May 19, 2014

Nailstalgia: China Glaze- For Audrey [Swatch]

Nailstalgia? "What is that?," you say. Well. There are certain, slightly older shades that are fairly well-known amongst people who obsess over nail polish. (If you're reading this post, chances are you're part of said demographic.)

As part of my ongoing battle against the "Untrieds" section in my hoard, I thought it'd be good to feature older, classic shades once in a while- as part of a recurring segment on Polish Hound. I'll have more information at the bottom of this post.

For now, here's the first in the series, China Glaze- For Audrey:

For Audrey is often described as the quintessential Tiffany-blue color (although that actual shade is apparently, bizarrely, trademarked by Tiffany & Co.).  Anyway, it's a strongly green-toned lighter blue- maybe even a dusty seafoam, with a slightly faded/ desaturated quality.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Nail polish companies continue to put out colors very, very similar to For Audrey and its brethren, so my next Mega-Comparison will feature these greeny-blue cremes! (The last was smokey taupes.)

Outside, shade:

Formula: It is on the thinner side, and the first coat is streaky and wants to drag a little bit. The second coat goes on much more smoothly, almost buttery even. Opaque in two coats, and I didn't really struggle with it at all. (For some reason I thought I would.)

About "Nailstalgia" in General: 

I'm open to suggestions here! It's possible I already own the polish you're interested in seeing (you can peep into my Stash here), but if not, I might even seek out the polish if feasible. (This is the Untrieds monster talking.) Bad monster.

The polishes should be at least somewhat well-known in the nail blogosphere, and they should be at least a few years old, maybe 4 or 5 (~circa 2009 or before).   And...they should be from commercial brands, since older indies are usually extremely difficult/impossible to find.

I'm probably going to prioritize Untried polishes over those I have already worn, since one of my major motivations in creating this series is to knock quite a few of these off of that ever-growing list! I've compiled a quick list of some possible shades already in my stash to include in Nailstalgia.  Polishes with red asterisks* have actually already been tried/ worn, but might be good candidates otherwise:

  • Sally Hansen CSM- Commander in Chic*
  • OPI- Elephantastic Pink*
  • OPI- Russian Navy*
  • OPI- Black Cherry Chutney* 
  • OPI- My Private Jet ("dud" version)*
  • OPI- Malaga Wine
  • OPI- Jade is the New Black
  • OPI- Tickle My France-y
  • Essie- Ballet Slippers*
  • Essie- Turquoise & Caicos
  • Essie- Van'd Go
  • Essie- Splash of Grenadine
  • Essie- Chinchilly*
  • CG- Recycle
  • CG- Lemon Fizz
  • CG- Wagon Trail
  • CG- Frostbite
  • CG- Turned Up Turquoise
  • CG- Ruby Pumps
  • CG- Watermelon Rind* 
  • Color Club- Revvvolution
  • Illamasqua- Baptiste
  • Illamasqua- Scarab
  • Illamasqua- Phallic*
  • Misa- Dirty Sexy Money*
  • Barielle- Falling Star
  • Butter London- British Racing Green
  • Nubar- Wildlife
  • Nuber- Purple Beach
  • Orly- Country Club Khaki
  • Orly- Enchanted Forest
  • Zoya- Lola
  • Zoya- Tallulah

What do you want to see next?


  1. Love this polish! Such a wonderful minty-blue color! I think either Dirty Sexy Money or Wagon Trail should be next. I wish I owned those, but I adore all the swatches I see. I would love to join you with this. I have a ton of vintage polishes. :)

  2. I have a feeling the term "nailstalgia" is going to be making it's way into my vocabulary. I love this idea!!! I discovered Pinterest swapping a few months ago and have since gained a huge pile of untrieds. I think I might join in if you don't mind :) I just bought a mini bottle of For Audrey because it's one of those must have China Glazes that everyone talks about. My votes for the next polish are OPI Tickle my Francy or China Glaze Watermelon Rind. Wow that comment was all over the place haha!

  3. I can't believe it took me so long to wear it! Ah, those are both good picks! I have been dying to wear Wagon Trail, I'll have you know. :) Feel free to join! I think collecting more vintage-y polishes is really fun!

  4. I have never Pinterest swapped! That would be a whole new realm of collecting danger, probably. :) Every time I don't know what to wear, I pull out Tickle My Fance-y, but somehow I always choose something else instead! Good suggestion, and please join in!

  5. I'd be interested in seeing OPI Jade Is The New Black; it's one of those "you always see it" colours, but I'd love for it to get the Polish Hound Fabulous Swatch (tm) treatment.

  6. I love JitNB! I have never worn *my* copy of it, but I borrowed a friend's once! Also, hahah @ PHFSt (tm). I try. :D

  7. Great idea! I can't believe I still don't own For Audrey...

  8. This is a great idea! My vote would be to see Black Cherry Chutney next, it's one of my all-time favorites!

  9. I love this polish & the idea of this segment!! I'd love to see Essie- Turquoise & Caicos next!

  10. this should be a weekly blogger thing, Nailstalgia is a great idea! you should set up a whole group for that - if you do, I'm definitely in!!

  11. Well, It's core now, right? You got all the time in the world! Maybe. :D

  12. I love Black Cherry Chutney!

  13. It is! I feel like all greeny-blues are now compared to this one...

  14. Ooooh, good pick! And thank you!

  15. Thank you! I don't know if I could keep up with a weekly thing, but I would love it if people used Nailstalgia as a tag or something. Hmmm.

  16. how about we set up a thing about that? I was going to do try to install a monthly "vintage"nail polish thing, but I'm much more interested in your Nailstalgia idea.

  17. Well, Nailstalgia IS basically semi-vintage polish, right? I'd LOVE to collaborate on this. Once/ month sounds about right to me. You can hit me at nailpolishhound [@] to coordinate!