Thursday, January 6th, 2011


China Glaze Anchors Away Collection

China Glaze Anchors Away: Part 2

China Glaze’s nautical-inspired collection consists of twelve new shades, and this post features these six: Lighthouse (multi-dimensional bright yellow glass speck), Pelican Grey (high shine, cool toned grey creme), Sea Spray (calming pale blue creme), Starboard (hip and playful green creme), Sunset Sail (delightful peachy pink high shine creme), and White Cap (whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white).

  • Lighthouse is a bright, sunshine yellow gold with flecks of metallic gold sparkle. This shade just seems so fun and positive, and it’s gold, which means I’m all over it. I used two coats, and there was some nail line showing, so I think a third would make it opaque. It is a richer, more vibrant version of Cowardly Lyin’–well, that is the closest dupe I could come up with, and I wouldn’t say they’re that similar.
  • Pelican Grey is a soft, cool-toned gray with very faint white micro-shimmer. It is slightly bluer (and has shimmer) than Zoya’s Dove. I used two coats.
  • Sea Spray is a pale baby blue cream with silvery-blue micro-shimmer. I used two coats. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.
  • Starboard is a brightened grass green cream with a shiny dry down. I used two coats. It’s kind of like Four Leaf Clover–but with a yellow base (which makes them quite distinguishable from each other).
  • Sunset Sail is a warmed up, peach beige with soft beige micro-sparkle. I used two coats. It reminded me a bit of China Glaze III–lighter and more opaque.
  • White Cap is a gold-tinged white shimmer-glitter. It doesn’t go on opaque, and it actually reminded me a lot of Chanel Pearl Drop, but obviously the finishes are entirely different.

Though the formula on these seemed to be a bit thicker than average for China Glaze, application was still even and smooth. I ended up with at least two coats on all of these, though some I did three with. China Glaze is one of my personal favorite brands, because of their color and finish range–I really feel like they bring out a little something for everyone in each of their seasonal collections. China Glaze polishes last a good week on me with just minor tip wear by day seven.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: From thee six, my favorites were Lighthouse and Starboard, but I also found both of the more subdued shades like Pelican Grey and Sea Spray a refreshing change from the vamps of fall and winter.

WHERE TO BUY: January/February 2011

See more photos & swatches!


China Glaze: Lighthouse, Pelican Grey, Sea Spray


China Glaze: Lighthouse, Pelican Grey, Sea Spray


China Glaze: Lighthouse, Pelican Grey, Sea Spray


China Glaze: Starboard, Sunset Sail, White Cap


China Glaze: Starboard, Sunset Sail, White Cap


China Glaze: Starboard, Sunset Sail, White Cap


China Glaze Lighthouse Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Lighthouse Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Lighthouse Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Lighthouse Nail Lacquer (Flash)


China Glaze Pelican Grey Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Pelican Grey Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Pelican Grey Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Pelican Grey Nail Lacquer (Flash)


China Glaze Sea Spray Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sea Spray Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sea Spray Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sea Spray Nail Lacquer (Flash)


China Glaze Starboard Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Starboard Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Starboard Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Starboard Nail Lacquer (Flash)


China Glaze Sunset Sail Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sunset Sail Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sunset Sail Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze Sunset Sail Nail Lacquer (Flash)


China Glaze White Cap Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze White Cap Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze White Cap Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


China Glaze White Cap Nail Lacquer (Flash)

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The press release I received didn't say it was.

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See individual shade reviews.

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61 thoughts on “China Glaze Anchors Away Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

  1. Gaby

    Ooo Pelican Grey, Sea Spray and White Cap!!! I must get them asap! Thank you for sharing these swatches!

  2. pris

    HOw do you get pictures so perfect. mine always come out so blah! btw love ur page :)

  3. Avatar of Natalia natalia

    sunset sail! must have it.

  4. E

    Ooh I really like White Cap!

  5. rachel

    is Pelican Grey a dupe for MAC’s On the Prowl?

  6. This whole collection looks amazing! I’m considering getting every shade. :D

  7. Avatar of Alannah Alannah

    Wow, these are so not up my alley. I can pass on all of them (even the green, I’m shocked to say)–yay!

  8. Abby

    Sea Spray looks a lot like Essie’s Sag Harbor!

  9. Anne Marie

    *Love* Sea Spray!

  10. Missa

    Ooooo I needa get Lighthouse, Pelican grey and Whitecap !!!

  11. Glenda

    Omg! I’m loving Sea Spray and Sunset Sail! They are all gorgeous! Makes me glad I’m growing out my nails :)

  12. Jennifer F

    Gorgeous green!

  13. Ruthless

    Entirely skippable for me at this point, maybe Starboard for Nostalgia/name purposes

  14. Monica

    Hey Christine – can you think of any eyeshadows the same color as Starboard? I love that green!!

  15. DonnaN

    Sea Spray is SO mine!

  16. Makavelina

    I like Pelican grey, but I own Recycle, any chance they are similar in shade?

  17. Jean

    Digging the creme green and coral shimmer.

  18. A.

    Beautiful! Quick question–how does Sea Spray compare to Chanel Riva?

  19. Roxanne

    Lighthouse will be mine!!!

  20. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    How does Sea Spray compare to Chanel Riva?

  21. Avatar of Johanna Anna

    How much is shipping from 8ty8beauty.com?

  22. meghan

    Pelican Gray, Sea Spray, Sunset Sail, and White Cap are awesome! So prefect for spring and all the nautical trends!

  23. Angel

    sea spray, pelican gray, and white cap WILL BE MINE<3

  24. Eliza

    Now Sea Spray, Lighthouse and White Cap are on my list!

  25. rose

    light house, sunset sail and white cap are my favorite

  26. Sunset sail is awesome!!!!!!

  27. Amanda

    Are these polishes up on 8ty8beauty.com yet? If not, do we know when they will be? I’m really looking forward to purchasing them.

  28. Jen

    I’m loving almost all of these!

  29. Margie

    Hi Chrstine
    How does Starboard compare with Sparitual’s Yes I Can?
    Thanks so much
    Margie

  30. Emily

    are these colors out yet??

  31. Christine

    Starboard reminds me a little of Essie – Pretty Edgy and Sunset Sail seems similar to Coney Island Cotton Candy + shimmer.. I really love Sea Spray though

  32. Katie

    Some of these look nice and they all have “sea”-ish names, but I don’t really get how it’s a collection. It’s not cohesive at all in terms of colors. It’s just so random.

  33. Christina Onufryk

    Hi there! Beautiful swatches. How does Starboard compare to Essie’s Pretty Edgy and OPI’s Jade is the New Black?

  34. Angel

    Hey Christine… Do you know if Ulta will be getting these in?

  35. ashley

    :O its up on 8ty8beauty now ! :)

  36. Kellie

    This whole collection looks GORGEOUS!!! Love it!

  37. Linlin R.

    hi!! love ur swatches! which top coat do u use? ur nail polishes are SOOO shining!!

  38. annie

    I love this collection colours but I experienced 2 collections of china glaze which disappointed me..though most people do not seem to hv the problem :/ too bad,there’s no dupes against chanel’s…love the grey & green one :) thank u,christine for the great work:)

  39. lillian

    Would one coat of White Cap be okay for layering over other polishes? Or is it too opaque for that?