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?