Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Few Older OPI Holos

Today I wanted to share with you some of the jewels of my nail polish collection. My love for holographic OPI polishes is what started my obsession with nail polish. Several years ago, I happened upon a post on Chloe's Nails of OPI DS Original and I had never seen anything like it before. I was immediately saddened to find out it had been discontinued and was going for ridiculous prices on eBay. I was discouraged, but the nail polish obsession had sparked.

After finding MakeupAlley, I heard tales of "dustying", or searching old nail polish salons for hard to find polishes. I thought it sounded like a cool concept but I didn't figure I would ever had any luck. One fateful day during the holiday season last year, I was in the mall and went to a nail salon there because I heard one of my old nail technicians (from my days of acrylics *gasp*) was working there. I walked in the door and there before me was a long row of OPI Designer Series white boxes. I almost fainted there on the spot. These polishes that were selling on eBay for upwards of $50 each I purchased for $6 each. My mom was with me and thought I had gone insane when I bought all of them, but I just kept telling her "you don't understand!" Needless to say...this set off a series of dusty adventures!

With my first dusty success I was able to fulfill some major lemmings for myself as well as for some wonderful ladies in the nail polish community. I have been very fortunate to either find all of these myself for retail or less  from dustying or from amazing ladies I have met along the way. Some of these I have even received as gifts. The thoughtfulness and generosity of people never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many new holos pop up out there, these will always hold a special place in my heart.

OPI DS Original

OPI DS Couture

OPI DS Sapphire

OPI Standing Room Only Silver

 OPI DS Shimmer (over Nails Inc Baker Street)

OPI DS Shimmer (over Red/Green Color Morphing Topcoat and Revlon Royal)

OPI DS Vintage

OPI Blue Moon Lagoon (over Essie Turquoise and Caicos)

Hey and you guys are SUPER lucky today! *sarcasm* I will even show you some really old pics of what my nails used to look like ages ago. Please excuse nubs, poor clean-up, bad pictures, and dry cutes. :)

OPI My Private Jet (original charcoal holo version)

OPI Paris Couture For Sure

OPI DS Glamour

OPI DS Exclusive

I hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane! As always, thanks for looking!


  1. That first image alone (the bottles in boxes) is enough to make any girl drool... beautiful swatches!

    1. Haha! That was my biggest dusty victory EVER! I was so proud (and I thought I was going to have a heart attack). Thank you!

  2. These are all so gorgeous! *sigh* they just don't make 'em like they used to!

  3. woooooo, those holos look amazing!!
    to be honest, in my case it was the other way around with holos. I fell in love with nail polish in general, but holos were MEH to me, I didn't know why everyone was so all over them.

    Until a friend sent me DS Sapphire as a gift. It was LOVE the 1st time I put it on my nails. Now I need ALL THE HOLOS :D

    Dusty hunting is not really good over here, since most salons aren't that old in my city and OPI has been around for only a couple years. So I settle for the new holos (my recent success was finding Pupa holos in a city I was visiting \o/).

    1. That's awesome that you finally caught the holo bug. And I am so glad that amazing holos are becoming readily available again. It was such a sad dry spell for a couple of years.

  4. Wow! What salon (and where) did you find these? I have been trying my hand at dusty hunting for months and have found literally nothing :/