All lacquered up: OPI Infinite Shine nail lacquers and system

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First there was CND, then Sally Hansen, then Revlon, and now, OPI has their own version.  I’m talking about at-home gel polishes with no curing needed, of course.

OPI’s Infinite Shine line is available in 30 different shades, with a base coat (Infinite Shine 1 Primer) and a topcoat (Infinite Shine 2 Gloss).  This three step system (primer, lacquer, gloss) promises high-definition gel shine that wears up to 10 days.  Best of all, it’s a soak-off polish, meaning none of that tinfoil stuff to remove it, like a normal gel mani.

I’ve tried many different “at-home” gel polishes. This one is different because it has that third step, the primer, which for all the other lines I’ve tried, the base coat is usually built into the lacquer. I’ve also been a bit skeptical about these, as I find that depending on the line they are hit or miss.  I don’t find that Sally Hansen’s OMGel lasts long on me, neither does CND’s Vinyluxe. I’ve had the most luck with Revlon’s so far, and I actually use their topcoat often with my normal polishes for some longevity on my nails.

I received the Gloss, Primer and three creme shades, Relentlessly Ruby, Steel Waters Run Deep, and Never Give Up!.

Relentless Ruby Steel Waters Run Deep Never give up Okay, so I had mixed thoughts about this line.  I originally put on Steel Waters Run Deep, which literally had some major chips the next day.  Naturally I took that off after a day’s wear, instead reaching for Relentlessly Ruby, which held up for five days before I took it off (it could have gone longer but I like changing my polish).  I’ve also tried the Primer and Gloss with some of their regular polishes from the Hawaii collection and those colours also held up longer than a normal polish would typically would with a regular topcoat.

I definitely think this is the best at-home no-cure gel system available in the salon world, but with that being said, I think all you need are the Primer and Gloss and basically use whatever polish you want. I didn’t find a huge difference between the regular line and the Infinite Shine polishes.  In fact, the Infinite Shine polishes retail for five dollars more than the standard polishes, so unless you see a shade that you are absolutely dying to have, save your money and just pick up a similar one from the normal OPI line (I believe the Infinite Shine line are dupes for colours from the original line anyways.

Have you tried OPI’s Infinite Shine gel polishes? What were your thoughts?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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