Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OPI San Francisco - Fall 2013

I have been so excited about the OPI San Francisco collection for Fall 2013!  Just today it started feeling fall-like to me; it is a bit cooler than it has been, and I've returned to checking my work email daily.  Back to school will be here before we know it, and it was perfect that this collection showed up at my doorstep today (of course, it arrived literally five minutes after I finished painting my nails with a pale OPI purple!).

The San Francisco collection puts me in even more of a fall mood, with loads of rich reds and autumn navys.  OPI's Executive Vice President and Artistic Director (and the "Suzi" from so many polish names!), Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, said:

“To me, the women of San Francisco and the city itself really epitomize today’s multifaceted beauty consumer. San Francisco offers a European flair with distinct West Coast attributes. These elements inspired a collection of urban chic nail lacquer shades, thanks to the sophisticated combination of high fashion and eclectic street style. 
With twelve colors ranging from moody grays and blues to garnet and ruby jewel tones, these lacquers are designed to accessorize fall’s hottest looks, from military details to winter whites. On fall runways, models were seen wearing luxurious textures from head to toe. The three new Liquid Sand nail lacquers incorporate the texture trend through nails, with rich matte finishes in colors to complement the season’s fashion.”
I am also SO excited to share these new swatches with you because I bought a new macro lens!  I love it!  It is super slow to autofocus though, and manually focusing with wet nails is always a disaster just waiting to happen, so I manually focused and just kept my camera on for the entire swatching time (which as you nail bloggers know is a LONG time!).  Luckily my Sony has a great battery, so it worked out just fine.

So on to the collection.  Enjoy these fun 15!!

Lost on Lombard
This is a very pretty red creme!  OPI loves their red polishes, and this one does not disappoint.  When I think of "nail polish" I always just think of red nails - red nails seem to be the traditional go-to polish color.  While I liked this red, I loved Golden Gate more. 

I Knead Sour-Dough
Well I do love sour dough bread - especially on a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich... yumm.  Now where was I?  So this is a mauve-maroon shimmer that actually covered with one coat (I still used two... old habits die hard!).  

First Date at the Golden Gate
Adorable name - and so perfect for a bright red creme!  This color made me think "paprika" - it is spicy and fun.  This and Embarca were my two favorites of the six reds.

Embarca-Dare Ya!
I was having so much trouble photographing this one; the color just was not right.  With that said, I don't love how it looks in the pictures, but in real life, I really loved it.  It is a magenta, and my camera just was not getting it.  It is sparkly, shimmery, and very pretty, and the formula was great.  

Muir Muir on the Wall
This is a really pretty and unstated burgundy shimmer.  My fiance's parents visited the Muir Woods a year and a half ago and they sent us these incredible photographs from their phones.  I cannot wait until I make it out there (it is quite a long trip from Maryland, especially when you're afraid of flying) because I would LOVE to photograph those trees.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
This one was thinner than the others, which gave it a bit of a summery look.  I used two coats, and you can see it is still a bit sheer in some areas.  It is a lovely shade though; it looks exactly like the sort of color my friend Michelle always loves to wear.  

 Alright - on to the next six shades!
Peace & Love & OPI
I have seriously been excited about this shade since January!  It was SNOWING back when I started craving this polish!  Peace & Love & OPI has, for one, the best name ever, but what this color also has is MULTIPLE colors!  I've been a polish lover for many, many years (like 27... wow, I am starting to feel old) and the very first time I ever saw a duochrome polish was in 1999 when a friend gifted me one for my birthday.  Let me tell you - I still have that polish.  I was fascinated.  I could not believe a polish like that existed!  And Peace & Love & OPI is SO much better than any duochrome I own - and here is why: many duochomes are so metallically that you cannot even see the different shade variations - you just get glare.  This polish has a great purple and teal variation, with lots of glitter and very little metallic or frost.  This is beautiful and so fun.  If you don't have a duochrome yet, get yourself this one!  
Just as a PS: at the end of every swatch session, I wear one of the polishes I swatted.  This is the one I couldn't help put doing a full mani with!  Oh, and I used Alcatraz Rocks on my ring fingers :)

A-Piers to be Tan
This is a nice, warm caramel - YUM!!  Seriously - doesn't this shade look JUST like one of those caramels you buy every October?  It's like you could just pair this with an apple and have a perfect fall snack.  I actually really love this color - and I have nothing like it - that's always exciting!!  Not only does this caramel look smooth, it went on SO easily and covered perfectly with just one coat.

Dining Al Frisco
Beautiful blue!  Get this one before summer is over.  Isn't this a great pool-side shade?  (Or hey, a dining al fresco shade?).  This blue beauty has tons of blue shimmer.  I thought it would be a lot frostier than it was, since the bottle has streaks of silver running through it, but it wasn't bad.  I plan to pack this one for my upcoming weekend getaway!

Keeping Suzi at Bay
I love this blue - and I better enjoy it now because I am certain my sister will find a way to make this fabulous blue hers!  This is a perfect navy blue creme, and my sister is a total sucker for navy blue polishes.  I can't wait to wear this one in the fall with a camel colored sweater, although I am pretty sure I will need to visit my sister to use it if I wait until then!

Incognito in Sausalito
Between this and Keeping Suzi at Bay, I prefer the lighter blue, but this is still a nice shade - it depends on your preference.  Incognito is very dark (hence the name I guess!), but dark nails can be awesome.

Haven't the Foggiest
Lovely!!  I just adore sparkly silver and gold polishes.  Other than an awesome pink polish, it doesn't get much better than silver, does it?  There are some grey tones - this isn't a tin foil polish - and that makes this one unique.  I would describe it as "gunmetal" since I just returned from Colonial Williamsburg and spent a bit of time in the silversmith shop.  This one is a winner, and if I were choosing just a few from this collection to get, I would definitely pick this one.  Feel free to click photos to enlarge:

And now for the Liquid Sand shades.  We will start with my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE from the entire San Fran collection...

Alcatraz... Rocks
GASP!  I know... it is A-MAZ-ING!!!  Love, love, love everything about the polish... except the rather unfortunate name.  It is so glittery and glimmery and shiny and oh-so stunning.  I just love it.  I am not a big fan of the textured finishes (more on that later), but with a top coat, this one is super smooth and sparkly.  Just because you know you love it too, I have two more shots of this awesome polish:

It's all San Andrea's Fault
Even OPI doesn't want to take the blame for this one - it's all on you, San Andrea.  I should start by talking about the texture finish... I just am not a fan of textured finishes.  I know everyone is doing them, but I don't love it.  That said, we can correct a texture finish with a great, thick top coat (like Seche Vite).  So on the right you can see San Andrea without a top coat, and on the left, the same shade with one coat of top coat (this is an OPI top coat pictured).  This bumpy brown could be cool for Halloween, ocean-themed nails, or a day of archeology, but otherwise, I like it way better with the top coat - smooth and kind of speckled.  

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!
Ok, this name did give me a chuckle (but hey, I love dogs).  This dark blue is a gorgeous shade, but again, I don't like the texture.  I should have tried it with a top coat, because I really think I would have loved it then.  

I encourage you to check out Vampy Varnish's post on the San Francisco collection; she is from San Francisco and has some great pictures of the area!

All of these shades applied nicely and the formula was great.  I am so excited about this collection and I hope you are too!  I would love to know which ones you can't wait to try.  Visit OPI.com to learn more, and find these now at reputable retailers, such as ULTA and Sephora, or your local nail salon.


Unknown said...

AHH! I got a shout-out! and you are so right! I was going to tell you I love that color so I read more. so funny. I also don't like the textured. I saw this "sugar finish" yesterday in the drug store actually and thought - it just looks like you messed up. I guess if you are a person that frequently messes up your nails this could be a good option?

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