OPI Push and Shove

There are times (more often than I’d like to admit) when I’ll buy a polish and it sits around for a while, unused.  Such is the case with Push and Shove, from the Gwen Stefani for OPI collection.  It had been sitting with the rest of my “to try” polishes for months, but no more!

Push and Shove is a silver ‘ultra-chrome’ polish that is meant to mimic a mirror finish.  It is packaged with a mini base coat, Lay Down That Base, which OPI suggests will boost the chrome finish.

Honestly, don’t expect a mirror-like result.  Expect aluminum foil (which is still great).

I followed the instructions on the back of the duo’s package: one layer of Lay Down That Base, wait until completely dry, then two thin coats of Push and Shove.  My only deviation was my use of top coat, but I’ll get to that later in the post.

OPI Push and Shove


You can definitely see the ridges in my nails with just Lay Down That Base under Push and Shove.  I’ve since found that using a ridge-filling base coat under Lay Down That Base helps to mask the imperfections.


OPI Push and Shove


OPI instructs you to skip a top coat, but… no… don’t skip it.  The top coats I’ve tried (Seche Vite and CND Vinylux) didn’t dull the finish, and avoiding a top coat is an express lane to chip town.


OPI Push and Shove


If you can’t get your hands on Push and Shove, there are a couple of similar polishes out there:  Essie No Place Like Chrome and Sterling Silver from the recent Sally Hansen Color Foils collection.


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