Today I have a few pictures of another one of the recent China Glaze Cirque du Soleil polishes, Get Carried Away. It’s a glittery mix that is frankly a little weird.
These are just a couple of pictures of my Christmas nails from this year – I decided to use China Glaze’s Mistletoe Kisses alone, with no extras.
My favorite holiday polish ever is Party Hearty from China Glaze – it’s the perfect mix of big red glitter and smaller green and gold glitter. It came out in 2010, so it’s fun to pull it out each year, sort of a holiday tradition.
I saw a polka dot manicure on Short n’ Chic recently that I liked a lot, so I tried it out myself. It required buying a bottle of OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls to use as the base, but I had been considering that anyway so it provided a good excuse.
I haven’t bought any China Glaze polishes for a while, but the new Cirque du Soleil Collection has a few interesting glitters that caught my eye. I tried out Whirled Away over a creamy Dior in these swatches.
China Glaze has another big holiday collection this year-the Let It Snow Collection is twelve polishes, in all different colors and finishes. Today I have swatches of two glitter polishes from the Let It Snow Collection, Tinsel Town and Twinkle Lights.
I have one more Halloween post to share – China Glaze’s Ick-A-Body from last year is a perfect Halloween polish that’s too nice not to revisit this year.
China Glaze’s Halloween polishes this year were mostly very dark, so I only picked up one from the collection. It’s Alive is a darkish green jelly base full of light green glitters in different sizes. It’s very sparkly!
Trendsetter is my one pick from China Glaze’s Metro Collection for Fall 2011. This is the only one that called to me – it’s a murky, mustardy yellow-green color, with gold shimmer.
China Glaze’s Island Escape Collection has been out for a while now. It’s a set of vibrant, sparkly colors but they weren’t really calling to me–except for the funny, yellowy green, Cha Cha Cha.
Today I have swatches of Lady Muck, from Butter London’s spring collection. It’s the only one from the collection I really wanted, and I couldn’t talk myself out of it, even though I felt like it was very similar to China Glaze’s Sea Spray. So I checked it out-comparisons coming up.
Sea Spray is from China Glaze’s Spring 2011 Anchors Away Collection (I’ve also reviewed China Glaze Below Deck from the same collection). Sea Spray is a really nice, dusty light blue, with a lot of grey in it. It’s soft and creamy. Keep reading for swatches!
I’m still trying to work through the China Glaze Crackle Collection and try out all of the combinations that I’m curious about. I’ve been impressed with Broken Hearted and Cracked Concrete, but then I had a fail on last Sunday when I tried to use Lightning Bolt (the white one) over a dark blue color. I didn’t even take pictures because it was so nasty looking-the white didn’t actually crack apart except in a few spots, and it just mostly looked grey because of the dark blue underneath. I’m not sure if there’s something wrong with my bottle, or if it just needed to be shaken up, or what. So, I decided to just move along and try Crushed Candy over Zoya’s Kelly.
Here’s a combination of three different Spring 2011 collections: Zoya’s Caitlin, Essie’s Kisses and Bises and China Glaze’s Broken Hearted. Caitlin is my favorite from Zoya’s Intimate Collection , and it’s a subtle color that is still office appropriate (see my reviews here: Zoya Intimate Part 1, Zoya Intimate Part 2). So I started there.
OPI’s most recent collection is the Texas Collection. It’s been out for a while now, and is widely available. The last time I was in Ulta, it was all over the place! I checked out the swatches that popped up online and decided to try just a few of the polishes with what OPI is calling a “sorbet” finish. The term has created some disagreement, because this finish is similar or identical to the jelly finishes that have been around for a while, even though OPI says sorbet finish is new.
I’m happy to have the China Glaze Cracked Collection to play with–it’s a collection of six different colors of crackle finish polishes. I was more excited about these than about OPI’s Black Shatter just because there are so many color combinations possible. I think it might take me a while to work through them since I can’t wear them to work, and I can’t really photograph polishes very well during the work week since it’s so dark by the time I get home. But, here is the first combination I tried: China Glaze Cracked Concrete over China Glaze Lighthouse.