Last week, Monday to Friday, I showcased 5 OPI San Francisco nail polishes, which will go on sale August 7th. Well, the train isn’t stopping – chooo chooooooo! I’ll continue to show you the rest of the shades in upcoming posts.
Since some people expressed interest in seeing the reds, and one reader actually met her fiance at the Golden Gate Bridge (How romantic!), I decided to push my review of OPI First Date at the Golden Gate up my list of blogging priorities.
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate is a beautiful, classic red that’s slightly muted. You can’t go wrong with this staple shade.
And even though red isn’t my favourite colour to wear on my tips, I must say that from time to time, I crave it like something fierce. In a strange way, red nail polish is like a ‘novelty’ to me since I don’t wear it often. So when I do wear it, it feels really special.
I recommend checking out this red creme because the formula is absolute perfection! The parts you see where I accidentally got some on my cuticles was entirely my own fault. (And, yes, I wore my manicure like that. The little imperfections didn’t detract from the joy of wearing it.)
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate Pictures
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 3 coats of OPI First Date at the Golden Gate
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
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- Ruby (Yes)
- Shimmery (No)
- Name: OPI First Date at the Golden Gate
- Collection: OPI San Francisco Collection Fall/Winter 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the OPI San Francisco Collection press release & quick swatches of all the shades
- Colours Available in the Collection: A-Piers to Be Tan, Dining al Frisco, Haven’t the Foggiest, Peace & Love & OPI, Keeping Suzi at Bay, Incognito in Sausalito, Lost on Lombard, I Knead Sour-Dough, Muir Muir on the Wall, In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, Embarca-Dare Ya!, First Date at the Golden Gate, It’s All San Andreas’s Fault (Liquid Sand), Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! (Liquid Sand) & Alcatraz…Rocks (Liquid Sand)
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trade Secrets & select beauty-supply stores, spas & salons (Available August 7)
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate Review
First Date at the Golden Gate by OPI is more interesting than your typical fire-truck red. It’s bold, but at the same time, it looks slightly muted to me. For this reason, it really has an autumnal vibe, and it makes me think of the leaves changing colours and a yummy spiced-pumpkin pie.
Haha, yeah, I know that we’re going into the summer before we know it, but this polish is from a fall/winter collection.
This type of red is classy and not flashy. It’s subdued, yet it still brings attention to your nails in an elegant way. Although I really love crazy (and even tacky) nail colours, I also can appreciate the nuances of a traditional polish like this. It’s a shade that’ll never go out of style (not that I toss polishes just because they’re not trendy! My babies – I’ll never desert you! Hahaha!).
I think that no matter what your favourite nail-polish colour is, every nailphile needs at least one professional red in the collection to round things out.
First Date at the Golden Gate by OPI has a standard creme finish that’s wonderfully smooth. It doesn’t look flat like some cremes can, but it also isn’t overly glossy.
Application & Formula
The formula was impeccable! This is the most forgiving nail polish because it goes on smoothly, doesn’t clump up like some lacquers can, and it self-levels. This means that even if you go over the same area a few times, you have more time to work with the polish to get it to look how you like. And even if you apply more in one area, it adjusts and evens itself out, so you’re left with great results.
Hehe, I accidentally painted my cuticle. Perhaps I was a little too excited by just how wonderful the formula is.
OPI gets a lot of flack over churning out many red nail polishes, but when the formulas are this perfect, I can’t blame them. This formula is like the gold standard.
I was able to get great coverage with 2 medium coats, but I added 3 just to see if it would deepen the colour – it didn’t really.
Final Verdict: 9/10
OPI First Date at the Golden Gate really wowed me in terms of formulation. It was a joy to apply, and had I paid more attention during application, I could’ve gotten flawless results!
If you don’t have a red that’s too similar to this one, I highly recommend you check this out. I feel like red nail polish always comes in handy. (Hehe, while some people use neutrals as their nail ‘palate cleansers’, I sometimes use reds!)
How many red nail polishes do you own? Do you prefer bright or muted reds the most? Have you ever been on the Golden Gate Bridge?