OPI - Infinite Shine - Less Is Norse Review and Swatches

I was lucky enough to pick up the OPI Infinite Shine Iceland Collection set in Less Is Norse at my local Cosmoprof store for a steal of a price, $10.97 CAD for all three polishes!  So of course, being the polish hoarder that I am, I picked it up.  Even at my prices I would have only been able to get 1 bottle for that price.

 OPI Infinite Shine Less Is Norse set.

OPI Infinite Shine Less Is Norse set.

What OPI say about the Infinite Shine System - Enjoy gel-like wear and shine in lacquer easy formula!  Our 3-step Infinite Shine professional long-wear lacquer provides long-lasting, rich color that doesn't require a light to cure.

I have wanted to give the OPI Infinite Shine system a try for awhile to see if it really does last better than my usual nail products.  I sit at a computer for 8 hours a day for my regular job and at home we tend to do quite a few home projects.  

The instructions for the OPI Infinite Shine System are-

Step 1-Primer - Apply one coat to prepared nails.  I didn't notice any difference between this base coat and others, it dries fairly quickly.

Step 2-Long-Wear Lacquer - Apply two THIN coats.  Cap the free edge.  I usually use 2 coats of polish as I rarely get a one-coater!  I found that the color was true to the bottle after the second coat.

Step 3-Gloss - Apply one coat over color.  The only difference I found with this top coat is that it was fairly quick drying considering it wasn't a quick dry top coat.

 Freshly applied OPI Infinite Shine in Less Is Norse from the Iceland Collection.

Freshly applied OPI Infinite Shine in Less Is Norse from the Iceland Collection.

Please excuse the messy cuticles!  This is how my nails looked after following the instructions for the OPI Infinite Shine System.  I love the shade, Less Is Norse, it is a great Fall/Winter color.  It is a great greyed out blue.  Neither to blue nor to grey.  The top coat of the system gave a great shine to my nails and seemed to even out a few left over brush strokes.

 OPI Infinite Shine in Less Is Norse after 1 week of wear.

OPI Infinite Shine in Less Is Norse after 1 week of wear.

This is how my nails looked after a very rough on my nails week!  Minimal tip wear, it really isn't that bad, you can only notice it if you are looking really closely at my nails, from a distance you can barely tell.  The grey bits on my nail bed aren't chips or anything, that left over paint!  This past weekend my husband and I finished up a few projects so I actually sanded and painted a few projects before I took this picture.  The shine that I had on day 1 probably gradually faded to this by about the 5th day.  I am sure I  could have gotten more than a week out of the nail system if I had reapplied the top coat at least once throughout the week.  I have to say that I am fairly impressed with how the OPI Infinite Shine system held up to a very rough week.  

Do I think its worth the higher price tag?  Each bottle is $18.00 CAD, to me that is fairly high, but I have noticed that most longer wear nail polish is in that range.  The Bay has a set were you can get the top and base coat for $30.00, which isn't a bad deal.  I really liked the Less Is Norse shade a lot.  The base coat did protect my nails, I had no staining from wearing such a dark shade, which is always a great thing.  Have you tried the OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear system?  What did you think?