Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Swatch Comparison - OPI DS Original vs. Milani Hi-Res

Hey guys!

After my comparison of OPI DS Coronation and Milani HD, I started to think about my other DS polishes and wondered if there are any other shades from the Milani 3D Holographic Collection that are suitable alternatives to any of my other DS polishes.

The first similarities I noticed were between OPI DS Original and Milani Hi-Res so I'll be showing you that comparison today. I've also got one more OPI DS/Milani 3D comparison lined up to keep on the lookout for that.

Keep reading for the comparison!

OPI Designer Series Original, Milani Hi-Res

OPI DS Original

Milani Hi-Res

OPI DS Original, Milani Hi-Res

Milani Hi-Res, OPI DS Original

So while these are not dupes, they're definitely similar.
First of all, the base colours are almost identical - a light shimmering lilac. The differences lie in the holographic effect/particles.

The Milani 3D Holographic polishes all have bigger, chunkier pieces of silver holographic glitter pieces that the OPI DS polishes do not have, which makes the Milani polishes look a little more bling-y.

The holographic effect is very evident in both shades and although Hi-Res is one of the most holographic of the entire 3D Collection, DS Original still wins in the intensity of the holo effect. Hi-Res is more of a scattered effect with just a touch of linear holo while DS Original is very clearly linear.

One of the major differences between these two polishes is the pricing. OPI Designer Series polishes are more expensive than regular OPI polishes and will run you anywhere between $10-15. However, because DS Original has been discontinued, it'll run you even more than that from places like eBay. For example, my bottle of DS Original cost me $23 (including shipping) on eBay and it's currently the polish in my collection that I've spent the most money on.
On the other hand, the Milani 3D Holographic Collection polishes are $3.99 on the Milani website.

In the end, a choice between these will really come down to personal preference and budget. Hi-Res is a good alternative to OPI DS Original, especially considering the price difference and some people will prefer Hi-Res because it's got that extra bling-y quality. For me, DS Original has a special place in my collection and my heart so that one wins out for me.

My friend Rebecca also did a comparison of these two shades so you can check out her post for another look.

Do you have either of these? Both? Which do you prefer? Is Hi-Res similar enough to DS Original for you to cross that lemming off your list and opt for the more cost efficient option?


  1. Pretty close! However I don't really like the look of the Milani next to the OPI. Thanks for the comparison!

  2. I wouldn't have put them together but they're quite similar finally!

  3. i like both equally so will have to look for the cheaper milani! thanks for the comparison post


  4. I'm wearing hi-res right now, and not having the OPI DS to compare it to it looks great! It doesn't look like a drugstore brand at all. I will say that the application was a bit, I guess watery? and hard to control. I can only imagine that the OPI DS goes on a lot better! Thanks for the comparison!

  5. I prefer linear holos, or I'd be all over the Milani!

  6. Wow, they are actually quite similar! I struggled to tell the difference from the pictures of the bottle but could tell with the glitters on the nail! Is there any difference in how well they catch the light? Is ds more holographic?

  7. Wow they are both so gorgeous :D I love them both .

  8. I like the opi one better, thank you for sharing!

  9. Wow...similar again. And like the last one, OPI has a finer 'dust' with it's diamond dust, then M has with it's glitter base. I have to admit, I am really picky about which of the DS's I want. I never picked up any of the first ones, so now they are out of my price range on the discontinued ones. I think I have about 6 of them in my stash.

  10. hmmm I want Milani holos now!


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