Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mainstream Swatch and Review - The Great Outdoors Collection by China Glaze

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Hello lovely readers! It’s difficult to believe, but debuting on my blog today is China Glaze! Continue reading after the jump for (an excessive amount of) swatches and review of The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 collection. 


The collection is comprised of 12 polishes in a variety of finishes: My Lodge or Yours, Change Your Altitude, Free Bear Hugs, Take a Hike, S’more Fun, Sleeping Under the Stars, Gone Glamping, Cabing Fever, Pondering, Silver Fox, Wood You Wanna, and Let’s Dew It.

My Lodge or Yours
This is a crème in a neutral mauve shade. This polish is one of several in this collection that can be worn beyond the Fall season. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of My lodge or Yours by China Glaze
My Lodge or Yours by China Glaze




Change Your Altitude
This is a crème in a grayish taupe color. It is another beautiful polish that can be worn beyond the season and one that makes a great base for nail art. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Change your Altitude by China Glaze
Change Your Altitude by China Glaze



Free Bear Hugs
This is a crème in a vampy burgundy shade. It is a pretty polish but I feel like it has been done several times before. It was opaque but patchy after one coat but self-leveled nicely after the second coat. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.
Nail polish swatch of Free Bear Hugs by China Glaze
Free Bear Hugs by China Glaze




Take a Hike
This crème photographed as a dark forest green under direct artificial lighting. However, it transformed into a dark cornflower blue when appreciated under natural lighting. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level but  it could be a one-coater if applied carefully. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.
Nail polish swatch of Take a Hike by China Glaze
Take a Hike by China Glaze




S’more Fun
This is a crème in dusty chartreuse green. It is one of those shades that you either love or hate. I happen to fall into the LOVE camp! It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of S'more Fun by China Glaze
S'more Fun by China Glaze




Sleeping Under the Stars
This is a crème in a deep eggplant shade and subtle pink microshimmer. The microshimmer on the bottle was gorgeous but it hardly showed up on the nail. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. This too could be a one-coater if applied carefully (the microshimmer shows up better on the first coat). Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Sleeping Under the Stars by China Glaze
Sleeping Under the Stars by China Glaze



Gone Glamping
This polish is a want-to-be duochrome, frosty shimmer. It looked very pretty in the bottle but it was very unflattering on me. The formula was not bad but it was not opaque after two coats. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Gone Glamping by China Glaze
Gone Glamping



Cabing Fever
This polish is one of two duochromes in the collection. This one shifts from dark pink to an orage-yellow. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.
Nail polish swatch of Cabin Fever by China Glaze
Cabin Fever by China Glaze




Pondering
This is the other duochrome in the collection. This one shifts from violet to a dark teal. It took 2 coats to become opaque and self-level. However, this too can be a one-coater if applied carefully. Shown below are 2 coats plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Pondering by China Glaze
Pondering by China Glaze




Silver Fox
This chrome polish is one of 2 metallic foils in the collection. The formula was flawless, self-leveling and becoming opaque after just one coat. Shown below is one coat plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Silver Fox by China Glaze
Silver Fox by China Glaze



Wood You Wanna
This bronze brown polish is the other metallic foil in the collection. As with Silver Fox, it only took one coat for it to become opaque and self-level. The macro of this polish reminds me of mole (the Mexican spicy chocolate sauce!). Shown below is one coat plus top coat.

Nail polish swatch of Wood You Wanna by China Glaze
Wood You Wanna by China Glaze




Let’s Dew It
This is the only glitter in the collection. The polish features multi-size hexes in a variety of metallic blue shades. It is a full-coverage glitter after 2 coats. Shown below are two coats plus top coat. 
Nail polish swatch of Let's Dew It by China Glaze
Let's Dew It by China Glaze


Overall, I love this collection. The metallic foils are perfection and the shift in the duochromes are gorgeous. Although I really liked 11 out of 12, my top picks would have to be Pondering and Sleeping Under the Stars. 

Did you get this collection or are you planning to? I would love to read your thoughts!


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23 comments:

  1. There are few polishes from this collection that I wouldn't mind getting!

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    1. The collection is beautiful. Nothing too flashy, but great formulas and pretty colors overall.

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  2. I only got the 3 duochromes, but now I kind of want to get Silver Fox!

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  3. I have been all over these rich mocha shades this year! Wood You Wanna is my pick for sure!

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    1. Browns and mochas are the 2015 standouts in my opinion!

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  4. I've been sitting on these since July but now I really want to get them out and use them. Gorgeous swatches!

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    1. Thank you! It took me a couple of months to swatch these but they were worth the wait!

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  5. Gorgeous swatches! Pondering looks beautiful!

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  6. I definitely think I need the duochromes! I almost always get those if nothing else :)

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    1. They are gorgeous and the formulas are nice.

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  7. Sleeping Under the Stars is my favorite. Lovely swatches !

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  8. Really beautiful. Sleeping under the stars is my favorite I need it in my life

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  9. Awesome collection!! Pondering is my absolute favorite

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  10. Awesome collection!! Pondering is my absolute favorite

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  11. Amazing collection, I really need some China Glaze polishes x

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  12. I have part of this collection and the formulas are great!

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  13. This is one of my favorite China Glaze collections in a long time. It reminds me of polish from the early 2000s

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