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China Glaze Kicks Collection – Part 1

China Glaze is killing it! Absolutely f’n killing it this summer. I could barely contain myself over the gorgeousness of Summer Days and then out of nowhere comes Kicks, a collection of twelve vivid shades inspired by the colorful footwear worn by Sneakerheads. Sneakerheads aquire colorful “kicks” the way us fanatics accumulate polish. Amassing an array of fashion foward, unique sneakers, the more rare and LE, the better. Sound familiar polish collectors?

All I can say is that Kicks is definitely a collector’s collection. One that you won’t want to swap or give away. I sound like a crushed out schoolgirl, don’t I? Just take a peek after the jump and you’ll be all swoony too!


The first six shades in the Kicks collection all have some form of shimmer and, with one notable exception (Paper Chasing), it’s very subtle. Think TreeHugger; a creme feeling base with micro-shimmer finely dispersed throughout the pigment. It’s this style of shimmer that makes Kicks a great companion for Summer Days. While I go ga-ga for that glass fleck look, I know that kind of intense look isn’t for everyone. So for the girls that want color minus the uber-glitz factor, Kicks is your new BFF.

Application was a total breeze. Each shade flowed and spread out to give a perfect, even finish. Excluding Paper Chasing, each lacquer is monstrously pigmented and only required two coats. Paper Chasing is more of a semi-sheer, jelly-ish metallic so it required three coats.

Entourage looks like it was pigmented with under-ripened lime zest. It has that bold lime-y quality but it’s not as dark as a fully ripe lime rind. The glint of micro-shimmer is more apparent in Entourage than its sister shades below.

Paper Chasing is my kind of girl and she’s totally different than all the other Kicks polishes. This kelly green beauty has a Sinful San Francisco feel and a slightly metallic look making it a standout shade for me.

What makes Custom Kicks a total winner is the gold shimmer. You can see flecks of it in the bottle and OMG does it draw me in. I have a whole drawer filled with teal polishes but none that look quite like this. A little blackened but not dark or dingy with this frisky hint of sparkle.

Sky High-Top is a vibrant royal blue with tonal shimmer. It reminds me of those rainy spring days when the sun still shines even though it’s pouring. You know how the sky darkens ever so slightly? Bottle that and you have Sky High-Top.

Fly is a purpley raspberry peppered with pink flecks of micro-shimmer. It’s a shame that doesn’t truly show up in pictures because it really does add depth and personality to the polish.

It’s Poppin actually reminds me of a pink poppy flower. It’s a rosey take on fuchsia and makes me long for berry season for some odd reason. Riddle me that.
The Kicks collection will launch at the end of April and can be purchased online at Head2ToeBeauty.com, 8ty8Beauty.com or TransDesign.com or in stores at Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the collection! What do we think so far?

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  1. Pumps and Gloss says:

    Ooooh. I am loving the teal/turq one. Gorgeousness

  2. Anonymous says:

    I NEED part 2!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Loves it!!

  4. AmericanCowgirl says:

    Must.get.these. WOW! I hope “end of April” means it will be at ULTA by the 25th because I’m going to be near one then!!!

  5. Lizzy says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE CUSTOM KICKS! For me that shade is too die for! Love the gold shimmer, it really makes it unique

  6. Jenn says:

    Excited about Custom Kicks (!!!!!) and Sky High-Top!!

  7. Alison says:

    Hi! I hope you’re having a lovely vacation! I think Custom kicks looks similar to Essie Greenport or Misa Dirty sexy money but adding shimmer! WOW! The whole collection is really beautiful, I love Fly, so pretty! Thanks for posting these!

  8. Suga77 says:

    They are so gorgeous I want to cry! Oh PLLLEEEAAASSSEEE hurry and post the other colors. I want to order these ASAP – 88beauty already have them for sale on their site.

  9. Anonymous says:

    these are so pretty… but when will you post part 2? i want to see fly before i order any…

    thanks so much =D

  10. Karen says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!!! that teal with the shimmery gold is killing me! actually, all these creamy greens, blues, and teals that you’ve been swatching lately are to die for. I cannot wait :D :D :D

  11. HeidiG says:

    Love it!!

  12. augusta says:

    sky high top and custom kicks.. those are the ones i plan on getting once they are available!

  13. Phyrra says:

    Paper Chasing is freakin’ gorgeous!!!
    Custom Kicks is awesome!
    Fly is pretty, as is It’s Poppin!

  14. Orli says:

    OOOOH I am in love with Custom Kicks..need that!
    I like Sky High-Top and Fly.

    CG has had some amazing polishes this Spring!

  15. Jamie says:

    These are great! I wasn’t sure I’d want them because I bought several of the Summer Days (okay, I bought all but one of the Summer Days!) and didn’t think I’d need more. But I absolutely need several of these — especially the darker green. I love the sparkly stuff, but a more subtle finish is nice, too, sometimes.

  16. Shojo Flash says:

    Wow… This is the first collection out of ANY polish that I’ve thought ‘I need them ALLLLLLLL’ Custom Kicks is my favorite though.

    I’m just wary of ChG because the ones I have apply horribly and don’t dry, but I hear that’s a common problem with their neon colours? So hmm… would these ones count in that catagory?

    Tips on application?

  17. itzzzkimmm says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! WOW!! Custom kicks is hot! I can’t wait to get my hands on these.

  18. Davina says:

    Those colors are hott!

  19. Lori says:

    OMG! It’s so beautiful! Thank you for posting these, I just had the worst day and this post brightened it a lot.

  20. csarah718 says:

    I’m in love. China glaze never disappoints. Can’t wait to get my paws on these Thanks for feeding my obsession. You and your nail beds ROCK!

  21. Stef says:

    I am in LOVE!!!

  22. Ashley says:

    It is up on 8ty8beauty.com already!

    This collection looks so amazing!

  23. Karen says:

    OMG! They are sooo gorgeous! I can’t pull off green because it brings out the sallowness of my asian yellow skin :( but then, I love teal-ly and minty shades (First it’s MAC Peppermint Patti, then Essie Greenport) and Custom Kick is totally up my alley! Thank you for the swatches and I can’t wait for Part 2 :)

  24. Citrine says:

    They are all so darn pretty!

    I am digging paper chasing and custom kick so far…

  25. Anonymous says:

    I am totally loving custom kicks! need to get me some, are they launching in the UK at the same time?

    Thanks to you I picked up ruby slippers the other day and OH MY GOD – that is a keeper!

  26. Kathy R. says:

    I can’t wait to get them-they are calling my name!! I want them all!!! Beautiful photos!!

  27. Mariah9999 says:

    Oh, the teal and royal blue polishes are calling my name! They are all gorgeous colors! Can’t wait to get them!!!

  28. Céline says:

    I love Entourage, Custom Kicks and Fly !!

  29. C says:

    I love Entourage, Custom Kicks and Fly !!

  30. tessa says:

    like karen, im asian chinese too. but i dont intend to let that stop me from wearing greens (cos thats my favourite colour). custom kicks is gorgeous, so is sky high top! eagerly waiting for more awesome swatches! :)

  31. Anonymous says:

    OMG I WANT THE TEAL ONE.

  32. MeganH says:

    Thanks to this website I have become a nail fanatic.

    I NEED those green shades. Not want, NEED. It blows my mind how much I crave nailpolish now, thank you. :D

  33. Lauren says:

    Custom kicks looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to get it!! China glaze is really doing an awesome job the last few months with new collections!!

  34. MoonChaii says:

    I love ‘entourage’ it is such a pretty green. I am putting together a list of nail polished i want from Head2Toe Beauty, and let me tell you, that color is on my list!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I totally LOVE the custom kicks one! Fly is pretty, so is Paper Chasing but Custom kicks is to die for!

  36. Rebekka says:

    I know I’m late to the party but I freaking love Custom Kicks. I just got it from ebay and while the gold shimmer renders the color on my nails to be a little more green than in your pics, it’s still a GORGEOUS green-leaning teal.

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