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I did a little bit of googling and found out that ‘muir’ is a Gaelic word for ‘sea’ as well as being the name of quite a few places in San Francisco – just an interesting tidbit I came across. Looking at pictures during my search the following colour reminds me of images of the Golden Gate bridge at night/sunset – have a look and see what you think (am I just being artsy fartsy?) anyway, on to the reason we’re all here today – the nail polish…
As my nail polish collection grows I am starting to realise that I am becoming more attracted to certain brands over others – OPI is becoming a firm favourite as I find their brushes good to work with and their formulas problem free. This year for autumn they released their San Francisco collection for the Autumn/Winter period and the colours were just perfect for the change of seasons and for me. One of the more unique shades in the collection (to my eyes at least) is Muir Muir On The Wall which is described as a plum with a shimmer finish.
This polish is so much more than just a plum with a shimmer finish. These pictures show three thin coats with no topcoat (unless otherwise noted) – the first coat is a little sheer but actually tells you a bit about how this polish is made up. It appears to be a grey olive base with a warm plum/burgundy shimmer which translates into a duochrome finish in some angles – making for a beautiful and complex polish. As you can see even without topcoat this polish has a nice shine and the shimmer really does catch the light. Unlike some shimmer heavy polishes I experience no problems with brush strokes at all and it was easy to tidy up any slip ups with a cotton bud (without leaving any shimmer residue).
The shimmer in this polish has a really lovely warm glow to it which is perfect as the evenings draw in and it gets considerably colder and rainier. I find the duochrome which is fairly obvious in the bottle is not as dominant on the nail but does transform the polish at certain angles and lights – something which I think works in the polishes favour as I don’t think this is a colour that will go quickly out of fashion and just adds some depth to the colour.
OPI polishes are advertised as glossy and chip resistant – I definitely think that shine wise this polish does hold its own but due to the fact I am very hard on my nails I had to add a topcoat. For me this really enhanced the shimmer of the polish for a full wow effect – it also balanced out any minor flaws in my nails which were visible under the macro lens.
Here I am groping one of my freshly baked brownies and for anyone worried you can clearly see that this polish is not ‘brown’ but exceedingly drool worthy. I am giving this the full wear test with lots of typing and house hold cleaning and am pleased to report it is holding up perfectly! I was going to jazz this up with some stamping but to be honest, I just love this polish the way it is! What do you think of this colour? Do you like my props? The hay was kindly donated by the bunnies who did give me a funny look when I grabbed a handful and walked away with it, rather than sharing. As ever please feel free to share your thoughts with a comment below!
This polish is available for sale HERE as well as the usual OPI stockists.