March 13, 2013

China Glaze: Avant Garden Polishes Pt. 3 [Swatch] & [Review]

Here are the last three of my picks from the Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection!

First, is China Glaze- Dandy Lyin' Around:

Dandy Lyin' Around is a creamy off-white infused with silver shimmer.  It's not harsh or stark against the skin like a true white would be, but quite a bit softer and wearable.

I kept wanting to pass on this one, since it supposedly was sheer, but kept seeing really tempting swatches.  In fact, it is sheer.  This should give you some idea:

There is more of a difference between the two coats and three coats in person. Anyway, swatches-

Artificial light, four coats:

Unfortunately, my swatches aren't as pretty as some I've seen (and I apologize for the messy edges), since I really had trouble applying this one.  The shimmer in it is really pretty though!

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: The consistency is thick, but the polish itself is very sheer, a combination that's very annoying to me.  Additionally, it's very gummy...yuck.

This is definitely a tricky polish to apply; the first coat is very streaky, and the second does self-level a bit, but only if you don't use too many brushstrokes.  I found it impossible to use thin coats, as that led to cuticle drag; so, the thick coats I used created bubbles, since the formula is so goopy.

I needed four coats, but it's still not perfectly streak-free as you can see.

You'll want to allow ample drying time between coats.  Alternatively, you could probably layer this one over another white or off-white, which is probably what I'll do next time (after adding thinner).  I don't think you could wear it as a sheer very easily, since it's so streaky.


Next, is China Glaze- Keep Calm, Paint On:

Keep Calm, Paint On is a pastel mint green with slight blue undertones.  The base color is noticeably bluer than China Glaze- Refresh-mint, for example.   It has ultra-fine light green shimmer.

Artificial light, two coats:

Although it doesn't look fantastic on my skin, this is a rare mint that does not give me lobster hands.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

I did want to show this one in the sun, but there wasn't any!

Formula: It's thinner than Dandy Lyin' Around, but still a bit stringy/gooey when you pull the brush from the bottle.  Although slightly less sheer, the first coat is streaky.  The second coat is almost opaque and fixes streakiness, so I left it there, although some people will prefer another coat.

Overall, a much better formula than Dandy Lyin' Around, but still not my favorite to work with.

Last is a gorgeous blue, China Glaze- Sunday Funday:

Sunday Funday is a bright, saturated, sky blue creme.  Well, it's maybe a shade darker than what most people think of as 'sky blue', but it's still in that family.  It's almost a turquoise.

Artificial light, two coats:

Dries slightly darker than bottle color, but the difference is not too noticeable.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

This is a tasty blue!

Formula: Thick, and almost a one-coater, with just the barest hint of VNL after the first layer.  I did two for swatches, but the formula is almost flawless.  Not gummy or difficult to work with; just creamy good color.

This one has the best formula by far out of all the Avant Garden polishes that I tried!

What's your favorite China Glaze Avant Garden shade?