OPI Designer Series Introduces Raw Granite Matte Glitter Polish

I am a major nail art fiend, and I absolutely love fingernail polish. There was a time when I was completely against glitter polishes because I thought they were gaudy and I wasn’t crazy about matte finishes either. I have seen beautiful nail art that incorporates matte and glitter, and I am hooked. If I wasn’t already hooked, I would have been after seeing OPI’s Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquers. The combination of a matte finish that sparkles is absolutely gorgeous. 

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OPI Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquer in Pewter. Photo courtesy of the Lacquerologist.

The new polishes are part of OPI’s  designer series and contain diamond dust. They are following the footsteps of Azature, a polish and luxury jewelry brand I am obsessed with owning and have written several posts where I mention Black Diamond nail lacquer, a glistening polish infused with black diamonds. Azature is most famous for making a $250,000 bottle of nail polish, the most expensive bottle of nail polish to date. From what I can tell, the difference between the Raw Granite polishes and Azature is the Granite Series is earthy and its sheen is subtle, while Azature is glamorous and glitzy.

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OPI Designer Series Raw Granite nail lacquer in Lapis. Photo courtesy of the Lacquerologist.

The diamond dust polish comes in pewter and lapis and is meant to be worn without a topcoat which will result in a satin like finish that is satiny with dimension. While it may look like it would have a rough texture, it goes on smoothly and stays that way. I rock deep blue on my nails constantly, so I am extremely excited about this new addition to the Designer Series. I love how the silver hexagon glitter in the pewter polish gives Emily, a.k.a. the Lacquerologist’s nails added oomph.  These polishes can go elegant or edgy and the colors deepen when given a topcoat.

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OPI’s Raw Granite polish in Lapis with and without a topcoat as seen on the Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite blog.
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OPI’s Raw Granite polish in Pewter with and without a topcoat as seen on the Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite blog.

You can find the Raw Granite nail lacquer line at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com  starting in September for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN).

Sephora’s Evil Plan: Sephora X Unleashed With 200 New Nail Polishes

Sephora's Formula X Nail Products

I am convinced that Sephora is trying to give me a heart attack. How else do you explain the sheer volume of nail lacquers set to launch in September? Their evil plan is to perfect their Sephora X line of nail polishes, then debut the updated line with 200 nail products. Unheard of right? With the end of their association with OPI, Sephora decided to expand on its already existing Sephora X line. Being who I am, I could ponder and analyze the logic behind offering a couple of hundred nail lacquers all at once, but I am just going to enjoy the moment instead.

Along with offering The Classics collection, there will also be The Brilliants-sparkles; The Translucents-sheer colors; The Xplosives-splatter coats; and The Electrics-neon polishes. Altogether, there will be 93 nail colors, 50-plus special-effects lacquers, base and top coats and a selection of nail care essentials. I am overwhelmed… and overjoyed.

I Want: M.A.C. Temperature Rising Nail Lacquer in Tropical

M.A.C. Temperature Rising Nail Lacquer

When I spotted MAC’s Tropical nail polish, I came to a screeching halt. I was never a fan of glitter until about six months ago when I spotted some amazing nail art with glitter polishes. Since then, I have added Milani Ruby Jewels and Sally Hansen Wedding Crasher to my polish repertoire, and it looks like Tropical will join the family.

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Tropical is part of the Temperature Rising Collection which launched in May. I think the combination of bronze glitter, gold, and copper is perfect for the summer months and suits any skin tone. One coat will produce a sheer coating with subtle shimmer, while two coats will provide more oomph. There is another polish in the collection, Scorching Haute, which is a magenta glitter lacquer with no color base. The polishes in the Temperature Rising collection are $18 each.