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China Glaze Romantique Collection: Awaken, Adore, & Cherish


Awaken

Awaken is a deep metallic gray color; not a black-gray, but not a medium or light gray. I like that it casts darker depending on how the light hits it.

Adore is hard to say no to, because who can resist such a perfect jewel-toned teal? I also really loved how well this one applied: smoothly and without a fuss.

Cherish is a minty, pastel green with a cool tone to it. I know that there are some dupes out there for this, but this is my first minty green, so I’m a happy camper

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!

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China Glaze Romantique Collection: Delight, Emotion, & Joy


Delight

Delight is a deeper, burnished brown with a little bit of metallic copper in its undertones. I found this one applied better than the majority of the polishes–it felt thicker, but not too loose.

Emotion is a fun, girly pink. There’s just no other way to describe it! It’s very feminine and elegant, without being a hot pink or a pastel.

Joy is a deep, purple jewel-tone color with subtle shimmer. This one applied like a dream–no fuss at all. Plus, no visible brush strokes in the least bit either!

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!

China Glaze Romantique Collection: Passion, Magical, Poetic


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!

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China Glaze Romantique Collection Review – Overall

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.

AVEENO Intense Relief Repair Cream is THE Solution for Winter Skin

AVEENO Intense Relief Repair Cream ($14.99) is one of the ultimate sources of relief and moisture to combat the dry skin of winter. It contains ceramides and oats, as well as shea butter; all ingredients designed to better your skin. I love Aveeno for its reliability as a standout drugstore brand that caters towards sensitive skin. When I was little, I had the worst skin ever, and my doctor always had my sister and I stock up on Aveeno products. This cream is absolutely fantastic in helping cracked, irritated skin to feel better and turn it around for the better. It has the typical Aveeno smell (which isn’t fragrant, mostly oat-y). This is a huge tub (16 oz.!) of pretty thick cream, so make sure to use it only with clean hands to ensure it’ll last you through the entire winter and then some.

Butter London Holiday Lacquer Duo #2 for Holiday Perfect Nails

Butter London Holiday Lacquer Duo #2 ($20.00) is an absolutely perfect pair of polishes for the holiday season. I love gold, and I love glittery reds. Of course, I’m head over heels (nails?) in love with this set. Chancer is a glittery, shimmery red, while The Full Monty is a semi-pale, gilded gold. It’s not a bling-bling kind of gold; it’s more subdued, but still chalked full of shimmer and shine. The gift box packaging is fun and festive, so it makes a great gift to give to your nail lacquer lovin’ pals. I must admit that I was startled by how wasteful the box is, though, so I do wish they’d reduce the size, even if it is cute.  Chancer is very similar to China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (which I have and love), though I do feel like the glitter in Chancer is not nearly as chunky as Ruby Pumps, which makes it easier to remove. The Full Monty almost has a chrome/metallic finish, but it still has a lot of shimmer working for it, so you don’t have to worry about brush strokes showing.

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