Tuesday, September 10, 2013


OPI DS Lapis
2 coats, with topcoat

Whoops! I topcoated a polish meant to be worn matte! When I was applying this shade, I kept thinking, wow, this is matte! It was almost like the suede line OPI did a few years ago.

Without even thinking, I went ahead and used a topcoat, like I do with all my other DS shades. Today I went back and re-read the press release (copied below) and realized they meant for it to be matte. Oh well! I think it looks cool with a topcoat.

I did have a bit of a problem with the formula and brush. The formula definitely needed thinning, but my thinner wasn't handy so I just left it as it was. The brush also seemed wider than the normal pro-wide brush, and I had a bit of trouble around my curved cuticles and on my smaller nails, like my pinkies. I saw one blogger all this a one-coater, but I found that it was pretty streaky and I needed two coats to even it out. I was pleased with the result from two coats though- I'm not complaining, just saying it wasn't a one-coater for me.

I'm a little confused as to where they are taking the DS line..... all of the DS shades I have, which are admittedly older, are either linear or scattered holos. I know they released a few new ones over the past few years for the DS line that weren't holos, but I really wish they would have kept the line exclusively holo just for consistency sake.

Press release info:
This fall, OPI adds DS Raw Granite, two new granite-inspired hues – DS Pewter and DS Lapis – to the Designer Series by OPI collection. Featuring a matte textured finish with mineral-like reflections, each Designer Series Raw Granite lacquer formula offers subtle sheen with a sparkle finish.
DS Pewter, a matte textured metallic with deep silver ore, will launch simultaneously with DS Lapis, a deep sapphire blue with a textured matte finish. Designer Series by OPI offers a mosaic of 11 glistening shades and a high-shine top coat, including these two new stunning hues. DS Pewter and DS Lapis can be used without DS Top Coat to achieve an alternate matte look.

“Diamond-dust gives nails the perfect touch of glamour and can instantly transform any look. These two new shades are inspired by raw granite – the diamond’s edgy cousin – and we’re excited to broaden the range of color in the Designer Series line,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “These lacquers incorporate rich pigments with brilliant shine, to create a bold yet elegant statement. DS Pewter and DS Lapis are the ideal high-fashion, festive accessory.”

Designer Series by OPI nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. DS Raw Granite lacquers should be worn without top coat for a matte finish. DS Pewter and DS Lapis will be available beginning September 2013 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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