OPI’s Designer Series Illuminate review

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  • Manufacturer: OPI
  • Availability: part of OPI's Designer Series collection (debuted fall 2008)
  • Description: warm medium brown with green iridescence and holographic shimmer
  • Cost/Amount: USD$9 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
OPI’s Designer Series Illuminate

There's a noticeable green flash to this polish even in the bottle. It's a slighter flash - on par with some of Zoya's middling duochromes, or the green flash in Laney - but it's there. One coat gives me a light tan with barely any of the green flash and a sparse, scattered holographic effect. Two coats deepens the brown and increases the holographics. It took three coats for me to get the green flash to a level where I was happy, though. (Nomad's Dream, another OPI color with a brown base and a green flash, is much the same way.)

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Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of OPI's Designer Series Illuminate Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of OPI's Designer Series Illuminate Nail Files: OPI's Designer Series Illuminate

This color was added to the DS collection in fall 2008.

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