August 11, 2013

OPI San Francisco Polishes: Pt. 1 [Swatch] [Review] & [Comparison]


Here are the first three polishes I have to show you from OPI's Fall 2013 San Francisco collection.

First is OPI- I Knead Sour-Dough:


I Knead Sour-Dough is hard to describe. It's a warm, brown, muddy color with a lot of red in it due to red-colored shimmer. Sort of an old lady color, but maybe old ladies have great taste?!

Artificial light, two coats:


In person, the shimmer is pretty visible, and definitely gives this polish some extra interest.



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



I love warm reddish browns lately, so I am quite pleased with this shade, and it's very Fall-appropriate.

Formula: Medium viscosity, opaque in two coats,  and glides on the nail easily.  The second coat goes on more easily than the first.  It didn't wear well on me; I had tiny chips after 24 hours and tipwear on most nails- with my usual combination of Nail Envy as basecoat & Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat on top.

A quick Comparison:


Left to Right: China Glaze- Fifth Avenue, Barielle- Devoted, OPI- I Knead Sour Dough, Nubar- Iris Dust

I didn't have anything exactly like I Knead Sour Dough in my collection, which was a pleasant surprise.
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Next, is OPI- Peace & Love & OPI:


Peace & Love & OPI is an oil slick color: a green/aqua to purple duochrome.  It also has some really fine microglitter which makes it a little special in the sunlight. I'm sure this will be one of the more popular polishes in the collection.

Artificial light, two coats:


It comes off as mostly a green-tinged steely color under indoor lighting. Still really nice, very beetle-like.  Couldn't stop staring at my hands.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Sun:


It looks a bit different in the sun, and you see that really sparkly, sparse microglitter come out.
I thought this one would be dupish to other similar duochromes I own, but I'm not so sure.

Formula:  No complaints here!  It's neither thick nor thin, and flows over the nail surface easily. It tends slightly toward visible brush strokes when you're working, but dries down to be pretty unnoticeable, I find. Opaque in two coats, and a pleasure to use.


Comparison:

Left to Right: OPI- Peace & Love & OPI, Nubar- Indigo Illusion, Zoya- Ki

I thought this one would be dupish to other similar duochromes I own, but I'm not so sure. It's closest to Nubar- Indigo Illusion, but Indigo Illusion is a lot greener, as you can see.  Zoya- Ki is much more strongly purple.
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Last for Part 1 is OPI- Embarca-Dare Ya!:

Embarca-Dare Ya! is a crimson-berry with unexpected golden undertones (provided by the shimmer).

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:


It's got a little bit of a duochrome effect from cool pink-fuchsia to warm orangey-gold, in certain lighting.


Outside, shade:



It is seemingly both warm and cool-toned at the same time- very strange/ cool!  Extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating...I liked it much better on my nails than in the bottle!


Sun:


Formula: Pretty lovely!  First coat goes on smoothly without streakiness; I did two coats for swatches, but the first coat was so reflective that it appeared opaque on its own.  This type of finish does tend to show every imperfection in your nail surface, so some might want to wear a ridge-filling basecoat underneath.

Comparison:

Left to Right: Orly- Terra Mauve, Misa- Push Upon It, Orly- Razzle, OPI- Embarca-Dare Ya!

I didn't really have anything quite like Embarca-Dare Ya! either. Orly-Razzle was the closest in tone, but the shimmer in the two is totally different.



What do you think?

17 comments:

  1. they look lovely, especially the last one :)

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    1. Thanks! I think Embarca-Dare Ya! was my favorite of these three also.

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  2. I love Peace Love and OPI...wondering how it compares to Models Own Aqua Violet and the new Essie For the Twill of It.

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    1. I don't know about the Essie, but I have Aqua Violet, and didn't even choose to show it because they are so different. Aqua Violet is much more teal/ blue- to purple, and next to it Peace & Love & OPI looks really green-tinged and sort of grey.

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  3. Oooh, I really like peace love & opi.

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    1. It's nice, but I wasn't "wow-ed" by it, for what it's worth!

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  4. I'm rather happy that none of the colors have amazed me :)

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    1. LOL, I know that feeling when looking at new collections!

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  5. Peace & Love & OPI and Embarca-Dare Ya both don't look that amazing in the bottle, but they really come to life on your nails!

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  6. Thanks for the comparison shot with Peace Love & OPI. I've own two polishes extremely similar to that one (and hated both, haha), and it's good to see I'm not just imagining the similarity. Your swatches show it blue leaning, and I think it probably looks a lot like Not Like The Movies in person.

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    1. Hmm, I don't have that one, so not sure, but you're right there are TONS of duochromes along these lines.

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  7. Beautiful swatches as always :) You captured the shimmer so beautifully, thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I really like Peace, Love, and OPI. I think I may need it!

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    1. It was hard to resist, and I'm happy to have it, but I have to say...now that I own it...I don't necessarily need it. LOL.

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  9. I found Peace, Love and OPI to also be very similar to Barielle's *Wanna Samba* - especially in the sun. The OPI is a wee bit darker.
    Nice swatches!

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