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Overview: OPI San Francisco Collection Mini Set

opi_sanfrancisco_004OPI San Francisco Collection Mini Set

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


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.  

The Final LAB Report for OPI First Date at the Golden Gate
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