The first nail-focused beauty blog

OPI San Francisco for Fall 2013 Silver & Reds Nail Polish Swatches & Review

By on November 4, 2013
in Fall 2013, Metallic, OPI, Red, Silver

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.

OPI San Francisco for Fall 2013 nail polish collection

OPI San Francisco - Silver and Reds

Affiliate Link|Press Sample

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 Embarca-Dare Ya nail polish swatch

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate is ruby red creme. OPI described it as having shimmer though I can’t seem to find it. It’s a little more muted in person, reminding me of Chanel Dazzling.

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate nail polish swatch

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate

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 Haven't The Foggiest nail polish swatch

OPI Haven't The Foggiest

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 I Knead Sour-Dough nail polish swatch

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane is a berry creme that leans more towards red than purple. To my eye, this is a darker, redder version of OPI Anti-Bleak.

OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane nail polish swatch

OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane

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 Lost On Lombard nail polish swatch

OPI Lost On Lombard

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.

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall nail polish swatch

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall

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 OPI nail polish retails for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle. For more info visit

Now that we’ve seen all the OPI San Francisco shades, which ones are your faves? Are there any you consider back-up worthy?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for OPI. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

There Are 7 Brilliant Comments

Trackback URL

Sites That Link to this Post

  1. OPI Muir Muir On the Wall | The Makeup Train | November 24, 2013
  1. I like the berry and purple shades from this collection best. I found one of the bright red cremes (can’t remember which of the two) to chip a lot on me. I liked the color fine but didn’t consider it unique enough to wear again. OPI Muir Muir On The Wall is the one I’d like to try next.

  2. Mariska says:

    Pretty colours! I am only waiting for some reds from the christmas collection at this moment :-)

  3. Lorraine says:

    Super beautiful swatches! this collection just blew me away. I had to have all the colors pictured here with the exception of Emarcadare ya. Muir muir was one of those few polishes I actually gasped at first swipe. very special, and I am an OPI vampy shimmer collector, but have nothing remotely like it.

  4. Liz says:

    I wonder how I Knead Sour Dough compares to Essie’s Sable Collar from their new winter collection. This one looks more red, but they’re fairly similar.

  5. NailPolishFan says:

    OPI Haven

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I hear you! That would be awesome. Nothing against red but they put out so many. How about instead of the traditional 6 reds in their holiday collection, they make it six blues or greens or golds. Now that would be something!