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China Glaze Autumn Nights Fall 2013 “Gossip Over Gimlets” Set Swatches and Review

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.

China Glaze Autumn Nights for Fall 2013

China Glaze Autumn Nights

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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 Charmed I'm Sure nail polish swatch

China Glaze Charmed I'm Sure

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 Gossip Over Gimlets nail polish

China Glaze Gossip Over Gimlets

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 Kiss My Glass nail polish

China Glaze Kiss My Glass

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 Public Relations nail polish

China Glaze Public Relations

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 Queen B nail polish

China Glaze Queen B

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.

China Glaze Rendezvous With You nail polish

China Glaze Rendezvous With You

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 and Head2ToeBeauty.comChina 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?

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  1. sara says:

    Oh man! Queen B is GORGEOUS!! (And you know I love me some blue!)

  2. Tagatha says:

    Wow, those cremes are gorgeous! I may have to buy them…

  3. Debbie Spence says:

    I have the whole collection and love it. Haven’t worn them all yet, but I’ve one-finger swatched Kiss My Glass and Public Relations. Both I thought were lovely. But, I don’t mind a little bit of brushtrokeyness. My pet peeve is polishes that are streaky/leave bald batches or take 3 or more coats to get an even finish. I found both chromes even finish even if I could see some brushstrokes so I love them anyway :)

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I’m glad they work for you. I had such a terrible time with both, they left a bad taste in my mouth

  4. SusyS says:

    Can you compare (in writing) Lippmann I Know What Boys Like to Queen Bee (and to Pucci-licious by Color Club, if you have it).

    Kiss My Glass looks like my nails today! Sally Hanson Gunmetal (nice even color and no streaks here).

  5. I agree. I think those two creams are something that I might pick up. Thanks, Michelle. As usual, you always give great reviews.

  6. Erin M. says:

    The cremes and the foils are beautiful! Those metallics, though… I don’t know what China Glaze was thinking there.

  7. Holly Nelson says:

    I love the rendezvous with you especially! But glitters and foils ruin my nails so I rarely wear them :(

  8. Flossy says:

    Meh, all these collections are getting more and more samey. I haven’t bought a nail polish in months.

  9. Baby says:

    I agree on both Gossip over gimlets and Queen B, love them and have them!

  10. Parisa says:

    Thanks for all the great posts!
    In this picture at least Gossip Over Gimlets looks a little like OPI Designer De Better (2011 Muppets Holiday Collection) but with less bronze specks. I could be wrong though.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Parisa! You’re right, they are similar though the base color of the OPI looks a bit more pinkish and bronze-y overall. It’s not a true silver like GOG

  11. Loving Rendevous With You! Gorgeous!

  12. I purchased “Charmed, I’m Sure,” “Rendezvous With You,” and “Strike Up A Cosmo” from the fall collection. I did waver on “Queen B” b/c my nickname is B, but it looks purple to me, and I have too many dark purples now, lol!

  13. Anc says:

    I’m really underwhelmed. The foils are streaky and the creams are, although nice, nothing new or special.
    The only one that catches my eye is Queen B, but that is because I’m a sucker for blue polish.

    I think I’ll skip this entire collection, such a shame.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      You know, when brands put out so many collections a year, it’s hard to keep it new and fresh every time. It just means you save more money for the next collection that catches your eye. Silver lining?

  14. Ooohh.. SO interested in Gossip Over Gimlets!
    I love a silver that’s more interesting than just plain silver!
    Charmed I

  15. Daisy says:

    Loving Queen B and Rendezvous With You. Gossip Over Gimlets is so pretty too *_*. I already have something similar to Queen B, probably only picking up the glitters.

    Thanks for swatching these!!


  16. Melynda says:

    What top coat do you use? Or do you just light your nails *really* well? lol

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hi Melynda! Thank you! Lately I’ve been using Rock Top Coat from Sally Beauty. It dries super glossy and wears really well. Though I noticed that when I apply it over nail art with multiple layers, I see tip shrinkage the next day so I only use it when I apply 2-3 thin coats of lacquer.

  17. Kyema says:

    Hi! Great swatches. I really love both of the creams, too! How to you think “Charmed I’m Sure” compares with Sally Hansen’s fall collection “malbec”?

  18. Kellie says:

    I love the 2 cremes and the purple shimmery foil. I love me some purple lol. Queen B looks totally purple to me, albeit a blue leaning purple but still purple. Maybe it’s my laptop. I love blue polish too so…it’s still a win win. =)