The New Infinite Shine ProStay System

The New Infinite Shine ProStay System - The Drop Blog by OPI
  • The New Infinite Shine ProStay System - The Drop Blog by OPI

    Hey Nail Pros - we have some exciting news! We’ve improved our OPI Infinite Shine Professional Long-Wear Lacquer System formulas with ProStay Technology to add one more day of the long-lasting wear you already know and love. Read on to find out more about OPI Infinite Shine and our new ProStay Technology.


    What It Is

    Infinite Shine is a state-of-the-art professional long-wear lacquer system. When applied as a 3-step system, the layers work together to provide long-lasting wear and gel-like shine.

    How It Works

    The Infinite Shine system of products includes a Primer, Long-Wear Lacquer, and Gloss to provide up to 11 days of gel-like wear and shine with the easy removal of a traditional lacquer.

    Step 1: Primer

    Infinite Shine Primer contains a blend of polymers, solvents, and plasticizers that provides the flexibility and durability to act as an anchor to the nail for the rest of the system.

    Step 2: Long-Wear Lacquer

    The lacquer contains a proprietary oligomer that begins to react once the Gloss is applied and the system is exposed to natural light, forming a network of polymer chains that strengthen the color layer. Each long-wear lacquer shade delivers vivid color.

    Step 3: Gloss

    Infinite Shine Gloss contains an oligomer and photoinitiator that activates the entire system with natural, ambient light, starting a reaction in the Gloss and color coat, reinforcing the entire application and locking in the shine. The result is up to 11 days of gel-like wear and shine that removes easily with Expert Touch Lacquer Remover.


    How It’s Improved

    The Infinite Shine Primer and Gloss formulas have been updated with ProStay Technology. The inclusion of ProStay technology continues to deliver the vivid color, smooth application, and easy removal that is experienced with the existing formula. But now your client can enjoy their favorite Infinite Shine shade for one more day! The new system provides 9% more wear, 13% less chipping, and 17% better gloss retention vs. the current formula.

    The Primer base coat has a balanced adhesion to the nail and integrates into the 3-layer system for flexibility, adhesion, and durability. The Gloss top coat uses a loose, cross-link technology, and is formulated with proprietary ingredients for gel-like wear and shine. Infinite Shine uses a blend of traditional lacquer and gel polish technologies, which cures in natural, ambient light.

    How To Use

    1. Properly manicure the nails by pushing back the cuticles, cleaning the nail plate, and removing any hangnails or excess tissue around the nail.

    2. Cleanse the nails thoroughly with an OPI Expert Touch Nail Wipe saturated with N.A.S. 99 Nail Cleansing Solution.  This will remove any residue, such as lotion or oil, from the nail for optimum adhesion.

    3. Shake bottle to thoroughly mix Infinite Shine Primer and apply one coat to each nail.

    4. Shake bottle to thoroughly mix Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer shade of choice and apply two thin coats to each nail.
      Pro Tip: Work on both hands at the same time to ensure proper drying vs. completing steps 2 through 4 on one hand at a time.

    5. Shake to thoroughly mix Infinite Shine Gloss and apply one coat to each nail and let dry.


    Infinite Shine dries to the touch in 5 minutes and dries completely in 20 minutes.


    Infinite Shine can also be applied over acrylic and gel enhancements. After filing the nail with an OPI FLEX 100/180 Buffer, remove dust and cleanse the nail with N.A.S. 99, and follow the same instructions in Steps 3-5 as shown above.


    How To Remove

    No soaking or filing is required to remove Infinite Shine. It can be easily removed with OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover, similar to regular Lacquer.


    Transitioning Formulas

    If you still have the previous Infinite Shine Primer and Gloss formulas, you can still use them with the new formulas. However, because Infinite Shine ProStay technology works through a new formula in the Primer and Gloss, you may not get up to 11 days of wear and shine if mixing the previous and the new formulas.

    We do not recommend using other OPI base coats or top coats with the Infinite Shine system as this can produce unpredictable results. Infinite Shine Primer, Lacquer, and Gloss have been formulated and extensively tested for use as a system for optimum wear and shine. The use of Primer and Gloss with other OPI Lacquers will not produce the same results as the Infinite Shine system.


    Increase Your Profits

    Infinite Shine is an innovative lacquer service option for manicures, pedicures and enhancements. Position this to your clients as a long-wear lacquer without the commitment of gel polish. It’s the best of both worlds! And since Infinite Shine removal doesn’t require soaking or filing, you may be able to use that time to create and upsell nail art, or have room for one more client in your chair.  We recommend adding 20-30% to your service and see your profits increase!

    Application and Usage Tips

    Infinite Shine system provides up to 11 days of wear when applied to properly prepped nails and according to application instructions. We’ve curated some pro tips below for optimum results.

    • Follow steps exactly according to application instructions and make sure to apply Infinite Shine system in a well-lit room.

    • Infinite Shine will not bubble or streak when applied on a properly prepped nail and according to application instructions.

    • Although this system does not require an LED light source to cure, it does use a blend of lacquer and gel polish technologies which require an adequate amount of normal, ambient light in order to cure. Make sure there is adequate light for the curing process to occur, and also ensure that thumbs are receiving light by tilting them upward.

    • The condition and health of the nails can affect wear. A healthy nail condition is the ideal starting point for any lacquer system and it creates the best foundation for optimum adhesion.

    • Prevent your Gloss Top Coat from thickening by recapping the bottle promptly after use. Keep and store the bottle away from light and thoroughly mix by shaking each bottle before use.

    • We do not recommend using lacquer thinner, DripDry, or RapiDry Spray with Infinite Shine as it could impact system performance, wear, and/or dry time.


    The OPI Difference

    You may have heard OPI Infinite Shine being compared to CND Vinylux. These are two separate products with different qualities.

    Infinite Shine is a 3-step system which includes a Primer, Long-Wear Lacquer, and Gloss to provide up to 11 days of wear and gel-like shine. CND Vinylux is a two-step system which includes a weekly polish and weekly Top Coat for up to 7 days of wear. If your client is looking for longer wear time and glossy shine, ask them to try OPI Infinite Shine with ProStay Technology. They’ll experience (and love) the OPI difference.


    How To Order

    The new ProStay Infinite Shine Primer and Gloss will have a ProStay cap wrap for the first 6 months. After the 6 months, the new Infinite Shine bottles will feature updated caps that are tarnish free. They will also have new item numbers on the bottom of the bottle - IST11 for Primer and IST31 for Gloss.

    Item numbers for Infinite Shine Long-Wear Lacquer shades will remain the same.

    Ask your local distributor today for details! To view the array of available OPI Infinite Shine shades, logon as a pro at

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