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China Glaze Avant Garden “Blooming Brights” for Spring 2013 Swatches & Review

TGIF Fanatics! I say we start this weekend off right with a punch of color from the China Glaze Avant Garden “Blooming Brights” collection.


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If the subtle softness of the Avant Garden “Pastel Petals” isn’t your thing, then these bold, kicky shades will fit the bill. I just finished my weekend manicure using two of the shades (see below). Now, that’s my kind of “happy hour.”

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.

The creme polishes in the collection apply with a squishy, jelly-like texture that is easy to maneuver. With the exception of Budding Romance they are very well pigmented so I only need two coats for full coverage. The three shimmers were much smoother and more pigmented than the ones in the Pastel Petals collection though the shimmer is finer, not as fleck-like. They too applied flawlessly requiring only two coats.

China Glaze Budding Romance is a mossy, yellow-green creme. Pea Soup would be a better name for this color. I know there is a small, but vocal, legion of fans for this type of funky green nail color, I’m just not one of them.


China Glaze Fancy Pants is a vibrant indigo with fine bright purple shimmer. The shimmer isn’t overly prominent on the nail but it gives the color an overall glow that is pretty spectacular.


China Glaze Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is an orange-leaning coral with gold shimmer. The gold gives the overall look a sun-drenched peach quality.


China Glaze Passion for Petals is described as a salmon pink creme but to my eye it’s more carnation pink. Though I guess if we’re talking raw Coho salmon, I would agree.


China Glaze Snap Dragon is a scorching fuchsia with fine bright pink shimmer. China Glaze describes it as a red but it’s too pink to me.


China Glaze Sunday Funday is a bright true blue. Therre’s no aqua leanings or purple undercurrents. It has that look of a brand new pool liner, before the sun and chlorine fade it to a sky blue shade.


I’ve been loving all the Sideways French Manicures that have been popping up on Instagram and Pinterest, like this one by StephStoneNails, so I decided to take a stab at it with Snap My Dragon and Fancy Pants. I used French tip guides to get a precise line and I really love how it turned out.


Bottom Line: Fancy Pants is beyond gorgeous and I know it will be one of my go-to pedicure colors this summer. It’s a MUST in my book. Sunday Funday is a great addition to your collection if you’ve been looking for a true bright blue that isn’t neon and while I’m not normally drawn to shades like Snap My Dragon, its intensity pulls me in. As much as I love greens, Budding Romance is one of the worst shades I’ve ever worn. I don’t “get” that type of color and it doesn’t “get” me or my skin tone. Sorry, not sorry.

The China Glaze Avant Garden “Blooming Brights” are available now at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and ULTA. To locate a retailer near you, visit China Glaze nail polishes retail for $7/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Thoughts on the Blooming Brights? Which ones will you be adding to your collection? What do we think of the Sideways French Manicure? Is this a look you’ve tried or are willing to try?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for China Glaze. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Lingping says:

    Good to have you back, your swatches are the best!

  2. Olivia says:

    Pretty shades! Glad you’re back.

  3. Jenna Froggy says:

    I really like all of these! I am one of those that love that funky type of green, lol.

  4. melissa says:

    this collection is growing on me intensely! beautiful swatches.

  5. Sandi says:

    Mimosas before Manis is fantastic!! And I like Sunday Funday but I feel like it’s one of those colors that I just want but never wear lol

  6. Kater says:

    Lovely swatches! Really good visuals of the colours! I wish Mimosas before Manis was a creme rather than a shimmer. Also, Budding Romance is a very silly name for the colour! I would expect that name to tag a baby pink/ soft red. Thanks for the swatches!

  7. Awesome Sophie says:

    Gotta tell ya, it’s awesome to have you back. As for the nail polishes; yum!

  8. Rebecca Russell says:

    I’m kinda loving all of these! So pretty!

  9. Jessica says:

    These are more up my street! Thank you for the swatches. I am definitely getting Sunday Funday–beautiful color and great name!

  10. Cindi says:

    I love Fancy Pants and Sunday Funday. I adore the mossy green too and it was one of the first ones from this collection to come home with me.

  11. Great swatches! Love them (except the Pea Soup) :)

  12. NailPolishFan says:

    I love the green, purple, and blue colors. The one kinda reminds me of Sally Hansen’s Brisk Blue, but it looks like it’s a shade or two lighter.

  13. Julie says:

    I looooove passion for petals and snap dragon. I’ll have to pick these ones up. The sideways French manicure is very cool!

  14. Helena says:

    Fancy Pants is my favorite of these polishes.

  15. I like BUDDING ROMANCE, but CG TRENDSETTER looks close enough for me not to buy BR.. I want FANCY PANTS; the rest r just ho hum to me.
    I do like the sideways French, I wish I could manage artistic on my own nails like you can.
    Like all your fans I am ecstatic about your return to us. O ALU, don’t ever go away again…;D

  16. I don’t get those baby poo greens, either. Loving the prominent shimmer in Snap My Dragon!

  17. Jess says:

    Sunday Funday looks totally gorgerous.I love it!

  18. Stephanie Smith says:

    Dang it! I LOVE these, except the green one because it’s just not for me. I’m going to have to hit up Sally’s and get these. They are singing to my soul! Dang it! Gonna have to spend a ton of this collection.

  19. Melinda says:

    I love that blue! And that nail art is sweet — what an awesome idea.

  20. Snap dragon and Sunday Funday!! :) Any idea where you can buy CG, OPI and Essie in Mexico?

  21. That green is CRAZY! Not a fan either. But that sideways french mani is super cute! Passion for Petals and Mimosa