Mariah Carey by OPI Limited Edition Collection Swatches & Review

Mariah Carey by OPI

As you probably know by now Mariah Carey by OPI is a new limited edition eight-piece collection out for spring. This collection features eight shades, four of them being a new finish called Liquid Sand. What the what??

Liquid Sand is basically a glittery polish that gives you a textured sand-like finish. You don’t wear a top coat with it, so it’s pebbly and matte when it dries. Now normally I am not a fan of textured nails…but only when they aren’t meant to be textured. I honestly didn’t think I would like these, but I really do! I wore one of them right away after swatching it and really like it. It’s not as “snaggy” as I assumed either. In other words, I didn’t wind up with cat hairs attached to my nails at every turn. ­čśë

And just to toss this out into the world, I REALLY wish a big brand like OPI would partner with a non-pop artist one of these days for a collection. How about a Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson collection? Maybe A Perfect Circle could do one and it could be called “A Perfect Collection”? I dunno, but it would be cool I think to have some variety!

Mariah Carey by OPI 2
A Butterfly Moment, Pink Yet Lavender, Sprung, Anti-Bleak

Mariah Carey by OPI 3
The Impossible, Can’t Let Go, Get Your Number, Stay The Night

OPI A Butterfly Moment
A Butterfly Moment

A Butterfly Moment is a pink/peach/gold frosty shimmer. But not frosty in a gross way, it’s really soft, flattering and feminine. I was kind of surprised how much I wound up liking this on me. This was three thin coats and just a hint of streaks if you apply too thick.

OPI Pink Yet Lavender
Pink Yet Lavender

Pink Yet Lavender has medium pink hex glitter and small holographic glitter. I’m not really seeing the lavender in this much, as the name implies. You get a good amount of glitter with each swipe and I used two coats here.

OPI Sprung

Sprung is a warm copper with gold and pink shimmer. This is a really pretty and unique shade. Nice formula, completely covered in two coats.

OPI Anti Bleak

Anti-Bleak is a medium cool-toned purple creme. Nice shade, not unique or that interesting. This was two coats.

OPI Pink Yet Lavender over Anti Bleak
Pink Yet Lavender over Anti-Bleak

OPI The Impossible
The Impossible

The Impossible is a bright fuchsia pink Liquid Sand that features large pink star shaped glitter chunks and smaller pink hex glitter chunks. The thing about the star glitter is since it’s large and heavy it sinks to the bottom, which means it’s a bit of a chore to get it onto the brush. I had to dig out and place each of these stars on my nails. Other than that, I think this is a pretty cool polish! This was two coats.

OPI Get Your Number
Get Your Number

Get Your Number is a bright blue with hex glitter and holographic smaller glitter. Cool shade! This was two coats.

OPI Can t Let Go
Can’t Let Go

Can’t Let Go is a royal purple with medium purple hex glitter and purple micro-glitter. This one is pretty and covers really nicely in two coats.

OPI Stay The Night
Stay The Night

Stay The Night is a black with small red glitter. This is my favorites of the Liquid Sands. The base is really dark and I just think it looks really cool with the red glitter in it. Cool stuff! This was two coats.

Mariah Carey by OPI Collage

Overall: A good collection in general I think. Of the “regular” shades I think the most interesting was Sprung, but I also liked A Butterfly Moment. The Liquid Sands are definitely the stars of the collection though. I think all four of them are really cool! But they will be the kind of thing you either hate or love.

Availability: Ulta, Pure Beauty, online, etc.

Pricing: $9.00.

Alrighty then, what do we think about this collection? Are you into textured polish or no way?


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  • January 9, 2013

    Can’t Let Go is my favorite! I usually avoid anything that would feel rough on my nails, but the color and effect of this one are so stunning that I wouldn’t mind trying!
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    • January 9, 2013

      I agree I do the same thing, but I am digging these ones.

  • January 9, 2013

    I bought the set of minis – the four liquid sands. Thus far I’ve just worn Stay The Night, and I love it SO MUCH! I’m actually tempted to buy a full size in addition to my mini.

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  • January 9, 2013

    I cannot wait to get my hands on the liquid sand polishes. They look so cool! Great swatches Kelly!

    • January 9, 2013

      Thanks Gina!

  • January 9, 2013

    Stay The Night is gorgeous! I don’t have any textured nail polish but I have a feeling its the next big trend in nail polish.
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    • January 9, 2013

      It really is, it’s the one I wore right away :)

  • January 9, 2013

    I think I really like the look of the four liquid sands…my favorite is Stay The Night and then The Impossible.

    • January 9, 2013

      People seem to really like these so far. I think The Impossible is my second favorite also, despite those pesky stars.

  • January 9, 2013

    Thanks for the swatches, and my wallet thanks you as well, because I think I’ll pass on these. It’s not the texture that bugs me so much as the color/glitter combos seem kind of… young?… I guess? I can’t say much about Mariah Carey (except that she kind of turns my stomach), but she is at least a grown woman. These glitters look more like a collection inspired by a tween girl.

    • January 9, 2013

      I can definitely see that with The Impossible, but Stay The Night doesn’t look tween to me at all. I am most definitely NOT a fan of Mariah Carey in general, she grates on my nerves. :)

  • January 9, 2013

    I already have a butterfly moment, pink yet lavender, and stay the night, but after seeing these swatches I think I will have to go grab sprung. I am not a huge fan of the chunky glitter ones. They definitely look like they are more for my 14 year old cousin.

    • January 9, 2013

      Sprung is a really pretty shade, love it.

  • January 9, 2013

    I love these! I already picked them up- I love the textured glitter, I actually wear the Nubar Sparkles sometimes that way so it’s nice to wear a glitter that actually isn’t supposed to have topcoat :)

    • January 9, 2013

      INterestingly when I wore Stay The Night it actually didn’t chip on me for 2 days, which is SO rare for a glitter and me.

  • January 9, 2013

    I would *die* and go to nail polish haven if there was a Nine Inch Nails collection! That’s an awesome idea. I purchased Stay The Night and I love it. Naturally, I went back and got the other 3. From the promos I thought I would hate the texture but it doesn’t bother me at all.

    • January 9, 2013

      I think someone needs to get on the ball with that! :)

      • January 10, 2013

        Oh, a NIN one would be great! Though MM would be more likely to get, or go for, a nail polish collection. Can you imagine trent endorsing an OPI collection??

        So perhaps it might be up to the indie’s and frankeners. There is a huge amount there to inspire colours. But not “hurt”, that would be wrong somehow.

        What NIN song would YOU pick to inspire a polish? I’d go for a liquid sand type polish, mostly charcoal dark grey with a bit of medium grey mixed through, maybe a teensy smattering of silver glitter, for one of the non vocal tracks from Fixed. Does anyone remember the soundtrack from the original Quake game?

        I am getting ahead of myself sorry :) Thanks VV for mentioning such an idea.

        • January 14, 2013

          I could see a dark red microglitter shade called Discipline. “You know once I start I cannot help myself”

  • January 9, 2013

    The liquid sands polishes are awesome, especially Can’t Let Go and Stay the Night. Sprung looks good too but I wouldn’t look twice at the other 3. As for the pop collections, I agree. It would be nice to see a nin collection or something similar. I’d totally buy an apc/Tool/Puscifer collection but I know that would never happen.

  • January 9, 2013

    Were the Liquid Sand polishes hard to get off, like a glitter?
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    • January 9, 2013

      Yes, very much so.

  • January 9, 2013

    Stay the Night <3 love it :)

  • January 9, 2013

    Not for me, any of them, but they look lovely on you!

    Since about 95% of cosmetics is purchased and used by women (and, no, that’s not a real statistic), I’m glad that so far OPI has partnered with women artists, even though none of the artists music has been to my taste. It isn’t that male artists don’t deserve their say, but the art world is still largely dominated by men.

    Though it is not her style and she’d never in a million years do it, I would love to see the colors Fiona Apple would cook up for nail polish.

  • January 9, 2013

    Even despite the “new” finish, this is somehow a really lacklustre collection to me… The only exception being Stay the Night, which I have to have. ­čśÇ I think OPI has raised the bar too much.
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  • January 9, 2013

    How does Anti-Bleak compare to Casino Royale?

  • January 9, 2013

    Love the Liquid Sand polishes! Beautiful swatches. :)
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  • January 9, 2013

    I really love A Butterfly Moment but am kind of torn on the Liquid Sand shades…I think they look cool in pictures, but I’m not convinced it’s something I would want to wear. I feel like it’ll just look like I’m walking around with an unfinished mani. :-) Somebody above mentioned a mini set; maybe I’ll cave for that!

  • January 9, 2013

    It seems as though your liquid sand polishes dried much more shiny than other swatches i’ve seen.. Did you use a top coat, one layer at least?

    • January 9, 2013

      No top coat, but I use a flash and take my photos indoors whereas some other bloggers do photos in the sun, which can make it look different.

  • January 9, 2013

    I got one of them, Sprung a week or two ago – I wasn’t into the Liquid Sand thing and just know I would end up picking at it!

  • January 9, 2013

    I’m not really a huge OPI fan but this collection is really beautiful.
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  • January 9, 2013

    I’ll take Sprung and the Liquid Sand polishes and leave the others. :)
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  • January 9, 2013

    I hadn’t paid attention to this collection, but there are some extremely interesting/unique polishes!

  • January 10, 2013

    These are really pretty!
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  • January 10, 2013

    I always love your swatches. Clean & clear!
    I’m going to buy A Butterfly Moment and Sprung. The liquid sands are not my cup of tea.
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  • January 10, 2013

    I would be all over a Nine Inch Nails or Marylin Manson collection. How about Rammstein or a blues artist like Ella Fitzgerald?

    These are not quite my cup of tea, I think; your swatches are gorgeous as always, but my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief. :)

    • January 10, 2013

      “How about Rammstein or a blues artist like Ella Fitzgerald?”

      Either would be awesome.

      • January 12, 2013

        Definitely a NIN set would rock! I’m a huge Rammstein fan, so I just call the Germany Collection my Rammstein Collection : ) maybe they will do a Tool collection! That would be to die for!

  • January 10, 2013

    I *love* Stay the Night. I can’t wait to try some of these textured polishes!

    I think a NIN or APC collection would be amazing…whatever they came up with, you know it would be different! And maybe not turn so many people off the collection like having Mariah Carey attached might do.

  • January 10, 2013

    I like a few of these, Spring, Butterfly Moment, and Stay the Night!
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  • January 10, 2013

    I’m surprised I find A Butterfly Moment pretty! Love the blue too.
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  • January 11, 2013

    I’m wearing Stay the Night right now, and love it! I thought the sand texture would be terribly gritty, but you’re right- it’s really not bad. It hasn’t snagged on any clothing, or anything. And it’s so sparkly! Like embers. Very cool.
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  • January 13, 2013

    Love a Butterfly moment, I expected more nudes and golds from mariah to be honest. Anti bleak looks like the twin of casino royale…

  • January 13, 2013

    Get Your Number definitely was my favourite Liquid Sand that I’ve worn, followed by Stay the Night and then Can’t Let Go. The Impossible was my least favourite, but that’s only because reds/pinks don’t usually excite me. ­čśë

    I LOVE the Liquid Sands, found them easier to remove than expected, and I’m looking forward to the 5th new Liquid Sand shade in the OPI Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful Collection! :)

    Excellent swatches as usual, Kelly!
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  • January 14, 2013

    OK I just had to comment–even though I don’t like any of these shades, nor am I even a big fan of Mariah Carey anymore–but the mere fact that you came up with the idea of a collaboration between OPI and A Perfect Circle? I felt wholly compelled to tell you that you’re my new favorite and YOU’RE FREAKING AMAZING.

    …I would probably buy that whole collection in the blink of an eye.

    • January 14, 2013

      Haha! I think a lot of people would, they are missing that market! :)

      • January 14, 2013

        Could you imagine the awesome shade they could do for Blue? Or a glittery white for The Nurse who Loved Me.