Thursday, August 23, 2012

China Glaze Rare & Radiant

This is my best photography work of the China Glaze New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection (in terms of picking up the duochrome looks of the polish.  This is a pretty, green from the collection with lime and copper colors and undertones.  I have painted three coats for these photos.

China Glaze Want My Bawdy

From China Glaze's New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, this is a nice blue color in the collection (which I purchased all of).  Unlike some colors in this collection, this color does not have any real duochrome qualities.  It is a very nice, chrome that does have a lot of dimension and highlights.  It is painted, here, in three coats.

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

Another Chrome from the China Glaze New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection.  It's a turquoise chrome that is the most opaque of the collection, I would say.  It doesn't have a lot of duo-chrome qualities, but it is still a nice color.  I am showing three coats for the photos.

China Glaze Unpredictable

Unpredictable is on of the green duo-chromes in the New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection from China Glaze.  I have tried to get you as many photos to show some of its two-toned qualities.  Hopefully they come across.  I have painted it for these photos in three coats.

China Glaze No Plain Jane

From the New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, this purple duo-chrome looks more two-toned in the bottle than it does on the nail.  It is pretty, but it's hard to find the undertones of green/bronze when on the nail.  It is pretty, but also one of the lighter colors of the group.  I have it painted here in three coats.

China Glaze Swanky Silk

From their New Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection, China Glaze made this pretty gold/pink duo-chrome.  Of the collection, it looks the most unassuming, but it is really very pretty and I think the duochrome is pretty apparent.  In most lights it's a nice gold shimmer, but it's shadow is a light, cheery pink.  It is decently opaque in three coats as I have it painted here.

Essie Braziliant

What a clever name from the Essie Collection Color Me Braziliant.  I was drawn to this color's shimmer and duo-chrome look.  It's pretty subtle, but there are some hints of pink and blue in the undertones.  I like the color and was satisfied in its final application, but I did notice a bit of streaking when applied.  But if you don't rush the application, it's quite opaque.  I have shown it here in three coats (btw, this was tricky to get a real accurate picture color).

China Glaze Love's A Beach

This bright pink is from China Glaze's Summer Neon Collection.  It is a great, pop of neon pink.  I am not sure if you can see in the last picture some of the micro shimmer that gives this color some depth over a flat neon.  Application is great and same with opacity.  I have it shown here in three coats.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

China Glaze High Roller

From the Monte Carlo Collection, this red from China Glaze is a nice, clean, basic red creme.  It reminds me very much of China Glaze Salsa--they are almost an exact match to each other.  But it's still a great red and I was drawn to it (especially since I saw it on the clearance rack).  Application was flawless.  I'm showing it here in two coats even though normally I paint three.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Zoya Arizona

I knew when I was going to purchase colors from Zoya's Beach and Surf Collection that Arizona was going to be a must (on the Beach side of the Collection).  I just loved the soft, creamy orange color and had to make it mine.  While I am not disappointed in the color, I was disappointed in the application.  You might be able to see the streaks in the pictures, but I felt as I was painted, I kept getting bald spots and streaks in my application--which I HATE.  It might not be too noticeable to you, but if I can notice it, I'm not happy.  Oh well, I think I'll just have to be cognizant of that when applying it for future manicures.  My photos show three coats.

Zoya Kimber

From Zoya's Beach and Surf Collection, Kimber is an awesome pink/magenta with gold micro glitter (from the Surf side).  It's a really bright and amazing color I'm glad I purchased.  Application and opacity were great.  Shown here in three colors.

Zoya Zuza

Zuza is from Zoya's Beach and Surf collection (this is the Surf side).  It's a nice shimmering turquoise/aqua color.  Zoya says it has a near foil finish, and the shimmer certainly does give the shade a great finished look.  It had nice application and opacity.  It did stain a bit when I removed it, which I'm always surprised by which colors end up staining my nails.  I've painted it here in three coats:

China Glaze Surfin' For Boys

I'm going to admit that on the stand, I was not initially drawn to this color from China Glaze's Summer Neons Collection.  However, on second look, I realized it has a shimmer and dimension to it that actually made me purchase it.  And I am SOOOO glad I did.  It's such a great, bright neon coral and I love it.  Application was perfect and It is shown here in three coats (The photos do not do its brightness justice).

China Glaze Sun-Kissed

From China Glaze's Summer Neons Collection, this is a highlighter yellow with a shimmer that really makes it glow.  It is great in its opacity for a yellow, but I found the application/density to be on the thick side and a bit hard to work with in my nail art.  Drying time takes a bit longer.  But for a neon yellow, it's on point.  Here it is in three coats.

China Glaze Ride The Waves

This blue is from China Glaze's Summer Neons Collection for 2012.  I'm always a sucker for a bright blue (mostly due to it looking like my scooter color, which I love).  This color is bright, but I was a little disappointed with the application.  It is definitely more on the jelly in it's application than creme.  I had to surely do three coats for any comfortability with opacity, but hesitated to do more because it seemed on the thick side in terms of density.  Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed.  I'm showing it here in three coats.

Zoya Ivanka

I've always wanted this color from Zoya since the Sparkle Collection came out, but have only recently purchased it when I had a coupon for Ulta.  It is a very pretty emerald sparkle, but for me, I felt like it was not as opaque as I wanted it.  I have it shown here in three coats.

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