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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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I thought I’d wear a polish that seemed appropriate for tonight’s Golden Globes, but the color didn’t turn out quite as I’d expected. China Glaze Ray-diant (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a golden-green glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:

Ray-diant

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; I used three coats for total coverage. This was one of the ones that turned out relatively smoother on just one coat of topcoat. I couldn’t decide whether this was mostly gold or green, but now that I have it on I see that it’s both at the same time. I couldn’t manage to capture the gold aspect in photos, but there are times when it looks more obviously gold, and others when it looks more obviously green. This greenish-gold blend is the straight on color, then shifts to a more aqua green. Mixed with the multicolored glitters, the overall finish gives off sort of a Mardi Gras feel! I paired this with Sally Hansen Laser (HD) over Sally Hansen Blue It (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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I am almost done with this collection, and next up is China Glaze Full Spectrum (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012), a light pink glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:

Full Spectrum

Picture taken in sunlight. This was not too thick and applied well, needing three coats for complete coverage. It requires more than one coat of topcoat for a smooth-feeling surface. I thought Prism was close to looking like a silver, this one is even more so! Straight-on, the color looks like a light pink-tinted silver, and at different angles the color shifts to a stronger shade of pink. The main shade of glitter may be of a relatively weaker color, but that lets the other multicolored glitters stand out more, particularly the hex pieces. This is another case of sweet elements like the baby pink color and the multicolored glitter mixing well with that cold, futuristic silver element. Looking at this makes me think of Judy Jetson. 🙂 I paired it with Sally Hansen DVD (HD) over Sally Hansen Ocean View (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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Now I’m wearing my other favorite color from this collection. China Glaze Optical Illusion (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is an aqua green glitter with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:

Optical Illusion

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, needing three coats for full coverage. Surprisingly, just one coat of topcoat leaves the surface feeling relatively smoother than the previous two polishes I tried. Straight-on, the main color is this gorgeous aqua green, then as I angle my nails upward it shifts into a bluish tint, then finally purple. There’s many different colors of small glitter mixed in with the aqua green, but there’s some bright greenish-teal glitter that really stands out. This is absolutely stunning, and is the ultimate mermaid-looking polish! This is what I’d imagine a mermaid’s tail would look and feel like. I paired this with Sally Hansen Byte (HD) over Sally Hansen Torrid Bloom (Salon) on my toes.

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I’m halfway through this collection, and though these polishes pretty much have the same composition of glitter, I still want to try them all in a row. China Glaze Prism (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a light amethyst glitter mixed with multicolored glitter and hex pieces:

Prism

Picture taken in natural light. This applied pretty well, even with the slightly thick formula. It had nice coverage at two coats and I barely needed a third but added it anyway for good measure. One coat of topcoat still leaves it a bit rough. While taking pictures of these polishes I’ve been angling my nails upward to avoid glare, which has also let me capture the different colors in a single shot. Straight-on, the color is an icy amethyst, but at different angles it looks more pink. I particularly love the addition of multicolored glitters in here. The purple color is very light and isn’t too strong (sometimes it can look silver!) so I think the multicolored small glitter, as well as the hex bits, keep the finish from looking too washed-out and uniform. Plus all those different colors stand out more against a lighter shade. I paired this with Sally Hansen Spectrum (HD) over Sally Hansen The Real Teal (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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I’ve only just started trying this collection, but I may have already found my favorite color in it. China Glaze Liquid Crystal (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012) is a sky blue glitter mixed with multicolored glitter and small hex pieces:

Liquid Crystal

Picture taken in natural light. The formula was a bit thicker, but still applied well. It’s almost totally even in two coats, but I needed that third for complete coverage. The roughness of the surface was more on par with your typical glitter than the smoothness I found in Polarized so more than one coat of topcoat would be needed if you’re after total smoothness.  I didn’t see any color-shifting in my last mani, but I definitely do with this polish! It looks blue straight-on then turns into lavender as you angle your nails upward. You can kind of see that shade of purple on my index finger. The main color of glitter may be that sweet sky blue, but there are so many other colors of small glitter mixed in there. It’s almost imperceptible when looked at quickly or from a distance, but it makes the overall look a lot more interesting. The hex glitter adds even more to a polish that already has a lot going on, and serves well to break up the finish because of its size. Looking at this makes me think of Cinderella! I paired it with Sally Hansen LCD (HD) over Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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I realized I had this entire collection sitting in my Helmers, untried, so I’m starting off the year by trying the whole thing straight through. I’m starting with China Glaze Polarized (Prismatic Chroma Glitters, Spring 2012), a silver glitter sprinkled with multicolored small hex glitter:

Polarized

Picture taken in weak sunlight. (Pardon the tip pull, I had to take this on the second day of wear.) The formula was not too thick and applied well in three coats. Just one coat of topcoat leaves it relatively smooth. (Not totally glassy smooth, but definitely not rough.) While pretty, plain silver glitters tend to look the same after you try a couple, so I love the addition of the multicolored glitter. It’s slightly larger and different-shaped, so it really pops against the silver. I don’t normally think of putting cold, silver glitter with cute, sweet multicolored glitter, but it totally works. “Futuristic birthday cake” comes to mind. 🙂 I paired this with Sally Hansen Opulent Cloud (HD) on my toes.

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I can see why this was included in a spring collection, but I just couldn’t see myself wearing this in warm weather, especially with all the bright colors I had to try at the time. So this is the last piece of the first 12-piece OPI collection I’ve bought in its entirety. OPI Vampsterdam (Holland, Spring 2012) is a deep, raisin-plum shimmer:

Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied well; although it was slightly streaky on the first coat, doing some filling in of those bald spots allowed me to reach full coverage at two coats. When I heard this described as looking like old school OPI, I thought that was perfect because the finish looks just like my oldest OPI shimmers. It is a little brushstrokey; not frosty but not completely masked by the shimmer. I had to be careful to paint in straight lines. It’s a really fine, almost metallic-like shimmer, so it’s not the type that’s super sparkly, but more of the pearlescent varity. The color is perfectly vampy; it sure lives up to its name (which I also love!) I paired this with Essie Angora Cardi on my toes.

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