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China Glaze – Autumn Nights Fall 2013 Collection, part 1

CG Autumn Nights pt. 1 opener

 

The Fall offerings from China Glaze, have got to be my favourites – and this year’s version does NOT disappoint. The 12-piece collection is broken up into two themes: the 6 shades of the ‘Strike Up A Cosmo’ set (shown here today), and my upcoming post which will spotlight the 6 hues of ‘Gossip Over Gimlets’. With rich, jewel-toned hues and mega-what shine, there’s a whole lot of gorgeousness going on here.


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China Glaze – Autumn Nights ‘Strike Up A Cosmo’


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Autumn Nights – Autumn Nights ‘Strike Up A Cosmo’

 

Strike Up A Cosmo – a deep rose-gold foil hue with mauve undertones as well as some copper and gold glitter shards thrown in,  in an amazing formula: great coverage even by the first coat, self levelling and brush stroke free. Absolutely brilliant sparkle at the finish, plus this shade is so totally trending right now. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Strike Up A Cosmo


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China Glaze -Strike Up A Cosmo

 

Red-y & Willing – a deeply saturated ruby/garnet hue, with an almost “glowy” kind of effect, in a formula that was very easy to work with – although it does have the potential to be slightly staining (don’t skip the base coat here). Self levelling and bearing a glossy finish, I had some issues with the brush on my bottle – I’m guessing it’s an isolated incident, because the rest of the collection was fine. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Red-y & Willing


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China Glaze – Red-y & Willing

 

Don’t Make Me Wine – a luxuriously rich magenta hue with an inner amethyst shimmer, bearing an excellent formula that applies in a self levelling manner, leaving a high gloss behind. Strongly pigmented and with that ‘glowing centers/darker edges’ look that I love, there’s also the added bonus of it being non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Don’t Make Me Wine


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China Glaze – Don’t Make Me Wine

 

Scandalous Shenanigans – a true sapphire hue with a matching pearly shimmer, bearing a violet undertone. This highly pigmented formula can almost be a 1-coater, and application couldn’t be easier: brush stroke-free, self levelling and with a nice shine at the finish. There’s definitely a stain potential with this shade, so do not skip your base. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Scandalous Shenanigans


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China Glaze – Scandalous Shenanigans

 

Tongue & Chic – an intense viridian hue with a matching shimmer, and is a true 1-coater (it’s THAT colour saturated). Self levelling and über glossy at the finish, there is a slight stain potential with this shade as well – make sure to apply your base first. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Tongue & Chic


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China Glaze – Tongue & Chic

 

Goldie But Goodie – an antiqued gold/pale bronze complex hue, that’s jam-packed with golden/bronze micro shimmer, as well as larger copper and gold glitter flecks – not quite a foil, nor a glittery shimmer, but a hybrid of the two finishes & very unique. An amazing formula with a super easy application, the self-levelling formula leaves no visible brush strokes, and finishes in a ridiculously brilliant shine. Some migration of the fine shimmer upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


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China Glaze – Goldie But Goodie


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China Glaze – Goldie But Goodie

 

The 2 foils of this group are in a word: outstanding! The other 4 shades all seem to have this hypnotic “glow” and are so incredibly colour saturated, but other than ‘Don’t Make Me Wine’, need a bit more preparation to avoid any staining issues. That being said, if jewel-tones are your weakness, you should definitely check these beauties out.

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China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2

Disclosure: Press samples

 

 

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While the first half of the China Glaze Hologlam Collection (reviewed here) didn’t exactly strike gold with me (more to do with the colours offered, than any other reason), this bunch has my name all over it. The oceanically-inspired range of tones of the six shades shown here today, all work quite cohesively – whether worn individually or mixed & matched, and even their “holographic-ness” appears so much more vibrant and brilliant. As with the first grouping, these shades all have certain qualities in common:

  • medium thick formula that bears an odd elasticity to it — almost a spring-back effect
  • very fast drying
  • non-staining with an easy removal

Application tips:

  • ridge-filling base coat applied first will ensure a smoother surface to work on
  • load enough polish on your brush to deposit a full coat per nail
  • the “3-stroke” method works the best (ie: 1 swipe down the middle, then 1 swipe down either side of that)
  • do not fuss with the first coat too much, in order to avoid potential bald spots
  • wait a minimum of 2 minutes between coats, to eliminate any lumps from forming
  • top coat optional; while I always apply a top coat for extra protection, I found that it dulled the effect on these lacquers

 

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China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2


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China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2

 

Don’t Be A Luna-Tic – an icy pale blue shade with undertones of seafoam in the base and rather cool leaning, with a mild but still visible linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Don’t Be A Luna-Tic


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China Glaze – Don’t Be A Luna-Tic

 

Sci-Fly By – a sky blue/azure shade and one of the sheerest in formula of this grouping, bearing a gentle and slightly more scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Sci-Fly By


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China Glaze – Sci-Fly By

 

Take A Trek – a steel blue shade bearing an excellent saturation of colour (can almost be a 1-coater if applied thickly enough), smoothly flowing and giving off a diffused linear holographic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Take A Trek


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CHina Glaze – Take A Trek

 

Strap On Your Moonboots – a rich navy shade with strong purple undertones in the base in a formula that is stellar, both in flow and colour saturation. Much stronger and visible linear prismatic effect overall. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Strap On Your Moonboots


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China Glaze – Strap on Your Moonboots

 

Cosmic Dust – a quasi-sheer platinum grey hue that is both warm & cool leaning, with a holographic effect that appears rather scattered in low lighting, but strongly linear in direct sunlight. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Cosmic Dust


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China Glaze – Cosmic Dust

 

Galactic Gray – a hybrid taupe/mauve hue bearing an amazing flow and colour pigmentation, with a strong linear prismatic effect seen in direct light that becomes slightly muted in lower lighting. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.


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China Glaze – Galactic Gray


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China Glaze – Galactic Gray

 

Last word: After a quick & cursory glance at this half of China Glaze’s Hologlam Collection, I wondered why there were so many similar hues; then I began swatching them and realized that I could not have been more wrong. Each shade offers something different and while inherently more of a “cool-themed” group, these are all colours that will work on a broad spectrum of skin tones and able to transcend all seasons as well. Care still needs to be taken with application, but the end result more than makes up for that. The best part? How beautifully each lacquer comes flaring to vivid life as soon as direct light hits it – you may want to have your sunglasses handy!

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China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 1

Disclosure: Press samples

 

CG Hologlam pt. 1 opener

 

This Spring, China Glaze released a collection of 12 holographic-type lacquers, the ‘Hologlam Collection’, in a broad range of colours and with varying intensities in their prismatic finishes, but even if you’re a “colour purist” like I tend to be, there’s no denying the almost magnetic pull of these polishes. I’ve broken the collection down into 2 parts – the warmer group, as shown here today, with the cooler group to follow. While some of these shades tended to be more vibrant than others, they all shared the following characteristics:

  • medium thick formula that bears an odd elasticity to it — almost a spring-back effect
  • very fast drying
  • non-staining with an easy removal

Application tips:

  • ridge-filling base coat applied first will ensure a smoother surface to work on
  • load enough polish on your brush to deposit a full coat per nail
  • the “3-stroke” method works the best (ie: 1 swipe down the middle, then 1 swipe down either side of that)
  • do not fuss with the first coat too much, in order to avoid potential bald spots
  • wait a minimum of 2 minutes between coats, to eliminate any lumps from forming
  • top coat optional; while I always apply a top coat for extra protection, I found that it dulled the effect on these lacquers

 

 


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China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 1

 

Get Outta My Space – lilac hue, both warm & cool leaning and with some grey undertones, gentle linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – Get Outta My Space


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China Glaze – Get Outta My Space

 

Not In This Galaxy – warm rose hue with visible orange tints in the base, bearing a slightly scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – Not In This Galaxy


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China Glaze – Not In This Galaxy

 

Astro-Hot – pink/lavender hue that can lean both warm & cool, bearing a stronger linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – Astro-Hot


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China Glaze – Astro-Hot

 

Infrared – magenta hue with hints of red in the base, strongly pigmented and bearing a scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – Infrared


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China Glaze – Infrared

 

OMG a UFO – olive green hue with gold reflects, bearing a more diffused linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – OMG a UFO


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China Glaze – OMG a UFO

 

When Stars Collide – plum/burgundy base hue with the deepest pigmentation of the group, bearing a strong linear effect seen in sunlight. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


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China Glaze – When Stars Collide


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China Glaze – When Stars Collide

 

Last word: If you’re looking to add a little pizzazz to your nails, but don’t want the headaches (ie: removal issues) associated with glitter lacquer, then the prismatic finish of China Glaze’s Hologlam Collection may be just what you need. With the exception of ‘When Stars Collide’, I found the holographic effect to be more on the subdued side with this group, definitely making these shades more work-place friendly than party/clubbing — a definite plus in that respect. Once you’ve “nailed” down the proper application method, you’ll find the results pay off – and a great way to ease yourself into the world of polish holographics.

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