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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.
This is the last of the polishes from the collection that I’ve now finally finished trying. China Glaze Cherry Pie (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is a red-orange glass fleck with red-orange microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; because the formula was a little sheer I needed three coats for desired opacity and color payoff. And what a pretty color it is! It really doesn’t remind me of cherry pie at all; it’s more orangey than the deep red filling. I don’t even like cherries anyway…except maraschino cherries, and I guess the color reminds me a little of those. Since I know this polish’s name, I can’t look at it without thinking of the Warrant song Cherry Pie. I paired this with Essie One of a Kind on my toes.
After a mini-break I’m returning to try this collection’s polishes. China Glaze Grape Juice (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is a cool amethyst glass fleck with silver microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; the formula was on the sheer side so I needed three coats for opacity. The shade of purple is much too cool and light to really remind me of grape juice, but it’s a lovely color. I love how the silver microglitter gives it an icy look. When I think “icy” I usually picture horrible frosty brushstrokes, but this has that amazing, dimensional glass-fleck finish instead. I paired this with Sephora by OPI Iris I Was Thinner on my toes.
I’ve only worn colors on the warm side of the spectrum so far this month, so I thought I’d throw in a cool-toned color for a change. China Glaze Watermelon Rind (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is a blue-green glass fleck with teal microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, but I did experience some cuticle drag, so I used two coats plus touchups for opacity. The color doesn’t make me think of watermelon rind or fruit, but it’s still gorgeous! Blue and green make great combinations, and this is no exception. This has that rich, jewel-toned, teal-peacock thing going on. Plus, the finish is stunning in both the sun and the shade. Of course it’s very sparkly in the sun, but in the shade you can see just how saturated the formula is with microglitter. I’ll say it again, absolutely gorgeous. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Green 5 on my toes.
I’m now halfway through trying the polishes from this collection. China Glaze Strawberry Fields (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is a medium warm pink glass fleck with gold microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; two coats was enough for sufficent opacity. This is such a lovely shade of pink; it’s already a warm color to begin with, but the dusting of gold microglitter warms it up even more. The gold is really noticeable, too. I know pink is usually relegated to strawberry-themed cosmetics, since red is usually reserved for cherries, but I adore this polish nonetheless (and I can think of some pink strawberry-flavored foods…like milkshakes, mmm). Plus, the name reminds me of one of my favorite Beatles songs. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits; I’m looking forward to eating a lot of them this summer, especially during Wimbledon! (But I’m getting ahead of myself, first comes Roland Garros.) I paired this with Essie Status Symbol on my toes.
Continuing my mission to finally try all the polishes from this collection, I put on China Glaze Raspberry Festival (Summer Days, Summer 2009), a pinkish red glass fleck with pink and red microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; I did three coats out of habit but it was more pigmented so it looked decent at two. Since the formula wasn’t so sheer the end result looks more solid and opaque than squishy and translucent. I love red, so I definitely love this; it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s like I have ten sparkly, juicy raspberries on my fingertips. It’s got me thinking of all the ways to eat raspberries…I’d definitely want to go to a raspberry festival. I paired this with Essence Everybody’s Talking About (Colour & Go) on my toes.
I know this polish is relatively old now, but I’m trying it for the first time today. I had this hang-up about trying all the polishes from this collection in the same month, and I’m only getting around to doing that now. China Glaze Orange Marmalade (Summer Days, Summer 2009) is an orange glass fleck with gold microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. (I wish I could’ve gotten some sun to show off the sparkle, but the beauty of glass fleck polishes is that you can still see the microglitter and depth of finish in the shade.) This applied well; the first coat was sheer but built to sufficient opacity in three coats. This isn’t one of those super-bright, punchy oranges, but it’s definitely still a summery shade. It’s orange-orange, like the fruit. The name is so apt; the pretty, warm golden microglitter suspended in the transclucent base really makes me think of those bits of peel suspended in orange marmalade, mmm. I paired this with OPI A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find on my toes.
I’ve done so so many creme manis lately (they are my favorite, after all), so I felt like breaking it up with a glitter. Sephora by OPI Go With the Flow-er (Modern Flowers, Spring 2010) is an orangey pink with hot pink microglitter:
Picture taken in sunlight. (Whoa, this looks more orange photographed. In real life it is redder/pinker.) It applied well; I used three coats to reach desired opacity and color payoff. This is such a pretty polish! Even though it’s just microglitter and not the rough, regular-sized glitter, it’s intensely sparkly. I paired this with Sally Hansen Hi-Res (HD) on my toes.
I took this picture on a garden path in Monte Carlo, Monaco:
We’re heading towards the end of January so I thought I’d wear a polish representing this month’s birthstone. Barielle Glammed Out Garnet (All Lacquered Up Collection, Fall 2009) is a dark, jewel-toned red with red microglitter:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied fairly well in two coats. The first coat looked like a bright, candy red but the second deepened the color. This polish reminds me of last year’s OPI Holiday glittery reds, but darker. I love it; I look like I have little jewels on my fingertips! I paired this with an unnnamed L.A. Girl Flare red and silver glitter on my toes.
Sometimes I pick polishes because they remind me of other things I like. Barielle Blackened Bleu (All Lacquered Up Collection, Fall 2009) is a turquoise microglitter packed in a black base:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; the first coat was rather sheer, but I got full coverage in two coats. I love this color! It is a blackened blue shimmer, but it’s definitely different from other navy blue shimmers. This looks amazing in the sun! The only negative is that I got quite a bit of shrinkage from my topcoat. I paired this with Sally Hansen Blazing Blue (Insta-Dri) on my toes.
So I’m wearing a blue polish today because Southland premieres tonight on TNT! I love a man in uniform:
That’s Ben McKenzie as Ben Sherman. This show was originally on NBC but it totally got shafted. So I was happy to find out it was getting another chance on a different network. And I hope it’s here to stay, ’cause it’s a really great show!