Sunday, December 14th, 2008


Passion

Passion is a antique gold, very lovely — and as you can see in the swatch, very easy to over-apply because of the looseness of the polish formula. You really have to use thin coats and then do two or three for the perfect manicure.

Magical is a taupe-y brown shade. There’s almost a little bit of mauve or pink in it, with a grayish cash. It’s a great subdued shade, something you can wear at the office, too.

Poetic is a muted copper-pink shade with similar application problems as Passion. The shade works really well as something festive but not too bright, like a red.

Since these are just swatches for color, they are far from perfect, but they should help you get the idea of what colors might interest you! Continue reading →

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

China Glaze recently launched their Romantique Collection, which features six warm-toned and six cool-toned polishes for a total of twelve for this winter season. Since there are so many, I’m going to be sharing all of them with you throughout today. Keep checking back so you don’t miss any of them.

Romantique polishes are very similar in texture, formula, feel, pay off, etc. The only real difference between the polishes is the color, otherwise I feel they are the same. The colors are very different from the typical holdiay/winter polishes we see–which is a great refresher. It also makes these polishes great for other seasons, too. The colors themselves aren’t incredibly bright (a few are, but most aren’t); they’re almost a pastel metallic-chrome color. The finish resembles chrome/metallic, and you will see some brush strokes if you apply in a hurry.

One huge problem I encountered with these is the formula is quite loose, even though it’s still thick–almost goopy–and with quick swatches? The polish did not go on so well. You really need to make sure you only have a little bit of lacquer on the brush applicator or else you’ll find it too thick to be able to apply neatly. Brush strokes are also easy to leave behind when there is too much laquer, but I would say you still have to be careful to avoid them even with the proper amount of polish per coat.

China Glaze is one of my favorite lacquers because of how well pigmented their polishes are, and I also love how they apply.  Despite the application being trickier with the Romantique polishes, the pigmentation is still fabulous.  The chrome-y finish in the end is also a really fun look for nails!

I’ll break down the colors as I post their close-up photos and swatches! Stay tuned.

Monday, September 29th, 2008

China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection really caught my eye. I haven’t gone on a nail polish spending spree in sometime, but I just couldn’t get these out of my head. There were so many colors that called to me. In reality, I didn’t fall in love with as many as I wanted to, but I did find several that I can’t wait to do full manis/pedis with!

Wagon Trail (above) is this insane combination of brown-black with gold shimmer. It has some of the coolest reflectivity to it. I also thought Rodeo Fanatic was phenomenal–it is like MAC’s Whirldwind, but bluer and richer and betterRed Stallion is a bright holiday-perfect red with subtle shimmer, and I imagine I have a few similar reds already. Golden Spurs is a brownish-tan color with lots of visible golden shimmer, which brightens it from a rather “blah” base to something suitable to wear around the office. Yee-Haw! has the same texture/look as Golden Spurs, but it’s a subdued coppery-orange-brown base. Lasso My Heart is such a gorgeous shade of a deep, jewel-toned purple with fuchsia shimmer. Cowgirl Up is an intense shade of bright jewel-tone fuchsia-purple; it’s just out of this world–I loved it. Prize Winning Mare is a cooler tan-brown with gold shimmer; it didn’t really do anything for me.Midnight Ride looks black in the tube, but it has this fuchsia-purple reflection that is lovely (which shows up well in the photo).Branding Iron is a dark, intense ruby red that’s a little on the vampy side; it’s such a deep shade of red with some shimmer, I love it. Gussied Up Green is darker than a true emerald green–it has some forest green in it–but the shimmer makes it fun to wear. Side Saddle is a dark reddish brown color with shimmer that looks multi-colored in some lighting.

My Must-Haves: Wagon Trail, Rodeo Fanatic, Cowgirl Up, Midnight Ride, & Branding Iron

See the rest of the swatches… Continue reading →

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I finally received my nail polish haul from, oh, THREE WEEKS ago! (Sigh!!) I did quickie swatches (let’s face it, if I waited until I had time to do clean, professional, pretty ones… you’d never see them) of everything I got, so expect to see an influx of nail polish posts this coming week :) The one above is from China Glaze’s Ecollection – you know, eco-llection. I was tempted to get Recycle and Shower Together, but another gray caught my eye, and with fall/winter coming, blue just won’t be worn, I know it. So, resist, I must!

(As always, swatches are done with two coats of the polish.)

Check out Secret Peri-wink-le from Operation: Colour, too! Continue reading →