So I'm married now, folks. Weird to say, but now that it's done, I feel an insane amount of relief and an amazing amount of pressure to blog again. Thankfully, I do have some swatches that are on reserve from pre-wedding that of course I have yet to post so since I have off today, I figure why not post them before these become VHTF polishes and I become a relic myself in the blogosphere. So don't hate me dear readers and China Glaze PR people (please!) and kindly appreciate this post for what it is: a fall collection in fall!
Note about this collection: love the 90s references in the names, really. But what I don't get at all are the colors in relation to each other or the season. Individually, there are some real winners here (which I'll note), but cohesively, I just don't get it. But when you put out a 12-piece collection, I guess the goal is to just create as many colors that will sell. That being said, China Glaze does have some of the best formulation of polish out there so the hits are pretty high. Anyway, that being said, on to the polish!
A semi metallic purple, I really like the blue and violet micro shimmer in this color. The formula is a bit thin but builds up nicely in multiple thin coats. Nothing really unique but still really pretty and glows from within.
Don't Mesh With Me
over Purple Fiction
A sheer iridescent sheer topper, a really love how the blue and pink iridescence picked up the microshimmer of Purple Fiction. I can see this color doing wonders over a lot of shades, particularly darker metallics with shimmers in them and those that like to layer would really do themselves a favor in picking this one up. It also spreads so evenly which I find to be problemsome with toppers sometimes and creates that horrible unevenness over some fingers that I really can't stand.
While I was super excited to try this matte midnight navy, I'm a bit bummed at the formula. I hoped it would be a dupe of the Sephora Formula X Prophecy (which it appears to be) but the aggravation at how quickly it dries, creating crumbling at the edges and really nonsmooth tip and uneven cuticle line brings my initial excitement down quite a bit. The color is really pretty though and having seen swatches of it top coated is even lovelier but damn, what is this such a yucky matte?
Holo At Ya Girl!
over Jagged Little Teal
This isn't a holo so I really don't understand the name at all. This silvery blue basic glitter is really nothing special and I really don't like it. I don't like glitters typically so for something that doesn't do much but cause massive mess to my fingertips at removal, I'm going to recommend a pass at this, stupid name and all.
Y'all Red-y for This?
I'm a sucker for reds so I of course appreciated this cherry red crelly with glass flecks interspersed throughout. Nothing crazy unique here but it did have a fairly watery formula so it bled quite a lot into my cuticles leaving a really weird line around my index finger I couldn't get rid of. Oh well.
My FAVORITE of this entire collection is Dope Taupe. I've worn this baby probably about 3 times already and I just adore it. This purple tone grey nude is simple gorgeous and the formula of this creme is divine. Honestly, this may be my go-to color for fall 2016 and I think every girl needs to own this color immediately. Gahhh, it's just STUNNING.
over Dope Taupe
Not wanting to remove Dope Taupe, I layered the iridescent Pearl Jammin' over my favorite creme. This pearly blue-pink sheer semi frost is pretty amazing and gave the taupe a really ethereal tone without any shimmer (maybe there is a super, super fine microshimmer that I can't make out but that's what makes this very special). Most swatches of this polish are on its own but I prefer this layered to really catch its depth and over this neutral, I'm really smitten.
I feel like I need to like Heroine Chic more than I do. A charcoal semi metallic with copper flakie glitter pieces seems almost indie-esque to me (like something Colores de Carol would create). However, maybe because I might own something like this (perhaps, from Carol de Carol in fact) that makes me think this isn't as special as it is.
A teal blue jelly base with golden and navy shimmer, Blue-ya is rich, autumnal shade that reminds me of something out of the Zoya Ignite Collection. Formula was perfect and built up nicely. Definitely a win with this one.
Jagged Little Teal
I have a hard time pulling off teals given my skin tone but the dusty quality of this shade really makes this color quite flattering. Plus this formula is so buttery and great. Love it!
A gorgeous blackened jelly base with bright teal (seems to be the color of this collection) shimmer, this is another great polish from the Rebel Collection. Builds up nicely and looks great on, I can see myself wearing this beauty quite a lot over the winter.
A stark pinky peach pastel, Fresh Prince-ss feels very spring to me. The formula is truly terrible and considering that China Glaze has produced some really great pastels in the past, I have a hard time forgiving this chalky left of center misfit. Pretty color, but I just don't get it.
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