Evening! Tonight I have for you one of the polishes from the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection: Push and Shove. With this polish OPI has a specially designed base coat to wear called Lay Down That Base. Now, I’ve been seeing a few reviews on Push and Shove so when I saw it (to my complete surprise!) at my local Glow Cosmetics I snatched it straight up to try it.
Thankfully because OPI recommends the base coat with the polish it’s included a teeny tiny (3.75ml) bottle; the same size as the minis you’d usually buy from OPI. I have yet to see a full size bottle for sale, which I find a bit weird because obviously if it’s a base coat for Push and Shove how is is meant to last as long as a full size bottle of Push and Shove?
So above is what the packaging looks like together. This is my first chrome polish, which is the main reason why I bought it, so I was actually interested to read the bit about Push and Shove being “intended for One Night Only wear”. I didn’t know that about chrome polishes. Now I do.
In the reviews I have been reading I’ve discovered that Lay Down That Base isn’t a good ridge filler. So before I applied it I put a layer of my usual base coat on and then Lay Down That Base. Lay Down That Base is incredibly sticky and hard to manage, I don’t really like it to be honest, and then you need to put down two coats because you get worried about it being patchy.
After putting the base coats on I then did two coats of Push and Shove and I struggled, I’ve got to tell you. I don’t think adding the extra base really helped either, sadly, you could still see all the ridges on my nails. I tried to make my layers as even as I could, but when the brush even crossed over an area already polished by the tiniest bit it would go bald. Argh! So be careful!
I did really like the shine on this though and I did enjoy wearing the polish once the ordeal of application was over. The polish dried super fast and because you don’t need a top coat, you’re pretty much good to go in no time at all. I thought the wear time would be terrible because that’s what the packaging implied, but after a day and a bit of wear I had minimal tip wear/chips so I decided to see what it would look like with a top coat. I just used one coat of Seche and I found it to look exactly the same, as you can see below. I wore it like this for a couple of extra days and the wear wasn’t too bad at all.
- Where to buy: Glow Cosmetics
- Cost: AU$16
- Volume: 15ml
- Coats to opacity: Two
- What you get: A large bottle of Push and Shove and a 3.75ml bottle of Lay Down That Base, the recommended base coat
Have you seen any of the Gwen Stefani Collection about? I’m keen on a few of the other p0lishes, but considering they’re so expensive I’ll have to choose wisely. I’ve got my eye on Love.Angel.Music.Baby., a gold matte/satin. It just looks incredible I think. Thanks for reading!