Essie Sweet Time of the Year Collection

For winter, Essie put out a trio of shades: Mint Candy Apple, Rock Candy, and Lollipop. A sweet lil’ treat–something I’d consider putting in someone’s stocking this year. Two of the three are distinct creme finishes, while one is more of a sheer, though still creamy looking. The only shade I really liked was Mint Candy Apple; it’s unique enough to merit a purchase, and it’s fun and wearable as well. The other two just seem like shades I’ve seen before, so they’re must-haves.

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Essie Sweet Time of the Year Collection

China Glaze Up & Away Collection Review Round-up

The twelve shades from Up & Away are all creme finish, which means that they’re creamy and have absolutely no shimmer whatsoever. I didn’t find these the easiest to apply from the beginning, but I did find that after I initially applied three or four of them, I started to figure out what worked and what didn’t for these. I did, however, really love the range of shades included in this launch and really felt like they covered the entire rainbow.

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer is a vibrant, deeply pigmented pinky-red.; It’s not the scarlet red we’ve seen over and over again for the holiday season — it’s marked by a lot of raspberry pink. It’s one of the deeper shades of the collection as well, but it is a beautiful shade of not-quite-red but more-than-pink.

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Sugar High Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Sugar High Nail Lacquer is a vibrant medium pink with a coral kick creme. When I swatched it, I saw a fair amount of coral in it, so I wouldn’t classify it as a hot pink at all. It does have the brightness one would expect in a hot pink, though, but there is definitely some coral in it. I actually think the smidgen of coral makes it a more interesting than it otherwise would have been.

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection: High Hopes Nail Lacquer

China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer is a bright orange-red creme. It’s almost like a really, really intense orange-coral with kind of a red flare to it. It’s definitely not “construction orange” nor is it a summery coral! It’s somewhere in the middle, and I’d say it is considerably bright for the spring season. I could just as easily see this shade being part of a summer launch as I do for a spring launch (I’d probably lean towards the summer side, though).

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Peachykeen Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Lacquer is a brightened up peachy-orange creme. It’s distinctly orange, but it has enough lightness to give it a peachier feel. It’s really like an apricot to me, actually. You could call it Apri-peach, and I’d dig it. It’s completely and utterly unlike MAC’s Seasonal Peach Nail Lacquer, which is more of a pinky-peach and far lighter. (The good news is China Glaze’s creme formula applies more evenly and less streakingly–at least the final results–than MAC’s Seasonal Peach did.) It’s not a neon orange either, in case anyone was worried (or wanting!) about that.

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