Wednesday, August 8, 2012

China Glaze New Bohemian Luster Chrome Swatches and Review

Finally, its "hump day" and I've got for you my swatches and review of the China Glaze New Bohemian collection! While you are reading this I will be languishing away in a training class that lasts the entire work day, oh joy. Hopefully this post will make your hump day better, and if you like what you see your feedback will be putting smiles on my face all afternoon long. And helping me keep awake. There's something about the conference room that makes it impossible for me to keep my eyes open.

The 411: All photos are shown with base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat.


Swanky Silk:

A "brilliant beige with peach undertones," isn't exactly what I would consider a beige. And I wouldn't say it had peach undertones either. I would rather call it a cool toned gold with a rosy tint that almost never shows up in photographs. Seriously, I couldn't get it to show the slight pink duochrome as hard as I tried. You can kind of see it on my pinkie nail, otherwise it just looks gold (and slightly green - but I think that's more my light bulb's fault). The color on my pinkie nails is truest to actual color. The formula is thin but opaque enough to cover well at two coats. If Swanky Silk looks familiar, that's because we've seen versions of it before. Take Deborah Lippmann Sugar Daddy, for example.



No Plain Jane:

A "lavish lavender-pink," No Plain Jane is another polish in this collection that's been slightly miscategorized. I see the lavendar and I see hint of pink shimmer, but to call this a duochrome is a bit of a stretch. I see a little bit of a beige-y, golden green around the edges but nothing more. I'm sure this could have been amazing, but sadly falls short. It is still beautiful though, don't get me wrong. Again, this is a familiar face. I see near 100% similarities between No Plain Jane and Debora Lippmann Private Dancer.



Want My Bawdy:

A "sexy sapphire blue," Want My Bawdy is a stunning blue but again there isn't a hint of duochrome to be found. Not even in the bottle. Well, maybe a little in the bottle around the edges, but it is very slight. Putting that aside, you know I'm a sucker for blues and this one is a knockout. For that alone this polish gets a thumbs up from me.



Deviant Darling:

An "adventurously bold peacock teal," Deviant Darling knocks my socks off! Finally, there's a decent duochrome payoff in this polish. There's more of a color shift in the bottle than on the nail but you can definitely see the darker teal blue around the edges and a lighter green in the highlighted areas. Winner! I used Deviant Darling in this week's Teal Tuesday manicure, a fishtail braid, and it was lovely.



Unpredictable:

A "multidimensional gorgeous green," Unpredictable is the love-child of Deviant Darling and Rare & Radiant. The duochrome color shift is from a chartreuse green, to a teal, and finally blue peeks out around the edges. LOVE!



Rare & Radiant:

An "extraordinarily rich gold," Rare & Radiant is the one we've all seen before many, many times. This golden green beauty is China Glaze's answer to Chanel Peridot and the many dupes that followed. So if you haven't been able to get your hands on any one of those, grab this one.




The formula on all six of these were good. None of them were overly thin or thick and I had no trouble controlling them on the nail. They all covered well in two coats with good opacity but they do seem rather sheer at the first coat. Removal was easy but watch out for shimmer, it can end up everywhere if you don't use a little extra acetone/remover.

Ok, so what do I really think about this collection... I think that I've been a little overly negative in my tone regarding dupes, but other than that I think this collection is beautiful. I just wish it were released a year ago. Or even just a few months earlier, if only to beat OPI or Nails Inc to the punch. For me, Want My Bawdy, Deviant Darling, and Unpredictable are the winners of this set and the rest you can pass on. But if you're like me and don't mind multiples then by all means have at it! I like the idea of having a cheaper alternative to my $18 Lippmanns. Plus, I get China Glaze on the cheap so it doesn't hurt my wallet too badly to have purchased the set.

Since I have the "dupes" to three of these I'll be posting comparisons tomorrow. The results were both predictable and surprising. I also did some side-by-sides of several colors to show their similarities and differences from one another.

Now it is your turn, what do you think of China Glaze's New Bohemian Luster Chromes?

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