OPI's latest new release is the Gwen Stefani range - there are swatches all over the place at the moment, and the one that really stood out to me was the 'mirror-shine chrome', Push and Shove. My beloved local shop posted on Facebook at the weekend that they were finally in stock, and they kept one for me. I dashed up at lunchtime today and got my greedy paws on one (and on another from the collection that I didn't know I needed! More on that next time...)
I've only tried one chrome before, L'Oreal Chrome Shine. That had a wonderful bottle, but the polish was just a silver that was very awkward to apply and was never very shiny. I'd heard that Push and Shove was tricky to apply, but I've seen some really good results online, so I bought it anyway. It comes with a free mini base coat, Lay Down That Base. The instructions recommend using two thin coats of Push and Shove over Lay Down That Base, with no topcoat, so that is what I did.
I like it!
Application is a little tricky. You have to be quite fast as the polish dries fairly swiftly, and it also drags and lifts if you go over the same spot twice. It's a little on the brushstrokey side too, and it shows up any lumps and bumps on your nails. When it goes on, it looks like a pretty normal silver polish. Then as it dries, it gets SO shiny!
Yes, it's not perfect. Yes, my nails aren't perfect. But look how shiny it is! While it's not as reflective as an actual mirror, or as shiny as actual chrome, or as chromey as Minx nail wraps (I still haven't tried those!), I think it's as shiny and reflective as you're probably going to get in a nail varnish.
OPI says that this polish is designed for 'one night only' wear - I believe that this chips quite quickly. I've only had it on for a couple of hours, so I'll update this tomorrow with how it's worn!