OPI Can’t Let Go Swatches & Review

OPI Can't Let Go Swatches & ReviewIf you follow me on Instagram, you already saw a sneak-peek photo of OPI Can’t Let Go well in advance of this blog post!

It took me some time to crop the photos, but it’s finally done and ready to go. 🙂

I have worn all of the OPI Liquid Sands. The review on the last one (the red polish called The Impossible) will be coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled like a banana!

OPI Can’t Let Go is from the Mariah Carey Collection, and it’s the 3rd Liquid Sand polish I wore.

If you’re a purple lover, you’ll probably like this one. I sure did!

OPI Can’t Let Go Pictures

Mariah Carey by OPI Can't Let Go

Natural Light

Can't Let Go by OPI Mariah Carey


OPI Can't Let Go

Natural Light

Can't Let Go by OPI Mariah Carey Pictures


OPI Can't Let Go Pictures

OPI Can’t Let Go Swatches

All swatches have:

    • Essie First Base (Base Coat)
    • 2 coats of OPI Can’t Let Go
    • No top coat!

Natural Light Photos

OPI Can't Let Go Swatches & Review

OPI Mariah Carey Can't Let Go Swatch

OPI Can't Let Go Review & Swatch

OPI Can't Let Go Review & Swatches

OPI Can't Let Go Swatch

OPI Can't Let Go Swatch & Review

OPI Can't Let Go Swatches

OPI Mariah Carey Can't Let Go Swatches

Flash Photos

Can't Let Go Mariah Carey Swatches

Can't Let Go OPI Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sand Swatches

OPI Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sand Swatch Can't Let Go

OPI Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sand Swatches Can't Let Go

OPI Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sands Can't Let Go Swatches

Can't Let Go Mariah Carey Swatch


√ Matte purple with dazzling sparkle

Key Notes

OPI Can’t Let Go Review


Can’t Let Go by OPI is a medium purple that reminds me of Grimace from McDonaldland. It’s bright enough to never look black. This is exactly the kind of saturated purple that pulled me in when I first got into collecting nail polish more seriously in 2008.

Out of all the Liquid Sand polishes, I feel that this one is the safest. Think of it like your entry-level Liquid Sand. So, if you aren’t sure about going full throttle, but you would like to experiment with something to ease you into the new finish, I suggest trying this. It gives you a little taste of the awesomeness that is the Liquid Sand finish!

While this polish is very interesting, it’s not as complex as the other Liquid Sands. For one, it is predominantly purple and doesn’t have holo glitter like Get Your Number or high-contrast glitter like Stay the Night.


The Liquid Sand finish has a noticeable texture that feels gritty without being sharp. When you look up close, you’ll see that it’s matte, yet it really does seem like there’s wet sand on your nails. It has a stone-like quality in that parts of it have a subtle sheen like how you can sometimes see flecks on a rock.

There are large hexagons scattered throughout, as well as small glitter and very-fine glitter. Together, they help keep the polish from looking flat.

Like all Liquid Sands, this one dries super fast. And since you don’t need to wear a top coat, you can really finish painting a manicure in no time flat!

Also, surprisingly Can’t Let Go by OPI was easy to remove. It’s not as tough as chunky glitter. I recommend putting some acetone-based polish remover onto your cotton ball and holding it onto your nail for a few seconds. After that, rub a bit. It’ll come off pretty easily.

I think the reason why it’s easier than expected to remove is because the base has almost a ‘matte jelly’ finish.

Application & Formula

Although the polish had so much texture, I found it was very easy to apply. I didn’t have to spend any time fussing with the brush or the formula.

With just 2 coats, I was able to get full opacity.

With a Shiny Top Coat

Some of you probably aren’t a fan of the texture, but I urge you to give it a shot! I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it, but I did!

However, if you really want to slick on a shiny top coat, here’s what it looks like…but beware – it eats top coat like a Hungry Hungry Hippo!



  • Saturated purple
  • Various-sized glitter
  • Gritty texture isn’t sharp
  • Easier to remove than you’d expect
  • Dries super fast
  • Doesn’t require a top coat

  • Not as complex as a couple of the other Liquid Sands (Hmm…I was really reaching for a Con here.)

Final Verdict: 8/10

Can’t Let Go by OPI is a great addition to the Liquid Sand family. It may be simpler than some of the other Liquid Sands, but I still think it’s pretty and worth owning.

Which Liquid Sand did you or will you try first? Did the Liquid Sands make a believer out of you? What Liquid Sand colour would you want to see OPI make? (I’d say GREEN!)

Edit: YAY! Trade Secrets retweeted my tweet about this blog post!

Trade Secrets SwatchAndLearn OPI Cant Let Go


27 thoughts on “OPI Can’t Let Go Swatches & Review

  1. Cindi

    I am not a fan of the sand finishes, but I totally love it with a topcoat! My friend and I were looking at these in ULTA yesterday and oohing and aahing over the pretty bottles of polish, but we both were talking about putting a top coat over these, but as I pointed out it but isn’t the whole point of the sand finish to have a texture and be grainy looking? But we both did love the colors offered even if we agreed we preferred a smooth shiny top coated mani.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Cindi!

      Not a fan of the Liquid Sand finish? *Gasp* Hehe, I am in LOVE…(totally swoooooning) over them! But, yes, they’re gorgeous with a top coat. Just know that they really eat top coat like crazy, so you’d need multiple coats to get it looking smooth and glass-like.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Charlotte!

      This one’s more a medium purple than a blue. If you really like blues, go for Get Your Number instead! 😉 (It’s my favourite!)

      Yay – hope that OPI will listen to us and bring out an emerald-green version. We can only hope! 😉

        1. Mary Post author

          Haha! Yes, you can blame it on the jetlag. (Just thought of that song “Blame It on the Alcohol” – It would be funny to see a parody done, but swap alcohol with jetlag.)

  2. Lynette

    I know I’ve said this before, but really, I LOVE your swatches ! SOOOOOOO gorgeous ! ♥ Really can’t wait to try these Liquid Sand shades, looks really gorgeous and intresting

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lynette!

      Thank you! 😀 Of course I enjoy my manicures, but I do put in a lot of hard work into blogging about what I’ve worn. So, it’s very rewarding to read encouragement comments like yours. I’m glad that I can contribute to the nail community!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jasmine!

      Hehe, the weather will warm up, and then I bet your neighbours will just see a trail of dust as you head to ULTA! 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Icequeen81!

      If you like really smooth and shiny polishes, Liquid Sands definitely aren’t for you. Haha! But if you try them, they may change your mind. I used to prefer shiny and smooth, but after trying Liquid Sands, I realized that when texture is done well, it’s actually very intriguing!

  3. Elizabeth

    you got it for $6.25 CAD ? i went to trade secrets today and they have it for 9.95. Where did you get urs from?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Elizabeth!

      Sometimes smaller beauty-supply stores or eBay has them for less. But I got my bottle for such a low price because of a personal hook-up, which I’m really thankful for.


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