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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away Collection - Knotty Nauticals (Part 2)

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, like most collections, China Glaze broke this collection into 2 groupings.  Yesterday, I showed you "Sand & Sea", and today I have the second part of the collection, "Knotty Nauticals". Whereas Sand & Sea had more pastels, lighter shades, and neutral shades... Knotty Nauticals is all about the bright shades.

Ahoy! - Jelly-ish finish, bright fuchsia-pink creme with tonal and golden shimmer.  This one is so unbelievably pretty.  It's a bright pink with shimmer, yes, but it's also so much more.  The finish is something really unique.  When I first applied it, I thought it was going the be a jelly, but nope.  It's a creme, with the same squishiness as a jelly.  Pic is 2 coats and the formula was perfect.

First Mate - Slightly-dusty, medium-dark blue creme.  This one almost reminds me of a denim blue.  Y'all know me and blues, so of course, I love it.  The color is very pigmented.  It was almost opaque at one coat, though, I did 2.

Hey Sailor - True red creme.  This one is a perfect 1940's pin-up red creme.  It doesn't lean blue, nor does it lean orange, so it's probably wearable on just about every skintone.  It's also definitely more of a summer red than a fall/winter/holiday red.  It is just a red creme, so it's not incredibly unique, but the name is fantastic.  2 coats.  

Life Preserver - Dusty red-orange creme.  As soon as I read the name on this one, I thought of those big, boxy lifesavers you have to wear when you rent a boat, even down to the slightly-dirty tinge to the orange.  Normally, oranges and I don't play nice, but I didn't dislike this on my skintone.  Formula was a tad on the thin side.  3 coats.

Lighthouse - Yellow jelly with golden shimmer.  Okay, now this is a unique polish.  It's a yellow jelly (yep... the word "jellow" kept running through my mind.  The shimmer in it is is really.  But best of all... it has a great formula.  It is a bit thin, which only allows the shimmer to get more depth, but other than that, there were no issues (like you normally get with yellows).  3 coats.  

Starboard - Shamrock green creme.  Like Life Preserver and First Mate, above, Starboard had dusty finish, and it's definitely more of a yellow-leaning green, than a blue-leaning green.  The color is very pretty and perfect for spring.  The formula was perfect.  2 coats.


Now that I've swatched and reviewed the entire collection, I can definitely say that I absolutely love it.  The colors are pretty, with great pigmentation.  There's a variety of finishes, and IMO, not a wonky color in the bunch.  I know I've stated in the past how much I loved Up & Away, but I think Anchors Away just took away it's spot.

The collection is now available for pre-order at TransDesign, with a notation saying that it will be officially available in 1/12 (tomorrow!).

These were sent to me for review


MellJBrown said...

LOVE first mate.
also like starboard. it's a bit more challenging and less instatnly likeable, which is normally the kind of polish I go for

-m xx

Anonymous said...

I really like ahoy!

Nail Dazzler Nails said...

First matte reminds me of the H&M moody model :)

ReaderRita said...

Okay, I have seen this collection on other blogs, and your swatches are the best. You represent the dustiness of the colors exactly! I just bought Starboard, Life Preserver, Pelican Gray and Sea Spray from Trans Design- and they are dead ringers for your swatches. Thank you for your awesome blog- and you are the swatch queen!!!

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