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on 9/12/2016 2:29:00 PM
More reviews by Cindi33
Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
San Francisco is a stunning shimmer polish that is an oldie but a goodie as the saying goes. This is a beautiful emerald green filled with microshimmer that is visible to the eye even once it's dried. This is really pretty indoors, but get it out in the sunlight and the sparkles really begin to dance! The formula on this one is not the best as it's very sheer and it takes 4 coats to get opacity with this one. It is easy to work with though and it spreads out nicely although it's a bit on the thin side so it does tend to look uneven on the first coat or two as it does not self level and if you don't get it applied evenly you'll be able to see the color build up. It isn't a problem though as the final coats of this make it all look even and opaque and it's simply stunning once on. Make this easy on yourself and lay down a layer of base color first such as a dark green or black to reduce the layers of this polish needed. The brush on this is small and on the thin side but it is flexible and easy to apply the polish with. It doesn't really fan out so you'll need to do multiple strokes but the polish is so easy to work with and it doesn't bald, drag, or streak. This is thin though so be careful not to get too much polish on the brush or you'll end up with runny polish and flooded cuticles. Be patient with this one and take your time because the end result is worth it. I keep looking at my nails and admiring how pretty this polish is. It is a shimmery emerald green and it's soo pretty. I don't mind the extra layers of polish as this one is worth the extra time it takes. I've had this on for 4 days now and I am still happy watching the shimmers dance in the lights. This wears well and I've had no chips or tip wear. One thing, I noticed though is that it seems to pull away from the tips when it dries leaving an odd transparency right at the very tips. I do cap the free edge so I don't know why this happened unless my fast drying top coat caused that effect when it dried. It's still pretty though and I am still delighted with this gorgeous green lacquer. I found this in the core collection a few years ago and I don't know if it is still available year 'round or if it is limited edition for something like St. Patrick's Day. Do pick this one up, it's well worth it. Yes, please!
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on 6/29/2014 1:43:00 PM
More reviews by KimidoriNeko
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse
This polish makes me sad, I love the color but it doesn't dry well, it just seemed to get gummy and gross. I only used two coats, yet it took hours to dry. It also isn't the same color on my nails as in the bottle. It is still very pretty but not nearly as dark. I plan to use it in the future, as it is a beautiful shade, I actually like the color it comes out as better than the bottle but that can be disappointing. Hopefully it will dry better next time. Don't go to bed right after painting your nails with this polish :(
on 6/13/2014 1:05:00 PM
More reviews by loveforpolish
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
omg, on my top 10 favorite nail polish list!
on 5/15/2013 7:15:00 AM
More reviews by jessface83
Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
I recently got this color at Dollar Tree because it looked gorgeous in the bottle!! But when in I got home the formula is very watery and it does take 3 -4 coats to become opaque. But, my gosh, it really is gorgeous! I love the shimmery green! And for $1 I got what I paid for. So while the formula is a bit bad I love the color! I agree with those who say it takes forever to dry without a fast drying topcoat. I also use a black base before applying so I won't have to apply as many coats. I would buy this color again because it was so inexpensive!
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 3/14/2013 12:24:00 PM
More reviews by curlycolor
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
This polish is a pretty close dupe for Finger Paints Sketch 'n Etch. The difference is, San Francisco by Sinful needs four coats to be opaque, whereas Sketch 'n Etch needs two, or at the most three.Also, like another person said below, San Francisco NEVER seems to dry. Like her, I finished my last coat HOURS before bed, but woke up with sheet marks. I'll stick with the Finger Paints.
on 11/29/2012 6:04:00 PM
More reviews by themrsjones
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have a love-hate relationship with this polish. The color is awesome and in the bottle it's probably my most favorite of the Sinful Colors line. However I have yet to get it to apply true to the bottle - it always turns out a lighter and brighter more kelly green as some other reviewers have pointed out. The application was average. It was a bit on the runny side and I had a problem with some bubbling if I didn't let each coat dry 100% which took about 10 minutes each and I consider that to be a bit much. It took 3 coats to achieve an opaque color. I also noticed that while it didn't chip it had a tendency to pull away from the tips of my nails.I still gave it a 4 because it has become one of my favorite pedicure polishes, and it surprisingly, never leaves any staining and looks pretty awesome layered over black.
on 11/21/2012 9:57:00 PM
More reviews by monsoon10
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I've been looking for a rich, foresty green nail polish for ages. All the ones I've tried before have ended up as disasters. But this one is honestly the prettiest green nail polish I've ever seen.It's noticeable and pretty without being too out there, which is exactly what I like. I'm only giving it a four out of five because the formula itself isn't that great. The polish itself almost has the consistency of water, and it's very streaky when you first put it on. You have to give it a good three to four coats to bring out its full potential, maybe even five, just to be safe. Like most Sinful polishes, it starts to chip a bit after a few days, so I'd find a good top coat to protect it with.As a sidenote, it's definitely not as dark as it looks in the bottle, which unfortunately is what I was really hoping for. But it's still beautiful, regardless.
on 10/16/2012 9:43:00 PM
More reviews by honeylocs
Skin: Normal, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This color is terrific! I've never worn any color before this one that gets compliments EVERYWHERE I go! I have friends who only wear 'traditional' and safe colors - they loved this when they saw it! A few times while shopping, women who saw my hands stopped me and said my nails looked great! Even one man, when I was shopping for plumbing stuff at the home center store, told me my nails looked nice! This is a beautiful, striking green polish that doesn't look outlandish! I have never finished a whole bottle of nail polish, so I would buy again if I ever broke the bottle.
on 8/27/2012 12:12:00 AM
More reviews by sensiblenails
Skin: Combination, Dark, Cool
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I love a green that brings out my skin tone without washing it out and this is what this jewel tone did. It's a perfect emerald green in my opinion because it tilts towards a very subtle blue while being stubbornly rich and yellow toned green; just like emeralds. I'd call this polish Esmeralda for accuracy if I was given naming rights. The bright green shimmer is the stunner in this base and like most shimmers, I had an easy time with application. It covered in two coats, but I wanted three coats for perfect shimmer depth. If you get a thicker formula in your bottle, just add a few drops of thinner and voila, awesomeness!
on 7/25/2012 11:21:00 PM
More reviews by IslandGirlSPN
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I got this green to try after finding that WnW Sagreena the Teenage witch (exact same shade as this) was a horrible horrible formula. This one turned out much better. Opaque in 2 coats whereas the other was a nightmare....many more coats than 2...like I ridic amount to get the bottle shade. It dried in a normal amount of time unlike WnW which took forever to dry despite its "fast dry" name on its bottle. Between the two bargain dark green shimmer polishes, Sinful is the winner in my book. WnW needs to go in the garbage.
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