25 August 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium ♥ Swatches and Review

Press Sample

OPI Designer Series Polished Quartz - DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium
My question, every time OPI has released a “DS” polish lately is “does this polish deserve to be labeled Designer Series?”  We we all spoiled by the original DS holographic polishes.  They.  were.  gorgeous.  My faves?  DS Sapphire, and DS Glamour.  Last year’s Raw Granite won me over even though they weren’t holographic.  Will this year’s Polished Quartz do the same?

OPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips) no topcoatOPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips)OPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips) without topcoat

OPI DS Tourmaline over OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips – sans topcoat.

OPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips) plus topcoatOPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips) with top coatOPI DS Tourmaline (over Kiss Me On My Tulips) with topcoat

OPI DS Tourmaline over OPI Kiss Me on My Tulips – with topcoat.

OPI DS Titanium (over Who Are You Calling Bossy) sans topcoat
OPI DS Titanium (over Who Are You Calling Bossy) OPI DS Titanium (over Who Are You Calling Bossy)

OPI DS Titanium over Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? sans topcoat (left) with topcoat (right)

So here’s the deal.  I don’t especially care for the way these look on their own, which is why I chose to layer them.  (Cosmetic Sanctuary has great swatches of them on their own.)  I think the semi-matte finish is interesting, but I think they need topcoat to to bring out the “intense three-dimensional sparkle.”

Do I like them?  Yes.  I love the glitter.  I do think it is unique.
Do I think they deserve the DS title? Not really.
DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium will be available beginning September 3, 2014 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
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