As I’ve come to tell you, multiple times, over the years, red nail polish and I just aren’t friends. I guess we’re more like frenemies in that I’ll wear it but it’s not like my BFF who I want to hang out with all the time. However, the boyfriend LOVES red and hey, it’s not all about me (just mainly about me). And there are some red shades that suck me in.
Case in point, the second half of the OPI San Francisco collection. While I was naturally drawn to the first half of the OPI San Francisco collection due to my love of blue, I found a few keepers in the land of red.
Formula & Application: OPI is a 4-free brand (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and Formaldehyde Resin). 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 polishes in this half of the collection are all decently pigmented, though not as well as the first half I showed you. For the most part you only need two coats but , in some cases I used three coats on nails to make sure they were opaque to the camera lens, even though they were to the naked eye. Their consistency is smooth and buttery, lending themselves to near flawless application.
OPI Embraca-Dare Ya! is a magenta foil shimmer. In the bottle it looks pretty unassuming but it has an almost holiday-ish look to it on the nail with its foil-esque finish.
OPI Haven’t The Foggiest is a silvery graphite foil metallic. It’s not a bright silver and doesn’t have any warmth to it so I wouldn’t call it a pewter. If you took the gold fleck out of Chanel Graphite, you’d have a pretty close match.
OPI I Knead Sour-Dough is a browned reddish shimmer. Kind of a chestnut hue. I wasn’t really jazzed about this shade in the bottle but, on the nail, I warmed up to it. It has an autumnal foliage feel to it that makes me want to put on a cozy sweater and sit by a fire. ps is someone at OPI a carb-oholic? They tend to use a lot of bread references for names.
OPI Lost On Lombard is a vermillion red creme. In spite of my disinterest in red nail polish, this one struck me. It has a bit of a subdued brick red quality that is very appealing.
OPI Muir Muir On The Wall is a blackened plum with a high shimmer factor. On the first coat it looks like a semi-sheer black with reddish shimmer but it quickly builds to this rich, luscious shade. I thought for sure, this could be a dupe for OPI Black Tie Optional (one of the best shades ever!) or the shade I created, Barielle Lava Rock. While they’re all definitely in the same family, Muir Muir is lighter with more shimmer and totally unique.
Bottom Line: Muir Muir is a given for must-have status. It’s elegant, rich and a shade I’m sure you’ll regret not buying when it’s discontinued and fetching high prices on evilBay. I Knead Sour-Dough is not something I would normally reach for, I thought it felt a bit old fashioned but, having worn it for a few days, I’m smitten with its snuggly feel. Finally, Lost on Lombard earns snaps from me for its warmth and depth. The rest are of great quality but not necessarily special.
OPI San Francisco is available now at salons nationwide including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA. They are also available at the first authorized online seller ULTA.com. OPI nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle. For more info visit OPI.com.
Now that we’ve seen all the OPI San Francisco shades, which ones are your faves? Are there any you consider back-up worthy?
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