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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – OPI Done Out In Deco

opi done out in deco nail polish south beach 2009 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

A couple weeks ago I was invited to a blogger event at Legacy Village, an upscale shopping center in my neighborhood. They asked some local fashion and lifestyle bloggers to come check out some summer trends from White House Black Market and Charming Charlie and learn more about the stores in the complex.

I was super stoked to go when I found out that some of my blogging friends, including fellow nail blogger Steff from Short ‘n Chic, were going to be there. Steff has a great sense of style and perusing the accessory racks with her was a lot of fun. I ended up coming home with a cute bracelet that I can’t stop wearing and today I decided to polish my nails to match using OPI Done Out In Deco.

Formula & Application: OPI is a 3-Free brand. They made the switch to 3-Free in 2008. You can identify an OPI with the 3-Free formula by the green lettering on the label. Bottles with black lettering have the old formula. Always check the labels to be sure. The OPI Pro Wide brush is flat, wide and medium in length. It’s of average stiffness and easily spreads out on the nail when pressed. The only downside to the Pro Wide brush is that it can be too wide for slim fingers or little toes.

The formula on this one is nice and thin and easy to work with. The pigmentation could use some improvement but at least it wasn’t streaky. I ended up using three coats just to be sure it was completely opaque but if you apply your polish a little thicker you could get away with two.

OPI Done Out In Deco is a creamy pink based lilac. Now normally when I hear lilac I go running for the hills. Pink based purples are my skin tone’s worst enemy. They give me what I call an “alien hands” effect. Fortunately DOID isn’t too pink or too light and in indirect light it looks a lot cooler and more smoky as you’ll see below.

opi done out in deco swatch opi nail polish south beach 2009

As I mentioned above, the event featured clothes from White House Black Market with accessories from our host Charming Charlie. Now even though I basically live down the street from Legacy I’ve never been in Charming Charlie. I didn’t even know what they sold. So you can imagine how overwhelmed I was by this giant store filled with every kind of costume jewelry you can imagine plus hats, shoes, bags, etc. And the genius part is that it’s all organized by color AND super affordable. Like most items cost under $20.


Shibani from CLE Shopaholic and Allison from Confessions of a Cohabitant model some hats while Steff from Short ‘n Chic had fun with a fascinator-esque hair accessory.


While they were having fun with hats I made a beeline for the green, blue and purple sections of the store. Surprising, I know. I love accessories but I tend to be the type of shopper who goes out looking for something to go with a specific outfit rather than just purchase random things that can go with anything. This was the perfect opportunity to change that.

Being that I have a lot of purple, gray, black and silver in my closet I thought the bracelet I chose would mix well with a lot of my wardrobe. As you can see, I’m so into purple it’s even on the accent wall of my polish room. As it turns out DOID isn’t a perfect match for my bracelet, OPI Parlez Vous OPI? is a better companion, but I’ve already worn that one and DOID feels more springy.

opi done out in deco nail polish swatch bracelet

Bottom Line: Done Out In Deco ended up being much more flattering than I expected and a great spring color. The formula is great, the pigmentation is serviceable but at the end of the day I’m not jumping up and down over it.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: As much as I love purple this one isn’t giving me butterflies so it’s off to be SHAREd with someone who will love it.

Unfortunately OPI Done Out In Deco is discontinued. It was launched as a limited edition color with the South Beach collection for Spring 2009. I’ve seen bottles floating around online in places like eBay and Amazon but I haven’t found an etailer I know who is carrying it.

Did you snap up a bottle of DOIN when it first launched? Thoughts on the color? I’m not really a matchy-matchy type of person so I’d love to hear your suggestions on what polish you would wear with my bracelet.

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by OPI. PR reps for Legacy Village provided me with a gift card to use on merchandise at any Legacy Village store and I chose to use it on accessories from Charming Charlie. Posting about the experience was neither requested nor required. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Sel says:

    Are there any drugstore brand dupes or similar colors? It’s hard to find OPI where I live!

  2. Justine says:

    I love this colour, I don’t wear it much, but its a very nice one, it has that greyness about it that I enjoy.

  3. Dianna says:

    Man, it’s like Charming Charlie has been popping up all over the place. It’s really great, actually.

  4. Wenqi says:

    I really like this color! I want to go and find a online seller and buy a bottle!

  5. Rosemary says:

    I just adore DOID. I bought it because it was exactly the color I imagined in my favorite Babysitters Club book I read years ago – the one where Karen got a manicure on a cruise. I had to have it! It’s so-so on my skin tone too, but I’m in denial. It’s gorgeous. One of my absolute favorite OPIs ever.

  6. Donna says:

    Great bracelet!

    Though DOID is a nice polish to wear with your bracelet, I think I’d like to see it with a more gray toned polish (to play off the dusky tones of the purple in the bracelet, as well as the cool silver toned metal).

    How about something like: OPI’s My Private Jet or Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous? Also, “Pearl of Wisdom” (one of my faves) or “It’s Totally Fort Worth It” seems like they might work?

    Want more springy colors? Then maybe Essie’s Merino Cool, Demure Vixen or St Lucia Lilac?

    Other’s to check out: Zoya Harley, Zoya Brizia, Zoya Marley….

    I look forward to hearing which one you end up liking! ;)

  7. Chris says:

    I didn’t get DOID when it was available, because I wasn’t into lilacs then. But I have since purchased Confetti Belle of the Ball. It’s a pretty color, and it fulfills the lilac void in my life. :)

  8. Rie says:

    I’m actually in Cleveland right now visiting family and attending a wedding. I’m right down the street from Legacy Village so I will have to check out Charming Charlie when I go shopping tomorrow. :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Oh how cool! Enjoy the CLE while you are here. I hope you find something fun at Charming Charlie. I wanted to get so many things. They have a whole section with animal type jewelry and there was a dragonfly ring I was so tempted by.

  9. Jim says:

    It looks great with your bracelet!

  10. Meeka says:

    I like DOID but it’s not one I’ve been overly excited about either. That bracelet you got is amazing though, I love it!

  11. Nicole says:

    What a beautiful bracelet and polish combo! So put together and classy.
    (I’m usually a lurker, but I have really been enjoying these 365 of Untrieds posts in particular. Thank you for sharing!)

  12. meme says:

    I would suggest the OPI Katy Perry polish that is Not Like the Movies Also, I could see if you were into Metal in a big way using OPI
    Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. I recall you likes the latter and wanted to keep it in your stash where it is certainly in mine with a back up to boot that might end up being gifted eventually. I am LOVIN’ OPI Done Out in Deco and don’t have it. It’s got enough dusky in it for me and not yet another lavender. Agree with you that if you wanted to be matchy, matchy – OPI Parlez Vous OPI? would be a great pick. BTW that is a fav shade of mine and I think OPI did a huge mistake by not putting OPI Parlez Vous OPI? into the classic collection. It has no dup in their line at all. Maybe one day they will come back with a Ltd release collection again of hits and include that one. So glad you had a fun time. Love your new bracelet – thanks for sharing a pix of it with us…I was reading on and on and thinking wonder what it looks like, then Volia!

  13. L says:

    Last time I checked, DOID was available on TransDesign, though probably misspellt, as polishes often are on this website. Being a sucker for lilac polishes (especially at this time of year), it was one of the first colours i bought when I started my polish stash last year… Love the bracelet!

  14. Kelly says:

    quick question about feedblitz subscription – is there a way I can get the entire posts/entries in the email? I primarily use my phone to read & I’ve had issues getting from the “read more” in the email to the whole entry in a browser.


    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Sorry, that is how the feedblitz is set up. Have you tried subscribing to the RSS feed and using a feed reader app on your phone?

  15. Lucy says:

    I think it’s stunning, really want to find myself a bottle. I’ve been unlucky so far in finding anything less than $18 :\
    I have very pale skin, but instead of looking creepy, I think (hope) it might make my fingers look a little longer…
    Would you be bold enough to match a metalic silver with your jewellery? Perhaps China glaze?
    Otherwise maybe a dark navy/or very dark purple, possibly Lincoln Park after Dark for a more elegant look.

  16. Caitlyn says:

    I totally love “Done out in deco”, it’s one of my favorite colors, I even bought a back-up a while ago ;)

  17. Scienter says:

    My in-laws live outside Cleveland, I’ve been to Legacy Village a ton of time! I’m partial to Parlez-vous OPI? because it’s a bit more greyish. I’m wearing it on my toes right now with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

  18. Leann says:

    I love Charming Charlies. We have two where I live. My husband is a good sport when I go in there. I can spend like 1, 2 hours in there. It is so much fun. I love the purple polish. I actually have it in a mini. I think I will do a pedi in it and put the silver or black shatter over it.

  19. Krista says:

    Looks great with that wall and that bracelet! I love the slight smokiness to the colour! Beautiful! I was actually thinking of painting my walls this shade….

  20. sb_sweetie says:

    Another shared “untried!” I actually have DOID on my desktop, ready to go for the next polish change. Weird coincidence!

  21. KellyW1331 says:

    How funny, I just bought this polish like 2 weeks ago at CosmoProf!

  22. Rachel says:

    For the past few entries for 365 untrieds, you’ve been picking personal favorites that I have in my stash! I managed to get a bottle of this for free when I tweeted good things about my salon, so they let me pick out a bottle of OPI as a thank-you. I love DOID (love the acronym now, too!!). I find that it’s a good base for layering, but it also looks great on its own, too. Sorry you didn’t get the special butterfly feeling from it (lulz, is it sad that I know *exactly* what you mean by that?)

  23. Rachael says:

    Oh wow, OPI Done Out in Deco is one of my greatest loves — it’s actually the first OPI I ever purchased, and I usually blame it for starting me on my nail polish addiction spiral. I think it and my skin must have been a match made in heaven.

  24. Kellie says:

    This is a gorgeous color!

    PS. Can I ask what you’re going to be doing with all of the “share” polishes you come up with? Are you going to have blog sale or GIANT giveaway ;) or something? :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I don’t believe in blog sales so that won’t be happening. I hold a charity sale in my home with local bloggers to raise money for a different cause each year.

  25. Melissa says:

    I have very few OPI polishes in my collection but I do have this color and I love it. I love purple colors full stop. BTW it looked great on you.

  26. Paula says:

    I liked this color, at least in the bracelet picture the polish seems to be greyer than in the first picture. If you wanna match the bracelet with some other color, I suggest green, yellow or gold.

  27. Christine says:

    Wow! What an awesome look with the bracelet! I don’t have this color but wish I did. I have skin that lavenders work with and I especially like the tones that are a little dusky. Have OPI Parlez Vous OPI and I love that!

  28. Susan says:

    OMG, I absolutely love this! I’m definitely going to look for it. And the bracelet is amazing!

  29. Olivia says:

    i love this!

  30. Stephanie says:

    Hahaha, the feather hat. Sigh. I love it.

  31. china chow says:

    A possible dupe could be Salley Hansen Xtreme wear “Lacey Lilac”.

    I have that, but not the OPI, and it’s a lilac cream, although it seems more purple/less grey than the OPI. A lot cheaper though, $2

  32. Erin says:

    I really love Done out in Deco, I personally find it super-flattering, fun, and feminine!

  33. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color!!! (but then again, i love purples) I didn’t know it was discontinued! I’m gonna have to start using it more sparingly.
    I think, for those who love this color, Do YOu Lilac It is quite a good dupe.

  34. Danielle says:

    I love this color! just found it online and I am so happy that you are doing this blog..thank you!!!

  35. Joanne says:

    I love Legacy Village!! Been therer once, would love to go back again!! Love your blogs!!

  36. Julia says:

    I love your bracelet! Done Out in Deco is a nice purple colour too.

  37. Jen says:

    I love the nail polish the same way I love your blog!