Beauty

Nails of the Day # 1 – OPI Infinite Shine

In terms of my nails, it’s very rare that I steer away from Essie; the formula, the colour range, the longevity- all if it makes the perfect nail brand in my opinion. There will always be a special place in my heart for Essie Bahama Mama, it’s literally my all time favourite shade.

Recently though, I’ve been indulging more in OPI as there have been some new colours that I can’t seem to find a dupe of from Essie (suggestions welcome).

When I was in Poland last year, I made a bee-line for the OPI section in duty free and ummed and ahhed about buying the OPI Infinite Shine, a product that promises high-definition gel shine that lasts up to 10 days but without the gel price tag or time scale.

The only problem is that I had read mixed reviews about it in the past; it doesn’t last particularly long, there was a distinct lack of shades and it dulled quite quickly. However, with it being (a tiny bit) cheaper in duty free, I thought I might as well try it out.

I picked up the Base Coat and Top Coat in a duo pack, and decided on the ‘In Pursuit of Purple’ colour. Looking up the range now, the colour choices for the product is pretty substantial, which eliminates the complaints of ‘lack of shades’ in my previous reservations.

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It’s fairly simple to use, and there are three steps.

Step 1: You apply a thin layer of the base coat to prepped nails (filed, cleaned, cuticled up, moisturised etc) and let it dry.

Step 2: Once dry, apply two thin coats of your selected colour. The colours are quite thick, so when they say a thin coat, they mean a thin coat. If you apply it too thick it doesn’t dry and the top coat smears it. Two thin coats of In Pursuit of Purple was enough to create a bold colour.

Step 3: When dry, apply a thin coat of the top coat and leave this to dry. It’s not fast drying, so make sure you have the time so sit still for a good 20 minutes/ half an hour.

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The final result is really decent. It does what it says on the tin in regards to a high shine finish and I didn’t find any dullness to the product, even after five days. I think OPI is being a little big generous in regards to staying power, unless you don’t use your hands for 10 days. Unfortunately, I type a lot during the day, I go to the gym and use weights  and I wash up/ wash my hair etc etc which did result in some chipping after 5 days. However, this doesn’t bother me as I tend to change my nail polish quite frequently anyway.

The other great thing? Infinite Shine can be removed with normal nail varnish. No booking an appointment or spending a tenner each time to have them removed, just soak them in a cotton pad of any nail varnish and the colour will come right off.

They’re not the cheapest on the market, £16.95 for the duo pack of the Base and Top Coat and then £11.95 per colour will create a notch in your bank card but I think as a treat every now and again these are definitely worth it. You can pick them up from most drugstores (Boots etc), as well as online at Nail Polish Direct.

Thanks for reading,

S x

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