OPI Stay the Night is from the Mariah Carey Collection that features the new Liquid Sand finish.
I wore this to a party in early December, and it received a lot of unsolicited (and very surprising) compliments from people who I thought liked more traditional nail polish! So it’s a winner!
And you’ll remember that I was over the moon about OPI Get Your Number. Well, although Stay the Night is cool and edgy, Get Your Number is still my top pick of the Liquid Sands.
Stay the Night has a gothic feel, and it’s not for someone who wants a typically pretty manicure. It’s for the nailphile who wants something racy and avant-garde.
In this post, you’ll see what it looks like in different lighting conditions and also with a shiny top coat.
But, just like I wrote in my OPI Get Your Number review, I suggest that you wear any Liquid Sand polish without a top coat, at least for a day. You may be pleasantly surprised by how much you like the unique finish!
OPI Stay the Night Pictures
OPI Stay the Night Swatches
All swatches have:
Natural Light Photos
√ Matte black with red glints
- Name: OPI Stay the Night
- 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: A Butterfly Moment, Sprung, Pink Yet Lavender, Anti-bleak, Stay the Night, Get Your Number, Can’t Let Go & The Impossible
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons
OPI Stay the Night Review
Stay the Night by OPI reminds me of a volcano. It looks exactly like one that’s erupting with scorching lava gushing forth!
I couldn’t quite capture how sparkly the red glitter is, unfortunately. In person, it’s dazzling and very bright in contrast to the blackened base.
The more I looked at my nails with this on, the more I thought about hidden rubies. And, then when I gazed upon my nails even more, the base polish started to remind me a little bit of undercooked brownies. Perhaps I was staring too long, and I was getting hungry. 😉
The finish of Stay the Night is gritty, but not sharp. You may remember that I described OPI Get Your Number’s finish as being a rock-like texture. This also is quite similar, except it didn’t have as much variation in terms of size. You get the glitter and the ‘wet sand’ look. Get Your Number also had other-sized pieces to add more complexity.
Also, the black base in this is pretty opaque as far as I could tell. (Then again, I do wear glasses…) Get Your Number had a jellyish base, which is really unique for this type of matte formula.
You’ll be happy to know that even though this polish looks ridiculously gritty, it comes off easier than you’d think. Just be sure to use a remover that contains acetone (it doesn’t have to be 100% acetone). Keep the cotton pad soaked in the remover on your nail for about 5 seconds and then rub. It’ll come off easily that way.
Application & Formula
This was easy to apply. It went on without a hitch, and it was very opaque. I only needed 2 coats to achieve the opacity you see in my photos.
What It Looks Like With a Shiny Top Coat
I couldn’t resist seeing what the transformation would be with a glossy top coat. Here are two thick coats of Seche Vite Fasty Dry Top Coat.
It’s really pretty, but I feel like the Liquid Sand finish is much more unique. Putting on a top coat transforms it into a beautiful (but ordinary) polish.
Also, be aware that this polish eats up top coat. You’d need to wear at least 2 coats of top coat if you want it to stay smooth and glossy.
Final Verdict: 8/10
This is a pretty special polish, and I love how the red pieces shine through like something fierce. They really pop against the black base!
It’s gothic, edgy, and perfect for the person who wants something different than the general polish offerings.
Which is your favourite of the Liquid Sands? If you could design your own Liquid Sand polish, what would it look like? (Mine would have a dark emerald jelly base with holographic glitter that leans heavily on the purple side – of course!) 😉