The latest edition to the “gel-like” polishes that promise the shine and lasting power without the UV lamp (and subsequent damage to your nails during removal) is OPI. Although I definitely haven’t found any of these polishes to last as long as actual gel polish, I have had some good experiences, so I was interested to see how the brand fared. There are 30 shades available, but the one I was sent is OPI Infinite Shine Withstands the Test of Thyme*.
I was really happy about the colour choice I received because OPI Infinite Shine Withstands the Test of Thyme is a gorgeous green that is perfect for spring, or for pretending its spring when it’s disgusting January out. I actually got a compliment at the grocery store wearing this shade!
I applied 1 coat of the special base coat primer, then 2 of the colour polish (it was a bit gloopy from the bottle, but did settle evenly with the second coat), and then 1 coat of the gloss top coat to lock it all in. I was actually really impressed and happy with how shiny and glossy the final manicure was, definitely more than my usual top coat.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t super impressed by the wear time of OPI Infinite Shine Withstands the Test of Thyme. It wore slightly better than a regular polish (maybe), but overall it was getting fairly chipped by day three. I have read that results may vary both by shade, and by the amount of time you “cure” them (especially in sunlight), and by whatever secret words you whisper to the bottle of polish before you paint your nails.
Personally, OPI Infinite Shine Withstands the Test of Thyme isn’t much of an improvement on OPI’s regular polish formula, which I find wears quite well, so unless there was an especially unique shade released, I’d probably stick with that instead. Why mess with a good thing? I do like that glossy top coat though…