Sunday, April 24, 2011

China Glaze Summer 2011 - Island Escape

China Glaze has made me very happy:

China Glaze Tropical Escape Collection

Give me a rainbow bright summer collection full of distinct colors that in no way even slightly resemble one another! I mean really, doesn't it just kill you sometimes to look at gorgeous collections and see two pinks, or three reds, or two blues and you think "couldn't you just have completed the rainbow?" China Glaze's extensive holiday collection had several greens, several whites, several reds and it started to feel a little repetitious. Then again, they also know how to make repetition work to their advantage (Bahama Blues 2008). But I was really in the mood for variety this season. Thank you, China Glaze!

The Colors

108 Degrees

China Glaze - 108 Degrees

108 Degrees is a berry red with the same glittery flecks that were present in the Summer Days collection. It reminded me of Raspberry Festival, but it's more pink. It's almost like the fruity companion to Watermelon Rind... Watermelon Pulp? Watermelon Meat? Anyway, it would have been at home in that collection. In Island Escape, it's a clear standout for me. Truly beautiful.

Papaya Punch

China Glaze - Papya Punch

China Glaze - Papya Punch

I have a soft spot for orange polishes. This is such a dutch orange color, and in the bottle I really liked it. On my tips I didn't like it as much. The cream finish is fine, but I think this will be more of a toes color for me. It reminded me of pumpkin, though papaya works well too.

Electric Pineapple

China Glaze - Electric Pinapple

China Glaze - Electric Pinapple

This was a streaky mess on me and took three coats to apply somewhat even. I'm sorry my images of this didn't turn out better. I had some stray sparkles on my brush from 108 Degrees which decided to tag along on this polish. This chartreuse creme is one of those "fugly" colors I think certain people can pull off much better than I can. I could really see this popping on someone's nails if they had darker skin than me. In order to make this really work for myself I might have to crackle over the top. I've heard it compares to Fiercely Fiona, but I do not have the polish to compare. I am somewhat reminded of the traditional "highlighter" color.

Cha Cha Cha

China Glaze - Cha Cha Cha

China Glaze - Cha Cha Cha

Moonpool? Is that you? Probably not, but that's what I thought when I saw this metallic green. I will have to compare the two. You know I desperately love my Moonpool bottle, and I'd suggest picking up Cha Cha Cha if you ever had a hankering for the color. I'm guessing it's probably a brighter sister.

Oh look! I was right... Siobhan has them swatched side by side. Cha Cha Cha is the brighter of the two.

Blue Iguana

China Glaze - Blue Iguana

China Glaze - Blue Iguana

No picture I take could possibly come close to how complex and beautiful this color is. It's a bright blue, with shimmer that has a few different colors (I caught blue and purple in there at least). I absolutely loved this color. This polish looks like a foil in my picture but it's not. It's closer to the shimmery flecks in 108 Degrees than a foil.

Senorita Bonita

China Glaze - Senorita Bonita

China Glaze - Senorita Bonita

This hot little number is a metallic fuchsia purple. This one I can see looking great on a lot of skin tones and being an easy color pick-me-up for the summer. It's bright, it's fun. What's not to love? Ok, I'll admit. This one didn't play nicely with my top coat. But I might have been a little heavy handed with my application.

Each of these colors (with the exception of Electric Pineapple) applied with two coats.

On every color, I got a solid days wear. Where you see chips in my pictures, my nail is a fault not the polish. I put these on over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite.

Bottom Line
My favorites are 108 Degrees and Blue Iguana. Skip Electric Pineapple. Overall, it's a good collection to pick up if you're looking for summer brights.

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The China Glaze products was furnished to me by PR for the purpose of review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with China Glaze.