For Fall 2013, China Glaze is throwing a sophisticated soiree with their Autumn Nights collection. Think chilled martinis, girl talk, sultry finger-waved hair, bold lips and rich nail color in a range of moody hues and rich jewel tones.
Per usual, China Glaze has divided their twelve piece fall nail polish collection into two distinct six-color sets. The “Gossip Over Gimlets” pack is smoky and cool.
Formula & Application: China Glaze is a 3-Free brand with a round brush that is both medium in length and firmness with enough give to allow for ease of control. The cap is slightly tapered and made of smooth plastic that is comfortable to hold.
All the polishes in this part of the collection are well pigmented requiring only two coats for full coverage. However, the consistency and application varied. The two cremes are flawless and smooth, drying with a glossy sheen. The two foil metallics are a bit jelly-ish in texture so they’re easy to control.
The two chromes, however, were a nightmare to apply. Streaky, thick, lumpy and altogether frustrating. I had to apply them both multiple times to try and get a smooth result and finally gave up.
China Glaze Charmed I’m Sure is a dusty aubergine creme. It’s a really unique shade in my collection. I don’t own many dark purple cremes and mixing Charmed I’m Sure in with them makes them look practically blue. Though next to a deep berry, like China Glaze Urban Nights it is decidedly purple. I can see this becoming a go-to shade for me this season.
China Glaze Gossip Over Gimlets is a silver foil metallic sprinkled with yellow gold flecks. It would be a twin for Orly Shine if it wasn’t for those flecks. They add interest and warmth.
China Glaze Kiss My Glass is a blue-based graphite chrome metallic. As I mentioned above, the formula is kind of a disaster so I can’t, in good conscience, recommend it.
China Glaze Public Relations is a lavender tinged gunmetal chrome. It is plagued by the same application issues as Kiss My Glass. ‘Nough said!
China Glaze Queen B is a royal indigo creme. It’s another unique-to-me shade. It clearly isn’t purple, though next to my blue cremes, it stands out. Tonally, the only polish I own anywhere near this hue is American Apparel Mount Royal though Queen B is darker with more purple in its base. Do NOT miss out on this one!
China Glaze Rendezvous With You is is a shimmery foil finish deep mauve. Upon first glance I thought for sure a brand like OPI or Zoya had a dupe for this shade. I mean, look at how many foils have come out the past few years. Alas, I have no twins though, in the bottle, the shade looks similar to China Glaze Bogie. Though, on the nail, Bogie is warmer with brown undertones. Definitely not the same.
Bottom Line: As much as I love me some sparkle, I’m totally drawn in by the two cremes in this collection. Queen B and Charmed I’m Sure are total musts. Rendezvous With You is another winner as is Gossip Over Gimlets though it feels a bit holiday so I’m not ready to get involved with it just yet. I’m not going to beat a dead horse with Public Relations and Kiss My Glass so I’ll just say, pass.
China Glaze Autumn Nights is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide including Sally Beauty and ULTA stores in addition to online retailers Amazon.com, SallyBeauty.com, TransDesign.com and Head2ToeBeauty.com. China Glaze nail polish retails for $3.25-$7.50/ea depending on the seller.
Are you feeling this first set of Autumn Nights colors? Which ones are calling your name? Are you more into cremes or sparkles this fall?