OPI Get Your Number Swatches & Review

OPI Get Your Number Swatches & ReviewI woreΒ OPI Get Your NumberΒ last week, and couldn’t get enough of this manicure!

This is one of the Stage Shades from the Mariah Carey by OPI Collection. It has the new finish that OPI is coining ‘Liquid Sand’. You’ll see it in stores starting January 2013.

Before trying this, I’ve always been interested in matte nail polish, but I was never blown away by any.

That all changed when I wore Get Your Number! It came as quite the shock. Sure, I expected to like it, but to fall head over heels in love with it? Is OPI lacing the lacquers with some sort of drug? πŸ˜‰

It must be said – Get Your Number is the most memorable and intriguing nail polish I have worn in all of 2012! That is saying a lot because I typically polish my nails a few times each week!

If you haven’t been interested in matte polishes before, I still urge you to give this one a try. It’s extremely different than anything I’ve ever seen or worn.

Please note that I tried my best to capture the interesting features of this polish, but it was such a diva! I didn’t do it justice, but I tried various lighting conditions and changing the focus (since blurring the focus helped me show the holographic glitter in this.)

I’ll also share a photo of how it looks with a shiny top coat, in case you absolutely must wear a top coat. However, I strongly recommend you wear this as is for even just a day. It has such an interesting finish!

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Another closer look with flash

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Purposely Blurred Flash Photos

(You can see the holographic glitter more this way.)

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Look at the upper left side. You can see the ‘jellyish’ nature of the polish!


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√ Matte blue with sparkles

Key Notes

OPI Get Your Number Review


If you love fresh-looking blues, this is one of them. Sometimes I find that mattes can look very dull if the base colour isn’t peppy enough. Get Your Number doesn’t have that problem at all.

I tried to photograph it the best I could, but no matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t able to truly capture the sparkle and holographic glitter on my nails like I could in the bottle!

Trust me! When you wear this, you will see flecks of colours sparkle and shine in every direction on your nails in many different lighting conditions. This is what really surprised and intrigued me. You don’t just get a bit of shimmer. You get flat out sparkkkkkle!

I saw so many colours in the rainbow. Obviously, the base is a beautiful blue, but you’ll see red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and sometimes purple and pink! It’s so stunning to gaze at and fun to wear!


The finish alone is very tricky to describe. It’s not your run-of-the-mill matte polish.

Get Your Number is pretty matte, but there’s a slight sheen to it like the kind on a rock. (More on that in a bit!)

When I was applying it, I could tell that the glitter was suspended in what looked like a blue-jelly base! The jelly dries matte, not super shiny like all the other jelly finishes I’ve worn.

The finish is gritty, but not in the typical way that glitters tend to be. This type of grittiness is what I can best describe as the texture of a rough rock! It’s a bit like granite.

(Random note: When I was little, I collected rocks everywhere I went. I used to bring home 2 to 5 small rocks from grade school each day! Get Your Number rekindled my love for rocks.)

The finish is like those rocks that have shiny specks, which catch the light and sparkle. (I used to have rose-beige rocks with pink and grey sparkles.) This unique Liquid Sand finish reminds me exactly like that type of sparkle. The polish is matte, but the glints you get are truly brilliant!

Another interesting thing I noticed about the texture is that if you inspect your nails up close, part of the polish does indeed look like clumps of sand! Those parts were slightly darker than the ‘matte jelly’ blue base. I’ve never seen anything like it!

There are also larger pieces that are the same colour as the ‘sand’. Those parts are shinier and catch the light at different angles.


If you’re like me, when you first heard about the grittiness and saw the photos, you probably thought, “Will I have to chop my fingers off to remove this polish?”

I was really scared to remove this because I thought for sure, I’d be scrubbing my fingers raw.

Using my favourite nail-polish remover, I soaked a cotton ball, placed it on one nail for about 5 seconds, and then I rubbed it as usual. To my delight, it came off way easier than I expected. It was nowhere as easy to remove as a creme, but I didn’t have to scrub as much as when I wear fine, gritty glitters.

When you remove the polish, you’ll definitely see how the base is truly a jelly. Maybe that’s why it’s easier to remove than expected?

Application & Formula

The formula is thick, but manageable. With a single coat, you get plenty of coverage. If you use a medium coat, you could even get away with one coat, but I didn’t want to be a wimp. I did my usual 2-coat minimum.

The amazing thing about this polish is that it dries soooo quickly! You can finish your manicure in a jiffy. Plus, you’re not even ‘supposed to’ apply a top coat, so it’s even faster!

I was able to control the thick polish relatively well, however, I have a feeling that over time, I’ll need to add a few drops of nail-polish thinner (not remover!) to bring the consistency back.

With a Top Coat

In the official Mariah Carey by OPI Collection press release, they say that it should always be worn without a top coat. However, nail rules were meant to be broken. πŸ˜‰

Here’s what it looks like if you slick on a shiny top coat:

OPI Get Your Number Swatch with Top Coat

Gorgeous, right? While I think it’s extremely pretty with a top coat (I used Seche Vite), I’ll only be wearing this without a top coat. I feel like when it’s matte, it’s way more unique. You can find regular gorgeous glitters anywhere!

Due to the glitter overload, Get Your Number eats top coat like it’s been starving itself! After 24 hours, I checked this swatch again, and saw that the grittiness was coming back. So, I put on another coat. The second layer of top coat definitely helps to keep it shiny, but if you do this, remember that the thicker a glittery polish is, the higher the chance it’ll chip or even fall off in sheets.


  • Most original nail concept I’ve seen in a long time
  • ‘Matte jelly’ blue base
  • Chock full of glitter (different sizes)
  • Has an interesting ‘sand’ texture in a slightly darker blue than the ‘matte jelly’ base
  • Has holographic glitter
  • Reminds me of the kind of rocks that have a sparkle
  • Dries extremely quickly
  • Removes more easily than a typical glitter polish
  • Can be worn with a shiny top coat for a completely different look

  • More difficult to remove than a creme polish
  • Formula can thicken up over time & require polish thinner to revive it
  • Gritty texture

Final Verdict: 10/10

Yeah. It got a perfect score despite the cons. I feel like this is the most original nail concept I’ve seen in a very long time, and I couldn’t stop looking at my nails or even feeling the texture. Maybe it’s because I used to collect rocks, but the fact that it looks like sparkly rocks on my nails, and I can take them everywhere I go, that just makes me so happy!

I hope that OPI will put out more Liquid Sand polishes that have holographic glitter. I’d be very interested in wearing those!

Major kudos to OPI for being daring enough to market this to the mainstream. I’m curious to see if others will agree with me, or if I’ll be alone in liking the concept so much.

Being a nail-polish addict, I’m not being snobby when I say that I’ve worn a LOT of nail polish in my time. I’ve seen tons of colours, textures, and finishes. It takes a lot for a polish these days to really jump out at me and hit me over the head. Get Your Number got my attention, and I appreciate all the creativity and the risk taken to market such a formula.

Standing ovation, OPI! The risk paid off in this nailphile’s eyes!

China Glaze Blue Sparrow is still my number-one favourite blue nail polish of all time, but OPI Get Your Number is easily in my top 5.

Edit:Β YAY! Trade Secrets tweeted about my blog post! I’m honoured!

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Would you dare to wear Get Your Number or any of the Liquid Sand polishes? Are you a fan of matte lacquers, or do they need a little sparkle? Can you picture Mariah Carey wearing this?


48 thoughts on “OPI Get Your Number Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    Hi Mary,
    I love love this polish, I am so looking forward to buy some of this collection. I really love the way it looks and it’s nice to know that it is not as hard to get off and glitter polish. Thank you for the review. Your site always helps me decide if I really want to buy a color or not. Keep up the great job! Have a great week. :~)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      As long as you use polish remover that contains some acetone and leave it on each nail for a few seconds, it surprisingly comes off easier than you’d expect! πŸ™‚ Thank goodness…haha, because I didn’t want to have to chop my fingers off. πŸ˜‰

      Aww…I’m so glad that I could help. The pleasure is mine! πŸ˜€ Thanks for visiting and motivating me to continue blogging!

  2. Erin M.

    It’s fitting that a polish from a Mariah Carey collection is a diva! πŸ˜‰ I wanted so much to NOT like these glitters, but every pic I’ve seen of them (especially your blurred ones!) has just made me want them more.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erin M.!

      Hahahaha, good point you raise! πŸ˜‰ We should expect all of her polishes to be divas…hehe!

      Glad that you liked the purposely blurred photos. It really seemed like the only way I could show off the holographic sparkle!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Chicks!

      Definitely check it out in the store when it comes out and see if the store has swatches for you to admire. It’s so unique!

  3. Kim

    Wow…wow. Definately keeping my eye out for this one. Love the liquid sand idea, especially now that you’ve experimented with removal and it’s not bad….I too have a childhood thru adult affinity for rocks, actually prefer them to gem stones (turquoise over diamonds – yup!). I made and sold pet rocks on the street corner as a kid, and still prefer beach rocks to shells.
    This color is my fav too – any and every shade of blue (including teal, aqua) are my first choice for nails, second choice is dark pinks – the cranberry, ruby, fuschia – any that are far from the classic red or “old lady pink” πŸ˜‰ . So, once again, I have added to my wish list – thanks! πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kim!

      Oh man – I was relieved that with the method I mentioned, I didn’t have to saw off my fingers…haha! I’m curious if the other Liquid Sand polishes come off just as easily. (I’m wearing Stay the Night, and I’ll include notes on its removal in a future post.)

      Yay for another rock lover! πŸ˜€ I actually don’t know anyone who likes or liked rocks as much as I do. Well, on YouTube, I saw a clip about a woman on that show about weird addictions. She ATE rocks, apparently! That’s so scary! And then it reminded me of the Rock Biter from The Never Ending Story 2. :S

  4. Brianna

    When I first saw the press release, I was like I need that polish and now I want it even more. I love glitter and blue nail polish is my favorite, so this is DEFINITELY a polish I need to have. I was worried it would be a pain to remove, but I think I have a higher tolerance with most people and I like that it didn’t seem that bad to you. I am so excited for this to be released and wear it! I can see it being a new favorite!
    Brianna recently posted: 12 Days of Christmas: Day Two Penguin

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brianna!

      This is definitely a must-have, especially for nail-polish collectors! Get Your Number is the first of its kind. I bet that the first time you wear it, you’ll be inspecting your nails throughout the day! πŸ™‚

  5. Marta

    Mary! You did a splendid job with the review! You described the “essence”/personality of this shade so well!
    I too am impressed with the finish and matte but glitteryness!

    I will have to pick this one up when they are available and you are solely responsible for that πŸ™‚

  6. Camille

    Woooooow!!!! I’m totally geeking out about this polish! Hopefully I won’t have any trouble getting my hands on it!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Camille!

      Hope that you manage to get it, too! It really is a must-have – you’ll love it. It’s like a pet rock taken to the neck level…hehe!

  7. Gosia

    Leave it up to you to convince a matte finish hater to a girl who now wants this sooo bad!!! This polish sounds so interesting!!! And the sparkle… ah, the sparkle!! I must have this!!
    I have one question, Mary! With its grittiness, did you ever ‘catch’ your nails on your clothes? Do you think they could ruin a silk dress? Thanks so much! =)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gosia!

      OPI definitely made me see matte polish in a whole new light!

      Good question! Hmm…the texture is gritty, but I wouldn’t describe it as being sharp. However, with silk being such a delicate material, I wouldn’t recommend wearing this polish at the same time.

      I didn’t feel like the finish could cut my skin, however, I can see how if you apply this and it’s lumpier on the free edge of your nail, there IS the potential for it to feel more gritty and to ruin a silk dress.

        1. Mary Post author

          This will probably be one of your most memorable polishes, too. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it when you wear it! A lot of people are going to be intrigued by the ‘stone-like’ finish.

  8. Jessica

    Interesting! Your pictures are quite good but I’m still on the fence about this particular finish. It looks a little too much like asphalt, but really sparkly asphalt. And I like sparkly things, so I may have to give it a shot following that logic :).

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Thank you so much! I took hundreds of photos – it was very tricky to capture the texture and the glitter together.

      Asphalt is actually a great description for this. You definitely need to see a swatch in person (and not just see it in the bottle) to decide if it’s right for you! The texture is really interesting to look at (and feel)!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Icequeen81!

      It is very pretty and sparkly with a glossy top coat, but the Liquid Sand finish really is what makes it unique! Even if you think you don’t like it, I still urge you to look at it in the store at least. It might change your mind if you see a swatch in person and see it from different angles! πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lilnol!

      Yes, it’s fun to look at. I inspected my nails at all angles like a weirdo – couldn’t help it! It just really looks like a rock!

      The pleasure is mine. I was excited to wear this, and or course I had to share my thoughts and photos with you all. πŸ™‚ I’m just happy to know that readers find the posts helpful!

  9. beachgal

    Just not feeling this one. I am not one to really like textures on my nails. I never warmed up to any of the shatters or crackles and get sort of goofy when I have gritty glitter on my nails so I know this one won’t be for me. Looks interesting with the top coat as I like the shine but still cannot get into the lumps! I am sure however these liquid sands and all the other new textures will be popular.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      That’s okay. πŸ™‚ If we all liked the same things, it would be boring. However, I still urge you to look at it in the store just in case. I’m looking out for your nail-polish well-being! πŸ˜‰

      Oh boy – I got bored of crackle polish really quickly, but I’ve seen some people use them for a nail-art base, which is more interesting!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      I’ve only tried one shade from the Prismatics Collection, and from what I’ve seen, the Liquid Sand finish is very different – definitely more rock-like and less glam-glam-bling-bling. Also, I remember the Prismatic shade I tried was SO HARD to remove!

      Yes, that’s the issue I had with the Prismatics. There was so much going on that no one colour really dominated. Since all the colours were equals, I felt that watered down the final effect. With Get Your Number, definitely the blue shines through, and then the sparkle complements the blue.

  10. Charlotte

    Well, va va voom! This looks so lovely! (I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since it’s BOTH blue and glittery :p)

    Btw. I think we talked about, once, that some polishes were easy to get in Europe and very hard to find in America? I was just thinking, that if you want you can order some, send them to my adress in DK and I’ll send them on to you when I get to US. Figured I’d offer in case you’d found something European to die for πŸ˜‰
    I’m leaving on the 27th though, so it’ll have to be before then πŸ™‚
    Charlotte recently posted: Spicy Parmesan Shrimp With Fresh Pasta (And Scallops)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Charlotte!

      There are many European polishes that we don’t get here in Canada, so it’s very tempting, but I’m so strapped for cash these days. The holidays kill my wallet!

      Thank you for the offer, though! It’s very thoughtful – I like how you’re looking out for my nail-polish well-being. πŸ˜‰

      P.S. Have a great trip! πŸ˜€

  11. maddy

    I love this polish! It’s just soo pretty. If I can find a regular polish like this and add a layer of matte top coat, will it look as good as this polish?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      No, sadly even if you mattify a glitter, you won’t get this type of Liquid Sand finish. There’s a lot of different texture going on here – larger pieces, the holo glitter, and what looks like wet clumps of sand.

      You’ll still get a cool effect if you do the layering technique you mentioned with another polish, but I can’t say it’ll match the Liquid Sand finish. SORRY!

  12. Eva

    that was a LOT of scrolling at A LOT of pictures haha πŸ˜€ But the best pictures I saw of this polish so far! I love it – I think I like this one the most (: Thanks for putting so much effort into this blogpost!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Eva!

      Haha, yes, it was such a loooong post. I loved the polish so much (and so did my camera), so I couldn’t help snapping photo after photo so readers could really see its personality better.

      Aww…thank you so much for the high praise! πŸ˜€ It’s always great for a blogger to know that readers appreciate (and more importantly, enjoy) a post!

  13. another Cristina

    I’m glad you enjoyed wearing GYN, it’s always wonderful how a little lacquer can add a lot of magic to our lives. πŸ™‚ That said, I’ve seen this polish in person, and I just am not a fan of the texture finish. Saves me more money for other polishes. πŸ™‚ BTW, ever since someone pointed it out, I can’t help associating GYN’s abbreviated name with the OB-GYN. Maybe we should all shorten it to OPIGYN. πŸ˜‰
    another Cristina recently posted: Yum! Jelly Bean Blue is a delicious milky blue

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey another Cristina!

      Yes, isn’t it? You could be having the worst day, but then you look down at your manicure, and at least it cheers you up a bit. πŸ™‚ For me, neon nail polish is like therapy in a bottle. I always feel better when I’m wearing it.

      Hahahaha, that’s hilarious what you said about the acronym!

  14. Hafsah

    Can you please set up a ‘follow by email’ option here? That’s the only way I really check who i’m following and I love the number of pictures you take of each product!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Hafsah!

      To get my blog posts delivered to you via e-mail, click on the “Feedburner” icon. It’s the green box where all the other social-media buttons are. Then, click on “Get Swatch And Learn delivered by email”. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚ And thanks, by the way, for wanting to subscribe!

      You can also access the same link by scrolling down. There’s an orange, square RSS icon and beside it, it says “Subscribe!”.


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