What Makes Infinite Shine Different Than Regular Lacquer?

What Makes Infinite Shine Different Than Regular Lacquer? - The Drop Blog by OPI
  • What Makes Infinite Shine Different Than Regular Lacquer? - The Drop Blog by OPI

    Do you prefer color? Or long-lasting wear? Why not have both? OPI's Infinite Shine long-lasting nail polish system provides high shine, and up to 11 days of wear without the light.

    Innovations in nail polish over the years have all aimed to improve wearability, coverage, consistency, and overall performance. While formulas have definitely improved since the 1920’s, nail polish has more recently undergone an evolution with the introduction of ingredients from gel products. These new “hybrid” systems deliver higher shine and up to 10 days of wear that dries or “cures” in normal light.

    Keep reading to learn more about the difference between regular lacquer and OPI’s hybrid system, Infinite Shine. This isn’t your mother’s nail polish!


    OPI Nail Lacquer

    Known for exceptional color payoff and witty names, OPI Nail Lacquer is the number one salon brand worldwide. When used in a professional service, color can last up to 7 days, with a selection of over 100 shades.  



    OPI Nail Lacquer is formulated using superior ingredients including film forming agents, plasticizers, solvents, and coloring agents to provide a high-quality professional service with a fast 2-coat application that delivers smooth, even wear.  


    How It Works

    This long-lasting formula optimizes wear and shines for results that can last up to 7 days when following OPI’s Lacquer Application protocol. A professional service consists of proper Natural Nail Prep, base coat, two color coats and top coat application. Removal is simple and requires a nail wipe and regular lacquer remover.  



    The OPI Infinite Shine formula is a blend of lacquer and gel technology that creates a long-lasting finish after exposure to ambient light. The key ingredients in most hybrid systems include ambient light curing oligomers and photoinitiators:

    -Oligomers:  Short chains of monomers that react or “cure” when exposed to light to form tough, durable, shiny coatings.  Originally used in traditional or hard gel formulas, certain oligomers are now being added to nail polish creating a new “hybrid” category of polish that last up to 10 days and delivers high, long-lasting shine.

    -Photoinitiators:  A type of material that initiates a reaction when paired with oligomers and exposed to a specific type of light.  In hybrid systems, the photoinitiator is chosen to react under visible light.  


    How It Works

    -When used as a three-step system, Infinite Shine delivers up to 10 days of gel-like color and shine. It is recommended to use all three products together to get maximum results.

    3 step system:

    • Primer: Primes nails for a revolutionary grip on color and helps prevent staining

    • Long-lasting Lacquer: Ultra-rich, vivid, professional nail color in over 100 iconic as well as unique shades

    • Gloss: A state-of-the art top coat that cures to a hard film in ambient light.  Features a hybrid formula ambient light photoinitiator and oligomers with film forming polymers to provide long wear, durability and shine, but removes gently and easily with regular nail lacquer remover.

    Lacquer is a great option for those who like to change their color often, and enjoy experimenting with color. Infinite Shine offers longer wear for those who like the look of gels, but not necessarily the salon time and effort involving application and removal. Whatever your preference, you’ll find the shade (and service) that’s right for you! Check out our newest shades at www.opi.com.

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