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It’s been a while since I’ve done a layered mani, and even longer since I’ve done one involving a glitter, instead of a crackle polish. Plus, this polish was the last I had from this collection left to try. China Glaze White Cap (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a golden tiny flake microglitter in a milky white base. I typically like to layer over black, but this time I thought I’d go for a winter white look, and I chose to put it over Illamasqua Load:
Picture taken in weak sunlight. Load applied as I’d remembered, needing three coats for an even finish. I added two coats of White Cap for a really dense, glittery look over the whole nail. The whole mani does involve a lot of coats but the end result looks so pretty! I like that it doesn’t look bright and stark, since Load is more of a creamy off-white. The golden microglitter looks so sweet and angelic; the tiny, crushed flakes sparkle delicately. I think this would’ve made for a nice holiday look too. Although it’s not snowing now, it seems perfect to wear during these wintry days that have been deathly cold. I paired this with China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway on my toes.
I felt like wearing a red creme again, and I thought this one would look perfect on my newly-shortened nails. China Glaze Hey Sailor (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a very bright retro red creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. (I think this photographed a little warmer than it looks in real life, but I feel that it’s one of those reds that can look more orange-toned or closer to neutral depending on the light.) This applied well in two coats. I love this red!! I can’t get enough of these retro-looking ones. Because of the nautical theme of the collection, I keep picturing sailor pin-ups when I look at it; the name is truly fitting. This one is particularly loud and bright, and definitely made to be noticed. I paired this with Orly Snowcone on my toes.
I feel like I’ve been wearing so much OPI lately that I wanted to break it up with a different brand. China Glaze Ahoy! (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a bright raspberry red- pink with pink and gold microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. (I was sure I would get a window of sunlight but I had no such luck. I want to replace the photo but I see no sun in the forecast This lighting doesn’t even begin to convey just how gorgeous this polish is.) The base is a little jelly/glass fleck-ish so I used three coats to get a greater degree of opacity. I should have worn this on a sunny week, because it’s really sparkly! The microglitter has that look of just floating beneath the surface; the finish is absolutely gorgeous. I also love this shade of pink; it’s warm and borderline red (even redder than the photo depicts), and bright but also very rich. I’m trying it a year late and I’m glad I finally did, but I definitely should have checked this off my untrieds much sooner! This polish is just amazingly beautiful, and I can say that it’s one of my favorite pinks. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Gleek Out on my toes.
For my last green of the month, I chose a more “traditional” shade. China Glaze Starboard (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a grass green creme:
Picture taken in natural light. (Unfortunately this is the best lighting I could get on a rainy day.) This applied well; it’s not exactly super-pigmented but I still got complete coverage in two coats. This is a perfect green-green! It’s doesn’t lean too blue or too yellow; it’s a lovely, right-down-the-middle shade. It looks very fresh and springy. I can’t help but think of neat, manicured lawns or golf courses when I look at my nails. I paired this with OPI Miami Beet on my toes.
Keeping with the neutral/dusty pre-spring kick I’m currently on, I definitely had to include a taupe. China Glaze Below Deck (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a medium, purple-toned taupe creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well and was pretty pigmented; I only needed two coats for full coverage. This is a great shade of taupe; I like its tone and depth. Even though it’s part of a spring collection, it’s not too light (I prefer the darker taupes ’cause I find them more flattering.) I also tend to favor the more purple or grey-toned taupes over the ones that lean brown. It’s not like I was lacking taupe cremes in my collection, but I was particularly interested in this one for its supposed resemblance to Channelesque. That polish came around before I really got into doing my own nails, so I’m happy to have this close match. I paired this with Essie Angora Cardi on my toes.
Since Nole is playing the night session tonight, I chose to wear the main color from his night kit. China Glaze First Mate (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a soft navy creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. This applied very well; the formula was smooth and highly pigmented. It was almost a one-coater but I ended up using two, which gave me an incredibly opaque result. This polish is simply beautiful! It’s a gorgeous, deep color, but it doesn’t cross over into almost-black territory; it always looks obviously blue. The shade has a softness to it but it also looks crisp, clean and defined on the nail. It fits in perfectly with the nautical theme! I paired this with Sally Hansen Mango Motion (Insta-Dri) on my toes.
I’m really enjoying the switch to softer colors so far! I think it’s great when I come across a polish that I end up loving way more than I thought I would (it’s definitely better than the opposite case); this is such a time. China Glaze Sea Spray (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a dusty powder blue with fine pearly shimmer:
Picture taken in sunlight. (It doesn’t look quite so pastel in real life. The color is light, but it’s a dustier, softer shade.) Like Pelican Gray, this applied smoothly and was pigmented enough to only need two coats. This polish is absolutely breathtaking. This soft, dusty shade of blue is so pretty; it’s a color that goes so well with the delicate shimmer. I love this pearly kind of shimmer; when it’s incorporated into a good, pigmented formula it creates a lovely effect. It’s only a subtle sheen, but it’s noticeable enough to look like more than just a creme. I think the name is perfect; I totally picture a delicate sea mist when I look at this. Again, it looks calming and very romantic. I paired this with OPI Hot & Spicy on my toes.
After all the crazy neons I thought it would be nice to give my eyes a break and return to a softer color palette. Also, there are several polishes from this year’s spring/summer collection that I’ve yet to try. China Glaze Pelican Gray (Anchors Away, Spring 2011) is a light grey with fine pearly shimmer:
Picture taken in (weak) sunlight. This applied well; the formula was smooth and pigmented and I only needed two coats. I love the shimmer in this; it adds a delicate sheen and keeps the finish from looking flat. It’s not the most obvious of shimmers, but it’s definitely visible (although probably not that noticeable at only a quick glance.) I actually like this quality, because it’s like a creme with a little extra something. I don’t think this shade of grey leans particularly cool or warm; it’s a soft, middle light grey. There’s something quite calming about this look. Plus the name has got me thinking about plushy baby birds! I paired this with Barielle Blossom on my toes.