Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Agro

To be honest, I never paid attention to Agro when looking at the Hunger Games collection as a whole from China Glaze. It just simply did not stand out to me. I've always gone about saying I dislike green, so there was really no reason for me to pay attention to it.

I started to pay attention when someone I watch on Youtube said it was one of her favorite polishes for fall. Immediately, I googled swatches and I was still a little underwhelmed. Nothing was particularly exciting about Agro, there was nothing to write home about. It was just a sorta metallic-y green, what was the big deal?

Well, lately I've been getting into greens in a big way. Especially greens that are metallic-y. I ended up ordering Agro after looking at more swatches of it and deciding not only was it unlike anything else in my collection, it was a pretty cool color and I thought it was definitely worth giving a shot. And you know me - I have such a hard time resisting the Hunger Games collection.

As always, apologies for the state of my hands. 2 coats, natural light.

Well, surprisingly, I really ended up loving this color. It is an absolutely gorgeous green that looks SO GOOD on your nails. I love how it's a little metallic-ish and how vibrant the color is, even though it's dark. There's even a tiny bit of duochrome to the color surprisingly.

Overall, I've been loving these dark green-y gold-y colors and this is no exception. I really like Agro, and I think it's definitely worth trying if it's the kind of color you think would appeal to you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Blue Year's Eve

For a long time, I thought a sort of glittery, deep, navy blue was not for me. I had one by Sinful Colors really early on into when I started using nail polish, and I simply did not like it. I asked myself frequently - why the hell did I buy this? It's terrible, I will never wear it. However, after being gifted a navy, glittery, metallic CRACKLE polish, and getting really excited (before realizing it was a crackle) about owning the color, I decided it was time for me to set out and find one. I hated crackle so I quickly traded that in but now there was this gaping hole I had to fill in my collection.

Around this same time, the lovely ladies on Random Acts of Polish mentioned the fact China Glaze gift sets were on sale. I can't resist a deal (I really, really can't resist it) so when I saw I could buy a set of 4 polishes for around $14 (that's like...about half price!) it was hard to say no, especially when that collection included a glitter I have long wanted and an amazing blue to fill the gap in my collection.

To be honest, when it arrived I had a hard time being excited by Blue Years Eve. I mean..it was just this kinda glittery kinda metallic dark blue...what IS there to be excited about? I don't know if I would have ever gotten around to using it if I hadn't been stuck for a nail color the other day and decided it was about time for me to try out this color.

3 coats, outside. This picture captures the color best. You can see my fingers are still an absolute mess.

I was REALLY pleasantly surprised by how much I love this polish. The color has a duochrome-y-ness to it that doesn't really pick up in the bottle but is GORGEOUS on the nails. The glitter gives the color a nice depth and it's definitely glittery without being overwhelming. A friend described my nails as "looking like the outside of a car" and I would say that's a pretty good description! And it's not just blue - there's a purple twinge to it that every so often flashes through when you look at it just right. I love it - the color is so vibrant and exciting and fun to look at.

This color also looks to me like it could be a dupe for Orly Lunar Eclipse from the hard to find and extremely lovely Orly Cosmic FX collection. I've wanted that color for a long time, so it makes me happy that I potentially stumbled across a dupe! I don't own Lunar Eclipse, so I can't do a comparison, but I would definitely like to see it!

Overall, I love this blue. It made me love a color on my nails I didn't think I ever would really love and I am so glad I got it. I would definitely recommend it to others, especially if they want something glittery without it being a glitter bomb.