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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 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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