Tuesday, September 7, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection - "Cat's Meow" Set

China Glaze is calling this a "Retro Glam" collection according to their press release. They have this to say about the collection as a whole:
Image from Press Release
For Fall 2010, the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection captures the vivid and saturated hues of the 1940’s with this seductively complex palette. These classic shades of the season recreate the timeless tableau of movie land mystique, perfect red pouts and steamy nights where swing was the scene!
I have been waiting to get my hands on this collection for quite a long time now. Finally I forked over the cash and purchased it from TransDesign.com. Today I'll be reviewing the "Cat's Meow" portion of this collection which consists of "Goin' My Way", "Riveter Rouge", "Classic Camel", "Emerald Fitzgerald", "Midnight Mission" and "First Class Ticket". I'm not ashamed to say this was the half of the collection that interested me the most.

All colors were applied with two coats over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with one coat of Seche Vite.

I experienced normal wear with these polishes. No sad surprises here. Everything is good.

The Colors
Please forgive my nails - the deities that cover gorgeousness and nail peeling were definitely not on my side this past week. 

Goin' My Way is a caramel brown color. It's a bit more brown than my pictures here. I got caught in the morning light. There's a golden shimmer to it which turns it bronze looking in some light. This is a great color for fall and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to branch out from traditional reds, etc. It also is the one with the most "Retro" feel to me out of the bunch.

Riveter Rouge is a color I knew I would love but I didn't have any idea how much until I actually saw the bottle. This is a deep burgundy/raspberry with silver glitter in it. You may need two coats of top coat to make this one smooth. I know my application wasn't the greatest, but trust me when I say this is a red you have to have.

Classic Camel is one of the oddest polishes I have ever put on. It's a muted mustard yellow (as if "Camel" wasn't descriptive enough) with little bits of shimmer in it. When I first put it on I thought it would make an interest French with Emerald Fitzgerald (my high school colors were green and gold) but I didn't really like it. I still don't think it looks the greatest on me, but I will say that this is a edgy comfort color, if that's possible. I was definitely reminded of cozy sweaters.

Emerald Fitzgerald photographed more blue-green than it really comes across in real life. But there is more blue in this green than I would have thought for something named "Emerald". I didn't like it on me at all, the green-hater in me coming out. Then I realized it bares a strong resemblance to other greens I've tried. So I have some comparisons to do to see if that's the case for me.You may need three coats for this one, by the way.

Midnight Mission is even better in person than I thought it would be. It's a gorgeous deep blue loaded with silver glitter. You get three pictures because it's just that good. Basically it's Riveter Rouge's blue sister. I think it's a must have as well. Too bad I had to cut my nails down to nubs for this one. I will wear it again! But I don't feel like there's anything "Retro" about this color. Oh, from far away it looks like steel blue gorgeousness!

First Class Ticket is trying to be the sister of Midnight Mission and Riveter Rouge but is just not as successful in my opinion. And you know I love purples. This is a deep violet purple base with the same shimmer. It came off really grape looking on me. It reminded me of Gosh Gasoline but darker and not  jelly. Think China Glaze Flying Dragon but less punky. But honestly, this purple does not resemble either one of those polishes and may very well be unique in my vast purple collection.

Bottom Line
Make sure you get your hands on Midnight Mission and Riveter Rouge. Those are my top picks out of this six. Oddly, I'd suggest Classic Camel if you're even thinking about it because it's it's just strange. I am being very picky here. As a set, Cat's Meow could carry you through fall easily, even if it's only one half of the Vintage Vixen collection.

I purchased these polishes with my own money from TransDesign.