March 7, 2013

China Glaze: Avant Garden Polishes, Pt. 2 [Swatch] & [Review]


Here are some of the cooler shades from the Avant Garden collection.  These were three of the easier picks for me, since I love purples and blues!


First is China Glaze- Fade Into Hue:




Fade Into Hue is a soft periwinkle creme that can look like a dusty grey-blue in some lights, and a lilac in other lights....which is the magic of periwinkle, I guess!

Artificial light, two coats:


It seems to lean to the blue side of periwinkle.



Window-filtered daylight:


It's soft and feminine, and really lovely.  It dries a hair darker and more purple than the bottle color.  Just a hair.  I could be seeing things.

Outside, shade:




Formula: The formula is on the thicker side, and the first coat is a bit streaky.  Its self-levelling ability is about average.  The second coat goes on fairly well, and is opaque.

It has the same consistency weirdness as Passion For Petals & Mimosa's Before Mani's; there's a bit of goopiness/ stringiness when you pull the brush from the bottle, but it doesn't seem to affect application. In fact, I liked this formula much better than either of those two.
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Next, is China Glaze- Tart-y For The Party:




Tart-y For The Party is a medium-toned lavender creme that is maybe a shade too dark to be called a pastel.  Dries slightly darker than bottle color.


Artificial light, two coats:




It's a really pretty purple once you get it on your nails!



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Sun:


Formula:  It's thinner than Fade Into Hue, and without the stringy viscosity.  The first coat is mildly streaky, but it self-levels decently.  The second coat goes on nicely and mostly obscures VNL, so I left it at two, although some people might prefer three thinner coats.
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Last of these three is China Glaze- Fancy Pants:




Fancy Pants is a medium indigo base with light purple/ pink shimmer throughout.  The shimmer is mostly always visible, which is nice.

I think this is the shade that people were the most excited about from the entire Avant Garden collection.


Artificial light, two coats:




I really love this particular indigo- it straddles the line between purple and blue perfectly.  I wanted to be crazy about this polish, but I experienced some formula issues, which I'll get to later.


Window-filtered daylight:


I don't have a shade quite like this m my collection!



Outside, shade:






Sun!




Formula: I wore this once before I swatched it, and had such a hard time applying it, that I added a couple drops of thinner before the application you see in the swatches above.  It was originally just a little too gooey and thick, and I had ended up with bald patches and bubbling.  Ugh.

After thinner, it is improved- sort of to the goopiness level of how I described Passion For Petals.  The first coat is streaky and does not self-level quite as well as some of the others, but the polish is a lot more forgiving overall.  In any case, be careful not to overwork this one, or it will cuticle-drag.

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What do you think of these three?  I think they're some of the easy favorites of the collection; I know people love bluey-purples!




I have three more of the Avant Garden shades to show you, so stay tuned for part three!

10 comments:

  1. I'm starting to love soft shades like Tart-y For The Party! Very pretty swatches too :)

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    1. Me too! I used to think they were too girly, but now I'm into it.

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  2. Your swatches are beautiful, as always. I like all three polishes, that's why I bought them, too ;-)

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  3. Always such lovely swatches...I am in love with these.

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  4. Beautiful. I think my favorite would have to be Fancy Pants:)

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  5. These three would make a very pretty ombre nail art together.

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