Disclaimer: I was pretty disappointed when I first saw the press release for Raw Granite. I’m a huge fan of the early Designer Series holographic polishes so seeing anything less is a bit disheartening. I felt like OPI was copping out by promoting Liquid Sand polishes under the DS label.
While I’m still sad they’re not holographic, the polishes are outstanding. They dry matte but aren’t anywhere as near as gritty as other OPI Liquid Sand polishes. They’re also very pigmented so they need only two coats each. They are each swatched with two coats and shown with and without top coat.
Upon seeing the initial pictures, I immediately dismissed Pewter as yet another silver glitter in a black base. It reminds me of elegant, sparkly blacktop asphalt. It’s edgy yet dressy enough to wear while out on the town.
Lapis took my breath away. I collect (okay, hoard) hard-to-find night sky polishes (e.g., Essie Starry Starry Night) and this is a standout among them. Most of the older ones are silver glitter suspended in a jelly base while Lapis is far more opaque. If you’re looking for cheaper alternatives, Polishaholic has comparisons of Lapis with Zoya Sunshine and China Glaze Skyscraper.
As much as I like the colors and the superb application, I’m not so sure the $12.50 premium price OPI puts on these are worth it. I did buy them on whim and thankful I gave them a chance, so I’m sure many of you will do the same 🙂