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!
This is the very first year ever that I'm really, really ready for Spring to come. I look forward to Fall from the first day of Spring, because according to my significant other, I'm a complete loon, but this year I just want the sun to come back right this second. While I'm firmly entrenched in Winter Doldrums, I'm basking in my own little personal Spring with 8 new polishes from the China Glaze Up & Away Spring collection. With a colorful range of pastel and bright cremes, these polishes are putting a little pep in my step.
What's on your nails right now? I'm sporting one of my favorite shades from the China Glaze Retro Diva collection, Let's Groove. It's described and a rich eggplant shimmer, but that's sort of an understatement. For fans of Zoya Yasmeen and OPI Who Are You Wearing, this will hit the spot. It's the perfect compromise between the two purple-with-red/orange-shimmer stunners, neither too light nor too dark. The application is superb; one coat will nearly do ya, but two gives the best coverage and a lush look, and the shimmer is to-die-for. Sadly, though it's barely been on a day (can you believe how shiny it still is?) I have to remove it because my Up & Aways just arrived, and I'll be playing with those. Pics soon!
The ART of Spring Collection, available February 1, 2010, $8 each.
Mini set of 4 will include: Pop Art Pink, Lilacism, Tart Deco, and Red Nouveau
"Spring ushers in a warm, high-spirited bouquet of pretty shades and sultry silhouettes. At the Spring 2010 shows designers expressed a super-sexy return to elegance with a Pop Art palette of colors. Body-clinging pieces with flurries of tulle, silk, and organza flowed alongside crepe skirts, linen kimonos, and shantung gowns in never-ending shades of lilac, rose, and cerise."
Claires Chunky Blue - about $5-6 at Claires stores
This polish has a medium neutral blue base with blue shimmer/microglitter and silver hex glitter. I used four coats with a tap of the brush here or there to darken a light patch or to reposition a hex glitter piece. I added two coats of Orly Glosser and a coat of Seche Vite over everything for a glass-like finish.
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I thought perhaps Mad as a Hatter might be my favorite of the AiW polishes, but this has changed my mind. Absolutely Alice, from OPI's new Alice in Wonderland tie-in collection, is a clear base with blue and gold microglitter. The blue is the dominant color here with glistening shots of almost-3D-looking gold specks. This is four coats of Alice, topped with two coats of Orly Glosser and one coat of Seche Vite. Because the shade is almost completely comprised of glitter, this polish dries fast and creates a super-hard coating for the nails that really hangs on and does not chip. I found that the coats of Orly Glosser dried fast, and helped keep the Seche Vite from completely sinking in between the glitter and helped the polish to appear more glossy, even hours later. This beautiful midtoned sparkling sweet blue is going to be a big Spring favorite for me, and will surely get some wear when my beloved blue-and-gold Mountaineers begin the next football season in Fall. I highly recommend this polish for blue fans, glitter fans, OPI fans and collectors.
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OPI Mad as a Hatter, a lovely glitter polish from the new Alice In Wonderland collection, is full of glitter of every shade. At arms-length, this polish appears as a blingy gunmetal, but up-close you can see the amazing array of shades in the clear base. This is four coats over China Glaze Strong Adhesion base coat, plus a coat of Seche Vite.
Top 20 in no particular order:
- Color Club With Abandon
- Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink
- China Glaze Solar Flare
- Color Club Power Play
- China Glaze Dorothy Who?
- Essie Punchy Pink
- China Glaze Atlantis
- OPI Merry Midnight
- Color Club Wild at Heart
- Zoya Pinta
- China Glaze Millenium
- Nfu Oh! 52
- China Glaze Fortune Teller
- Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal
- OPI Smitten With Mittens
- Zoya Angelina
- Illamasqua Muse
- Sally Hansen Prisms Turquoise Opal
- Zoya Roxy
- China Glaze Sky-High Tops
China Glaze Atlantis, from the newest specialty collection of 50 new polishes, is a gorgeous and unique polish. Like many of the glitters from this collection, this polish is almost more like jewelry than nail polish. This particular shade is a sheer aqua tint at one coat, chock full of silver-based holographic glitter. I used 5 coats, and to see the full glory of this shade you really need a few coats. Believe me, it's worth the fuss. The depth of this shade is beyond gorgeous and it's glorious to behold. You will need two coats of a thick topcoat to combat the inevitable grittiness of the finish, but the dry-time is super-quick, even without a topcoat.
Color Club Ultra Violet over Power Play. The base color of Ultra Violet is similar to Power Play so it just adds a bit of shimmer and a blue flash