China Glaze The Giver Collection

China Glaze The Giver Collection
I love when brands give us nail polishes inspired by movies. The recently launched movie The Giver has been making waves in the movie world. I remember reading this book when I was in elementary or middle school but honestly…I can’t remember too much about it. When time permits, I’m going to check it out again. I always prefer to the read the book before seeing the movie. But in the meantime, I’ve been playing around with these polishes that I got as samples. While this collection didn’t instantly blow me away, it does have some special shades that I think nail polish lovers will appreciate.

China Glaze Community

Community is a milk chocolate brown and I have officially decided that I like brown nail polishes against my brown skin. There is just something so interesting and striking about brown polishes and I love seeing them in newer nail polish collections.

China Glaze Five Rules

Brace yourself because Five Rules is just one of many similar shades that we are going to see in this collection. This creamy dirty eggshell shade is pretty in its own right.

China Glaze Seeing Red

Seeing Red is a stunning fire engine red that I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with, but…I did. Then again, like many reds, once you own 5 different reds, you really own them all. This is pretty but it isn’t insanely unique.

China Glaze Intelligence Intergity & Courage

Intelligence Intergity & Courage is the longest nail polish name everrrr! Haha, I’m kidding. Not really, though. I do really like this dusty and muted light blue. It has a bit of gray in it and I think it’ll look beautiful on just about anyone.

China Glaze The Outer Edge

The Outer Edge is a white snowy topcoat. I applied 2 coats of it on my top 2 fingers and 1 coat of it on my bottom two fingers. I really love this and I’m thinking I can do some really fun things with it during the holiday season.

China Glaze Givers Theme

Givers Theme is a vibrant purple creme that is by far my favorite shade in the collection. It is stunning and applies beautifully. It also shines very well without a topcoat.

China Glaze New Birth

New Birth is a white creme that has a touch of gray in it. And that’s all.

China Glaze History of the World

History of the World is a beautiful gray/blue. I don’t know. I’m having a tough time describing this one. Maybe that’s a good thing.

China Glaze Release

Release is a very pretty dusty lavender. I’m sure we’ve seen this before, but I don’t know…I like it.

China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond

Capacity to see Beyond photographs so so OFF so please forgive me. There wasn’t enough color correcting in the world for that baby. In true life it is bright blue sea blue. It definitely has more green that my camera was not able to pick up.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

Boundary of Memory is a glitter chockfull of silver, gold and black.

China Glaze Friends Forever Right

Friends Forever, Right? is another white creme but unlike the other similar cremes in this collection, this one has a touch of baby pink in it.

 

Overall Impressions

Well, I don’t know. I wouldn’t call it a disappointing collection but it did leave me a bit…“Where is the cream filling?”-ish. I do love the purples (Release and Givers Theme) and I think Seeing Red and The Outer Edge are fun the overabundance of creamy whites just threw me off a bit. Maybe after seeing the movie, I’ll be more forgiving? We shall seeee…

What do you think? See any shades that you like?

China Glaze Sunsational nail polish collection, part II

If you missed my feature of the first 6 polishes of this gorgeous summery collection, check it out here. I am now back with the other 6!

China Glaze Sunsational nail polish

And there are mooooar jellies. Woot!

China Glaze Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up is a typical bubblegum pink. There isn’t anything crazy unique about it. Most nail polish companies will launch a pink like it in their summer collections. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all, ya know?

China Glaze That's Shore Bright

That’s Shore Bright is a purple creme. It is far more fantastic in real life and if you love purple nail polishes, you pretty much need this one in your life. I kinda want a car this color. Don’t ask…

China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle

Too Yacht To Handle is a pretty teal that almost looks like a minty green version of China Glaze’s For Audrey. They could definitely be fraternal twins.

China Glaze Shell-O

Shello-O is a juicy coral pink and it’s a pretty jelly that would look stunning when paired with any kind of glitter.

China Glaze Highlight of my Summer

Highlight of My Summer is a mellow mint green creme. It almost looks like a spring-y shade and it’s a bit difficult to apply. Still pretty if you can manage applying a good 2-3 coats.

China Glaze Heat Index

Heat Index is a bright pink jelly. Yep, another jelly. It’s got a little more umph than Shello-O but jelly lovers will probably want both. Tell your wallet I apologize.

The collection altogether…

China Glaze Sunsational

You can still find this collection anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold..Sally Beauty Supply, ULTA Beauty and online retailers.

Any other jelly lovers in the house? I so wish I was creative enough to do some cool things with jellies. But unfortunately I’m far too lazy. Ha!

China Glaze Sunsational collection, part I

I can’t believe it’s almost already fall. Eek! I have to quickly crank out this review before the leaves start droppin’ on me. China Glaze always knows how to release a stellar summer nail polish collection and Sunsational isn’t any less. I received these babies for review and these are the first 6.

China Glaze Sunsational collection

Oh! And the best part…a lot of them have jelly finishes. *squeals*

 

China Glaze Sun of a Peach

Sun of a Peach is a gorgeous peachy creme. I don’t own anything like it. Sure, it took 4 coats to reach an opaque finish but whatever. It’s gorgeous!

China Glaze Are You Jelly?

Are You Jelly? Is a purple jelly that you basically need. Yeah, I said it. You NEED this one. Especially if you love purple nail polishes as much as I do. She’s super sheer so you’ll need 3-4 coats to get an opaque finish but she’s fantastic with layering a glitter in between. It’s such a stunning purple!

China Glaze Keepin' It Teal

Keepin’ It Teal is a turquoise jelly that surprised me! I thought for sure this one was going to stain my nails but it didn’t! I usually don’t wear turquoise polishes because they are notorious for staining the nails. I love this one. Another 3-4 coat wonder but it’s a stunning turquoise that has a beautiful application.

China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts

You Drive Me Coconuts is an insanely bright and hot pink creme. It isn’t as jelly-fied as the other polishes but it’ll still require 3-4 coats. It is so so bright and pretty and will make the perfect pedicure color.

China Glaze Isle See You Later

Isle See You Later is a marine blue that has a hard time reaching an opaque finish. Which sucks because I would have loved for this one to work. I applied 5 coats and this one just wouldn’t work for me. Ah well…can’t win ‘em all, huh? The formula of this one seems to be a bit on the watery side compared to the others.

China Glaze Neon & On & On

Neon & On & On is between baby girl pink and coral. It’s not my favorite shade of the bunch because I found that it applied unevenly. It isn’t a creme and it isn’t quite a jelly so the formula was a bit challenging to work with. And I’m not sure how flattering it is on my nails.

I’ve got 6 more of these to review so stay tuned but in the meantime if you just have to buy these ASAP (can’t blame you), you can snag ‘em anywhere at Sally Beauty Supply, ULTA and anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold for about $3.99 a bottle.

See any that you like?

China Glaze Texture nail polish collection

My nails are going through some craziness and right before they all popped off I got the chance to swatch China Glaze’s Texture collection. I am still obsessing over texture nail polishes. China Glaze’s are a little different from the Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes though. These are TRUE textured polishes. They feel bumpy , matte and eccentric. I received this collection to review and if you are a fan of the textured nail polish look, I’m thinking you’ll love these.

China Glaze Texture collection

See!

China Glaze Unrefined

Unrefined is a baby pink. Y’all know I’m no fan of pink polishes but this one definitely has some personality.

China Glaze Of Coarse!

Of Coarse! is a bright, cobalt-blue and I thought for sure this one would stain the nails but a good base coat prevented that from happening.

China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty

Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a melon that I actually looks nice. I’m always iffy about shades like this one but somehow it works.

China Glaze In The Rough

In The Rough is a light lime green. I had a hard time photographing this but it is definitely as bright as it appears. I’m not sure how flattering it is on me though…

China Glaze Toe-tally Textured

Toe-tally Textured is tangerine-orange but it is really very neon. I mean CRAZY neon. I like it!

China Glaze Bump & Grind

Bump & Grind is a hot pinkish-red. I had tough time photographing this one too but it’s probably the most “regular” of all of the colors.

Must Haves:
Toe-tally Textured: It’s just crazy bright and awesome.
Itty, Bitty & Gritty: It’s perfect and sweet and great for those who aren’t really into textures but want to try something different.

I like these textures. A LOT. I really didn’t think I’d like them this much. I found the formula to be easy to work with. For foolproof application try waiting a good 3-5 minutes before applying the second coat. I’m not sure these last as long as a regular nail polish though. In fact, I found them to chip pretty quickly. But whatever…they are still worth the effort because I just think they are that captivating. Way to go China Glaze! Of course you can get these anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold but if you don’t mind waiting and paying for shipping, you can snag them for $3.25 a pop at Head2ToeBeauty.com.

Yay or nay to these polishes?

China Glaze Hologlam collection

This is a massive nail polish collection. I typically put collections this large in 2 posts but nope, I’m going to go ahead and give you the whole enchilada, baby. I got these for a review awhile back and they were such a pleasure to apply. I’m a holo lover like the next nail polish lover and while these weren’t as blingy as I thought they would be, they were still nice and fun to use.

China Glaze Hologram

Here we goooo…

China Glaze Astro-Hot nail polish

Astro-Hot is a soft baby pink. Softer holographic nail polishes never really seem to do it for me but I surprisingly liked this one. And I loved that the pink still shows well even though it’s pretty…soft.

China Glaze Take A Trek nail polish

Take A Trek is a cool denim blue. Ugh, blue holographic polishes are the best and this one isn’t any exception. This one applied beautifully and really does look like denim.

China Glaze Galatic Gray nail polish

Galatic Gray is a stunning silver metal and I really didn’t expect for the holo bits to be as apparent in this one. But they definitely are!

China Glaze Not In This Galaxy nail polish

Not In This Galaxy is a bright warm coral and it’s the perfect holo for those who want to take baby steps into wearing holographic polishes. And she’s totally work appropriate too!

China Glaze OMG A UFO nail polish

OMG A UFO is a warm moss green. It’s everything I could ever want in a green holo. Well, a light green holo. I much prefer darker ones but this one isn’t too bad.

China Glaze Sci-Fly By nail polish

Sci-Fly By is a silver blue. This one didn’t look so holographic to me. Not too much of a loss because it is a gorgeous blue by itself.

China Glaze Get Outta My Space nail polish

Get Outta My Space is a powdered violet. She’s sweet and dainty.

China Glaze Strap On Your Moonboots nail polish

Strap On Your Moonboots is a midnight sky blue has a subtle holographic effect but it is still so gorgeous.

China Glaze When Stars Collide nail polish

When Stars Collide is a warm maroon. I didn’t think I’d like this one as much but it’s surprisingly interesting.

China Glaze Cosmic Dust nail polish

Cosmic Dust is a silver metal that has a nice amount of holographic shimmer but I’ve seen better silver holographics.

China Glaze Infa-Red nail polish

Infa-Red is my favorite of the bunch. This warm magenta pink has the most holographic shimmer. It is perfect!

China Glaze Don't Be A Luna-tic nail polish

Don’t Be a Luna-tic is a turquoise aqua. She isn’t as gorgeous as the other blues though.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $14/bottle – pricer b/c of the holographic particles.
Availability: At e-tailers and Sally Beauty Supply. Maybe Ulta? 
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Galatic Gray, Strap On Your Moonboots, When Stars Collide,  Infa-Red
 
 

I didn’t expect to love this collection as much as I did. I mean, of course I knew I’d love them because they ARE holographic polishes but they really aren’t as holographic as I would have liked. Still… they are super easy to apply (after you make sure to shake the bottle a bit), wear for quite some time and look stunning on the nails. If you have polishes with more of a holographic shimmer these may not excite you too much. But if you are looking to spruce up your holographic nail polish collection, these may work. But are they as awesome at the OMG collection? Not really.

Are you a fan of holographic polishes. What do you think about these?

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013 – part II

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I’m back with part II of the lovely and dainty Avant Garden Collection. If you missed it, part I is here.

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Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is a sweet and squishy orange polish. It reminds me of orange sherbet with a bit of shimmer. It doesn’t look like a mimosa though. Just sayin’.

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Fancy Pants is an amazing royal blue with pink and violet shimmer. It’s a gorgeous and unique nail polish and it’s one that I’d definitely list as a top nail polish color of the year.

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Sunday Funday is a bright blue that my camera is photographing all kinds of wrong. While it looks like a bright baby blue, it really leans more on the turquoise side of things.

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Passion for Petals is a bright salmon pink that is actually a very nice shade of pink. I tend to think that most nail polish brands overdue pinks but I really like this one.

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Budding Romance is a moss green and it’s one of those fuguly greens that you either love or hate. I really like ‘em. They are murky and funky if you’re in the mood to wear a green polish that isn’t really “green”. You know what I mean, don’t you?

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Snap My Dragon is a bright red with pink shimmer. It’s gorgeous alright, but nothing too striking and unique.

What an interesting collection! I love that it doesn’t have just the regular ole’ pastel Spring-y colors. Well, you’ve got some of those but you also have some interesting shades as well. I didn’t have any problems with the formulas either. And it’s pretty random but these polish names are so strange to me. Or is it just me?

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $7/bottle but you can find them cheaper on e-tailers.
Availability: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Mimosa’s Before Mani’s, Fancy Pants and Budding Romance
 

The collection altogether…

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Whatcha think about these babies? See any that you like?

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013 – part I

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Spring has sprung, darlings! And China Glaze has me all in the spirit with their beautiful Avant Garden collection. China Glaze does Spring collections beautifully so I expected great things from this one. And the good news is – they didn’t disappoint. I received this collection to review so check out part I of the Avant Garden collection.

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Pink-ie Promise is an iridescent baby pink and she’s got a cute name, but there really isn’t anything too spectacular about this pink.

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Keep Calm, Paint On is a sea foam green. I can’t get enough of this shade. China Glaze has given us beautifully sea foam greens before but this one is some kind of special. And the name is awesome too.

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Dandy Lyin’ Around is a shimmery vanilla icing and ZOMG, I love this one. It’s a simple color really but these are the kind of shades I go for when I want a lil’ somethin’ that’s not too over the top. You’ll need a good 3 coats for this one.

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Tart-y for the Party is a lavender creme with a nice and smooth finish. Nothing fancy.

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Life Is Rosy is a blushed mauve and as Grandmotherly as this polish is, I absolutely adore it. Seriously. It’s one of my favorites in this bunch.

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Fade Into Hue is a periwinkle creme that applied beautifully.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $7/bottle but you can find them cheaper on e-tailers.
Availability: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Keep Calm, Paint On and Life Is Rosy
 

Not a bad Spring collection so far, uh? Stay tuned for part II!

China Glaze Tranzitions nail polish collection

Well noooooow, this is quite the surprise. Good ole’ China Glaze is always on the up and up when it comes to knowing the latest and greatest in the nail polish world. They know that many of us have fallen victim to the nail art addiction and so they’ve released some polishes that can help make nail art…well, easier.

According to China Glaze, it goes like this: “This revolutionary new color-changing nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied”. Reacts in what way, you ask? With a stroke of clear top coat, the original polish color transforms into another nail polish groovy. Pretty groovy concept, uh? It’s easy to identify what color you’ll start with and what color a top coat will transform that color to because China Glaze have given us little labels on each of the Tranzitions bottles.

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China Glaze isn’t the first to do this but a mainstream brand hasn’t done this in a while so they do get some props in my book. I’ll show off the swatches first and then go into detail about how these polishes work and if they are worth your pennies.

Duplicityy is a mint green that shifts to vibrant teal. I actually really like this color without the top coat. Duplicityy seemed to dry better than most of the other polishes. The teal that arrives after the top coat is gorgeous too and almost has a bit of watercolor effect.

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Duplicityy with a bit of top coat…

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Duplicityy with top coat all over…

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Shape Shifter is a smokey violet that shifts to dark purple. That dark violet is very very subtle and actually looks more like a chrome-y navy blue on the nails. It’s a shade I’d wear solo but I love its transformed color (that vibrant purple) a lot more.

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Shape Shifter with a bit of top coat…

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Shape Shifter with top coat all over…

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Modify Me is a periwinkle blue that shifts to indigo blue. That perwinkle is some kind of awesome and don’t laugh at me, but I got a bit ambitious with my wanna-be nail art when it came to using the top coat. It is insanely tricky but you can use a dotting tool to make the other color pop up. I’m just not that good at it…yet.

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Modify Me with a bit of top coat…

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Modify Me with top coat all over…

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Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvery grey that shifts to bluish-charcoal grey and the truth about this shade is that it doesn’t LOOK all that differently when you apply a top coat over it. I’m not even kidding.

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Metallic Metamorphosis with a bit of top coat…

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Metallic Metamorphosis with top coat all over…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity is a dusty pink that shifts to fuchsia and it’s a good shade to have in the bunch considering all of the other polishes don’t have any pink/red  variations to them. The cotton candy pink is nice and girly and I dig the fuchsia it turns into – although it does have application problems a la Modify Me.

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with a bit of top coat…

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Split Perso-NAIL-ity with top coat all over…

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Altered Reality is a teal blue that shifts to turquoise and ohmiiiiigoodness, my camera sucked at trying to capture this color. While it looks gray, it really is more of a chrome-y teal. It’s not my favorite of the bunch though.

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Altered Reality with a bit of top coat…

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Pro’s

-Interesting concept to those who like nail art.
-I managed to get an opaque finish with each polish after only applying 1 coat.
-You really do get 2 polishes in 1 but for the price of 1 polish.
-Fun way to quickly change nail polish colors on a whim.
-All brands of top coat work effectively.

Con’s

-It’s hard to tell when the polish is “ready” for the top coat because even when they feel dry, applying a top coat can result in a streaky finish.
-The nail polish formula, while opaque, has such a weird consistency. It’s streaky and it’s tough to get it to apply evenly.
-Some of the polishes didn’t have much of a noticeable shift in color.

OVERALL:

Are these gimmicky? Well…yes. But nail polish fans may like them for the fun factor alone. Using them will take some trial and error but they aren’t impossible. Plus, I’m all for something “new” in the nail polish world so even though these aren’t perfect, I’m not exactly hating on them.

 

Purchase Information

Cost: 3.99/ea
Availability: Available in January 2013.
Where To Buy: Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta and on e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Whatcha think, nail polish lovers? Are these the coolest polishes you’ve ever seen or a bit…strange?