OPI’s Designer Series was responsible for encouraging me to take one of my very first big chances with wearing nail polish out in public. It was a number of years ago, and Ms Gents and I were at one of our oceanic hideouts.
We found this really interesting purple holographic OPI polish (DS Original, DS 003) at one of the dingy beach stores. Once we got it home, of course Ms Gents had to try it on. I thought it looked so cool the way it interacted with the light, and so I got up the courage to ask her to do my toes with it.
She obliged me, of course, and once it was on my toes I couldn’t bear to take it off. So, the next day I took the plunge and went walking around in my flip flops with my toes done in purple holo OPI glitter. I think my fingers were done too, but I can’t remember for sure. Anyway, no one noticed or said anything, which blew my mind, as it still does sometimes today.
So to make a long story short, OPI is responsible for my first contact with the ubiquitous “holo,” or holographic, nail glitter finish. I loved it back then and I still find it very cool today.
Today’s swatches are of OPI DS Classic (DS 031), which is a coffee-tone beige with a very subtle holo effect. This is a color that would be easy to wear to work for most women, as the holo is very toned down.
Its a tasteful color with an undercover rebellious flare.
You can see the holo (just barely) in this macro shot (below). It was very difficult to capture it in photos, but its also tough to see in real life, especially if you’re used to the more eye-catching holos that are around today.
This shade applied well for a glitter, though I recall needing three coats to fully eliminate the dreaded visible nail line (or VNL for short). However, with two coats it looked very even and flattering; I just couldn’t stand having any VNL for swatch photos.
Viscosity was good, and I don’t recall needing much cleanup after application, which is further evidence of the agreeable flow. The little bit of cleanup I did undertake was accomplished easily, so no stubbornness there, either.
The holo effect is definitely muted here, but I think it works with the overall “office-friendly” vibe of this color.
I liked the silver handle on the bottle, so it got a few extra style points for that.