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China Glaze All Aboard Fall 2014 Swatches & Review – Part 1

By on September 18, 2014
in Brown, China Glaze, Fall 2014, Green, Purple, Red
China Glaze Fall 2014 - All Aboard via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Fall 2014 – All Aboard

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.

China Glaze All Aboard for Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze All Aboard

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 Choo Choo Choose You - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You

China Glaze Conduct Yourself is a vampy burgundy with a faint hint of shimmer that is almost imperceptible on the nail.

China Glaze Conduct Yourself -  Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Conduct Yourself

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 Don't Get Derailed - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Don’t Get Derailed

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 Lug Your Designer Baggage - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Lug Your Designer Baggage

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.

China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of? - Fall 2014 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of?

China Glaze Fall 2014 swatches via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Fall 2014

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, and 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
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  1. Traci says:

    Oh man I was waiting to see a swatch of Choo-Choo and it doesn’t disappoint, that is going on my to-buy list right away!

  2. Lisa N. says:

    Great colors for fall these are!

  3. Wow, i just love them all!!

  4. Charli says:

    Choo choo choose me is a NEED. :-D

  5. Austen R says:

    I wanted to love Choo Choo Choose Me, but I feel like the one I got must be a dud. It looks nothing like all the amazing photos I’ve seen, and instead just looks like a boring old brown :(

    • Shalene says:

      I think you definitely got a dud then. You need to exchange it for another one because mine is just as stunning as pictured.

  6. Gina says:

    Michelle! Have you never been to the Cleveland zoo? They have elephants there. They are not green :)

  7. Icy says:

    Okay, I flipping NEED ‘Choo Choo Choose Me’!! It was the shade I was keeping an eye on and omg is it a STUNNER!

  8. Jenni N says:

    Only 2 of the polishes excite me. I’m in hard core love with Choo Choo Choose Me! Need it, want it, must have it! And Lug Your Designer Baggage is another beauty. Although I think I might have a dupe for it in one of my Pure Ice polishes, but not sure.

  9. JayJay says:

    Baggage I like a lot. I’d get that if I weren’t totally into professional Shellac at the moment. Choose is nice but still looks a bit thin? Watery? Just not quite “impactful” enough? Close but no cigar?

  10. Amanda says:

    I’m with you… I want to get Choo Choo & Baggage. Those are lookers!

  11. Diane says:

    I like “All Aboard”. I wish it had more blue in it. I was having troubles finding a medium purple creme. They always seem to be frosts, shimmers, metallics, etc.

  12. Tricia says:

    I need Choo Choo and Baggage. Desperately!!!

  13. Amber says:

    I need to get my hands on Choo Choo! What a gorgeous and unique shade. I only have Lug Your Designer Baggage so far. Great swatches!

  14. Kellie says:

    Whoever described Don’t Get Derailed as an elephant gray color is completely and totally color blind!! That is straight up army green!! Elephants are gray, just like in the pictures. How have you not seen one btw?? Get your booty to a zoo!! They are amazing creatures!!!

  15. Kellie says:

    I forgot to add, I just purchased Choo-Choo Choose You on Amazon for $5.68…that is with the shipping…the base price is $2.99. I’m a happy girl lol. =)

  16. Bird says:

    FYI groupon has both sets of these colors on sale. 6 of them for $22

  17. Bird says:

    Fyi groupon has this collection on sale. $22 for 6 of them.

  18. Samantha Bradley says:

    I actually have all 12 of this collection and I can’t wait to see your pics of the second half. For me, the most interesting one of this bunch isn’t Choo Choo Choose You, but All Aboard, Don’t Get Derailed, and possibly Lug Your Designer Baggage. DGD looks more to me like an olive than what China Glaze is calling “elephant gray”. Or am I wrong?

  19. nina says:

    I’m trying to find out what colors your Essie white shine post on Pinterest is

  20. Cheryl says:

    When will we see part 2?

  21. Shalene says:

    I got Nice Caboose and Choo Choo Choose You and they are both stunning.