Monday, July 22, 2013

The Nitty Gritty - OPI San Francisco Liquid Sands + Couture De Minnie Liquid Sand Swatches!

As one of my last packages as an OPI Liquid Sand Leading Lady, I present to you the swatches of "Magazine Cover Mouse" from the Couture De Minnie Collection, as well as the 3 Liquid Sands from the upcoming San Francisco Collection: "It's All San Andreas's Fault", "Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!" and "Alcatraz...Rocks"! All swatches are 2 coats with no top coat.

"Magazine Cover Mouse" probably could have been a one-coater. It's a fully-saturated metallic strawberry red with a gold shimmer. Definitely reminds me of "Pussy Galore" and "Tiffany Case" from the Bond Girls collection, with the metallic base. Truly a stunning shade with a fun textured twist!

These next 2 are in an opaque cream base that dry to a glossy finish like the typical OPI cream polishes do.

"It's All San Andreas's Fault" is basically "You Don't Know Jacques!" turned liquid sand. Being one of my favorite shades of all time I absolutely love it with a bit of texture. I wasn't sure how I'd feel without the typical matte finish we usually see with these polishes but I really like it. Reminds me a bit of a gritty hot chocolate color...the picture doesn't do it justice. On the nail in person it just seems so...cozy. Perfect for fall!

"Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!" in my opinion is a lot like the blues from their spring collection, obviously with the liquid sand texture. The navy is high pigmented, but still took 2 coats for a nice even look.

Lastly is "Alcatraz...Rocks", a shimmery blurple/gray with purple and pale gold sparkles throughout. This is definitely more along the lines of what we saw from "Jinx", with a more translucent duo-chromish base. The first coat seemed a bit sheer but after 2 it came out perfect. I've seen this paired with "Honey Ryder" alot as a compliment to bring out the goldish shimmer. It's a bit more subdued out of the sunlight but a great fall color nonetheless...reminds me a bit of the blue-gray trend we've seen in past seasons.

Since they're all so different, I couldn't pick a favorite, but out of the 2 cremes I'd prefer "It's All San Andreas's Fault", and out of the shimmers I'd choose "Magazine Cover Mouse" for it's wearability as a nice juicy red. Which one's your favorite??

Happy Polishing!
- Maggie