An In-Depth Review Of OPI Infinite Shine: How Long-Lasting Is It?

Hello, my friends! I hope you’re Monday is off to a fabulous start! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been testing the durability of one of my favorite nail polish brands, OPI. I probably have in excess of 50 OPI polishes and I recently discovered the OPI Infinite Shine collection. I was curious to see if the Infinite Shine polishes wore any better or differently than the traditional polishes, so I bought the top and base coat and a few shades to put it to the test. Grab your acetone because today I’m sharing an in-depth review of OPI Infinite Shine polishes.

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Traditional OPI Nail Polish (Shade: My Vampire Is Buff)

For my traditional polish shade I used an old favorite, My Vampire is Buff. It’s a warm, creamy beige color that is a great neutral to wear any time of the year. It is also a great base for nail art! I used Orly Bonder Base Coat and Glisten & Glow top coat (the best in my opinion).

Day 1

The polish applied well and looks even and smooth. OPI polishes have my favorite brushes because they fit my nail beds well and I can usually apply with three swipes so there’s no streaking.

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Day 2

On day 2, I’m starting to notice the polish chip on the corners a bit. It’s also beginning to look a bit dull. I think the wear on my nails is increased because of all the additional handwashing and I should probably mention that my manicures usually only last about 5 days.

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Day 3

More chipping on my index finger has become apparent and my nails are starting to break where polish has worn off. I have very thin, brittle nails so it’s not unusually for my nails to break where the polish has worn off.

Day 4

Polish peeling away from nail…by now I want to re-polish but I’m going to keep plugging along for the sake of this test! It’s very possible that the issue is my go-to basecoat so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

Day 5

I’m done…five days is long enough!!! LOL. The polish has really started to peel and where it’s peeled my nails are shredding away. Time to try the OPI Infinite Shine system!

OPI Infinite Shine System (Shade: My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore)

I bought a few colors from the system and of course, the base and top coat. Ultimately I decided to start with My Chihuahua Doesn’t Bite Anymore; a warm, deep orange creme. I added a bit of stamped nail art for fun. Let’s see how the OPI Infinite Shine system performed.

Day 1

The first thing I want to mention is that you have to purchase the entire system (base, topcoat, polish) and you cannot sub out regular polish, base, or top coat. OPI explains that the Infinite Shine System is designed to work together and if you substitute another top coat or polish you may not get the results you’re looking for.

After applying my base coat, color, and topcoat, I noticed right away that it is SUPER SHINY! The polish is also thicker than my normal OPI polishes and it was a little harder to apply a thin, even coat. It seemed to dry out as I was applying which made me nervous that I would have streaks. But it seemed to almost self-level and in the end, it was very smooth and beautiful.

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Day 2

I forgot to wrap the topcoat and polish on the tip of my index finger so you can see it starting to recede a little but that’s kind of my fault. There’s no chipping at all and the finish is still very shiny. So far, so good!

Day 3

Some slight chipping on the corners of the pinkies. I did wash a lot of dishes and skipped the gloves to see how the polish would hold up. Overall, I am impressed because with a traditional polish I would have a lot more chipping as we saw above.

Day 4

Guys, it’s still hanging in there! I didn’t do five sinks full of dishes today so as you can see with normal wear there isn’t a whole lot of chipping!

Day 5

They’re still looking decent though the chipping is beginning to spread and the wear on my index finger is more noticeable. The areas where the polish chipped on my pinkies is the worst and my nail broke back to where the polish chipped. I should also note, IT’S STILL SHINY!

Final Thoughts

I was really impressed with the OPI Infinite Shine system and I love that my favorite OPI polishes are available. It really does seem to wear a few days longer than traditional polish and the finish is beautiful. That said, I feel that if you’re really looking for that longevity (beyond 4 or 5 solid days), gel polish is the way to go. But if you don’t like gel polish, I think you will absolutely love this. Personally I’m switching to this system for my toes since I don’t like to use gel on my feet. I don’t want to bother with soaking it off, ha!

I have two cons when it comes to this product. As I mentioned before, the formula is much thicker and it seems to dry super fast, so you’ll really have to work efficiently.

Secondly, the polishes are bit more expensive at around $12 a bottle and you’ll have to invest in the base and top coat for the system to work properly.

So I really enjoyed this test and I am excited to share more nail polish reviews in the future! What’s your favorite polish to wear and have you tried the OPI Infinite Shine system yourself? What did you think?

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