Monday, 17 June 2013

OPI San Francisco swatches and comparisons, Pt 2: Liquid Sands

Click through for the cremes in part 1 and the shimmers in part 3.


Last week I swatched the cremes in the collection - this week, I've been wearing the three Liquid Sands. OPI's San Francisco collection includes three texture polishes - they feel like a coarse grit nail file, and are really nice to scratch yourself with. 

My favourite out of the three, and possibly the most interesting polish in the whole collection, is Alcatraz...Rocks, a blue-toned purple shimmer with iridescent green sparkle. The colour scheme is reminiscent of China Glaze's incredible Marry a Millionaire, still the only bar glitter-rich polish I actually love. Alcatraz...Rocks is a difficult polish to capture in still photos - in person the shimmer shifts and almost twinkles like gently lapping ocean.





The other two liquid sands are creme-based, which is new to me, and I'm still not entirely convinced by the notion, although I did like wearing these two more than I expected to (scratch scratch!). 

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is a deep blue, quite similar to Keeping Suzi at Bay, but the "sand" particles make it appear lighter. For these, I've found that you get a finer texture if you wait for the polish to dry between layers. The texture is more obvious in the cremes than the shimmers or glitters.








It's All San Andreas's Fault is a taupe brown. It reminded me of mud while I was applying it which was a tad off-putting, but once it dried it make me think of Milo, or the insides of Aero chocolate. 




The most similar colours I have to this are B Bloom Boston and ulta3 Cocoa Bean.



My pick out of the three would be Alcatraz...Rocks, no doubt - I have to admit I squealed a bit when I saw it for the first time at the launch! I think creme textures are quite divisive - you either love them or you don't. I'm still unconvinced, but it's possible I haven't found the right shade yet...

Next week I'll hopefully have the last installment - the shimmers! Which includes a few multichromes. I'm still in the process of swatching them though, wish me luck!

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11 comments:

  1. These are interesting colours! I'm still not convinced i need any of them though (good for the wallet) but bring on the shimmers! :D

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    1. Indeed! I'm looking forward to wearing them this week :)

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  2. OHMYGOSh I want all of these. I love these collection of sands more than the Bond girls looking at these swatches..

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    1. I've only recently let myself even look at the Bond Girls polishes, and I need, like, 5 of them -_-

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  3. OMG!!! These nail polishes are all so pretty. I so love the colors for I find them all classy and elegant.

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    1. I like the colours too, they go well together!

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  4. I love the complexity of Alcatra...Rocks. I will definitely need to get my hands on this one!

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    1. It's the most interesting Liquid Sand I've seen so far, next to Jinx :)

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  5. I need Alcatraz...Rocks! I don't like the creme textured polishes at all.

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    1. I think I'm going to stick to shimmer and glitter textures too.

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  6. I love Alcatraz rocks!!! :) it looks so much like the name says it would :)

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