When it comes to camping, I’m the one who would be sitting at the “indoor kids” table in Wet Hot American Summer (one of my fave films). Though, in spite of my lack of Wilderness Girl skills, I registered for “adult camp” with a group of girlfriends. We’re talking four days at an old-school camp with bunks, bug juice and tug-of-war. Since it’s adult camp, field games are infused with booze and breakfast includes a bloody mary bar. I’m sure it will be fun, but I’m already trying to figure out how many bottles of bug spray I can fit in my bag.
Even though my camp adventure is a year away, you have to sign up that early because tickets sell out in days, I’m excited about seeing my faraway friends and creating crazy fun memories. The China Glaze Fall 2015 “The Great Outdoors” collection is giving me sleepaway camp vibes with its mix of earthy neutrals, rich metallics, and nighttime darks.
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. Given my love of thin brushes, it’s no wonder China Glaze is on my list of Top 10 Nail Polish Brushes.
There are a huge range of finishes in this collection, so the consistency and opacity varied, though my overall experience was very positive. The cremes are all thin giving full coverage in two coats, with the exception of S’more Fun, which needed three. The three duochromes are a little sheer, so I used three coats and a careful application to avoid brush marks. The two foil metallics are a little thick and barely need a second coat, but can be a little lumpy if you aren’t precise. I recommend using as few brush strokes as possible.
China Glaze Fall 2015 Swatches
China Glaze Cabin Fever is a rusty red duo-chrome that flashes greenish gold. Face forward it even has a hint of pink to it. It has a fiery underbelly yet it has a cloudy haze over top at certain angles. It’s really unique. FingerPaints What a Night has similar tones but the finish and saturation are very different. I looked for similar duo-chromes in my collection and came up empty-handed.
China Glaze Change Your Altitude is a warm grey creme with pink undertones. It can look a little tan in indirect light, like cement in the sunlight. I thought Essie Take It Outside would be a dupe, but you can see below that Altitude is darker and cooler.
China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox is a silver metallic foil with some darker flecks that keep it from being overly bright. As you can see below, next to China Glaze Icicle, Silver Fox is more somber with less holiday glitz.
China Glaze Free Bear Hugs is a SUPER vampy black cherry creme. It gives Chanel Vamp a run for its money in terms of almost-black. I don’t have the original Vamp (or Rouge Noir) to compare, so you’ll have to take my word for it. I thought Deborah Lippmann Miss Independent was dark, but this takes it one step further.
China Glaze Gone Glamping looks somewhat sage thanks to the golden shimmer over the mossy green base. It can look more intense and blue in indirect light, which I love. It’s a chameleon that way. It falls between Chanel Peridot and Zoya Aggie and is dissimilar enough for me to need all three (hoarder alert!).
China Glaze Let’s Dew It has a clear, shimmery base filled with purple, blue and silver glitters in varying sizes and shapes. What’s really cool is that is also has a flash to it. Straight on, it can appear rather icy blue, but at an angle the bright purple glitters pop out to make it warmer. This is two coats using my dab, dip, glide technique and it covers pretty well.
China Glaze My Lodge or Yours? is a muted mauve creme that leans more blush than purple. It’s giving me chiffon dress feels. Essie Ladylike is it’s closest relative in my stash, though Ladylike is a bit brighter and warmer.
China Glaze Pondering is an indigo duo-chrome that flashes purple and emerald. In the bottle, Zoya Ki looks similar but its reddish tones take over on the nail. OPI Glacier Bay Blues is darker with less apparent flash and OPI Peace, Love and OPI’s green flash dominates too much for them to be twins.
China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars is a dusty midnight blue with subtle reddish shimmer that looks like little fireflies trapped under the surface. The shimmer only stands out in direct light, fading into the background otherwise. As you can see, it looks less intense next to OPI Russian Navy and Essie Midnight Cami.
China Glaze S’more Fun is a key lime pie yellow creme. You know how key lime pies aren’t really green (naturally), they’re more yellow with a tinge of green? That is happening here. And even though I needed three coats with this one, it’s not annoyingly patchy, like a lot of yellows can be.
China Glaze Take a Hike is a forest green creme. It’s a little blackened and a little greyed. This one was hard to capture on camera, you guys. It tends to look more blue than it really is. It’s dark but you can still tell it’s green. JINsoon Metaphor has a similar tone, though Take a Hike is less saturated.
China Glaze Wood You Wanna? is a warm brown foil metallic. The silver flecks cool off the overall reddish tone of the mix. Morgan Taylor Now You See Me is almost a dupe, except for its gold flecks.
Bottom Line: There are some interesting colors in this collection that really stand out in my collection, like Pondering, Sleeping Under the Stars and Cabin Fever. I predict SUtS being in my regular fall rotation. Plus, Let’s Dew It’s flash is so unique that I’m already plotting out layering combos and Take a Hike is my kind of green. The thing is, the color palette doesn’t seem cohesive. Like what is S’more Fun and Silver Fox doing here? Neither one feels outdoorsy or that original. I’m all for a duo-chrome or shimmer come fall, so overall I like the collection, there’s just a bit of a disconnect.
The China Glaze Fall 2015 “The Great Outdoors” collection is available nationwide at Sally Beauty and ULTA and online at Amazon.com, SallyBeauty.com and ULTA.com. China Glaze nail polish retails for $7.50/ea.
Are you an outdoor or indoor kid? Have you been to adult camp? Thoughts on The Great Outdoors? Which ones do you plan to buy?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.