Yesterday, I painted my nails with OPI What Wizardry Is This?, which is from the OPI Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful Collection due out in March.
If you follow me on Instagram, you got a first peek at some bottle shots from the collection that I took quickly with my iPhone on Tuesday. I was so ecstatic, so I had to share!
Andddd…I am still very excited because this is the latest addition to the Liquid Sands series – it’s the 5th one.
It’s different than the Liquid Sands in the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection. In this post, I’ll explain my experience wearing this as a full manicure.
OPI What Wizardry Is This? Pictures
OPI What Wizardry Is This? Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 2 coats of OPI What Wizardry Is This?
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
√ Rich taupe
- Name: OPI What Wizardry Is This?
- Collection: OPI Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Lights of Emerald City, Don’t Burst My Bubble, When Monkeys Fly, Glints of Glinda, Which is Witch?, I Theodora You & What Wizardry is This?
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select spas & salons (This will be available in March 2013.)
OPI What Wizardry Is This? Review
While this is advertised as being a rich taupe (and it is), I noticed that in certain artificial lighting, there seemed to be an olive nuance to it.
While I don’t wear taupes and hues in this colour family very often, I absolutely loved this. I’d describe it as looking like antique brass or aged wrought iron. There’s a steampunk, industrial quality to it that gives What Wizardry Is This? a completely unique identity from the Liquid Sands we’ve seen in the Mariah Carey Collection.
If you aren’t into the whole girly look, but you still want to participate in the Liquid Sand trend, What Wizardry Is This? will be right in your wheelhouse.
It offers a level of sophistication and edginess that’s more grown up than the Mariah Carey Liquid Sands. (Don’t get me wrong – I love bold, immature, and in-yo-face shades on my nails, but sometimes you need to experience variety for a good change of pace.)
My photos seem to show more of the taupe/brown personality, but when you wear it, trust me, you will easily see the olive come through (and it’s absolutely beautiful)!
While I was getting ready to head to the office, I noticed something interesting. I was lining my eyes with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Stash, and it looked a bit like OPI What Wizardry Is This?. I thought that was pretty nifty. (Yes, nifty – that’s even better than cool because not as many people say nifty.)
What Wizardry Is This? by OPI has a Liquid Sand finish, so it is slightly gritty without being sharp. But, unlike the Mariah Carey ones that had large pieces of glitter, this one just has that ‘wet sand’ look.
It really catches the light and looks lively, never flat or boring. I love this finish so much that I find myself subconsciously touching the tops of my nails. (When you paint your nails with a regular polish afterwards, I bet you’ll miss the texture!)
Despite it being gritty, it’s actually easy to remove. (Yes, although I wanted to wear it longer, I removed it late last night because I was too anxious to wear another Oz shade as my next manicure. Forget First World Problems! This is a Nailphile Problem!)
To remove, I just soak a cotton ball in some acetone-based remover. (It’s not even 100% acetone, yet it still gets the job done.) Hold the cotton ball onto one nail for a few seconds, and then rub as usual. You’ll notice that it comes off without having to scrub your fingers raw.
Another plus about Liquid Sands like this is that they dry super fast! And since you don’t need to wear a top coat, and it’s already dry, you can finish your manicure in a jiffy and hit the sack. (Well, if you’re a nocturnal painter like I am, it’s really convenient!)
(Side note: Wow, ‘nifty’ and now ‘jiffy’ in the same blog post? I must have been born an old person! I literally don’t know anyone my age who uses those words in everyday conversation. Maybe I can bring it back!)
Application & Formula
The formulation is pretty easy to control, and I found that applying medium coats (as I’m in the habit of doing anyway) actually is the best method with Liquid Sands. (Yay!)
You get opaque coverage with just 2 medium coats. And even though they’re not thin coats, the Liquid Sand dries quickly still!
With a Shiny Top Coat
Please try it without a top coat because Liquid Sands have a cool matte texture that’s meant to be experienced!
Then, if you want to use a shiny top coat after, well, go ahead!
Since I’m sure some of you are curious about what it looks like glossy, I painted a tip on a nail wheel to show you.
I feel like with a shiny top coat, it looks nice, but it just becomes an ordinary type of beauty.
Liquid Sands are like editorial models, and Liquid Sands with a shiny top coat are like commercial models. Both are great, but it depends on what interests you more based on your manicure mood.
Final Verdict: 10/10
OPI What Wizardry Is This? did not disappoint me. It lived up to my expectations, but also surprised me. It takes a lot for taupes to excite me. Hehe, maybe it was the hint of olive (hey, I’ll take any green that I can get!).
This nail polish gets my stamp of approval! I know I’ll be wearing it multiple times.
Funny thing? Another nailphile shared my Instagram photo on her Instagram account. Someone left a comment on it and said that it looked like poo. So, I just had to reply to that person. What did I say? At least this isn’t a scented polish that matches. Hahahaha!
If you know me well, you know that I love green, yes, but polishes that look like geese poop excite me the most. This one has a hint of that geese-poop quality…haha, so I dig it!
Are you as excited about OPI What Wizardry Is This?, or do you prefer the large glitter in the Mariah Carey Liquid Sands? Do you like geese-poop-coloured polishes? Which OPI Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful Collection shades are you looking forward to wearing first?