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Overview: OPI San Francisco Collection Mini Set


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Below are links to the individual reviews I did for this set.  Overall, I love the colors, and the formulas are on par with polishes from OPI’s permanent range.  The biggest drawback to this set is the small brushes.  If you have a small or narrow nail bed, this will not be much of a problem.  I found that the key to working with the smaller brush is to allow the bristles to flare out as much as possible, and applying each shade in thin coats.  This might increase the time you spend applying these colors, but will result in a smoother, less streaky finish.

If I would have reviewed the full-sized versions of these nail polishes, I believe they all would have received higher ratings.  

Personally, I will not be purchasing anymore mini sets of nail polish.  It is too much of a hassle for me to work with a smaller brush.

I hope you enjoy these reviews!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Click on the links below to read the full reviews!
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate
OPI Muir Muir on the Wall
OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
OPI Peace & Love & OPI 

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate Review, Photos, & Swatches


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OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

Golden Gate red!

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate  (Mini set: $12.95 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.; Full size: $9 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described as a “shimmery ruby.”  First, it has absolutely no shimmer and, second, it is not at all close to a ruby red.  It is a dark, warm-toned red with a cream finish.  Actually, I find the name of the polish very apropos, as this is very close in color-darker-to The Golden Gate Bridge.

Although the application of this shade was a bit easier than the rest of the shades I have reviewed from this set (I finally found a way to work with the small brush), the pigmentation was uneven.  It is not too noticeable from afar, but up close you can see minor streaks of darker color.  I do not think you will encounter this problem with the full-sized brush.   I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and Zoya Armor for the top coat and applied three very thin coats of the polish.  I had pretty good wear with this color-a week with signs of minor tip wear, but no chipping or peeling.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish, and a higher rating, due to the larger brush size.  

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The Final LAB Report for OPI First Date at the Golden Gate
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OPI Muir Muir on the Wall Review, Photos, & Swatches


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OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

Lacks dimension!

OPI Muir Muir on the Wall (Mini set: $12.95 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.; Full size: $9 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is simply described as a “trailblazing plum.”  It has a black base with a plum and bronze duochrome.  Unfortunately, the duochrome is not very visible unless you are looking at the color under bright lighting, or you need to specifically look for the change in color.  In general, I do not find this duochrome unique because it mainly looks like a blackened plum.  Based on its appearance in the bottle, I expected more.

As with the rest of the shades in this San Francisco Mini Set, my main complaint is the small brush. This had sheer application and I used three coats for the swatches.  Although, I probably could have applied a fourth coat to achieve a smoother, opaque finish.   I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and Zoya Armor for the top coat and had average wear with this color-a week with signs of tip wear but no chipping or peeling.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish, and a higher rating, due to the larger brush size.  

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The Final LAB Report for OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

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OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane Review, Photos, & Swatches


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OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

Vino!

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane (Mini set: $12.95 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.; Full size: $9 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described as a “rich burgundy.”  It is a beautiful, deep, creamy, wine color that pops against my pale skin.  This is a perfect vampy varnish for fall.

Unfortunately, I had a really hard time applying this color.  The small brush made it impossible to get an even layer on the first try.  The texture was a bit on the thin side and you can see from the swatch photos that this did not apply as nicely as it should have.  It took three coats (two thin and one thick) and a glossy top coat to achieve a smooth, opaque finish.  If you have a relatively narrow nail bed, working with a small brush might not be bothersome. However, if you have a bit of a wide nail bed and longer nails, like I do, then you are better off purchasing the full-sized version.  In my opinion, it is not worth trying to fuss with a small brush.

It is interesting to note, the first time I tested this polish I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for the base and top coats.  The next day I experienced major chipping, and by the third day the polish peeled right off my left pinky.  I retested it using OPI Natural Nail Base Coat and Zoya Armor for the top coat.  This resulted in a much longer wear-time, and after seven days there were signs of tip wear, but no major chipping, only minor chipping on a couple of nails.  I have used Zoya Anchor with several OPI polishes and have never had any problems with chipping or peeling, so I am not sure why this was not compatible with In the Cable Car-Pool Lane.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish, and a higher rating, due to the larger brush size.  

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The Final LAB Report for OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

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OPI Peace & Love & OPI Nail Polish Review, Photos, & Swatches


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OPI Peace & Love & OPI

I have never purchased a mini nail polish set before, mainly because I usually find only one or two colors appealing.  However, the set for OPI’s San Francisco collection contains four deep colors-perfect for fall!  I will review each shade separately and then give an overview of the set.

OPI Peace & Love & OPI (price and quantity for full size: $9.00 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described by the brand as a “holographic sage and eggplant.”  It has a medium charcoal gray base with violet and bright, sage green shimmer.  The shimmer gives the polish a duochrome look-depending on the angle in which you look at the polish, different colors will appear.  In darker lighting the charcoal base is more visible and in decent to bright lighting, you will see flashes of medium, eggplant purple and sage green.

Despite the small brush, Peace & Love & OPI applies evenly and opaquely in two coats.  The texture is not too thick or too thin.  It dries down quickly, which is common for metallic polishes, and lasted six days without chipping.  I usually get at least a week of wear from OPI polishes with just minor tip wear, so I deducted points to reflect the longevity.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coats.

The only drawback to duochrome polishes, or metallic polishes in general, is they can show brush strokes and any imperfections of the nail.

Important Note: The grade for this nail polish is based on the mini size, not the full-sized version.  I suspect the full-sized version would yield a smoother application and finish due to the larger brush size.  

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The Final LAB Report for OPI Peace & Love & OPI

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