09 May 2012

Swatch & Review: OPI DS Extravagance

OPI DS Extravagance is a full-on stunner. Straddling the line between pink and purple, it's what I'd call a fuchsia grape. The colour is lovely, but this polish's rep as a good holo is what really landed it on my wish list. Even in low light indoors, my husband's succinct review was, "Ooh, sparkly!" Then I took it outside, and... You know how people tell you that pictures don't do a polish justice? Pictures do NOT do this polish justice. So here, have a picture!

OPI DS Extravagance in sunlight

The first words out of my mouth were, "Holy mackerel!" Yes, I actually said something that corny. Out loud, even. But faced with the awesome power of Extravagance's shimmery, holographic sheen, I was helpless to retain my cool. Before I start gushing endlessly about the rainbow brilliance, though, I'll diverge and gush a bit about application and formula.


DS Extravagance glided on smoothly and easily, covering remarkably well. In fact, I could easily have gotten away with just a single coat...

DS Extravagance, one coat

...but when backlit, the tips did show some slight spots where the coverage (or my paint job) was just a little thinner. Mostly, though, I went ahead with a second coat to see what effect, if any, it would have on the holographic shine.

DS Extravagance, two coats


A second coat didn't amp up the holo in any meaningful way, so if you want to use this polish sparingly, one coat, nice and even, should get the job done. Additionally, I wondered whether a top coat would diminish the sparkle, so the picture above (and below) has a coat of SV on pointer and pinky. The top coat gave the surface a little more reflective shine, but the depth of the shimmer wasn't affected. And speaking of that depth, since I was having so much trouble actually capturing the holographic kaPOW, I took a slightly blurred pic to show, hopefully, just how much is going on beneath the surface.

blurred for glittery goodness

Extravagance is at its best in full light, where it can strut its holographic stuff, but unlike some holos that fall flat in lower light, this one still shows some nice, shimmering depth in the shade, too.

Extravagance in the shade


For such a glittery, sparkly polish, I'm crushing so hard on Extravagance's jelly-smooth texture. And thanks to a ridiculously failed attempt to add some art to the tips, I can also report that it comes off smoothly as well. I am officially on the hunt for more OPI DS polishes!


11 comments:

  1. OPI DS Extravagance is a must have for a bunch of polish addicts :) I'm sad to make an exception, for I don't own this beauty!

    You could add a widget so your peeps can follow you! ;) I would!

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    1. I definitely felt lucky to find this one--there aren't a lot of places in Hong Kong that keep a good stock of OPI.

      Thank you for the "follower" gadget idea! I'm still figuring out how Blogger really works, but I added one this morning just for you, haha. Hopefully it won't sit there all empty and sad-looking for too long. ;)

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  2. This is absolutely gorgeous, Elizabeth! Lovely photos and review. I know this is a classic OPI DS, but I just love that holos are making a huge comeback, with more and more brands making exquisite scatter/linear holos that go beyond basic pastels! I don't own any OPI DS, but I have a few Ozotics, HITS and A England, the latter of which is EXCEPTIONAL.
    And isn't it just fantastic when polishes get the significant other stamp of approval? Almost - *almost* - justifies the addiction =P

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    1. Thank you so much! Classic or new, I'm a total sucker for holos--I just wish I could get more of them here! Just found out that a england ships to HK, though, which could be so very bad for my wallet.

      I think Husband and I might be reaching a sort of "don't ask, don't tell" detente when it comes to my nail polish habit. Fortunately he seems to love it when my nails are sparkly, so he's not complaining too hard. :o)

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  3. *drooool*... This colour looks so fantastic on you!!

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    1. Thanks, Ashesela! I was worried the fuschia would lobster up my fingers, but I don't think it did badly at all. ;)

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  4. Wow, simply beautiful! Definitely going to be keeping an eye out for this!

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    1. It really is an amazing polish! It's more expensive than the regular OPIs, but I thought it was absolutely worth it. :)

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  5. Ohhh yes, this one has been on my wishlist for a while. Swoon!

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    1. You know, I just might be able to lay my hands on another bottle... ^_-

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  6. Thank you for the beautiful swatch. I actually found this on Amazon for $7.50!!!!! I am waiting on it's arrival now, I am sooooooooooo excited! Glad I was able to find one!

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