Duri Summer Rain Swatches & Review

Duri-Summer-Rain-Swatches-ReviewDuri Summer RainΒ from the Strictly Summer Collection is a refreshing mint green polish.

Mint greens usually give me lobster hands (i.e. they make my skin look red), so I’m not usually attracted to them.

However, when I saw this one, it set something in motion, and I had to get it and give a mint green another go.

Was I happy with this purchase? Or did it leave me full of regret? You’re about to find out! πŸ™‚

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√ Soft mint

Key Notes

  • Name: Duri Summer Rain
  • Collection: Duri Strictly Summer Collection 2012
  • Colours Available in the Duri Strictly Summer Collection 2012: Summer Rain, Summer Dream, Summer Turns to High, Summertime Blues, That Summer Feeling & Summer in the City
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $3.12 CAD
  • Where to Buy: Duri websiteΒ (It’s tricky to find in physical stores. If you have a place you like to shop for it, please leave a comment to let everyone know!)

Duri Summer Rain Review


Summer Rain by Duri is a mint green that’s soft and reminds me more of the spring than the summer. (I also thought it was odd that Duri named it Summer Rain, since when you think of rain, you probably think of the colour blue. Unless this is summer rain on Jupiter. Hey, you never know.) πŸ˜‰

Most mint greens are so pale that they only accentuate the redness in my skin. But this one was a little different. It has more green and isn’t as pale, so I think that’s why it worked out better for me.

This type of green is pretty interesting because in natural lighting, it looks pastel, but then in dim, artificial light, it looks bright like a near neon. It certainly is a far cry from being a retina-searing neon nail polish, though.

And boy was Summer Rain photogenic! I love polishes like this because I can be a lazy photographer and the photos still come out clear enough. πŸ˜‰


It has a creme finish that dries on the matte side. A shiny top coat is mandatory with this colour because, even if you like the matte look, it can look pretty streaky when worn solo. But when you add a top coat, everything magically evens out, as though you have polish pixies working for you.

Application & Formula

Application was wonderful! It was very pigmented and smooth. You won’t have to struggle to get this to go where you want. I suggest using 2-3 coats for complete coverage. (I used 3 coats, but I could’ve gotten away with 2 coats if I had been more careful while painting the 2nd coat.)

This was the first Duri nail polish I’ve ever tried, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pretty pleased with this because it dried very quickly by itself.


  • Pretty mint green
  • Smooth, pigmented formula
  • Dries quickly

  • Dries matte (requires a top coat for a polished finish)
  • Duri is a brand that can be tricky to find in a physical store

Final Verdict: 9/10

I was very impressed with Summer Rain. A lot of light colours like this tend to be extremely streaky or even require you to layer over a white in order for the colour to show up. This one looked exactly the same on my nails as it did in the bottle, and I didn’t have to jump through any hoops to get a manicure I was happy with! πŸ™‚

I’m looking forward to trying out more Duri nail polishes, but I wish they were easier to find in physical stores. I was able to get this one (and a few others I’ll be wearing later) because of a great polish hook-up. But I haven’t seen them anywhere in retail stores here in Canada.

Where do you buy your Duri nail polishes from? Do you still wear mint green, or do you consider it to be so last year?


22 thoughts on “Duri Summer Rain Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Barbara!

      Haha, now all these lobster hands have to do is spritz on some lemon juice. Oh, now I’m getting hungry. πŸ˜‰

  1. Sarah

    What an awesome color! I don’t have anything like this at all, and I have a LOT of nail polish. I think I’m definitely look into buying this. πŸ˜€

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah!

      Oh…I’m a bad influence. *Lowers head* Wait, I’m a bad influence for nail polish. *Raises head and puffs out chest* Hahahaha! πŸ˜‰

  2. Marta

    If mint green is “last year” than I am so oooooold school πŸ˜‰
    My go to mint-green is Revlon Minted, but judging from your swatches and write up, Minted is much paler than Summer Rain (on Jupiter) πŸ˜‰
    I think this looks lovely on you!!! I don’t own any Duri shades but this one sure is gorgeous on you!!!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Glad you think that way. πŸ˜‰ It’s good to not strictly adhere to what’s hot now and go with what you actually like or love. Trends come and go, but obsessions are here to stay. Oh…wait… πŸ˜‰

      You know what? I always hear great things about Revlon Minted, but I never bought it. I have China Glaze Re-Fresh-Mint (which gives me lobster hands), so I guess I got scared off and didn’t even try Minted.

      No Duri polishes? Hmmm…..verrrryyy interesting. πŸ˜‰ *Gets an idea*

      1. Marta

        LOL! πŸ˜€
        From the sorta-milky formula of Minted you’d think that it would chip and flake within hours, but it is actually the longest wearing revlon on my. It has a slighly dusty tone to it (rather than super bright) so you might want to give it a try πŸ˜‰
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  3. Melissa

    Hi Mary,
    This color looks really great on you. I don’t own any mint green polish, just the darker sparkly greens. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Duri nail polish. I’m going to have to check out their web site. Great job as always. Have a great evening. :~)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It seems like Duri doesn’t get enough love online, but that might just be due to it being harder to come across. You should try them out – so far, I’ve only tried two Duri polishes (I’m wearing my second one now), and I’m quite impressed by the formula. Hope you’ll like them, too.

      Thanks for being a regular commenter. That’s really sweet of you to take the time out in your busy schedule to send me a message and to encourage me. πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Naseem Delan!

      It was the type of mint green I didn’t think I could pull off, so it was quite a surprise. πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

      Yeah, it’s not dusty like some. Actually, sometimes the dustier ones I find harder to pull off because they can make my hands look zombie-ish (which can be cool, though…hehe).

  4. MC

    This is gorgeous! I also have China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and it is so pale and chalky. You definitely *are* a bad influence! I need to get my hands on this beauty! How much is the shipping from the Duri website?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MC!

      Muahahahahahahahahahaha! *Presses horns back into head* What are you talking about? I’m good! *Lights up fake halo* πŸ˜€

      Oh, okay! So I’m not the only one who wasn’t in love with Re-Fresh Mint! Seriously…I’ve heard so many raves, but when I wore it, it didn’t look great and it made my hands look reallllly red.

      Hmm…I couldn’t order from the Duri website because they only ship to the United States. If you fill out the form at the checkout, hopefully they’ll clearly list the shipping to your specific destination. Here in Canada, we can really only find Duri by chance at select beauty-supply stores.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      A few? WOW – so lucky! πŸ™‚ Hehe, thanks for thinking of me. Us nailphiles gotta stick together…if only so we don’t look odd and obsessed by ourselves. πŸ˜‰

      Do you have a favourite colour by Duri?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Olivia Frescura!

      Finally a flattering mint green! Now I understand the frenzy surrounding the long-lasting trend! πŸ™‚

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Suehey!

      They are pretty similar, but to see the exact differences, I would need to see them side-by-side to be sure. They’re both bright and fresh mint greens. You probably could get away with just owning one instead of both.


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