I wore OPI Get Your Number last week, and couldn’t get enough of this manicure!
This is one of the Stage Shades from the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection. It has the new finish that OPI is coining ‘Liquid Sand’. You’ll see it in stores starting January 2013.
Before trying this, I’ve always been interested in matte nail polish, but I was never blown away by any.
That all changed when I wore Get Your Number! It came as quite the shock. Sure, I expected to like it, but to fall head over heels in love with it? Is OPI lacing the lacquers with some sort of drug?
It must be said – Get Your Number is the most memorable and intriguing nail polish I have worn in all of 2012! That is saying a lot because I typically polish my nails a few times each week!
If you haven’t been interested in matte polishes before, I still urge you to give this one a try. It’s extremely different than anything I’ve ever seen or worn.
Please note that I tried my best to capture the interesting features of this polish, but it was such a diva! I didn’t do it justice, but I tried various lighting conditions and changing the focus (since blurring the focus helped me show the holographic glitter in this.)
I’ll also share a photo of how it looks with a shiny top coat, in case you absolutely must wear a top coat. However, I strongly recommend you wear this as is for even just a day. It has such an interesting finish!
OPI Get Your Number Pictures
Purposely Blurred Flash Photos
(You can see the holographic glitter more this way.)
OPI Get Your Number Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of OPI Get Your Number
- No top coat!
Purposely Blurred Flash Photos
Natural Light Photos
Dim Artificial Light Photos
Claim: TRUSTED, but Product: HOLY GRAIL STATUS! (This really impressed me!)
√ Matte blue with sparkles
- Name: OPI Get Your Number
- Collection: Mariah Carey by OPI Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection Press Release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Stay the Night, Get Your Number, Can’t Let Go, The Impossible, A Butterfly Moment, Sprung, Pink Yet Lavender, Anti-bleak
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons (Available in January 2013)
OPI Get Your Number Review
If you love fresh-looking blues, this is one of them. Sometimes I find that mattes can look very dull if the base colour isn’t peppy enough. Get Your Number doesn’t have that problem at all.
I tried to photograph it the best I could, but no matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t able to truly capture the sparkle and holographic glitter on my nails like I could in the bottle!
Trust me! When you wear this, you will see flecks of colours sparkle and shine in every direction on your nails in many different lighting conditions. This is what really surprised and intrigued me. You don’t just get a bit of shimmer. You get flat out sparkkkkkle!
I saw so many colours in the rainbow. Obviously, the base is a beautiful blue, but you’ll see red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and sometimes purple and pink! It’s so stunning to gaze at and fun to wear!
The finish alone is very tricky to describe. It’s not your run-of-the-mill matte polish.
Get Your Number is pretty matte, but there’s a slight sheen to it like the kind on a rock. (More on that in a bit!)
When I was applying it, I could tell that the glitter was suspended in what looked like a blue-jelly base! The jelly dries matte, not super shiny like all the other jelly finishes I’ve worn.
The finish is gritty, but not in the typical way that glitters tend to be. This type of grittiness is what I can best describe as the texture of a rough rock! It’s a bit like granite.
(Random note: When I was little, I collected rocks everywhere I went. I used to bring home 2 to 5 small rocks from grade school each day! Get Your Number rekindled my love for rocks.)
The finish is like those rocks that have shiny specks, which catch the light and sparkle. (I used to have rose-beige rocks with pink and grey sparkles.) This unique Liquid Sand finish reminds me exactly like that type of sparkle. The polish is matte, but the glints you get are truly brilliant!
Another interesting thing I noticed about the texture is that if you inspect your nails up close, part of the polish does indeed look like clumps of sand! Those parts were slightly darker than the ‘matte jelly’ blue base. I’ve never seen anything like it!
There are also larger pieces that are the same colour as the ‘sand’. Those parts are shinier and catch the light at different angles.
If you’re like me, when you first heard about the grittiness and saw the photos, you probably thought, “Will I have to chop my fingers off to remove this polish?”
I was really scared to remove this because I thought for sure, I’d be scrubbing my fingers raw.
Using my favourite nail-polish remover, I soaked a cotton ball, placed it on one nail for about 5 seconds, and then I rubbed it as usual. To my delight, it came off way easier than I expected. It was nowhere as easy to remove as a creme, but I didn’t have to scrub as much as when I wear fine, gritty glitters.
When you remove the polish, you’ll definitely see how the base is truly a jelly. Maybe that’s why it’s easier to remove than expected?
Application & Formula
The formula is thick, but manageable. With a single coat, you get plenty of coverage. If you use a medium coat, you could even get away with one coat, but I didn’t want to be a wimp. I did my usual 2-coat minimum.
The amazing thing about this polish is that it dries soooo quickly! You can finish your manicure in a jiffy. Plus, you’re not even ‘supposed to’ apply a top coat, so it’s even faster!
I was able to control the thick polish relatively well, however, I have a feeling that over time, I’ll need to add a few drops of nail-polish thinner (not remover!) to bring the consistency back.
With a Top Coat
In the official Mariah Carey by OPI Collection press release, they say that it should always be worn without a top coat. However, nail rules were meant to be broken.
Here’s what it looks like if you slick on a shiny top coat:
Gorgeous, right? While I think it’s extremely pretty with a top coat (I used Seche Vite), I’ll only be wearing this without a top coat. I feel like when it’s matte, it’s way more unique. You can find regular gorgeous glitters anywhere!
Due to the glitter overload, Get Your Number eats top coat like it’s been starving itself! After 24 hours, I checked this swatch again, and saw that the grittiness was coming back. So, I put on another coat. The second layer of top coat definitely helps to keep it shiny, but if you do this, remember that the thicker a glittery polish is, the higher the chance it’ll chip or even fall off in sheets.
Final Verdict: 10/10
Yeah. It got a perfect score despite the cons. I feel like this is the most original nail concept I’ve seen in a very long time, and I couldn’t stop looking at my nails or even feeling the texture. Maybe it’s because I used to collect rocks, but the fact that it looks like sparkly rocks on my nails, and I can take them everywhere I go, that just makes me so happy!
I hope that OPI will put out more Liquid Sand polishes that have holographic glitter. I’d be very interested in wearing those!
Major kudos to OPI for being daring enough to market this to the mainstream. I’m curious to see if others will agree with me, or if I’ll be alone in liking the concept so much.
Being a nail-polish addict, I’m not being snobby when I say that I’ve worn a LOT of nail polish in my time. I’ve seen tons of colours, textures, and finishes. It takes a lot for a polish these days to really jump out at me and hit me over the head. Get Your Number got my attention, and I appreciate all the creativity and the risk taken to market such a formula.
Standing ovation, OPI! The risk paid off in this nailphile’s eyes!
China Glaze Blue Sparrow is still my number-one favourite blue nail polish of all time, but OPI Get Your Number is easily in my top 5.
Edit: YAY! Trade Secrets tweeted about my blog post! I’m honoured!
Would you dare to wear Get Your Number or any of the Liquid Sand polishes? Are you a fan of matte lacquers, or do they need a little sparkle? Can you picture Mariah Carey wearing this?