' creme polish, but there aren't jagged shards waiting to snag your sweater (<<what I pictured). Secondly, these colors are BEAUTIFUL. Just look and see what I mean:
This first one is Get Your Number. This looks like your blue nails were dipped into sparkly sugar! In fact, most of these reminded me of candy. 3 layers shown here:
Next is The Impossible, a strawberry jam liquid sand color with different sized glitters (and some stars too!) 3 layers:
Then we have Can't Let Go, a purple glitter liquid sand that once again reminds me of candy and sugar. Grape candy! 3 layers:
And Can't Let Go with 2 layers of topcoat:
Then we have my favorite from this half, Stay The Night. Holy hell, this is a stunner and super unique! The black 'sand' base dries down to a matte finish, but the bright reddish-pink glitters sparkle through. Very reminiscent of embers glowing in a campfire once you put it out and it's still in that smoldering phase. Yes, 'smoldering' is the perfect word for this!! 3 layers:
Next, we'll move onto the 'regular' half of this collection!
Anti Bleak is a creamy plum beaut with fantastic coverage. I could almost get away with one layer of this. So shiny! 2 layers:
Then there's Sprung, a bronze/golden/pink shimmer polish. This was so cool and reminded me of a Spring version of last year's "Warm & Fozzie" (OPI's Muppets Collection). 3 layers:
Next is my 2nd favorite, A Butterfly Moment. Nude! Pink! Shimmer! Everything I love in a neutral polish! 2 layers:
In Conclusion: This collection is innovative and fun. I had zero expectations for the Liquid Sand and I ended up really loving them, and because of the colors, I don't mind some texture.
Some closing info from OPI:
Mariah Carey by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
***Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review***