I haven't tried the new OPI Liquid Sand polish formula yet, and to be honest, I'm not sure I will. It looks gorgeous on pictures, but I don't think I'd actually enjoy wearing something so grainy and matte. I did, however, buy one of the two textured glitters that China Glazed released last summer for their fall On Safari collection. Now I hear the brand is coming up soon with a collection called Texture, and I can only hope that the new shades will look like this one!
I Herd That is unlike any polish I had tried before: it's a transparent base absolutely packed with glitters, so much that it looks opaque in 2 coats. On the full sun pictures here, you can see my natural nail through the polish, but that's something only my camera captured.
The glitters are golden, coppery, and some of them seem to be holographic. They're all about the same, very small size, which is how you get such an even layer of glitters on your nail without having to place them with the brush.
It's quite easy to apply, and it dries down fast to a matte, grainy finish. It's not harsh like sandpaper, but it doesn't feel smooth. Let me tell you, this baby drinks top coat for breakfast! I tried to add a layer of top coat (Sally Hansen Insta Dry) to get a smoother, glossy finish, and you couldn't even tell the difference! I suspect you need multiple layers, or a very thick top coat (Sèche maybe?) to actually cover the texture and have a shiny finish. I was happy with the matte look so I didn't bother.
This shade is very warm, and the fact that it's matte keeps it fairly subtle rather than super sparkly. It didn't last long on my nails unfortunately, it started chipping on the second day (which is below average but not extraordinarily short wear time for me). You can see a chip on my pinkie!
Overall, I recommend this unique, fun shade if you want to try textured polish but are not too sure about the very gritty look of Liquid Sand by OPI.