Ever since I saw first swatches of the Infinite Shine system, OPI's version of a long-lasting gel finish manicure, I was intrigued and knew I wanted to try these. For the longest time I could not find them around here and I still haven't spotted them in German stores. A while ago, when Sephora France released a store-wide 25% off coupon, I bit the bullet and ordered the top and base coat set and the shade Set in Stone. My vacation in Barcelona was the perfect opportunity to finally test-drive OPI's Infinite Shine system.
OPI Set in Stone is a pretty taupe creme shade. It is nicely pigmented and covers perfectly in two coats. The formula is slightly thicker than regular OPI nail polishes. I was worried that it would be too warm and look brown on the nails, but that was not the case. In fact I really liked this taupe color on me.
Like the instructions say, I applied one layer of base coat and let that dry before I added two thin coats of Set in Stone. I finished everything off with a thicker layer of top coat. Everything dried fast and to an even and shiny finish. The next morning I noticed some small bubbles on several nails. Maybe I was too heavy on the top coat.
OPI promises up to 10 days of wear with their Infinite Shine system. During my vacation my nails were exposed to salt water, suncreen and lots of hand washing. Unfortunately, my suncreen was the type that dissolves nail polish (read more on that topic here), so my mani turned dull quickly. Other than that, it wore really well. I took it off after 5 days, because it was not shiny anymore. There were no cracks or chips and barely any tipwear. As mentioned, I blame my suncreen rather than the product itself for dulling my manicure and I think I have to try the Infinite Shine system under "normal" conditions again. So far, I am pretty happy with the product.
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Have you tried the OPI Infinite Shine System? What do you think about the gel manicure trend? Let me know!