Liquid Sand – Stay the Night

Hello Lovely Ladies,

As we welcome the year 2013 I hope that you welcomed the new year with friends and loved ones.  I wish you nothing but good health and happiness in this upcoming year.

As I was queuing up today’s post, I thought to myself: “Self, what polish/manicure should get the honorary spot of ‘First Post of 2013′”!?!?

I decided to dedicate today’s post to OPI’s Liquid Sand Stay the Night:

I know that I have shown you this shade in my Christmas Party manicure already, but I wasn’t all too happy about how those photos came out (this lacquer is really tricky to photograph), and I wanted to shine the spotlight on it one more time.

I did not do a best/favorite of 2012 post, but had I done one Stay the Night would have been at the top of that list for sure!  This polish was the icing on the cake for shades that I tried in 2012 AND I can see it being a fan favorite for 2013 as well.

If, a few months back, someone asked me if I would be interested in a matte-finish polish that was gritty to the touch I would have laughed at them and ran to my shiny-cream finished lacquers.  And yet, the OPI Liquid Sand shades are not only innovative in texture, but deserve to be tried first-hand and adored from first brushstroke.

This is two coats of Stay The Night, which applies like a black jelly polish with glitter.  Once it dries however the real magic happens.  I don’t quite know how to describe the final look… except “WOW”.  I know it is an oxymoron to say smooth-sandpaper… but that kind of sums up the texture.  It is ‘gritty’ but in a sexey/ good way.  And texture asside, this glitter GLISTENS against the matte finish- an absolute amazing combo in real life!

(posed with a Christmas ornament)

This polish is designed to be worn on its own, without a topcoat.  I would recommend being patient with it during the drying period (I would give it a good 10-15 minutes to fully settle).

I was asked by a few of you Lovely Ladies if I could show Stay the Night with a topcoat… Honestly, I just couldn’t get myself to layer a topcoat over this polish- I think it would lose its charm… I just couldn’t do it.  I hope you will accept my nail-wheel swatch of Stay the Night with Seche Vite instead 😉

As for durability: I have worn this shade at least twice since I got it for review and both times I got to day four without seeing any wear marks (just tip wear on day four); for a matte polish without topcoat this is an incredible feat… AND you will want to wear it for as long as possible- it is sooo pretty (end of run on sentence 😉 ).

Removal of this polish is like that of any glitter.

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So there you have it, my first post of 2013!!!!

I hope you are having a good start to this year!

Will you be seeking out these Liquid Sand shades by OPI?

Do you have a favorite shade of 2012?


  • love the unique texture…

    • The texture and sparkle are definitely trend-setting and sooo pretty

  • Tina Shirbroun

    Can’t wait to get my nails on some of those sand finish polishes!

    • You will love it 😉

  • Christine Steiner

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!!! What an appropriate polish to start 2013!!! I hope I will be able to get my hands on this Collection, if so, this polish will certainly find a new crib in my Helmer 😉

    • I too hope that you will snatch up at least one or two of these … 😉

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the liquid sand range looks so cool ! Will def get them all ! (My wallet runs and hides ). This shade really looks fantastic on you . And I like the matte look more than the seche you did over them on the nailwheel. ♥

    • I love this shade and have seen a gold glitter one in promo pictures for the OPI Oz collection!? I have also seen some interesting photos for Zoya gritty shades… so this might just be the next cool trend- I’m on board… I love it 😉
      It truly deserves to be worn in matte format 😉

  • Irena Požin

    Happy New Year to you and your family! And i wish you as many awesomly beautiful manicures as possible in this year 🙂

    • Awh, thank you SO much. You are the sweetest 😉

  • Lina-Elvira Back

    Happy new year and happy continuous blogging! 😀 I am in two minds about the liquid sand polishes but this does look amazing, so I might have to give in and get one!

    • I say give ONE of them a whirl… just to say that you’ve tried it… but if you are like me, you too will love it (even as an accent nail or two)… I don’t like gritty polish and matte isn’t my favourite finish- but somehow those two things combined add such charm and character

  • Happy New Year! 🙂

    I will get my hands on the Liquid Sands, I am sure, I really like the finish – which was a surprise for me, did not expect to like them!

    • You will LOVE the finish! It is like nothing I have ever tried before AND I don’t think the online photos do this shade justice… it really is 100x better IRL than on any photo 😉

  • Kimber_Bling

    Happy Happy 2013 to you and your lovely family Marta! This is a phenomenal post for the new year … it’s really different and I like the matte look much more than with a top coat because I too think it takes away from the whole purpose of the “liquid SAND” aspect of the polish. Take care and I can’t wait to all your new creations in the new year!

    • Awh, Happy New Year to you also. Thank you for such a sweet comment 😀
      I absolutely love this shade and the greyed out black matte base is truly pretty against the glitter 😉 I hope to keep blogging and showing things that you like 😉

  • Great post dear! I haven’t tried Liquid Sands yet… in 2012 my fav was Fantasy Fire, for sure.

  • PolishMad

    Nay for me: the whole last year I was trying to smooth my indie glitters 🙂
    I have quite a few with this texture, so not really new for me 🙂 it is too bad, because the colors I love , especially this one!

    “Do you have a favorite shade of 2012?” I don’t think so , but I have a favourite brand 🙂 and I did order from many makers, but Cult Nails is just sooo good, that I can not help it. 🙂

    Also right now I am wearing Cult Nails Flushed, it was supposed to my NYE mani, but I had only 1.5 hour to shower/dry hair/mani/dress/makeup etc
    ;( so I messed my mani up, and it was all smudged ;( I was sooooooo sad.
    I just had to take it off.
    But I did not want to go out “naked”, so I had 12 minutes to do something…
    5 coupes were waiting for me to go out for dinner…
    And I think that is a world record: I took off Flushed/put basecoat/polish and top coat in 12 minutes!!! You know what saved me? Vicious! 🙂 haha 🙂 my favorite darling 1 coater. It was not the cleanest mani (no time for cleanup) because my hands were shaking, but… I was not NAKED!

  • I love it on you!

  • Manisbymoore

    OOOOO!!! This color is so pretty!! I am going to hunt this one down. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I seriously love this polish! I found it unlike anything I have ever seen in how it applied. I feel like the “sand” isn’t actually glitter…..its very strange, and I just can’t describe it! I too couldn’t add top coat after I had worn it, I just love it that much without! And I feel like all the topcoat swatches I’ve seen, I haven’t liked! I much prefer this the way it is! And the pink glitter just GLOWS in this polish! Love it!

  • Hey girl! Thanks to you saying you loved this polish, I went and got 2 of them (the blue and purple) and now that I’ve seen this post I seriously regret not picking up this shade too! lol. Awesome swatch!