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I’m finishing up February by personally finishing up a collection. China Glaze Sweet Hook (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a pastel lilac creme:

Sweet Hook

Picture taken in natural light. The formula was thick but runny. It did apply smoothly and was nicely pigmented but it was still streaky so I needed three coats for full, even coverage. I love when a pastel is really pigmented like this! The finish looks so solid and creamy, and it has that lovely stark appearance. The starkness can take a pale color and make it look vibrant. I’m more inclined to call this a lilac than a lavender; it has just a drop of pink in it that makes it look more warm-toned. This color really does look sweet! It’s fresh and pretty and makes me think of Jordan almonds (and long for spring.) I paired this with Sinful Mint Apple on my toes.

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I haven’t worn a creme in so long, so I thought I’d remedy that by getting started on some pinks for this month. China Glaze Dance Baby (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a sweet bubblegum Barbie-pink creme:

Dance Baby

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was nicely thick and applied smoothly. It was highly pigmented but still streaky so I ultimately needed three coats for even coverage. I like this polish a lot more than I expected to, and I think that’s due to the good formula.  It’s nice and opaque and that just looks great on the nail. The color is so pretty and sweet-looking! It’s light but bold, definitely not a pale pastel. At first it made me want some gum, because this is just the shade I imagine when I think of bubblegum pink. Then it made me think of Barbies, just ’cause of how girly it is! I paired this with Sinful Rise and Shine on my toes.

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I have a few spring polishes left untried from last year, so instead of waiting until the weather turns warm(and since I know there will be more new spring releases to try at that time), I’m going to wear them now, in the month of Valentine’s Day. 🙂 China Glaze Gothic Lolita (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a medium-light warm purple with subtle red and blue shimmer:

Gothic Lolita

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, giving full coverage in two coats. The shimmer is hard to pick out, even in this macro shot. The finish doesn’t look sparkly, but instead the shimmer gives it a sort of pearlescent glow. The color seems more Sweet Lolita than Gothic Lolita to me, but it is lovely. I’d call it a lighter purple, but it’s more of a light bright and definitely not lavender/lilac pale. It’s relatively bold, but still looks delicate and springlike. To bring a little more goth into the equation, I paired this with Chanel Black Velvet on my toes.

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Since I do tend to try polishes from a particular collection in bunches (particularly when they belong to the same general color family), naturally my next mani would be China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic (Electropop, Spring 2012), a bright fuchsia creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (Excuse the bubbles! I wish I had sunlight for picture-taking ’cause natural light just doesn’t reflect its brightness.) The formula was pretty much the same as the previous two polishes I’ve worn. It applied well but still needed three coats for a bald spot-free finish. Although the formula had a nice thickness to it, it was the type of creme that had a bit of jelly translucency to the formula, rather than a solid creaminess. I feel like I’ve tried many hot pinks in recent memory, so it’s nice to have a different sort of bright pink on. It’s definitely a fuchsia; the purple tones are the most obvious in low-lighting situations. I just love how it looks in the light; it’s a bright, juicy pop of color!  I paired this with Orly Gumdrop on my toes.

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It’s a small victory but I do love the feeling of checking an untried off my list. I normally wear these kinds of brights in May but there were too many polishes and not enough days so I’m glad to try them now. China Glaze Make Some Noise (Electropop, Spring 2012) is an orangey coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula had that thick and runny quality, but it still applied well; I needed three coats for even coverage. I’ve stated my preference for pinky corals but I do still like the orangey ones. I can’t exactly pinpoint why, but there’s something about the shade that says “coral” to me, rather than “red-orange.” No matter what shade, I’ll love any coral that’s summery and bright, and this one definitely is. Its finish has a sort of juicy look that makes me think of fruit. I paired this with Essie Lapis of Luxury on my toes.

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It feels strange to not have a bunch of new neons to try at this point, but I still have plenty more brights to take care of anyway. China Glaze Wicked Style (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a bright poppy pink creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though I needed three coats to get fully even coverage. I’ve held off on wearing any sort of pink since May, so it’s nice to revisit the color, even though this polish isn’t unique. The word “candylike” often comes to mind when I see this kind of warm pink. Even though it took me three coats to get there, I love the color saturation on this polish, especially because it’s bright, too! I paired this with Essie Turquoise & Caicos on my toes.

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Wimbledon starts on Monday, when I will turn to British polishes, but before then, I thought I would get into the grass season mood with China Glaze Gaga for Green (Electropop, Spring 2012), a light grass green creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. Although a bit streaky, this applied well, but it wasn’t as solidly pigmented as the turquoise/blue colors I’ve tried so far from this collection. I needed three coats for full coverage. This is a yellow-leaning green, very springy. I can’t look at this and not think of Kermit! I’m not even sure if it’s an exact color match, but there’s something undeniably froggy about this polish. Since this does remind me of Kermit, I guess the name is quite apt! I paired this with Essie Cute as a Button on my toes.

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For the next of the blue/green shades from this collection, I have on China Glaze Kinetic Candy (Electropop, Spring 2012), a pale pastel turquoise creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. Although the formula was a little streaky, it applied well, and because of its thickness and high pigmentation, I got full coverage in only two coats. I absolutely love this; it’s so pretty and sweet-looking! It’s a blue-leaning turquoise; I think it has just a drop a green in it that makes it look turquoise and not baby blue. It has a sort of dusty appearance, but at the same time its stark pastel quality makes it look bright. “Stark” and “dusty” seem incongruous but somehow this polish has both qualities. As with other pastels, it really does make me think of candy. I paired this with Essie Lovie Dovie on my toes.

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Now that I finally started trying polishes from this collection, I’ll keep it going by trying the ones in the blue/green family this month. China Glaze Electric Beat (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a soft, light cornflower blue creme:

Picture taken in natural light. The formula was nicely thick and pigmented, providing full coverage in two coats. This isn’t a color that comes to mind when I think “electropop,” but its softness is very pretty, giving it a lovely faded look. It’s a dusty shade, but it doesn’t look too greyed, and it’s a relatively light kind of blue, but it’s not too pale. Because of the rich pigmentation, I actually think it’s bright, as far as soft shades go. I paired this with Essie One of a Kind on my toes.

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For the first time in four slams, I’m not celebrating Novak Djokovic winning one. He didn’t complete the “Nole Slam” (partly due to Rafa Nadal’s unbelievable play on his way to a record seventh Roland Garros title) and the career slam still eludes him, but now I look forward to Wimbledon, and I continue with June’s blues and greens. China Glaze Aquadelic (Electropop, Spring 2012) is a bright turquoise creme:

Picture taken in weak sunlight. The formula was nicely thick and pigmented (similar to a pastel, although I don’t think it’s truly one); I got full coverage in just two coats. Out of all the polishes in this collection, I knew I wanted to try this first. Like my love of teal, I can’t resist any shade of turquoise. This one leans on the greenish side. It’s so sweet and pretty! Like I mentioned, it does seem like a pastel because it’s light (but turquoise is a light color anyway), and does have that stark-like presence and definition on the nail. However, it’s actually a bold shade, especially compared to the paler pastel turquoises. It takes the best qualities from bright and pastel polishes, saturated color and stark crispness. It’s beautiful to look at, a definite must for turquoise lovers. I paired this with Essie Funny Face on my toes.

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