March 5, 2013

China Glaze: Avant Garden Polishes, Pt. 1 [Swatch] & [Review]


Here are three of the warmer shades from China Glaze's 2013 Spring collection, Avant Garden.

These three are from the 'Blooming Brights' subset, but there are two more warm shades
that I passed on (Life Is Rosy, a mauve, and Pink-ie Promise, a baby pink) included in the 'Pastel Petals' subset collection.

First up is China Glaze- Passion For Petals:




Passion For Petals is a very lovely mauvey-pink creme. You could also call it a bright rose.  There are red undertones, and it really straddles the pink/red/dark coral line.  Very interesting grandma-family  color!

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:




Outside, shade:






Sun:


Formula: The first coat goes on fairly easily, with consistency leaning slightly to the thick side.  However, it's the slightest bit gloopy/ stringy when you pull brush from bottle, but this doesn't impede application and it flows over the nail very nicely.  There's a slight bit of visible nail line after the second coat, but it's mostly opaque, so I left it at two! Self-levels pretty well.
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China Glaze- Mimosa's Before Mani's:


I will have you know I almost suffocated to death typing out the punctuation errors in this polish's name.  Yes, that's the grammar China Glaze decided to roll with:



It honestly breaks my brain.  Anyway, here it is-

Artificial light, three coats:


Mimosas Before Manis ahem is a gorgeously bright, orange-toned, dark peach with lighter orange microshimmer.





The shimmer didn't really want to be captured indoors; sorry about that.  It's there, though.

Window-filtered daylight:




Outside, shade:


I like this one, I do. I didn't want to take it off.



Outside, sun:


Such an unflattering photo of my skin, but there is the shimmer.  It's what makes this polish pretty special.



I think this one will look great on toes in the Summer.

Formula: Similar consistency formula to Passion For Petals, except with a slightly streakier first coat.  The second coat does not self-level as well as the first.  If you're going to do three coats, I would wait a bit between the second and the third to give the previous coat a chance to dry.  I needed three coats to even out streakiness and obscure VNL.
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Last of these three is China Glaze- Snap My Dragon:


I think China Glaze could have named it "Snap Dragon," and called it a day.  (Some snapdragons are actually this color, after all.) "Snap My Dragon" is sort of anti-clever, because what the hell does it mean?!



Snap My Dragon is a very cool-toned, bright red with pink microshimmer.  It really glows, and is a perfect red for Spring.

Artificial light, two coats:


Out of these three, I was most excited about this one, and wasn't disappointed.



Window-filtered daylight:


This is a really loud, hot red



It photographs brighter than it is due to the brightness of the fuchsia shimmer.  The base color is a bit darker than it appears in photos, but still an extremely vibrant red. 

Outside, shade:






It reminds me a lot of OPI- The Color of Minnie, which I owned at one point, but gave away as a gift.  I think this one is slightly pinker though, and probably more amazing.

Sun:


Welp.  It is pretty much awesome in the sun.

Formula: It has a similar consistency to the other two but with slightly less gloopiness.  The first coat glides on easily.  The second coat goes on easily too, and self-levels.  There is still the barest hint of VNL, but it's not intrusive, so I didn't bother with a third coat.
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I've got six more Avant Garden polishes to show you, so stay tuned for parts two and three! 
 

9 comments:

  1. Nah, it's totally grammatical. The mimosa is before the mani! ...is.

    Um.

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  2. Snap My Dragon is gorgeous!

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    1. I know- it's my favorite red in a while!

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  3. I love Snap my dragon, despite the name. i can snap my fingers, or snap other stuff, but I don't necessarily have a dragon lying around I could snap. Sometimes nail polish companies should think less when coming up with those names.

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    1. It should be "Snap, My Dragon." That would be a good name for a dragon....

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    2. Heh heh heh "Oh Snap! My Dragon" *chortle*

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  4. Oh, geez...I'm a writer and professional proofreader, and grammatical screwups like that drive me batty. I WILL correct them, if only in my head. I will also point and laugh.

    The color is pretty, though.

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