I finally got a little decent lighting so that I could swatch the new China Glaze Up & Aways I bought. Of the 12-piece all-creme collection the ones I did not purchase were Sugar High, Something Sweet, Light as Air ( I really regret not getting those three) and Happy Go Lucky. The remaining 8 polishes are below the jump, so check 'em out!
High Hopes is a straight-up bright coral. There is a little bit of sweetness to the shade which makes it a bit different than the multitude of corals out there, and the formula is very creamy and this particular polish was a cinch to apply. I love the lush finish of this polish, and it will be a staple for me this summer.
Peachy Keen is about the truest peach I've ever seen in a polish, and I'm not surprised it was China Glaze that pulled it off. This unassuming-yet-super-fun shade will be perfect this spring, and I think it will be a very office-friendly polish for many as well.
Re-Fresh Mint is another great pastel creme addition to all those mint shades out there, but this is the truest mint I've seen yet. Neither too blue nor too yellow, this polish can be tricky to apply, but I think China Glaze did better with the formula for these pastels than a lot of other companies (coughEssiecough). I used a thin first coat, a moderate second coat, and then a generous third coat and I got great results. I followed this method with Lemon Fizz and Peachy Keen as well and would recommend it with the other pastels in this collection as well.
Lemon Fizz is a shade that is completely unique in my collection. I have to be careful with yellows as most of them make my skin look very red, but this one does not. If I wouldn't consider this polish flattering on my skintone exactly, I have to say it at least does not clash or look harsh. The color itself is amazing, and I love it. Again, with these pastels, I recommend a thin first coat, moderate second, and generous third for best results.
Heli-Yum was one of the sleeper-hits of this collection for me. While dark pinks usually bore me, something about VampyVarnish's swatch really drew me in and I'm glad, as I'm completely in love with it. I suspected this might be similar to OPI Koala Bear-y, but it's quite a bit more vibrant. It's a sweet deep red-pink and the formula is to-DIE-for! Two coat perfection and the drama of a red polish with all the unexpected fun of a pink.
Four Leaf Clover is a bright creamy green, very similar to Color Club Wild Child, but infinitely more pigmented. It's also a more vibrant and less yellow cousin of Orly Green Apple. The pigmentation is amazing and two coats was more than enough for a great finish. The photos are jimmied a bit to try to give you the best impression of the actual shade. It's not quite so dusky in real life. It's a very, very vibrant shade.
Flyin' High is the only polish from this collection that I bought that I would consider dusky. Up & Away seemed to be all about the true-toned pastels and clear vibrant brights, but Flyin' High is a dusky creamy midtone blue-leaning teal. Application was good, I recommend 3 moderate coats for total coverage. In the company of Essie Greenport, Misa DIrty Sexy Money and China Glaze's own For Audrey this stands out on it's own.
One of my very favorites from this collection is Grape Pop; a true purple creme. The pigmentation is out of control awesome and while it borders on vampy in indoor light, it's a vibrant midtone that will take your breath away. Two coats will do fine if you're careful, but I can't help doing 3 coats most of the time and it didn't do me any harm.
My overall favorites are Grape Pop, Heli-Yum, Four Leaf Clover and Re-Fresh Mint, but I love them all!! This was such an amazing collection!
Edited to add two new swatches:
Light as Air