Sorry I've been away so long - the usual combination of work and family drama have been added stress lately. I didn't realize how long I've been on the periphery of the nail polish world until I went to my supply store the other day... I didn't realize until then that I hadn't checked out the store since the end of April!
I managed to hold off the polish hoarder in me enough to spend a reasonable amount of polish. I avoided buying the whole collection and limited myself to only a few shades, which I managed to swatch (instead of leaving them on my swatching desk for later). Anyhow, enough of my chittering! Onto the polish! Please click read more after the cut to see my swatches of these polishes!
Left to right: Tongue & Chic, Queen B, Red-y & Willing, Rendezvous with You, Strike up a Cosmo, Goldie but Goodie, and Gossip over Gimlets.
Queen B: The first thing I want to mention is that this picture isn't really colour accurate. On my monitor, it looks much brighter than it is in person. I'd describe it as a dusty/muted/faded indigo. A very nice fall shade. The formula was very nice - I have had mostly good experiences with China Glaze cremes. Also, the only creme I purchased out of this collection.
Tongue & Chic: Teal-blue (or turquoise?) shimmer (I'd say it's borderline frost). My photos make this polish look very frosty, but I don't find it as noticeable when the polish is 100% dry. It's a very pretty jewel toned shade. Formula is very nice too (if you ignore the slight frost) - I did two coats out of habit but one could have done the trick also. I like.
Red-y & Willing: another pretty jewel-tone. It has the same kind of heavy shimmer finish as Tongue & Chic, which give it this very pretty glow-y look. I was a bit hesitant about picking this polish up, but I'm glad I did now. It's a great colour for fall. I can imagine reclining by the fire (if I had a real fireplace) drinking hot cocoa wearing this polish on my tips. As with Tongue & Chic, I don't really notice the frosty-esque finish when the polish is dry. I think the lamp I use accentuates the frost. Formula is similar to Tongue & Chic.
Goldie but Goodie: One of my favourites in this collection. It's such a pretty copper-tinged gold foil. It's very nice a reflective. I don't have a polish this shade in my collection mostly because I tend to shy away from golds. OPI's Goldeneye is one of my favourite gold polishes ever, but the number of coats for opacity can be a bit of a turn off, especially if I'm in a bit of a rush. Goldie but Goodie is a nice alternative - 2 coats was good enough for me.
Strike up a Cosmo: Another polish I wasn't sure about. A rose-y pink foil. A very pretty polish, but I'm not sure how often I'd wear it since I'm not really a huge pink fan. I mostly purchased this polish because I really loved the foil finish. It kind of reminds me of a foil polish I have from Zoya though... I'll have to dig through my collection to compare the two. Formula was good.
So, what do you think? I'll admit that I bought most of these polishes because I loved the foil finish, but the shimmers I bought didn't disappoint either. There was another blackened sapphire blue polish in the same vein as Tongue & Chic that I was considering buying, but I stopped myself because I was worried I'd have a dupe of it somewhere in my collection. I may go back and buy it one day, but for now I'm pretty content with what I have.
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