Monday, January 05, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine System - Swatches & Review

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Today I have a gorgeous blurple shade from OPI's new Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System to share with you. OPI claims that these specially formulated polishes will stay gel-like and shiny until removed. Infinite Shine utilizes a 3-step process including a Primer base coat, a shade of choice and a Gloss top coat. Infinite Shine dries like regular polish and does not require any LED-light curing or soak-off removal. I was really intrigued with this pseudo-gel system and wondered if it would live up to the expectations. I had heard of at-home gel systems from Sally Hansen and other companies, but have never tried anything like this before. I have also never had a gel manicure so this was definitely something new for me!

To give this a fair trial, I wore the Infinite Shine System for about a week before taking these swatch photographs.

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OPI Infinite Shine | Indignantly Indigo

The first step as always is to apply a base coat -- in this case, the Primer base coat. I really loved the packaging of this product for the sleek chrome caps and extra shiny bottles (minus the Primer, which comes in a frosted clear bottle). The primer's consistency reminded me of Nail Envy, slightly thicker than other base coats on the market. 

The second step was to apply Indignantly Indigo just like a regular polish. This polish was noticeably thicker than regular polish and took a little more effort in making sure the polish was spread neatly. That said, it wasn't like glue so it wasn't that bad. I applied two coats but even 1 gave really great opacity. Indignantly Indigo is a beautiful blurple creme that would melt every nail bloggers' heart. 

Lastly, I applied one coat of Gloss top coat. Once again, this was a slightly thicker consistency than regular top coats, but not as thick as Seche Vite. I wondered how dry time would compare to regular nail polish application and it surprisingly did not take as long as I thought it would. I am used to having quick dry top coats so this was more of a wait for me than usual, but not bad considering nothing in the Infinite Shine System comments on quick dry time. 

I had this Infinite Shine manicure for about a week and the only major problems I saw were tip wear. Other than that, the surface maintained its shine and the colour was still as vibrant as ever. For removal, I just soaked a cotton pad in my regular nail polish remover and it came off like a charm. Completely stain-free and easier than some regular creme polishes out there. However, I do not know how a red or orange would rate in terms of staining. All in all, I really like this product and would definitely recommend it for ladies that want that high-shine and long-lasting manicure without having to go to the salon for gel.

Now I'm wondering if the Gloss topcoat would work on regular polishes just as well as on the specially formulated Infinite Shine polishes. Time to experiment! 

These retail for $14.95 CAD so are a little pricier than normal, but are definitely worth the investment!

The products in this post were generously sent for review.

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