OPI San Francisco for Fall/Winter 2013 Swatches and Review


I am super excited about the OPI San Francisco collection for fall/winter 2013. Why? Because the Bay Area has been my home for 41 straight years that’s why!

This collection features twelve new shades as well as three new Liquid Sand shades. Here is what Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director says about the inspiration for this collection.

“To me, the women of San Francisco and the city itself really epitomize today’s multifaceted beauty consumer. San Francisco offers a European flair with distinct West Coast attributes. These elements inspired a collection of urban chic nail lacquer shades, thanks to the sophisticated combination of high fashion and eclectic street style.

With twelve colors ranging from moody grays and blues to garnet and ruby jewel tones, these lacquers are designed to accessorize fall’s hottest looks, from military details to winter whites. On fall runways, models were seen wearing luxurious textures from head to toe. The three new Liquid Sand nail lacquers incorporate the texture trend through nails, with rich matte finishes in colors to complement the season’s fashion.”

OPI San Francisco

While I have never lived in the actual city (I am a Berkeley girl and now I’m in the burbs about 30-40 minutes from SF) it was my view every single day until I moved out of the house when I was 23.

Golden Gate Photo-2

This photo above was taken from the deck of my house in Berkeley. Straight ahead is the Golden Gate Bridge. This was a rare-ish day where it wasn’t shrouded in fog.

OPI San Francisco-2

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

A-Piers to Be Tan is a warm medium caramel/brown creme. Named after the many piers at Fisherman’s Wharf (the most famous being Pier 39). I like this shade because it’s one of those weird ones you don’t see too often. It was a wee bit sheer so I used three thin coats.

Pier 39

Pier 39 and the sea lions.

OPI Dining Al-Frisco

Dining Al-Frisco is a crisp blue with silvery frost. Ok first off, no one in the Bay Area who is from here calls SF “Frisco”. It kind of makes us all cringe. The finish was rather streaky and brush-stroke-y. This was two thin coats. This was really the only one with formula issues though, so not bad!

Sf Dining

Brie burger with fries at Lark Creek Steak in SF.

OPI First date At The Golden Gate

First Date at the Golden Gate is a ruby red creme with slight brown undertones. It applied a little sheer and I used three thin coats.

I don’t know that they were trying to create a shade that actually looked like the GG Bridge, but if they were, it didn’t work. The GG Bridge paint color is called International Orange. It’s most definitely an orange color, with hints of red. Yes the bridge can look reddish in certain lighting, but it never looks quite this red in real life. Too bad they didn’t create one that really looked similar because I think it would have been more unique and accurate

Here is some info about the actual shade formula from the Golden Gate Bridge site, which maybe you will find interesting (or not!)


The Golden Gate Bridge has always been painted orange vermilion, deemed “International Orange.” Rejecting carbon black and steel gray, Consulting Architect Irving Morrow selected the distinctive orange color because it blends well with the span’s natural setting as it is a warm color consistent with the warm colors of the land masses in the setting as distinct from the cool colors of the sky and sea. It also provides enhanced visibility for passing ships. If the U.S. Navy had its way, the Bridge might have been painted black and yellow stripes to assure even greater visibility for passing ships.


Many people ask about the formula for the Bridge’s unique International Orange paint color. Paint stores can mix it with the following information:
CMYK colors are: C= Cyan: 0%, M =Magenta: 69%, Y =Yellow: 100%, K = Black: 6%.

The closest existing color codes to the International Orange color formula are PMS 173 (CYMK = 0%, 80%, 94%, 1%), PMS 174 (CYMK 8%, 85%, 100%, 34%) and Pantone 180 (CYMK 19.4%, 77.9%, 79.6% 3.6%).

When purchasing paint for the Golden Gate Bridge, it is done through a competitive bidding process. Currently, the paint is supplied by Sherwin Williams and is made to match the Bridge International Orange color formula. The closest off-the-shelf paint color that Sherwin Williams has available is “Fireweed” (color code SW 6328).

Golden Gate Photo

A gorgeous sunset view of the bridge from my house in Berkeley.

Golden Gate Photo-3

And another one. Incidentally neither of these shots are touched up in any way whatsoever – the sunsets actually looked that intense!


This is me and my former pal Chase at the Presidio under the Golden Gate.

Me on Bridge

Oh yeah and briefly I held a job working maintenance on the bridge. (Haha).

OPI Lost On Lombard

Lost on Lombard, named after one of the most crooked streets in the world, is a deep garnet red creme. Shiny and nice, nothing unique though. This was three thin coats.

Lombard St

The famous Lombard Street.

OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane

In The Cable Car-Pool Lane is a deep reddish purple creme. This was a little sheer and left me with some bald spots with two coats so I used three. You will also needs lots of patience if you are waiting in the cable car lane. ;)

Sf Cable Car

Cable Car alert!

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

Embarca-Dare Ya!, named after the Embarcadero area, is an intense magenta with gold shimmer. It’s lit-from-within and really a very pretty shade. Great formula, just two coats.


The Embarcadero seen from AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants).

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

I Knead Sour-Dough is a warm plummy/brown shimmer. San Francisco is world-famous for their sourdough bread (my love of the bread is probably half the reason I need to lose some weight) and while this color doesn’t look like bread, which might be weird, it’s one of my favorite shades here. It’s SO shimmery and glow-y. Just utterly beautiful. This was two coats. Take more care than I did with applying though because it can be just a bit brush-stroke-y if you slap it on like I did.

SF Sourdough

Some delicious sourdough bread!

OPI Peace & Love & OPI

Peace & Love & OPI is a gorgeous multi-chrome shimmer. People always associate SF with hippies, granola and the peace and love movement in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s kind of funny but I associate all those things with Berkeley even more since I lived there and it’s very much like SF in many ways (but weirder I dare say). Ok back to the color. It changes from sage green to purple to grey in various lighting. It’s really gorgeous, another one of my favorites. A wee bit brush-stroke-y so be careful. This was three thin coats.

OPI Peace & Love & OPI in Sun

Peace & Love & OPI in sun.

OPI Peace & Love & OPI in Shade

Peace & Love & OPI in shade.

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall

Muir Muir on the Wall is a blackened shimmery plum. This is a really beautiful intense shade and she glows. I do kind of wish they had done this shade as a forest green with a brown duochrome because everything about Muir Woods screams “GREEN & BROWN!” to me. Nice formula, I only used two coats.

Muir Woods

This is Muir Woods. Such a beautiful calm place to walk around in.

t The Foggiest

Haven’t The Foggiest is a grey silver foil. I like this interpretation of the Bay Area fog, it definitely reminds me of it. It’s a great shade and great formula. Nice and thick, no streaks at all and just two coats.

San Francisco July 2012-12

The ever-so-famous Victorian Row with the grey fog lurking above.

OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay

Keeping Suzi at Bay is a bright navy blue creme. Really gorgeous blue I love it. The water in the bay changes constantly from blue or green to grey. This is how I wish it always looked! Great formula, just two coats.

San Francisco from Marin

A view of the Golden Gate and the bay from the Marin County side.

OPI Incognito In Sausalito

Incognito in Sausalito is a super dark blue creme. Sausalito is a little ritzy town in Marin County. It’s quaint and cute but I don’t have a photo of it! This shade is very deep, and looks almost black. Nice formula, just two coats.

s All San Andreas Fault

It’s All San Andreas Fault is a medium taupe Liquid Sand. I could probably get a photo of the damage the San Andreas Fault has caused from practically anywhere (cracks and moved earth abound all over the Bay Area from this and other faults) but I didn’t feel the need to. While I loathe the REAL San Andreas Fault because it scares me, I love this shade! It’s a beautiful, perfect taupe and looks amazing with the textured finish. This was two coats.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is a navy blue Liquid Sand. Another most excellent shade and formula. I love this vivid shade and it was just two coats.

s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf.

OPI Alcatraz...Rocks

Alcatraz…Rocks is a deep greysh purple Liquid Sand with tons of purple and gold sparkle. This is probably my favorite textured polish from any brand at this point. It’s so beautiful and unique! I’m not really sure what it has to do with Alcatraz because I’ve been there and let me tell you, it stinks like Seagull urine BADLY, and that rock doesn’t sparkle at all. But I love, love, love this shade. Two coats.


Al Capone slept here.

OPI San Francisco Collage

Overall: I feel like in the grand scheme of things they did justice to the city and the iconic sights.

I happen to think the Golden Gate Bridge is the most beautiful bridge anywhere on earth, and this just might be me being picky, but I REALLY wish that one would have been closer to the real orange shade. Having said that, so many of the others were great shades.

I think the most unique and cool shades are A-Piers to be Tan, I Knead Sour-Dough, Peace & Love & OPI, Muir Muir on the Wall, and all three of the Liquid Sand shades. Alcatraz…Rocks is AMAZING.

Availability: August.

Pricing: $9.00.

What do you think about OPI San Francisco? Are there some here you will be snatching up?


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  • July 22, 2013

    Ohhh Peace & Love & OPI is my favorite. This is such a fun post, Kelly :)

  • July 22, 2013
    Jessica L.

    While I live the colors, the names don’t match most of them! Could you show Alcatraz …rocks with top coat?

  • July 22, 2013

    Hey Kelly, thanks for the swatches and the little “tour!” It’s a fantastic post!

    My favorite is Peace & Love & OPI! That’s got to be one of the most amazing duochrome nail polishes I’ve ever seen!
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  • July 22, 2013

    I can’t wait for these to come out. There’s definitely a few I want to pick up. Great swatches!
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  • July 22, 2013

    I love how you included pictures of SF along with the swatches. I’ve always wanted to visit SF but haven’t had a chance to. Your photos are beautiful and makes me want to go all the more! Also, love the bit of information regarding the paint color. I found that very interesting. :)
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  • July 22, 2013

    Great post! My favorite is Alcatraz!
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  • July 22, 2013

    Great job on this post! Loved seeing the photos of the real places with the swatches. If OPI ever did a collection for my hometown I’d be beyond excited (though I highly doubt that will ever happen). I really want Peace and Love and OPI.

  • July 22, 2013

    Oh wow. I love these! Definitely need to pick up Peace & Love & OPI, Incognito in Sausalito, and Alcatraz…Rocks. I can’t wait to get these.

  • July 22, 2013

    I see a few shades I really need to pick up. And your photos, are making me quite homesick!

    It would have been really cool if they could have made one close to the shade of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • July 22, 2013

    Great post! Thanks for sharing all of your pics! I’m not sure which shades I’m going to be picking up yet. I Knead Sour-Dough may have been the one that is sticking out the most.
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  • July 22, 2013

    What an awesome post! Thank you for the tour of San Francisco! I’ve only been there once, when I was 21 and it was an amazing trip, I’d really love to go back some day.

    As always you did a great job of capturing the polishes. I’ve been debating whether or not to get the whole collection. I bought the spring one and really loved it. However, some of these shades are either not my cup of tea or not very unique. But thanks for your honest review. :)
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  • July 22, 2013

    This was such a fun post! I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I’d love to visit someday. As for the polishes, I just love Alcatraz Rocks, Peace & Love & OPI, Muir Muir On The Wall, and Embarca-Dare Ya!

  • July 22, 2013

    Before reading this post, I was completely prepared for my wallet to ignore this collection.

  • July 22, 2013

    love the ideas for this post! so cool to show what actually inspired the collection! i’m going to have to get so many of these! thanks a lot! ;P

  • July 22, 2013

    Meh….. would have been nice to see some East Bay love in the names ;)
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  • July 22, 2013

    How does Muir Muir on the Wall compare to OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest?
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  • July 22, 2013

    What an awesome post, loved seeing your pictures from the bay area. I spent four days in SF in 2008 and loved the city so much!
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  • July 22, 2013

    This is my favorite post ever!!!
    You did our bay area hometown collection right, LOVE it! :)

  • July 22, 2013

    Beautiful post! I love that you showed us scenes of your hometown along with the colours. I agree with you that there could have been a few more inspired shades, like the International Orange or a forest green. I love the sands, and those are probably the ones I will pick up.

    Thank you for all the work you put into the swatches and the post. You rock!
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  • July 22, 2013

    this is a great collection and san francisco is one of my favorite cities. i’m from the boston area and NO ONE here calls it beantown. like frisco, it makes locals cringe. ack!
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  • July 22, 2013

    My bro and SIL just moved to SF last month. Jerks ;) I like half of these, so normal OPI collex for me LOL

  • July 22, 2013

    Alcatraz…rocks would be the absolute only one I’d consider. All the others are just blah. So unoriginal, bland, and eww. Just no.

  • July 22, 2013

    I like A-Piers to be Tan best of these; but I love your virtual tour of SF :D
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  • July 22, 2013

    When I saw these in person, nothing caught my eye. But your swatches changed that! And I’ve lived in the Bay Area most of my life (now in the Central Coast though) so it would be nice to have a few of these in my collection. You’re really making me want Lark Creek again! What a gem :)

  • July 22, 2013

    Thank you for the tour, it’s an amazing collection and after seeing your swatches I know exactly which ones I’ll pick up ! :)

  • July 22, 2013

    I ordered the whole collection! I knew it would be good and that I would love it. I live in Nevada, 3 hours from the city and I love San Francisco! I have family and friends that live there and in the suburbs and we go all the time. I am so happy about this collection. Thanks for the great post!
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  • July 22, 2013

    As a NorCal girl I can tell you that I totally agree about the Golden Gate color not being accurate. I am soooooo disappointed. I have been really looking forward to this collection and I am sad that these colors really don’t capture SF.

    However; despite the fact that Alcatraz is not sparkly and I have never bought a textured polish, I think I need Alcatraz Rocks. It looks amazing!

  • July 22, 2013

    Aw, I was hoping a bit more. I like Keeping Suzi at Bay the best but as you pointed out, it’s not super original. Hrmph.
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  • July 22, 2013

    I love that you included your pictures of the area, but the polishes themselves are mostly boring and unoriginal in my opinion.

  • July 22, 2013

    Great post Kelly! I need I Knead Sour-Dough the most and maybe Keeping Suzi at Bay and Incognito in Sausalito.
    Loved your pics!

  • July 22, 2013

    I love this post! Great swatches and your personal touch photos make it special. I’ve been to SF only once, and it was a really fun place to visit!!

  • July 22, 2013

    Loving some of those !! I love SF – wish it wasn’ t so darned expensive to live there !

    A-Piers to be Tan looks a lot like the color of the bridge to me.

  • July 22, 2013

    What an absolutely fabulous post. I love all the San Francisco pictures and memories. I’ve been there a few times and love seeing your pictures. Great visual story.
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  • July 22, 2013

    I GO TO BERKELEY so i’m super-excited to hear that you grew up there! i love the city and the university.

  • July 23, 2013

    This is really a great post, so nice with the pictures in between. I need to visit San Francisco one day, I am even more sure about that now :)
    And I know that I will “need” 3 polishes: Peace&Love&OPI, Muir Muir On The Wall and Alcatraz…Rocks!

  • July 23, 2013
    Melanie Y.

    Awesome post, Kelly! I live in the Bay Area too! Walnut Creek, represent! Love all the colors and really enjoyed the pics and “tour” too. Love the Bay.

    • July 23, 2013

      Yay Walnut Creek (I was born at the Kaiser there)! I am over there all the time, wish I could live there!

  • July 23, 2013

    I love how you’ve made this entire post a love letter to San Francisco. It adds a dimension of enjoyment to the whole thing :)

    I’ve been itching to get my paws on Peace Love & OPI since I first saw promo shots of it, I’m a sucker for multichromes, teal/purple in particular. As of this post I may have a yen for Alcatraz… Rocks as well.
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  • July 23, 2013

    sure, the swatches were great, but greater than that was seeing the city through the eyes of a local. love it (and pretty much the whole west coast)!

  • July 23, 2013

    Bay Areaaaaaa! Granted, I’m in South Bay, but I was happy to see this collection up!
    Alcatraz…Rocks! is so very pretty. I wish the same for the Muir woods too!

  • July 23, 2013

    Since I’m from San Francisco, I agree that no one really says FRISCO, but when I moved to Oakland and San Jose, everyone here keeps saying “ay, let’s head to Frisco!” & every time I hear that, I imagine in my head that I am mentally punching them in the face because is it that hard to say San Francisco OR just SF? But I wish there were other colors in this collection because it just seems like the “meh” shades & it would have been awesome if they made a liquid sand shade named after some beach since there are many beaches here :P
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  • July 23, 2013

    Late comment, but I really liked the picture of you with Chase. I think of him from time to time when I come to your site. Oh, and thanks for the swatches! I think OPI did a better job with the San Francisco collection than they did with the Texas collection. I’m still bitter about that one. ;-)
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  • July 24, 2013

    Wow you live in a very beautiful place
    and if I had to chose one polish from this collection it would be Alcatraz …rocks. But it is more than likely I will have more than one lol

  • July 26, 2013
    Rebecca Russell

    Great post! I’m especially loving the textured polishes but I have my eye on quite a few of the others too. I grew up and lived most of my life about 4 hours south of San Francisco and have been there a few times…it was fun to see all of your pics.

  • July 27, 2013

    I’m from SF (grew up nearby, lived in the city proper for a couple years) – and I adore this post! Makes me really miss it.
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  • July 27, 2013

    I’ve been so excited about this collection since I first heard about it…San Francisco was the first US city I visited during my honeymoon (back in 2005) and I fell in love with it (and hope I’ll be able to come back one day). Not all polishes here are my cup of tea, but a couple of them will definitely be added to my stash. BTW I really appreciated your swatch+pics post, they triggered some good memories <3 (Alamo Square, going on Golden Gate bridge by tandem bicicle…*sighs*). Thanks!
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  • July 27, 2013

    BEST OPI San Francisco post! I loved all the photos of the city and the swatches together! Thanks for putting together such an informative and thoughtful post! :)
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  • July 29, 2013

    I NEED that silver foil!

  • July 29, 2013

    This is the best OPI Francisco post ever! Thank you so much! It makes me want to book a trip to SF ASAP :)
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  • August 3, 2013

    Gorge Swatches Vamps! (As Usual!!) =) Thank You!!

  • August 8, 2013

    I just wanted to say that your blog is always the first I turn to for new collections like this. I am really loving Alcatrz..rocks. That’s cool you worked on the bridge! lol ;)

  • August 8, 2013

    I absolutely love SF. I work for a company who’s based in SF (Burlingame to be exact) so I make frequent trips out there and I can’t get enough of it. While I don’t think the colors fully brought out everything San Francisco has to offer, the names and colors regardless are just adorable. Keeping Suzi At Bay is just a gorgeous blue color and definitely is going to have to go in my collection.

    My all time favorite time spent in SF was at the wharf watching the sea lions even on the cloudiest of days. I love this post because it included some of your pictures of SF.

    I’m really going to have to refrain myself from buying the entire collection thought =/
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  • August 25, 2013

    Thanks for all the info with the names, because they almost told me nothing earlier but now just a little bit more. :)
    My faves are Alcatraz… Rocks and Peace & Love & OPI. I Knead sour-Dough and Embarca Dare-Ya are cool, too.
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  • August 25, 2013

    I have seen and loved every color so far. They match and flatter most all skin tones as well (unlike some colors in the past collections). Beautiful, true colors this season!!

  • August 25, 2013

    I wasn’t aware you were a Bay Area girl! That just makes me love your blog 100x more! We’re practically neighbors. Anyway, yours has got to be the best swatched post of the SF collection. I was looking more forward to your pictures and narrations than the actual polish color mid-way trough this post. I wish you lived in every city so that future OPI collections named after places could get a super cool post like this one did.

  • September 13, 2013

    Great post! I enjoyed the swatches, but what I really liked the most was your personal input and how you explained and analyzed the stories behind the color names. Also, very documented on that orange color, I could notice how passionate you were about it
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  • September 17, 2013

    This collection is gorgeous and I really appreciate your photography and seeing all the places that inspired the polish names! I managed to hunt down ‘Alcatraz Rocks’ at a local store, i haven’t tried it yet. Also loved Berkeley and Oakland when I visited the west coast, the Bay Area is so beautiful –

  • October 6, 2013

    I loved this post so much – I found myself looking forward to the next photo of the SF area more than the polish! (I actually came here looking for swatches). Your swatches are pukka (means perfect) as usual and thank you for showing us a slice of SF from your perspective. The sunsets are amazing!
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  • October 12, 2013

    how do you purchase poish???????? Tonya

  • October 20, 2013

    Great blog and I saw a woman wearing one of those reds they look so pretty. I can’t wait to get the whole collection of colors for my pedicures. I am going to have a great pedicure for the Fall of 2013.