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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

opi san francisco collection

It's, admittedly, been a bit since an OPI collection has really sparked my interest, but their newest for Fall/Winter 2013 sucked me in. What can I say, I love a good blue polish, and the San Francisco Collection is blue heavy. I picked up six of the fifteen; yes, fifteen! It's a massive collection. Read on for swatches!

'San Francisco by OPI brings street chic style with West Coast flair to the nails and toes for Fall/Winter 2013. This new collection features a palette ranging from sky ans sea-coloured hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city's most iconic elements- Chinatown, the Golden Gate bridge and the Embarcadero.' - OPI

As mentioned above, it was the blues in this collection that fist caught my eye and obviously, that liquid sand shade- Alcatraz Rocks. The formula for all of these shades is pretty outstanding- amazing pigmentation that is pretty much perfect in one coat. All of my swatches show two more out of habit than necessity. While incredibly pigmented, the formula is a bit thin. I found some shades accented nail ridges, and I usually don't have an issue with ridges, so you'll definitely want to remember a base coat with these.

These came in last week and since wearing them (Keeping Suzi at Bay and Haven't the Foggiest to be exact) I've found them to have impeccable wear time. I always say everything chips on me, but I wore the same polish for five days(!) without any chipping and only minimal tip wear. I was seriously impressed.

I Knead Sour-Dough is described as being a 'toasty warm brown' but it also has a mauvey-ness to it. The brush strokes seen in the photo really aren't apparent in person. I don't know what I think about this shade... I liked it in the initial photos I saw, but now I'm not sure. What do you think?

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is a medium depth burgundy cream. I know, this isn't the most unique shade, but I feel like most of the shades I have in this colour family are more red based, while this reads as more blue based. Regardless, I love it.

Haven't the Foggiest is a dark silver foil. I like that this is a darker take on the typical silver foil we've all seen. I have come to really love OPI's foil polishes and this one is no exception. A must have of this collection if you ask me.

Alcatraz Rocks is a purple-blue shade with predominately golden glitter but it does shift- I can see blue, purple, green and silver in the mix too, which are more visible when worn with top coat. This is my first experience with the OPI Liquid Sand formula, but based on this shade it's a winner for me. This shade is the standout in this collection, so don't hesitate to snag one if you're a fan- it's bound to sell out.

Keeping Suzi at Bay is described as being a navy blue, but I'd call it a deep cobalt. Whatever you want to call it, it's a gorgeous blue. I have quite a few blue shades in my collection, but I really don't think I have a dupe of this shade. It's so pretty!

Incognito in Sausilto is described as being an 'almost black-blue' but I can see some teal hidden in there as well. It's more apparent when it's wet and when you remove it, but I swear it's there.

While a lot of the shades in this collection aren't incredibly unique there are some really gorgeous shades. Alcatraz Rocks and Haven't the Foggiest are must haves in my opinion. Do you like any of the shades in this collection?

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