What Wizardry Is This? Well, it’s the OPI Liquid Sand from Oz The Great and Powerful Collection!

OPI What Wizardry Is This

Sometimes I wonder why something suddenly becomes a trend in the cosmetics industry. From the liquid lipstick last year to the textured nail polish and light-reflecting setting powder this year, is it simply a trend or is there some kind of technology breakthrough behind it? In any case, I recently welcomed the first textured nail polish into my collection: OPI What Wizardry Is This? (RRP in Belgium: 14,50 euros. Availability: end of March) from the OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection.

OPI Oz The Great and the Powerful

By now, if you read beauty blogs in general, you must have seen a Liquid Sand or two around. In short, it is a textured nail polish finish. I have heard that What Wizardry Is This? is less textured than the previous ones, which is fine by me!

OPI What Wizardry Is This closeup

OPI What Wizardry Is This? is a very multi-dimensional color. In the bottle it looks like a shimmery copper, on the nails however, it is a shimmery antique gold with brown textured bits. Now, if you have been reading Mostly Sunny for a while, you might have noticed my soft spot for antique golds. You might also remember most antique golds pull green/khaki on me. Well, What Wizardry Is This? is no different! You will see it in the full-face/hand photos below.

The consistency of What Wizardry Is This? is perfect. It is easy to apply and doesn’t pool up at all. With one coat it’s on the sheer side, but with a second coat it becomes completely opaque. It looks shimmery and glossy before it dries down, but once it dries down it becomes matte and textured.

This is one coat of base coat and two coats of OPI What Wizardry Is This?

OPI What Wizardry Is This swatch

I anticipated the texture would drive me up the wall, but it doesn’t bother me too much!

The instructions specifically ask no top coat to be used, but I did an experiment anyways. With the top coat, it is less textured (but still, you can feel it is not 100% smooth), and it becomes as shimmery as it is before it completely dries down.

OPI What Wizardry Is This top coat

The interesting thing is I have the impression that top coat actually makes What Wizardry Is This? show tip wear/chip faster! I have worn this twice now, and each time I put top coat on a couple of the fingers. They always end up looking battered faster than the other ones. Without a top coat it shows tip wear a bit more easily than regular OPI nail polishes on me, but not by much. Removing it is less painful than what I thought it would be as well. It doesn’t take much longer for it to come off clean!

Here are a couple of photos with my hand next to my face with OPI What Wizardry Is This? on, so you get a better idea about how it looks from a distance (on my lips: Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color. On my cheeks: MAC Fiery Impact In Extra Dimension Blush):

OPI What Wizardry Is This NOTD

I think you can see pretty clearly that it pulls khaki on me at certain angles in this picture!

OPI What Wizardry Is This liquid sand

Bottom line: While I don’t think I’ll start collecting textured nail polishes, I really adore OPI What Wizardry Is This? It is easy to work with, interesting to look at (and feel), and on a more personal level an antique gold that pulls green is always a winner!

Have you tried any OPI Liquid Sands or other texture nail polishes? Or are you in the camp “they-look-like-a-peeling-wall?” More importantly, have you seen Oz The Great and Powerful? I think the cast looks really promising, and the review seems good! Now I need to find someone who is willing to go to a 3D movie with me (for some reason many people I know just can’t do it)!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com Redhotjillypeppers

    Great colour and I love the texture !

    • Sunny

      OOO yeah I know you’re a fan!

  • http://nails.blogmesin.com Rabbit

    In the bottle it looks so beautiful. I think I prefer the look with the top coat to without.

    • Sunny

      Haha more glossy maybe? ;) I wonder if there’s a color like this out there that’s not textured!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    It’s a amazing colour but the texture… I just can’t get over it, lol. You made it look really nice tho and it’s definitely a 100% ‘You’ colour! ^^

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! I know what you mean about the texture though!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    I like it more with a top coat :)

    • Sunny

      Yeah it sparkles more and feels slightly less gritty, though a top coat does make it chip faster it seems!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com Kiss & Make-up

    As much as I love the shade and the black and gold effect, I hate the sandy texture… :-( Not the look of it, just the feel.

    • Sunny

      I understand! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but it’s actually not bad!

  • http://mirror-reality.com/ Philippe

    I like the lips combined with the nails & minimal eyeliner. Suits you :)

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Phil!

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com Procrastinator

    I adore the colour, but I really wish it came in a shiny version! I just think the shimmer is so much more complex.

    • Sunny

      I’d personally love to find a shade that looks like this but is not textured! Actually if you look at it on your nails it’s got a lot of dimension, even though it’s matte!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com Ruby

    I’m not a fan of textured polish but this shade is indeed unique. You should go catch the movie soon, I really enjoyed the movie

    • Sunny

      Hey Ruby, good to know the movie is great! I’ll see if I can catch it on Sunday :)

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

    I have tried the Liquid Sand from Mariah Carey collection and I actually like it. I am surprised that it stays on my nails for a week without chipping (no touch ups) and the removal process is not as difficult as what I expect it to be. Looking at this post makes me wanna grab this bottle too! :)

    • Sunny

      Oh wow it lasts so well on you! Nothing lasts a week on my nails EVER! I really really enjoy this particular shade!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I don’t understand this new trend, lol! The bumpiness drives me insane.

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean! Some companies go SO far that the polishes make your nails look like peeling walls! This one is still acceptable in my book :)

  • http://drivelaboutfrivol.blogspot.com Kate

    I am loving the textures of these, sans topcoat! Maybe I was dropped on my head as a child, but I like running my hand over my nails to feel the graininess :D

    • Sunny

      LOL you’re too funny, Kate! I actually don’t mind the texture of this particular one at all. It’s pretty cool!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Wow! I really like this! I’ve been scared to try these because of the texture, but it seems to be growing on me!

    • Sunny

      Haha well some textured nail polishes still creep me out, but for a shade like this and a relatively less gritty texture, it’s all good!

  • http://www.makeupwithdrawal.com Mimi (@MUWithdrawal)

    I love this shade! I wasn’t sold on the earlier OPIs, but I love bronze-y, khaki, olive colors!

    • Sunny

      I know! For a shade like this I’d take the grit!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I will go with you to see it! I tried a liquid sand shade that I had reviewed in a Glossybox. I wasn’t a big fan, it’s just odd. It’s a lovely shade though.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Taylor! It’s so sweet of you! I did hear this one is less gritty than the previous ones though!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Textured nail polishes are definitely the trend right now. I do really like this color. It’s one of those colors that I’d wear even during Summer LOL

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah antique gold knows NO season!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    It’s not really my thing, but you look good with it ! I’m a total mess when it comes to nail polish.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Eva! It took a lot of practice though!

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    I anticipated the removal being really painful, so it’s good to know it’s not bad! I love this shade on you, it’s so chic and unexpected.

    • Sunny

      Hey MM, nope it’s not! That part seemed so daunting, but it’s definitely not as bad as a glittery nail polish!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I haven’t tried the textured polishes and am not in a rush to honestly, but it does look lovely on you :)

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean. I was really hesitating as well but it honestly didn’t turn out bad!

  • http://midwestglam.com Lisa @ MidwestGlam

    The color really is pretty, but I’m a little iffy on the texture part. How difficult was it to take off? It looks like a job and a half lol.

    Pretty shade of lipstick too by the way.

    • Sunny

      Hey Lisa, it wasn’t hard to take it off at all! My micellar water did most of the job, and cleansing cream finished it off. Not too bad!

  • http://keepingupwiththekelly.wordpress.com Kelly

    Interesting texture, don’t know if I will like it since I prefer smooth nails.

    • Sunny

      I know what you mean. Once in a while for a color that’s really nice, I would do it. Probably won’t start collecting a whole bunch of textured nail polishes though!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    I have the purple one and i quite like it! I’m not sure if there are any other colors that i like enough to buy though. this looks good on you anyhow! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Joyce! I know which one you’re talking about and it is nice indeed!

  • http://sugarmitten.wordpress.com amy

    That lip color looks amazing on you! Love the nails too ;)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Amy! I’m definitely exploiting my warm undertone to the max in spring/summer :)