When China Glaze released their newest collection of holographic polishes last year, I'll admit that I was disappointed. Having missed the OMG collection (mea culpa, pre-polish obsession days), I thought China Glaze was finally responding to widespread communal lemmings for more holo-y goodness that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Instead, the swatches I saw were really meh, super weak linear holos that didn't have any real ooh-inducing wow factor that holos are wont to elicit.
So I passed them up and didn't give them a second thought...Until a few weeks back when I saw a few on the clearance rack at Sally's. Even in person the holo appeared nonexistent but I was really taken with the base color of a few of them and figured I could rationalize trying them despite my initial disinterest because they looked kinda shimmery.
The first one I wore was Galactic Grey (it could be spelled 'gray' but I'm anal about spelling it with an 'e' and too lazy to Google the correct spelling at the moment). The best way to describe GG is as a sable leaning charcoal, a demure amalgam of grey and brown that creates a fabulous dark neutral -- a type of color I'm particularly drawn to during the fall.
Before I get to the holo effect, let me say that the application was flawless and didn't require any special base coat to stop shrinkage. Two coats was all that was needed for full coverage!
But to the holo...first here's a picture that I think captures both sides of this polish; the left angle demonstrates the soft rainbow that flurries into sight with natural light, but the right angle -- only slightly turned from the sun -- is simply a pretty shimmery mink grey.
Even with a macro shot, the holographic quality just doesn't do it for me and I'm really happy I waited to get these on clearance simply for the pretty base shade. Even though I think China Glaze skimped out here, I can't say it was a total waste of a collection.