Monday, November 19, 2012

Manicure Monday: OPI DS Magic


Hey everyone! Today's Manicure Monday is a perfect addition to the cool Fall weather and rich jewel tones that go with this season's trends. No, I'm not talking about another burgundy but instead I wanted to share a vibrant blue that I have really been loving on my nails. OPI DS Magic is from the "designer series" of OPI which tends to have unique shimmer and holographic finishes, and Magic definitely falls into that category.




The story behind obtaining this particular polish is an interesting one because it's actually a lucky find through roadtripping in Colorado. We came across a little nail store next to an Asian supermarket which had wholesale nail items including all manner of nail art, refill bottles of my trusty Seche Vite, and row after row of discounted OPI polish. Anyone who is interested in nail polish probably knows that Designer Series polishes usually run around $12 USD (pricier than typical OPI bottles at $8) but I believe I snagged this for around $6!


This particular sapphire blue is unique in my collection since it gives off a hot pink microshimmer that comes out in certain lights. This creates a really lovely purple glow that is an intriguing contrast to the dark base which is deep but not so dark that it looks black. The overall effect is actually quite vibrant and oogle-worthy.


All OPI DS polishes are denoted by a silver cap. Here you can see the slightly duochrome shimmer in the bottle which is so pretty. It's too bad you can't see the yellow/green spectrum on the nail but I can still appreciate it in the bottle.


I applied a base of CND Stickey Base and 4 thin very coats of OPI DS Magic with Seche Vite top coat. Because the first coat went on so sheerly, I knew I didn't want to glob on the polish too heavily although each layer dried quickly. By coat 3 the polish had good coverage with very slight VNL (visible nail line) so I did one more thin coat for complete opacity. It was not a "frustrating 4" if you know what I mean. ;)

Since I keep mentioning brushes, I have to bring up the fact that OPI's flat wand, curved-edge brushes are a joy to use and make applying polish a breeze. The wear on this polish has been pretty amazing as well with no chips after a week save one corner of a thumbnail that broke from a fun accidental table-slam. Nail growth and minimal tip wear have me convinced that I should add more OPI to my collection! There's nothing worse than dark polish with chips, and you won't have that problem with Magic.

Overall I am super satisfied with this polish and am happy to have rekindled my love of blues again!

Do you like wearing blue polish? What season do you usually wear this type of color? Have you tried any of the OPI DS polishes before? Let me know in the comments!





29 comments:

  1. The color looks so crisp! Lovely swatch on you Jen~

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  2. lovely metallic blue <3 it looks good on your nails~

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  3. Yes, I have OPI DS Extravagance, Diamond and Indulgence (which is a newer addition).

    Diamond has the strongest linear holo out of the 3 I got, but under normal light it looks a bit old... Will be posting on my blog soon if you are interested to see: www.louisakoh.com!

    I bought Extravagance because you raved about it LOL.

    I'm excited to try Indulgence especially for the Lunar New Year! Red and gold goodness!

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    1. Here's my blog post on OPI DS Diamond: http://www.louisakoh.com/2012/11/hologram-manicure-opi-ds-diamond/ if you are keen to see how other OPI DS polishes do!

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    2. Lol, I was just about to say I have Extravagance and I LOVE it!! I'll have to look into Indulgence. :)

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  4. Oooh Jen, this polish is SO pretty! And speaking of flat brushes, I'm kind of insane about the Rimmel polishes for precisely that reason--the wonderful flat brushes that make it so easy to apply! What are your opinions of the OPI base and top coat? I bought the two yesterday after going through a duel Sally Hansen top/base coat bottle but I wanted to branch out to actual separate base and top coats.

    Love your blog and videos, as always! :)

    xo,
    Sabrina
    http://www.rougespark.com

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    1. I haven't tried OPI's base and top coats but I've heard really good things about their base coat in particular. I do know that generally using base and top with the same branded polish will tend to work best together since the formulas are made to work together (I picked this up from using spray paints for Industrial Design projects where they always said to stick to all 1 brand if you can). If I try it out I'll review it!

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  5. the shimmer is soo beautiful!! i loveee it!

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  6. This color is beyond beautiful! <3

    ♥♥♥

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  7. Too funny.. this is the exact colour I put on my nails today.. and now I'm reading this post about it! I LOVE this colour.. girls def a must have!
    I always get compliments when wearing this colour!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. Yes! I got complimented twice at the airport with this on. ;)

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  8. Hi Jen, i looove your blog! Many greetings from Europe ;-)
    your loyal reader Dana
    www.danaramacolumn.blogspot.ch

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  9. Gorgeous color. $6 is such a good deal. I like flat wands too. They apply better.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Clothes for Less

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  10. Love the colour!

    Sara
    http://1uckyclover.blogspot.ca/

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  11. It's so gorgeous Jen! really love the color :)
    how about making tutorial on how to paint your nails neatly? *wink*

    lalaluna
    www.lalaluna.net

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    1. I do have an old one here: http://www.frmheadtotoe.com/2010/09/basic-nail-polish-application-tutorial.html

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  12. Hey! I made a beautyblog a couple of days ago. I write about nailart, hair and makeup. If your'e interested go and check it out!:)
    www.theonewiththebeauty.blogspot.com

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  13. Love this color! Its so blue and sparkly (:

    http://urdailydosage.blogspot.com

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  14. Wow! I love the color! I wish I can but a polish like that here in the Philippines! :/

    http://fabulousdanni.blogspot.com

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  15. I love it! ... on you. :P I really love TARDIS-blue, especially in formats that make it easy to put everywhere, like nail polish! But blue just doesn't work on me. My favourite colour, and totally does not work. x.x Thus, why I have one or two nail polishes that I bought and never wear.

    What I end up doing, usually, is making magnets or something with the colours I love. Flat-back glass cabs, nail polish, something to seal it with, strong* epoxy glue, and strong magnets = custom coloured pretties for the fridge. And when the cats knock one off and it breaks, time for another one! Retrieve the magnet part and start again!

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  16. I usually wear a darker blue, but I love this color! The shimmer is super pretty!

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  17. What a amazing nail color i really impress by this one and watched similar great beauty products for skin care and body.You can visit and finding more.Skin Doctors

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  18. I have this! Wore it with a matching dress for a ball and I was getting compliments about both all night :D the colour is really great!

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