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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 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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