OPI’s NEW DS Shades – It’s A Magically Radiant Day

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Today, I received in the mail some little beauties that I have been looking forward to sharing with you.

OPI DS Radiance

For this manicure, I used one coat OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of OPI’s DS Radiance, and two coats of Seche Vite Top Coat.

The Color:

OPI’s DS Radiance is a silver metallic polish that is so chocked full with micro-glitter that you can hardly tell that it’s in a base. The color appears like molten silver platinum on the nails. You can’t see the beauty of this color from a picture because its shimmer is subdued by a flash washing it out. Though I love this color, most every nail polish manufacturer has it’s own version of a silver metallic polish. This one stands out for having a slightly coarser grained glitter which gives it more shimmer than many of its competitors. Radiance is has a smooth formula and is easy to clean up despite all of the glitter.

OPI DS Magic
Blurry Sparkle Shot

For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of OPI’s DS Magic, and two coats of Seche Vite.

The Color:

While OPI’s DS Radiance has several similar polishes on the market with which to compete, this one is completely singular. DS Magic is an azure based jelly with a beautiful mix of blue and purple micro-glitter. To me, this polish looks like a lighter version of a mix of Yoga-Ta Get this Blue and OPI Ink. This swatch was two coats, and if I were wearing it in public I’d use three because you can see a bit through the nail tips after two coats. With all of the glitter, its a bit of a pain to clean up, but let me tell you, it’s 110% worth it. I’ve never seen any color to compete with this one and its depth is shocking. This is a gem that I’d highly recommend¬†adding to your collection.

OPI’s new DS shades will be available to the public sometime in early September 2010. You can find them at official OPI retailers such as Trade Secret, JC Penney, Regis, and more. Keep checking here for more info on the newest collections!

Disclosure: These polishes were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.

Ground Control to Major Tom…

Take your protein pill and put your helmet on….

I felt like a David Bowie song really fit well for this manicure- Orly’s Space Cadet is as weird as Bowie and yet, still has that unique charm that draws us in.

Space Cadet: Flashy Flashy
With Flashy Flashy On An Angle
Le Obligatory Blurred shot.. no flashy flashy :-(
For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of Orly’s Space Cadet, and two coats Seche Vite Top Coat.
The Color:
It’s called Space Cadet because it’s really out there! First, let me just say, I picked up only this color from Orly’s most recent Cosmix FX collection because all of the others are pretty much dupable- I’ll let everyone else pick up the “new” colors while spending an arm and a leg, whilst I leisurely find its dupes on eBay, MUA, or from random strangers selling polish on the corner (yo, I’ll give you five bottles for a dollar yo, this polish is the reeeeallll dealll, you know what I’m sayin’ sayin’? [wink wink nudge nudge])
Space Cadet is a pink and green/yellow duochrome glitter in a blue, yes I said blue, base. It flashes green, the pink can mix with the blue base to flash purple, in certain lights it looks brown, olive… etc. As a result, many people might call this a multi-chrome. It actually reminds me of a glitter version of a Nfu Oh flakie- but instead of flakies, its an amazingly large amount of tiny symmetrical glitter.
It goes on very well; for my first bottle of Orly, I was impressed. I used two coats, but I’d have used three if I were going out in public since I could see through my tips with a light behind them with two coats. BE CAREFUL because clean up is a PAIN in the arse- glitter gets EVERYWHERE so take your time when painting with this color.
And also, today is a wonderful day because I finally sucked it up and bought a Melmer… what is a Melmer you ask? It’s a Michael’s version of Ikea’s Helmer for us smaller polish collectors- its three drawers instead of six, which is great because I can’t fill up 6 drawers with polish…yet. Another perk- they’re stackable so you can add three drawers at a time as your collection grows. It was also a steal $19 bucks with tax (use a 40% off coupon since retail is $29.99) instead of the $40 you’d spend on a Helmer…. and go figure, with the coupon, two Melmer’s = Helmer in both size and price!
Le Melmer

Top Drawer
 Middle Drawer

Bottom Drawer

Room for growth…. but it’s definitely getting there!!!!!

We Get Along Swimmingly, Thank You

OPI has always been on of my favorite manufacturers of polish for their creative names and colors.

Since I’m having a hard time getting over the fact that summer is practically over, I decided to swatch my favorite color from their “Summer Flutter” collection. Since my favorite color is (dark) teal, I HAD to pick this color up when I saw it in the supermarket.

OPI, You’ve Already Caught Me

For this manicure, I used one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, two coats of OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, and two coats Seche Vite.

The color:

Don’t be fooled by photographs, this color is no ordinary blue, but rather an opulent blue/teal with bucketloads of yellow shimmer. In person, this color looks like the perfect color to represent a mermaid. To be honest, I’m really quite fascinated by it. Also, rumor has it that Orly’s Cosmix FX color Halley’s Comet is a dead on duplicate of this color (as well as Zoya’s Charla)- but I’m partial to OPI’s formula thus far and if I get my hands on Orly’s cosmix fx collection, I’ll give you my thoughts. Also, OPI did well with this formula- its smooth and pretty opaque for one coat- two coats and its 100%. It has lots of glitter/shimmer so it takes a bit of time to remove, but well worth it for the color.

So, OPI, I’ve fallen for you hook, line, and sinker.

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