When I think of train travel, I immediately picture the episode of Sex and The City where Carrie and Samantha venture cross country with visions of luxurious sleeper compartments and glamorous bar car parties that are quickly squashed by the reality of today’s rail system.
Though, like a scene out of 50s movie, the China Glaze All Aboard collection hearkens back to a more elegant time for the rails, when people dressed for travel and the possibility of meeting your Cary Grant on board was alive and well.
Formula & Application
China Glaze nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). The tapered cylindrical bottle has a similarly tapered cap made of textured plastic that is comfortable to hold though not easy to grip if your cap gets stuck. If that happens, grab a rubber band. The thin, round brush is both medium in length and firmness with enough give to allow for ease of control.
All the polishes in this half of the collection are slightly watery so it’s easy to create a smooth line at the cuticle. The pigmentation is decent but not great. I wipe the brush really well to avoid drips so I needed three coats with most shades. A heavier hand can get away with two coats.
China Glaze All Aboard is a dusty pink-based purple creme. To me, it’s like a darker, moodier version of OPI Planks A Lot.
I throw my hands up with China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You. I am at a loss as to how to describe this mystical multi-chrome shimmer. The bottle looks like it has an indigo base but on the nail, it’s this mix of green, bronze and gold shimmers with a murky base. You know how Essie described For The Twill of It as a maple shade? I was all like, what does that mean? This has that same indescribable quality.
China Glaze Conduct Yourself is a vampy burgundy with a faint hint of shimmer that is almost imperceptible on the nail.
China Glaze Don’t Get Derailed is a described as an “elephant gray creme” and while I’ve never seen an elephant in person, I didn’t think they were green. There is a lot of green and yellow in this “gray.”
China Glaze Lug Your Designer Baggage is cool brown creme packed with shards of golden metallic glitter. Maybe it’s the suggestiveness of the name but it has a deconstructed Louis Vuitton steamer trunk feel.
China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of? is a warm brown/mauve/mink creme with a bit of a plummy undertone. It dries darker than the bottle color, bordering on almost-black territory.
Bottom Line: If you buy one China Glaze color this season, it NEEDS to be Choo Choo Choose Me and not only for its reference to Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons. It’s one of the most interesting shades I’ve seen from China Glaze in recent memory and the breakout star of this show. Lug Your Designer Baggage is another winner as is All Aboard for its unique purple hue.
The China Glaze All Aboard collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide including ULTA and Sally Beauty stores and online at SallyBeauty.com, ULTA.com and Amazon.com. China Glaze nail polish retails for $7.50/ea for a .5oz bottle.
Okay, are you guys as over the moon for Choo Choo Choose Me as I am? What about the rest of the shades in this part of the collection? Have you ever traveled by train? I’ve only done so in Italy.Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for China Glaze. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.