Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: China Glaze Avant Garden Part 2


Okay, after a brief pause, here is part 2 of the China Glaze Avant Garden collection. If you missed part 1, you can find it by clicking here. I'll be back with the final three polishes that I bought from the collection later this week.

Let's take a look at China Glaze Sunday Funday, a muted sky blue creme:

China Glaze Sunday Funday in the shade

China Glaze in the sun
The formula on this polish was great, and that's the last time you'll be hearing this during this post. It applied like a dream, smoothed out on its own, and gave flawless coverage. This is one of my favorites of the collection. :)

Next is China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around, a frosty creme concoction that I really wanted to love, but that just didn't love me back:

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around in the shade

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around in indirect light

As I say, I really wanted to like this. When I have nail art that I want to do with a white base, plain white cremes are usually too stark and uneven. So on the surface, this seemed the possible solution to my issues--a softer white with a pretty shimmer and an awesome China Glaze formula. Yeah, not so much. This certainly was better than a standard white, but not by a whole lot. It was uneven and took three coats to get even--and if you look, you can still see some patchiness. Also, it wanted to do strange things at the tips of my nails for some reason, not sure why--either it didn't dry the way most China Glazes do or it reacted with my Seche Vite, I'm not sure which. Sigh...

And finally for today, China Glaze Budding Romance, a split-pea green crelly:

China Glaze Budding Romance in the sun

China Glaze Budding Romance in the sun

China Glaze Budding Romance in the shade

China Glaze Budding Romance in in direct light

China Glaze Budding Romance in the shade

I absolutely adore this color--it's my favorite from the collection, by far. I love greens and this is a pretty-ugly sort of green; not quite ugly enough to be ugly-pretty but definitely with an edge. In terms of color, this will quickly make my favorite-greens list. However...the formula...the formula...::weeps:: This gave me all the hassle of a jelly, with patchy, draggy application no matter what I did. I took three coats to get anything that looked remotely like full coverage, and even then, if you look closely on my ring finger, you'll see a patch. Grrrr. Nonetheless, I love the color enough that I will probably throw down with it in the future...maybe I can convince myself to forget the formula issues. #LikeItNeverHappened.

That's it for now--stay tuned for part three where I will rant about the fact that it's spelled 'Mimosa's Before Mani's' on my bottle label and why that drives me completely bat-crap crazy...>.<

Thanks for reading!


(The polishes reviewed in this post were purchased with my own money.)


  1. Wow!!! These nail colors are all so pretty especially the green one. Love the color for I am fond of green shades nowadays since it is the color of the year. I wanna try this one and maybe put some designs on it.


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