Saturday, September 26, 2009

OPI Designer Series in Mystery


Above & Below: OPI Designer Series in Mystery. Photos taken outdoors, no flash.

Below: This shade looked very promising from a bottle look standpoint, but I was disappointed.
Mystery is one of two new Designer Series shades recently released by OPI. It's a very deep shade of purple, similar to eggplant. It's so dark that after two coats, it's difficult to determine if it looks purple or black. The shimmer is primarily gold, but under different lighting, the shimmer can also look more of an olive gold, which is about the only thing I liked about this shade. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of holo-ness in this one. All of my other DS polishes have a good to over-the-top amount of the holo effect, and this one falls completely flat. Yes, the sparkles are pretty, but I buy DS polishes primarily because of their superior holo effect, and this one has none of that. I haven't seen enough pictures of it elsewhere to know if I just got a bottle with a bad formula or if this is indeed the way it really looks. Again, it's a pretty polish with all of the shimmer, but I think the big Mystery with this one is...where's the holo?

15 comments:

  1. Completely agree with you! disappointing to say the least... what a bummer =/


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  2. I love how the black shines through and deepens it!

    FINALLY IT ARRIVED! I was going crazy trying to figure out if it was my handwriting or their stupidity! But ha.. now wait.. its such an anti-climax that its arrived! I was actually expecting to have it returned from mexico. Royal Mail is driving us all nuts here!

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  3. It's very pretty, too bad about the lack of holo and more shimmer on the nail. The bottle does indeed look so promising! :(

    I love the rich dark look tho!

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  4. Hmm, I know how other DS polishes look so I wasnt expecting this. I dont know what OPI was going for...

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  5. It's pretty, but it isn't holographic. I know exactly what you mean.

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  6. oh i wanted to have this one but haven't ordered it yet- thank you for the great swatches and for the possible mispurchase

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  7. Too bad it isn´t a holo :( would be much more interesting..

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  8. I've seen this a couple of times on other blogs. Your so right about the mystery, where is the holoness? I think I'll have to see it more.

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  9. Well, I did know that some of these weren't holo, but I intend to avoid those - they could have made this one a lot more special by amping up the gorgeous shimmer you see in the bottle, and then we would probably think it worthy of the DS line! That is a big disappointment. It is named appropriately, what a mystery as to why it's in this line!

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  10. OPI flopped on this one. Maybe next time.

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  11. Ahh, see I think this one looks absolute beautiful. Sad that it wasn't a holo, but truly I do want this one based on how it looks here.

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  12. I love colours like this,but I also thought this shade would be more interesting as a holo.I'm a vampy lover so I still like mine,but I understand your disappointment with this one.

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  13. I'm so glad this ISN'T a holo. I hate holos and I think this shade is gorgeous as it is. Are you sure DS polishes are supposed to be holo? Cause to me DS is designer series, and that pretty much sums it up that they could be anything the designer wanted them to be.

    I actually bought a backup for this, and I'm glad OPI was a little unpredictable with this shade given they've been quite yawn inducing lately.

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  14. Thanks for all of your comments! I've gotten a bit behind in answering them. I actually do like this shade, I was just disappointed in the lack of holo. I assumed all of the DS polishes were holo, but maybe not :)

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