OPI The Impossible from the Mariah Carey Collection reminds me of cherry Jell-o a bit because it has that jellyish look. However, instead of being shiny like a jelly, it has the awesome Liquid Sand finish, which is a matte texture.
It’s safe to say that I’m completely smitten by the Liquid Sands. Everything from the unique concept to the quick dry time floats my polish boat.
I’ve now worn, enjoyed, and reviewed all 4 of the Liquid Sands from the Mariah Carey Collection. And, shortly, I hope to crack open the new Liquid Sand nail polish from the Oz the Great and Powerful Collection!
(By the way, if you haven’t already seen the quick Oz bottle shots I shared on Instagram yesterday, check them out! I think that even those who weren’t excited about the collection before may be more interested now. The glitters are hot stuff!)
Also, everyone, please keep your fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that OPI will put out an emerald-green Liquid Sand! I might faint! (And you all want me to faint, right? Wait a minute…) 😉
But…without further ado, let’s get on with the review of OPI The Impossible!
OPI The Impossible Pictures
OPI The Impossible Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 2 coats of OPI The Impossible
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
Claim: BUSTED, but Product: TRUSTED!
X Matte fuchsia (Okay, there might be a very slightly purplish tint, but I’d say this is more reddish/pinkish than fuchsia.)
- Name: OPI The Impossible
- Collection: Mariah Carey by OPI Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Mariah Carey by OPI 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: $6.25 CAD
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons
OPI The Impossible Review
Red isn’t my favourite colour for a nail polish, but I still gave this a shot because hellllllo, it’s a Liquid Sand! 😉
I’d describe this polish as being an orange-pink based red because it looks more like tomatoes than it does a saturated red that you see on a stop sign.
There are fine holographic glitter, medium hexagonal glitter, and large star sequins.
The Impossible by OPI has the amazing Liquid Sand finish that is gritty, but not sharp or scratchy. It feels pretty neat…kind of like a rock, and if you inspect your nails closely, you’ll see the texture is very much like bumpy wet sand. It’s cool to admire.
But don’t worry – it’s not a nightmare to remove. I just used acetone-based nail-polish remover (not 100% acetone) on a cotton ball. I held the cotton ball on my nail (one at a time) for a few seconds before rubbing. It came out quite easily. You don’t really have to do the Foil Method like you might with chunky glitter. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to remove than you’d expect.
Application & Formula
Like all the Liquid Sands, I found The Impossible very easy to apply. I used medium coats (as it’s my habit), and it went on without a hitch. I did try applying thin coats on one nail, but I found that because the formula is on the thicker side, if you use thin coats, you won’t get the coverage you desire.
If you use medium coats, you’ll only need 2 coats to achieve full opacity. And since Liquid Sands dry so quickly, you really don’t need to apply thin coats.
With a Shiny Top Coat
I strongly urge you to try the Liquid Sands as-is. Even if you have the urge to use a top coat, try not to. Seriously, this new finish is quite the experience, and as a nailphile, it’s really exciting to come across a new finish.
Funny thing is that when I went back to wearing my regular polish after all these Liquid Sands, I missed the texture. You see, throughout the day, I found myself rubbing my nails. With regular polish, it’s smooth and boring. Haha!
But…since I know that there are some who absolutely don’t like the texture, I painted a tip on a nail wheel to show you what it looks like with a shiny top coat.
Yes, it’s pretty this way, but Liquid Sands eat up top coat like crazy. You’ll need multiple layers of top coat, and keep in mind that the thicker a glittery manicure is, the more likely it is that your polish will chip or even fall off in sheets.
What sets The Impossible by OPI apart from the other Liquid Sands (aside from the obvious colour difference – DUH!) is that it contains large star sequins.
I was really excited to have stars on my nails, but I was majorly disappointed.
If you inspect my photos, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any star sequins. Yeah. I painted my nails like normal without purposely trying to fish out the stars. I wanted to show you the results that you’d most likely get. (Not all of us have time to collect the stars with a toothpick and place them on our nails!)
So…what you see in my swatches is pretty typical of what you’ll get if you just use the brush to polish with. (Funny thing is that when I painted the tip on my nail wheel, a star decided to grace us with its presence.) 😉
Despite the stars being almost ‘impossible’ to fish out, I still think this is a lovely polish. (Hehe, The Impossible has ‘impossible’ stars. Oh, I’m easily amused!)
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
If you like red nail polish and are curious about the Liquid Sand finish, this may be the one for you.
Have you tried any of the Liquid Sands yet? If you have not, which will be your first? If you have, which do you like the most?