OPI DS Temptation has the perfect name because it surely tempted me in the store…multiple times! I can’t even tell you how many times I picked this up to admire it and then put it back in the display. (I swear I heard the bottle screaming about being abandoned…)
And while it tempted me, it teased my camera like a burlesque dancer. It was very hard to take good photos of it because of all the twinkling glitter. Even the slightest hand movement blurred the image!
(And, yes, I still refuse to use a tripod. Haha, I prefer to complain about the same thing! Mary is stubborn. And she likes to refer to herself in the third person sometimes.)
While OPI DS Temptation is a far cry from the absolutely perfect, smooth holographic nail polishes in the old OPI Designer Series line, I still think that it’s pretty, and I enjoyed wearing it.
But the question is: Was it worth the higher OPI Designer Series polish price tag? Allow me to tell you my nail-snob opinion!
OPI DS Temptation Pictures
OPI DS Temptation Ingredients
OPI DS Temptation Swatches
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Natural Light Photos
√ A provocative sparkle of deep purple
- Name: OPI DS Temptation
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $8.75 CAD (Retails for a lot more – I think around $15 CAD or so.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets
OPI DS Temptation Review
The OPI Designer Series Temptation is unlike any other purple-glitter polish I own. That being said, it has a similar feel as Nicole by OPI Kendall on the Katwalk, which I loved.
They’re not dupes. Temptation is purple. Kendall on the Katwalk is blue. The only reason I think they have a similar feel is in terms of their chunky glitter and how they have multiple colours of glitter that all sparkle strongly together. They also both eat up top coat like crazy, so be prepared to use more than a single layer of top coat if you want it to be smooth.
OPI DS Temptation is a purple glitter polish that has predominantly purple glitter, but you’ll also see a sprinkling of fuchsia and turquoise. Sometimes I thought I saw blue and other colours, but that may have been the reflection of the light hitting the glitter on an angle. (It’s really hard to tell with the naked eye. And I’d feel really weird looking at my nails under a magnifying glass.)
This is a glitterbomb, so the finish has an obvious texture. It’s not the scratchiest glitter polish I’ve ever worn, but it’s also not the smoothest. And, yes, you’re not going to have fun removing this. If you do the glitter crime, you have to do the time. (Of course, you could use the Foil Method to make things a bit easier on your fingers…)
Application & Formula
You just need 2 coats to completely cover your nail. The glitter is packed, so you don’t have to worry about any bald spots. It goes on pretty thick. Be prepared for this polish to thicken up over time. In the time that I took to paint all my nails with this, the formula already felt like it got slightly thicker by the time I was done.
Make sure you close the lid tightly when you’re finished with it. And have some polish thinner handy for the next time you use it.
Is the OPI Designer Series Line Worth the Higher Price Tag?
The old OPI Designer Series polishes were so wicked, Maleficent would trade in her black outfit for a holographic one and send that malicious crow packing!
(Seriously, they were pure perfection. If you ever get a chance to buy OPI DS Extravagance, snatch it up fast! The formula is perfect, the colour is incredible, and the scattered holo will hypnotize you in seconds.)
Unfortunately, I don’t think that OPI DS Temptation is worth the retail price. If you can purchase it on a discount, then it’s fine. It’s very beautiful, don’t get me wrong. But…if you’re going to pay $15 CAD or so for a Designer Series polish, you should be paying for a linear or scattered holo, not this type of glitter.
And if you ever pay upwards of $15 CAD for a glitter polish, you should have some sort of out-of-body experience because of it. Hehe! (I had that with Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe.)
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
OPI DS Temptation is a stunning nail polish in its own right. If I didn’t know about the previous amazing holos from OPI DS past, maybe I wouldn’t pick on Temptation so much.
If you love purple nail polish and glitter, you’ll probably fall head over heels over bottle of lacquer for this one.
What’s your favourite OPI DS nail polish? Have you ever spent $15 CAD or more on a single bottle of polish? What’s the most you’d ever pay for polish?