Monday, July 22, 2013

OPI San Francisco - Full Collection Swatches & Review (Fall 2013)

Hello lovelies :)
I'm SUPER excited to share today's post with you because I have swatches and photos for ALL the OPI San Francisco colors today! As a warning, this post will be SUPER picture heavy because I not only have photos of each polish, which there are 15, but I also was given permission to use some photos taken by a friend of mine named Griffin. He's a professional photographer and an old co-worker of mine and takes fantastic photos of all things Bay Area and California. Since this was the San Francisco Collection, and I grew up here, I thought it only appropriate to include some of the visually incredible things I experience on a daily basis, and wanted to share them with you. Griffin's photos really truly capture the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Bay Area at it's core. His Instagram username is @MoonMan415 (go follow him!) and here's the link to his Facebook page. I'm very proud to be from such a wonderful area, and also to know Griffin, and thought it would help get you guys into the San Francisco mood while looking at my swatches :D
That being said, the San Francisco Collection is OPI's Fall 2013 collection. It includes 12 colors and an additional 3 Liquid Sand polishes. Officially the release date for this collection is the first week of August, but my local beauty supply store was able to get me the full collection early!
Here are the colors:
  • A-Piers To Be Tan - creme finish. Warm caramel brown type of color. 
  • Dining Al Frisco - shimmer/frost finish. Sky blue with silver shimmer/frost and tiny tiny blue microglitters. The microglitters barely show up when the polish dries down though, which is a pity. It'd be so much prettier if they showed up!
  • Embarca-Dare Ya! - shimmer. Pink toned red with gold shimmer shot through it. Definitely swatches to be more red than it looks in the bottle.
  • First Date At The Golden Gate - creme. Golden Gate red, with a little deeper of a base. It's still a bright orange based red, it's just not as light. There's a definite brown tone to the polish, especially in the bottle. In the sunlight, which is where I took the photos, it comes off much redder than in just regular everyday viewing.
  • Haven't The Foggiest - metallic. Titanium or chrome like silver with a foiled metallic finish. This has a definitely darker cast to it than Orly's Shine, which is the only other silver foil that I have. 
  • I Knead Sour-Dough - shimmer. This is an interesting mix of a color. It's a brown toned base with a red shimmer. In the swatches it's much more true to color than in my video (which will be up soon). I like the neutral quality of this color but the surprise of the red shimmer that makes it unique to other colors in my collection.
  • In The Cable Car-Pool Lane - creme. Plum toned purple. Sort of your standard fall berry tone. 
  • Incognito In Sausalito - creme. Deep teal toned blue. Love this, and that it adds to my "alternatives to black" category. I love my darks in the fall, but like the spin of having super dark tones of colors versus just wearing black.
  • Keeping Suzi At Bay - creme. Bright cobalt blue. 
  • Lost On Lombard - creme. Similar to Golden Gate, but has more brown in the base. It's thus, darker, and a little bit more sultry. It's difficult to tell in the photos but they are most definitely different colors and not as similar as they seem. My camera seems not to favor photographing red polishes.
  • Muir Muir On The Wall - shimmer. Brown shimmery base shot through with a deep garnet red shimmer. This is similar in concept to Every Month Is Oktoberfest, just the red version. Very good for fall, although from far away it just looks like a dark red shimmer, so may not top a lot of people's "must purchase" list.
  • Peace & Love & OPI - shimmer/multichrome. Dark graphite base that shifts to green and pink. I love when OPI does colors outside of it's comfort zone. The green and pink shift is very strong in the polish, in all lighting, and is a cool color. I also like when they put out colors like this for the fall, as opposed to the subdued cremes in jewel tones.
  • Alcatraz...Rocks - liquid sand. Blurple base with gold and pink glitter. Very glitzy and fun. 
  • It's All San Andreas's Fault - liquid sand. Taupe. Dry mud. Bleh. Not a fan of non-glittery textured polishes lol. For me, the glitter makes this finish, and without it, it looks like an undone manicure, and this color especially is off-putting for me (but it may not be for you! so make sure you look at it, and all of these, in person!)
  • Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! - liquid sand. Bright cobalt blue. Meh.

In terms of formula, I had a good experience with all the polishes. I didn't seem to have formula issues with any of them, both when swatching on to my own fingers as well as onto a swatch wheel. Each polish was basically opaque in 2 coats. Some of the shimmers I did 3 thin coats but 2 regular coats will work for those.
Also, in my video I elaborate MUCH further on the colors, so make sure you watch ;)
As a collection, I think it's a good collection. Hear me out! A lot of people in the nail polish community have sort of viewed this as a boring collection, and yes, if you collect polish, it is. But viewing it as it's own Fall collection, which companies do, so they can sell it salons and to other various buyers (fashion houses for fashion week, for example), these polishes cover almost all the basics of a good fall collection. There are varying textures and finishes. There's neutrals, for office appropriate wear because that's mostly what salons cater to. There's darks for those that like to experiment some with their polishes, which occasionally salons cater to as well for people getting their nails done for a special occasion. There are your colors that are "in" right now, like the blues and the textured polishes, specifically those in the matted out finish. And, if you're new to collecting, this collection offers you a wide variety of colors to pick up and to be able to expand your collection with. In a "business" sense, I guess, versus a "blog" sense, this is a really well rounded and thought out collection.
Does it reflect San Francisco as a city? Not really. I would have picked an army green, or any green for that matter, definitely a gray creme of sorts, and some other polishes, but it wasn't my choice. Are there polishes on the market that offer these colors already? Absolutely. Do I wish there was more variety? Of course. But again, OPI and most major brands don't make collections to satisfy bloggers and collectors, but to prosper as a headlining brand for the beauty and entertainment industries. 
I feel like I end up saying something along those lines every fall, because it seems like every fall collections come out and they're "more of the same", but I think people, especially online, tend to forget that very very easily.
Each of these polishes will retail for about $9 and should be available the first week of August in stores near you like Ulta and other various beauty supply stores.

What do you think of the collection? Any must haves for you??


Photo Courtesy of Griffin Moon


ALL SWATCHES ARE OUTSIDE, IN SUNLIGHT, UNLESS SPECIFIED. ALL HAVE BEEN APPLIED WITH NO BASE OR TOP COAT, WITH 3 COATS OF THE POLISH.












Indoors with Flash



Outside in shade

Outside in shade


Outside in shade

Indoors with Flash



Photo Courtesy of Griffin Moon


Photo Courtesy of Griffin Moon

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