OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection

by Lisa Heath
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OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection

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Tonight I have the OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection to share with you! I was excited when I saw the inspiration behind this collection since California is my home state. I’ve actually been to most of the places behind these polishes as well.

Much like the Spring 2017 Collection, I was sent the collection in the Infinite Shine formula rather than the normal formula. Personally I prefer the Infinite Shine formula, but I do have to say a few of the shades in this Summer 2017 collection didn’t seem like the typical smooth Infinite Shine formula I’m use to.  However, I do find the application between the OPI Infinite Shine formula and the normal nail lacquer formula to be a bit different, so please keep that in mind if you choose to purchase these in the normal lacquer formula. My thoughts and experiences on these shades might differ from your experience if you do.

As far as Infinite Shine polishes, they are a sort of hybrid gel that doesn’t require the UV light. Originally I was a fan of the polishes, but the top coat was lifting some of the color for me. OPI actually has changed the top coat and there is a new and improved ProStay primer and top coat to use by OPI and I much prefer it. Of course you don’t HAVE to have this top and base coat to use these, but they are suppose to prolong the Infinite Shine polishes wear time. I don’t notice much of a difference as I’m pretty hard on my hands.

So long story short, these color should be the same as the normal ones, but the consistency or application may be different if you chose to buy the normal lacquers.

Let’s get on with the swatches and review of the OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection!

OPI Feeling Frisco

OPI Feeling Frisco is a pale, yellow toned nude creme. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Of all the cities mentioned in this collection, I live closest to “Frisco” but I actually strongly dislike the nickname Frisco for San Francisco. I cringe a little when I hear it for some reason.

OPI Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia

OPI Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia is a medium toned dusty peachy beige creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

The Sequoia National Park is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately the stunning tunnel tree was destroyed by a storm

OPI Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite

OPI Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite is a deep slate grey base with bronze shimmer. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I found the formula on this one to be a little thick and it didn’t self level.

My family use to go to Yosemite quite frequently when I was younger and we loved it. Beautiful scenery. I need to take my son there one of these days

OPI Excuse Me, Big Sur!

OPI Excuse Me, Big Sur! is a dusty rose pink creme. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

We were a camping family when I was growing up, and while my mom and step dad were dating, we camped A LOT. Big Sur was another location we frequently camped at.  Bodega Bay was our #1 camping location, but Big Sur probably falls at #2

OPI GPS I Love You

OPI GPS I Love You is a raspberry pink creme. It’s a bit pinker and darker in person. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Not site specific, but I like this play off of the movie P.S. I Love You. I’ve only seen it once and I remember watching it late at night after I put Jacob down for bed and my now ex husband was out for a boys night. I was ugly crying through the whole movie. The whole movie. I felt very cleansed after it.

OPI Malibu Pier Pressure

OPI Malibu Pier Pressure is a cotton candy pink creme. It’s a touch darker in person. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

I had self leveling issues with this shade.

Shockingly… I’ve never been to Malibu. If I have, I don’t recall.

OPI Me, Myselfie & I

OPI Me, Myselfie & I is a bright red toned orange creme. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

OPI Santa Monica Beach Peach

OPI Santa Monica Beach Peach is a medium, slightly dusty orange. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

My lighting made this appear brighter than it really is.

My grandparents took me to Santa Monica when I was a wee little one. It’s been over 20 years since I’ve been there. I do remember it being really pretty when I was there last.

OPI Sweet Carmel Sunday

OPI Sweet Carmel Sunday is a copper foil finish shade. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

This shade does have visible brush strokes.

I adore Carmel!This is actually where my parents (my mom and step dad) went on their honeymoon

OPI This Is Not Whine Country

OPI This Is Not Whine Country is a medium, deep raspberry pink with a crelly like finish. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

OPI Time For A Napa

OPI It’s Time For A Napa is a bright but slightly dusty coral pink. It’s a bit pinker in person.  I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

If you love wine and beautiful scenery, Napa is a must! We were last there 4 years ago when Nick’s mom came to visit us in San Francisco. We took a day trip to Napa and enjoyed lots of wine tasting!

OPI To The Mouse House We Go!

OPI To The Mouse House We Go! is a bright, warm toned red that has a crelly like finish. I used 3 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Ok serious confession. I went to Disneyland so many times as a child and teen that I actually don’t like going anymore. My grandfather used to own a printing company that printed tickets for various ski resorts, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland. We got a lot of free tickets as part of these contracts. Growing up I would go to Southern California to visit (they lived in Corona, CA) and we would go 3-4 times each Summer. It lost it’s luster for me after awhile.

OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection Overview

OPI Summer 2017 California Dreaming Collection

For Summer 2017, OPI mellowed the colors out for the most part but I guess that kind of fits California in a way. All 12 shades were wearable for me and I personally enjoyed them. Are they unique? Not really. There are a few shades (Time For A Napa, Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite and Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia) are shades that seem a bit unique to my collection though.

Application wise, I had a couple shades that didn’t self level all that well, which is a bit different for the Infinite Shine formula. Aside from that, I found the application to be nice and they had a natural high shine.

These shades are also available in the OPI GelColor formula if gel is more your thing. Of course if you aren’t a fan of Infinite Shine, you can also find these in the normal lacquer formula.

My Top Picks:  Time For A Napa, GPS I Love You, Excuse Me, Big Sur! and Barking Up The Wrong Sequoia

Price: $12.50 Each

Where To Buy: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

So what do you think? Any of these grab your attention?

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14 comments

Cat May 21, 2017 - 5:02 am

Hi Lisa, thanks so much for these swatches! I felt this collection was very ho-hum when I first saw the shades, but you’re right: “California laid-back” is a more appropriate description. Seeing your swatches has inspired me to buy a couple, when I hadn’t planned on doing so!!

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Lisa Heath May 21, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Thank you Cat! And I was a little “hmm” about the collection as well at first, and I’ll admit I thought “Where’s the blues, greens and purples?” but after seeing the names and knowing the general vibe of California, it made sense to me!

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Never Say Die Beauty May 22, 2017 - 12:59 pm

This is truly my kind of collection. I am going to run to Ulta (or call first to see if they have it in store) and buy the Big Sur and Napa polishes. I adore those shades.

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Anastasia May 22, 2017 - 1:22 pm

beautiful collection! I like a lot of these, at least half I think :)

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MarciaF May 22, 2017 - 2:12 pm

I wore Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite a few weeks ago but my nail tech didn’t use an OPI top coat and I don’t think it lasted quite as well as I’d wished. The color was beautiful for the first few days though.

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Judy May 22, 2017 - 2:24 pm

The colors in this collection are a bit meh to me, Yosemite is the one I will look for! Great swatches as always!

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Cindy Ingalls May 22, 2017 - 6:50 pm

So many pretty colors, I’m drawn to the corals.

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Cindy Ingalls May 22, 2017 - 6:52 pm

So many pretty shades, I’m drawn to the corals.

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Mai May 22, 2017 - 8:49 pm

Being a California girl myself, I can totally feel the vibe from each of these colors. I like that so many have a beachy-feel that suits the California lifestyle.

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Eugenia Lung May 23, 2017 - 4:36 am

Those are all beautiful! I think I want all but only need like 5 of them!!!

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Erika May 23, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Oh no. I was going to NOT buy any of this collection but the pinks and corals were made for meeeee!

Shit.

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Polarbelle May 23, 2017 - 10:30 pm

Yosimitie looks like a unique color. One that I want. And Whine….can I just whine that I need both of those colors?

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Stacy Pete November 4, 2017 - 11:20 am

Nice work on the swatches! I like your blog very much!

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