China Glaze – Avant Gardent Collection Spring 2013 ‘Blooming Brights’

CG Avant Garden part 2 opener


Trying to reinvent the wheel can often fall into redundancy, which is why I really appreciate China Glaze’s honest charm; case in point is their latest offering that makes no excuses for what it is – a spring nail varnish collection. If part 1 (reviewed here) represented the gentler opening notes of the season, then part 2 -the ‘Blooming Brights’, is Spring at its vibrant & colourful best.

All swatches are with base and top coats.


CG Avant Garden part 2 macro

China Glaze Avant Garden – Blooming Brights


CG Avant Garden part 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Blooming Brights


Mimosa’s Before Mani’s – a warm leaning melon pink hue, filled with ultra fine pearlized gold & silver shimmer. Excellent flow, self-levelling and quite glossy at the finish, there’s a vibrant & fresh feel to this shade, although the shimmer itself is not highly visible once applied – still enough to offer a unique overall gleam. Coats applied: 2


CG Mimosa's Before Mani's swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Mimosa’s Before Mani’s


CG Mimosa's Before Mani's swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Mimosa’s Before Mani’s


Budding Romance – a semi-sheer deep chartreuse colour with mustard undertones, in a jelly-esque formula. With an exceptionally glossy finish at the end, there’s an organic vibe to this original green shade and I personally love its glass-like translucency at 2 coats. Very military chic! Coats applied: 3 (thin)


CG Budding Romance swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Budding Romance


CG Budding Romance swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Budding Romance


Sunday Funday – an intense azure blue crème hue in a highly colour-saturated formula. Self-levelling and with a high gloss finish, this vivid hue has the added bonus of being completely non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


CG Sunday Funday swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Sunday Funday


CG Sunday Funday swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Sunday Funday


Passion for Petals – a lush carnation/rose crème hue that bears some jelly-like qualities in its application. With its amazing colour pigmentation, this can almost pass for a 1-coater, and will suit a wide range of skin tones across the board. Coats applied: 2


CG Passion for Petals swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Passion for Petals


CG Passion for Petals swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Passion for Petals


Fancy Pants – a quasi-sheer indigo hue, filled with ultra fine glass fleck-like pink shimmer with some sparse larger flecks thrown in, all in a self-levelling jelly-like formula. This totally spectacular shade applies like a dream, and leaves a superior gloss at the finish. Bonus: non staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


CG Fancy Pants swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Fancy Pants


CG Fancy Pants swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Fancy Pants


Snap my Dragon – an über intense rich fuchsia hue with magenta ultra fine shimmer, in a hybrid crème-jelly medium flowing formula. Bearing an excellent pigmentation, application and glossy finish, the shimmer here translates quite clearly upon the nail, even giving off a blueish tone when seen under flash. Coats applied: 2


CG Snap My Dragon swatch

China Glaze Avant Garden – Snap my Dragon


CG Snap My Dragon swatch 2

China Glaze Avant Garden – Snap my Dragon


CG Snap My Dragons swatch flash

China Glaze Avant Garden – Snap my Dragon, with flash


Final thoughts: When the promotional photos began circulating about this collection, the shade I was most drawn to was ‘Fancy Pants’, and I can honestly say that the reality of it exceeds anything I could have expected. ‘Budding Romance’ took me by surprise with its original take on green (a perfect leaf/stem colour!) and the stunning shimmer in ‘Snap my Dragon’ was a lovely bonus as well. ‘Mimosa’s Before Mani’s’ (that name….) as well as ‘Sunday Funday’, will be shades I’ll be sporting on my tanned toes this year – when & if the warmer weather finally gets here *grumble*.

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CG Avant Garden part 2 closer




*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

30 Responses to China Glaze – Avant Gardent Collection Spring 2013 ‘Blooming Brights’

  1. Latoya says:

    Fancy Pants is pretty fun, I’ll admit – I probably won’t pick it up, but I can admire it on you and your perfect mani job! The rest I could take or leave…I’m still been in a polish rut of sorts and very little catches my eye, but when it does, you KNOW it’s something special!

  2. Mimosa & Sunday Funday look so cheerful and somehow manage to evoke sunny weekend days. 🙂

  3. Dovey says:

    Hi Eugenia,

    These are such bold colors! I think Snap My Dragon catches my eye here… with the snappy name and that gorgeously glowy look that you showed with flash 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Hey Dovey! Even though the flash exaggerates the glow you mentioned, you actually still manage to see some blue flashes even in natural light – it’s definitely worthy of its name!

  4. Linda says:

    Great post Eugenia! I love Fancy Pants with the fine shimmer to make it stand out from others of that hue out right now. Also Snap My Dragon.

  5. Do you clean up your polish with a brush+acetone? Because holy cow that’s one perfect manicure after another. Fancy Pants is my favorite, no question. Such a stunner of a blue o.O

    • Eugenia says:

      Awww…thanks so much MM! To answer your question, I most certainly clean up with a small angled artist’s brush and a moisturizing acetone – pure acetone is too drying for me, even though it gives the best cleanup. Fancy Pants is simply gorgeous – totally worth tracking down!

  6. Fancy Pants and Snap My Dragon! I love them both! Juicy shades with a great shimmer. How sexy.

  7. francoamerica says:

    Fancy Pants and Sunday Funday will be mine! (I’m sure you’ve seen that Essie is coming out with a polish called Sunday Funday too this year… hmm.) On an unrelated note, why oh why did China Glaze commit a grammar fail in naming one of their shades Mimosa’s Before Mani’s?? Shame! Thank you so much for the swatches though, they are lovely!

    • Eugenia says:

      Glad you liked the swatches! As I mentioned to another reader, who also pointed out this grammatical faux pas, I’m guessing it was given this name in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way…or at least I hope it was, lol! As to the other shades you mentioned, they are simply beautiful and you’re right – I certainly have seen the Essie shade of the same name; in fact, I have it in my possession but can’t show it just yet. I can tell you that it’s in a completely different colour family!

  8. Julia says:

    I like Mimosas Before Manis (especially the cute name), although I’m not sure it would be the most flattering color for my skin tone. My real pick is Budding Romance! I feel rather compelled to collect weird greens like that and the squishy look is a plus as well. In fact I’m wearing a weird green of a different persuasion right now–Barielle “Myrza’s Meadow”. I have a few cousins of Budding Romance but I can tell from looking that none are the same. What’s one more polish in the moving pile?!

    • Eugenia says:

      That name is causing quite a stir; it seems the good folks at China Glaze either didn’t realize the grammar mistakes in the excessive use of apostrophes, or forgot to state that it was intentional! In the end it doesn’t really matter – it’s the shade that counts, and this one’s a winner! Budding Romance is so “out there” that it’s a totally hipster kind of colour — well worth adding to the stash!

      • Julia says:

        Ha re Mimosas Before Manis–I prepare students for various college and graduate school standardized admissions tests, which includes grammar instruction, and so I had to delete those apostrophes when I wrote the name! Punctuation aside, the image the name conjures up is cute :).

      • Eugenia says:

        I couldn’t agree more about the imagery! 😉

  9. Oooh! Snap my Dragon & Sunday Funday are so pretty! I really didn’t think I wanted any of the Blooming Brights until I saw this post! I must have those!

    *adds to never ending wishlist.

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s funny how some promo images can make us feel one way about a shade, and then seeing it swatched completely changes everything! Glad you liked these two beauties! (and for the record, my wish list grows daily…sigh…)

  10. Sonia Martins says:

    Fancy Pants is the shade to which I will (finally) try China Glaze, it’s so unique! And Keep Calm, Paint On, I love that it is a softer colour and that silvery shimmer, both unique to me. Thank you for the review and pictures 😀 you converted me.***

  11. Jess says:

    I can’t get over the incompetence that allowed “mimosa’s before mani’s” to fly, but it’s a stunning colour nonetheless!

    • Eugenia says:

      I’m a little confused; do you mean to say that you passed on this shade, or that it’s something about the actual nail polish you didn’t consider? In any case, I’m glad you like it!

      • Jess says:

        I mean I can’t believe it managed to get released after who knows how many levels of approval with those two erroneous apostrophes in the title, but I do really like it and will probably buy it anyway!:)

      • Eugenia says:

        Something tells me that it was done on purpose — probably as a gimmicky kind of title, if nothing else. If not, then someone needs a major grammar lesson! Good to hear that you won’t let this little snafu deter you from getting the shade, though … just don’t look at the name! 🙂

    • Gwen says:

      Maybe it’s the apostrophes in the name. They don’t make a lot of sense, do they?

      • Eugenia says:

        LOL! I love that colour and am with you on the apostrophes — could have totally done with a different name without those little squiggles!

  12. Sian says:

    Whoa, in the bottle budding romance is a but blah, but swatched it is stunning! Love it.

    • Eugenia says:

      I have several military greens in my collection, but NOTHING like this one! It’s one of these shades that some will really love, and others not so much – but you can’t deny how unique it is!

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