One of OPI's latest innovations is "Liquid Sand", which is basically a matte, textured glitter meant to be worn without topcoat. There are four shades of liquid sand released as part of the Mariah Carey collection. I picked up the mini set at Ulta to check what I thought.
Macro shot of Can't Let Go (2 coats)
OPI Can't Let Go
I was very impressed with the coverage I got in just two coats, so I stopped there. I am so used to using a quick-dry topcoat, so it was hard for me to leave the topcoat off and let them dry on their own. I would estimate it took about 10 minutes for them to feel dry and like I wouldn't mess them up if I touched them.
I have seen some swatches of the liquid sand polishes taken before they have had a chance to completely dry and reach their final texture. Those swatches don't look quite as matte. I really think it really helped show the effect for my swatch to be taken on the second day. I have also seen some people mention that they felt applying lotion dulled the matte effect, but I didn't find this at all.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the wear- I went a full 24 hours without a single chip and barely any tipwear- and I work with paper all day in my job and did business as usual.
I also thought the texture might bother me, but it kinda felt cool, so I didn't mind it at all.
Can't Let Go with topcoat applied (2 coats of Gelous, 1 coat of NYC GCS)
On the second night, I applied topcoat to see how that changed the appearance. This photo was taken the next afternoon. I actually loved it with topcoat too- the topcoat made the glittery super-shiny and gorgeous in the sun.
left: no topcoat right: topcoat