Sunday, June 9, 2013

REVIEW of OPI Stay the Night With SWATCHES

Hello my little volcanic rocks,

How are you today? I've been holding onto this review for a while since I took way too many photos that I then had to sort through for color accuracy. I had been dying to get this polish for the longest time. OPI Stay the Night is one of the liquid sand polishes from the (relatively) recently released Mariah Carey for OPI collection. To me this polish has nothing to do with Mariah and everything to do with volcanoes. It looked so cool in swatches that I just had to order it off of amazon. So what do I think now that I've tried it for myself?

Color: OPI Stay the Night is a black textured polish with fine red glitter. The liquid sand polishes will be interesting for those of you who aren't familiar with textured polishes. They dry matte but the glitter dries in a way that leaves the surface of the nail slightly bumpy and uneven. This is a good thing as strange as that might sound. It's a very interesting effect but I think you need to pick and choose your textured polishes carefully. Stay the Night is a standout because it looks so spectacular as a liquid sand polish. Personally, I don't like the look of the more colorful glitters. The swatches make the red glitter really pop. In real life, the black dominates more, especially indoors or if you add top coat. I really don't love the look of this with top coat. It's much more unique and special without it. Worn matte, the grit is very fine and it takes me back to high school when I would wear black polish with long nails. I think it looks incredibly chic and elegant with elongated oval-shaped nails.
Formula: As this is a textured polish the formula can't really be compared to regular cremes or glitters. It is like a glitter with a very fine grit. It's not thick at all.
Application: For this application I used Elmer's glue as a base coat again. I used the new nylon paint brush I bought at Pearl Paint to apply a thin coat of glue. As for Stay the Night, it applied pretty smoothly and I was able to even it out without worrying about streaking or balding or any of the usual issues. It's important to make sure you don't have too much polish on the brush though. In one coat you put down a good amount of glitter but you don't get a lot of coverage/opacity. It took three coats for me to get to full opacity but I should note that it's important to not paint super thin coats. I did that on my pinky nail and I needed four coats for full coverage. The one thing that annoyed me is that it's a little gritty around the tips and you'll get this problem regardless of whether you wrap the tips with polish. The polish also takes a while to fully dry so be careful.
Wear: As I mentioned, the grittiness at the tips of the nails was a little annoying. You can feel the texture on the surface of the nail but again it's a very fine grit so it's not something that should irritate you. But you should know that your nails will feel a little abrasive. Like other matte polishes, it seems almost water resistant so don't worry about washing your hands or taking a shower. I do get the lava effect I wanted but it's definitely more pronounced in the pictures which are of course extreme close-ups. I only wore this polish for one day before I applied top coat to do all my swatches so I can't comment on how well this polish holds up long term. With one coat of Seche Vite you can still feel the texture but obviously the texture is much less pronounced.

CONCLUSION: I would definitely recommend this polish. I loved the way it looked and application was easy. However, this polish won't be for everyone. You really need to be someone who favors dark, interesting polishes and texture. Textured polishes are a trend that everyone won't want to follow but I happen to really like OPI Stay the Night.

Without top coat- outdoors

Without top coat- indoors
With top coat

As for using glue as a base coat, the polish did not pop off as cleanly as when I first used glue as a base coat with my Maybelline Gold's Night Out Review. I'm guessing it had to do with the thickness of the glue and how well I covered the nail. I probably didn't get the glue into all of the corners so I had to peel at the polish more and some still clung to the edges of the nail.
Nails after polish peeled off

Polish peelings

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