OPI Infinite Shine Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

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Tonight I have 6 shades from the OPI Infinite Shine line  to show you.  This is OPI’s gel hybrid collection.  What is the difference between Infinite Shines and gel?  Infinite Shine shades do not require a light system to cure, but the top coat does harden and “cure” overtime in natural lighting.

The OPI Infinite Shine line is a 3 step system – primer (base coat), color and then gloss (top coat).

The 6 shades I’m about to show you had high points and low points, and I will go over most of those in the overview section at the end of the review.

Let’s take a look at these shades.

Maintaining My Sand-ity

Maintaining My Sandity

Maintaining My Sand-ity is a light sandy beige creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Maintaining My Sandity CU

It Never Ends

It Never Ends

It Never Ends is a pink toned tan creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

No Stopping Me Now

No Stopping Me Now

No Stopping Me Now is a bright red toned orange creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

No Stopping Me Now CU

In Pursuit Of Purple

In Pursuit Of Purple

In Pursuit Of Purple is my favorite of the 6 shades.  This is a vibrant lavender creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

In Pursuit Of Purple CU

Indignantly Indigo

Indignantly Indigo full

Indignantly Indigo is a gorgeous vibrant indigo creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Indignantly Indigo

Raisin’ The Bar

Raisin The Bar

Raisin’ The Bar is a deep cherry creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Raisin The Bar CU


As I said earlier, these shades have high points and a couple low points for me.

High points: super gloss shine, amazing pigmentation, self leveling and smooth formula.  To be completely honest, the 6 shades I got were probably some of the easiest shades I’ve ever applied and they were all opaque in 2 coats.

Low points: I’ll point out the obvious first – the colors are not incredibly unique. While the top coat provides high shine, it also provides small bubbles when dry and it picks up the color of your polish onto the clear bristles. You can see Indignantly Indigo on the tips of the bristles in the photo below. It did this with all 6 colors regardless of how long I let the color dry.


While this wasn’t a deal breaker (the polish disappeared as soon as I dipped the brush into the bottle) I do wonder if over time the top coat will be affected from this?

As for wear, I only wear tested In Pursuit Of Purple and I saw my first sign of wear after 4 days.  I will say though, it is my busy season at work so I’m not entirely shocked because my hands and nails take a beating this time of year.  I’ll have to try a new wear test when I’m not in my busy season to get a normal wear time.

I do like the OPI Infinite Shine line so far and am eyeing a couple more colors to pick up.  They aren’t as long lasting as typical gels, but even in my busy season, they do seem to last longer than typical polish.

Price: $12.50 Each

Where To Buy: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

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megha March 9, 2015 - 12:08 am

Fabulous … i want these colours.

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 1:48 pm


Allison @neversaydiebeauty March 9, 2015 - 6:20 am

I like at least 3 of these: the Sand one, It Never Ends and the raisin shade. Very pretty

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Those 3 are really nice!

Heather G March 9, 2015 - 9:03 am

Stunners – I love all six.

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Yes, they all look really nice!

Nidia - Lit From Within March 9, 2015 - 9:20 am

I experienced that same bleeding into the topcoat brush with Sally Hansen’s no-light gel polishes. Drove me a bit nuts. I can see why the purple is your fave – it’s really pretty!

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Yeah, not sure why they do that!

Lara Leaf March 9, 2015 - 9:20 am

I change out my manis too often to be interested in any longer-wearing polish. I am really getting annoyed with all the brands bringing out this hybrid / lightless gel polish. I deeply (DEEPLY) resent that they are taking over the shelf space from the regular polish. Every store I go into now to polish shop has this stuff, with less regular polish. And for what – a few extra days of wear, maybe? And, o.m.g. – that price.

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 1:54 pm

It doesn’t bother me too much since I know a lot of people out there do where polishes for longer periods of time BUT I do agree that they are taking over and drowning out normal polish that’s set at a more reasonable price.

Erika March 9, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Your swatches make these look so tempting but honestly… As much as I adore OPI (and you know I dooooo!) if you average four days, I can get that with their regular polish and their regular polish is less expensive and comes in more colours and finishes and… I think I’ma pass on the gel, at this time. Boy do I like that coral and that indigo, tho…

Nope. Turn around and leave, now.

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 2:06 pm

I completely get that!

As I said, the formulas were amazing, but for me, the wear didn’t reflect a longer lasting formula for me. I do hope to do a better wear test when I’m not as busy at work and banging my nails into everything.

Jess Scull March 9, 2015 - 4:26 pm

In Pursuit of Purple is SO pretty on you! These are great!

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Thank you!

Destany March 9, 2015 - 4:56 pm

No Stopping Me Now is perfect!! Great swatches!

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Thank you!

MarciaF March 9, 2015 - 6:21 pm

In Pursuit Of Purple is my favorite too. My nail tech doesn’t carry these but the salon that I get my hair done does and I always look at the shades because they look so vibrant in the bottles.

Lisa Heath March 9, 2015 - 6:36 pm

The shades are definitely vibrant and rich!

Shelby Lou Nails March 9, 2015 - 7:16 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these! I change my polish too much to be lured in by gel-type wear, but it’s nice to know they apply so nicely, too.

Cheyenne March 9, 2015 - 7:23 pm

Great swatches! Wish main streams would start branching out with their colors though. Feel like I see the same colors by the same brands just different names lol

Marisa - Hey, Darling Polish March 9, 2015 - 9:13 pm

These look lovely! I’ve never tried this line out but I think I might have to try some out. I usually have tip wear within a few hours of finishing a manicure, so I wonder if these would last better on me.

Kath TheFabZilla March 9, 2015 - 10:01 pm

purple and blue for me but maintaining my insandity wins because of the catchy name

Renu March 9, 2015 - 11:09 pm

I wonder how the topcoat will work without the base coat, on other polishes. Would it still give a gel look or are the base coat and polish a must? Love all the shades in this range. Every shade that a woman must own!

betzy carmona March 9, 2015 - 11:11 pm

All the colors look fantastic

Katherine March 9, 2015 - 11:47 pm

The colours aren’t that unique but they’re still pretty. :) I’m so interested in all the gel-like lines that are coming out these days. I definitely prefer something that holds on for longer than a regular polish but without the committment of a gel. I’d be curious to see the results of a wear test when you’re out of the busy season!

Roselynn March 10, 2015 - 8:52 am

These swatches are absolutely stunning and so lush. I’m going to have to try their infinite shine line because I haven’t yet.

Cindy March 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

such dark shades

Lisa Heath March 10, 2015 - 11:36 am

There are only 2 dark shades within the 6 shades I posted

Simona March 10, 2015 - 10:11 am

Thanks for the detailed review! I like that they are glossy and easy to polish on, not sure if they are worth the price for those like us who change their nails quite often. I’d love to try at least one though!

Deborah March 10, 2015 - 10:52 am

The shades all look wonderful but you are right, not too unique. The lavender though.. it must be that supersmooth and glossy finish that’s winning me over!

Justina March 10, 2015 - 1:00 pm

That blue was perfection!

Honeygirlk March 10, 2015 - 4:20 pm

I am in love with that Lilac shade… it’s my kind of happiness. Loving that nude too.

Nicole C March 10, 2015 - 6:53 pm

I love the purple and indigo colors! But I totally have a ton of polishes like that already. Great review!

Katie Rae Nystuen March 10, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Im not a huge fan of Losing my Sand-ity, I think it would look odd against my skin tone but I really like Raisin’ the Bar.

Dani From Polish, with Love March 11, 2015 - 1:03 pm

I still have these to swatch too but I wasn’t too impressed with the color selection. Raisin the Bar looks gorgeous on you!

Lothwen March 11, 2015 - 6:32 pm

Your swatches are amazing as always ;)
I am curious about the system of these polishes, but also wary because you said it bubbled and the top coat brush picks up the polish. I hate it when that happens. But I gotta say that the Indigo is so incredibly blue and beautiful, that it might be worth it. Thank you for this informative review!

StephanieLouise March 12, 2015 - 5:37 am

I’m ALL about that indigo!

Color Me So Crazy March 12, 2015 - 9:53 am

I looove your swatches and these colors are suuuuper pretty but for some reason I feel like I own soo many of them already. Come on OPI, let’s get creative!!

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