OPI DS Classic & DS Charcoal #tbt

It’s Throwback Thursday! How long has #tbt been a thing? I can’t remember when it all started, but I’m milking it until it becomes a thing of the past. I love doing #tbt posts on Thursdays because I have SO many polishes from previous collections to swatch and share. These two beauties are DS Classic & DS Charcoal by OPI.

OPI first launched the Designer Series in 2006 with some glitter and holographic polishes that were a sight for sore eyes. I believe they were some of the first “holo” polishes from a mainstream brand so it was a big deal. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m obsessed with collecting as many OPI DS polishes as possible. I usually find these at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for around $5 USD which is a steal because these retail for around $11 USD. I honestly don’t even know if they still make DS polishes, I wanna say they don’t because I have not heard of a new DS collection being released. The last I heard they were releasing 2 at a time in the Fall. So what I do is collect the oldies. Let’s take a look at my latest finds.



This is a gorgeous champagne nude holo. The formula was fantastic. Two easy coats and it glides on like butter.

It is originally from the DS Fall 2008 Collection. This was back when they used to release 8 or more polishes in the DS collection yearly.

Here it is outdoors under shade. I love how you can really see the holo flakies in this lighting.


This is a chameleon multi-chrome that shifts from teal to grey to purple. This is such a beauty because it transforms into so many different colors depending on the lighting. Formula was great, nice and opaque in 2 coats. This one dries to a satin finish so I added a glossy top coat.

It is originally from the DS Fall 2015 Collection. This one seems to be a direct dupe of essie’s For the Twill of It. They are super super similar.

Look at that beautiful shifty-ness! This is outdoors under shade.

Under shade is where you’re going to see the shift best.


And finally here is DS Charcoal indoors under a high def lamp. See how teal it looks? I wanted to show you guys this polish in different lighting so you can really see how it changes colors.


OPI is 3 FREE so it doesn’t contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP. Not all of OPI’s polishes are 3 FREE but it is said that after 2006 all are 3 FREE. It’s best to check labels if you have a concern. OPI is sold at beauty supply stores, Ulta, Target, drugstores, and Amazon or eBay.

Have you tried any polishes from OPI’s Designer Series?