Before now I've stayed away from any sort of at-home gel type of mani. There is really no reason why other than the fact that I really don't wear a full mani for more than a day so I haven't been interested in trying them out or buying any. However, when OPI does something, I MUST TRY IT and I MUST HAVE IT.
Infinite Shine is a collection of 30 different shades of nail polish that is applied via a three-step system; first, apply Infinite Shine Primer (Step 1) to prevent staining and increase lacquer durability. Next, select one of the 30 shades (Step 2) and paint two thin, even coats for richly-pigmented, vivid color. Finally, finish with Infinite Shine Gloss (Step 3), which features a state-of-the-art gel polymer formula that cures in natural light. Product can be removed easily with Expert Touch Nail Lacquer Remover; no soaking is required.
Below I have 6 shades from the OPI Infinite Shine Collection swatched using the three step system. Each polish required two coats for full opacity and the photos were taken indoors under daylight lamps without using a flash.
From Here to Eternity
Raisin' the Bar
Get Ryd-of-thym Blues
As for wear if you follow me on Instagram you already know how that went. Day 1-3 brought no change (see Day 1 here). Still perfect, still shiny. Day 4 (see it here) showed minor tip wear. Day 5 (see it here) brought the end of the mani. This is the general wear time I get on all OPI polishes, sometimes even longer. It depends on the polish and how rough I am on my hands. The week of the "Raisin' the Bar Trial" I was super rough because I did some heavy cleaning.
Some things I noticed: (1) Regardless of tip-wear and chipping, the mani stayed majorly shiny the entire time. (2) If you don't wrap your tips the mani will not make it through Day 1. (3) The polishes and top coat dried fast. (4) Red tinted shades (Raisin' the Bar and Unequivocally Crimson) had color transfer onto the Top Coat brush regardless of how long I waited for them to dry. IDK if that will ruin the top coat in the long run, but it's important to note to you as a reader in case you'd be going from a light shade to a red shade and you aren't interested in a color bleed or transfer.
Because I haven't tried any of the other gel polishes I can't compare the OPI to anything, but I generally get around a week on OPI and they don't stay as glossy as the Infinite Shine shades, and shiny makes me happy. These are said to last 10 days and that wasn't my experience, but I was impressed with the shine and how quickly they dried. Perhaps someone who is a little easier on their hands would have better luck... I know it's bad but I don't even wear gloves when I clean or wash dishes... etc. No judging, y'all ;)
Have you tried the new OPI Infinite Shine Nail Lacquers? LMK your thoughts in the comments below!
Infinite Shine products feature a proprietary formula and each bottle includes OPI's exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System will be available March, 2015, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Chatters, Dillard's, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.