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China Glaze Hunger Games

My order from Head2Toe Beauty arrived! I am not a Hunger Games fan and what little I know about the series come from people talking about it on Twitter. Likewise it’s only due to other polish blogs that I had any idea China Glaze had made the odd (but lucrative) decision to release a line of nail polishes inspired by what turns out to be a dystopian story about children killing each other. That slight side-eye aside, I was really taken by a few of the colours. Whatever the inspiration, these polishes are stunning. In light of my lack of fandom interest, I’m only going to talk about the polishes in this (longer than usual) post including my final manicure and swatches.

The shades I had to have were Riveting, Stone Cold, Agro, Foie Gras and Dress Me Up. I’ve swatched them below, and then decided on a mani of the matte Stone Cold with shiny Riveting tips (inspired by the goth feel of Wednesday night’s Almighty Johnsons episode). Quite a few people have commented that Foie Gras and Dress Me Up don’t really fit with the rest of the shades in the Hunger Games collection. They are softer, more elegant cremes as opposed to the other striking shimmers and glitters. But because I was just buying based on whether I liked the colours or not, I’m happy with them.

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(All are two coats over a base coat of Sally Hansen Double Duty. No top coat. In order of little finger to thumb.)

Dress Me Up: a dusty, slightly dirty pink creme. Puce’s prettier cousin. The formula was quite runny and the first coat goes on streaky (as is common with cremes) but the second evens it out. Self-levels well. I find China Glaze brushes easy to work with, but I did have to trim an extra long bristle. True to bottle colour.

Foie Gras: a rich, dark, dusty purpled-brown creme. Formula also runny but is glassy smooth in two coats. Dries a bit darker than it initially goes on the nail and shows in the bottle. Initially I thought it looked a bit like OPI Over The Taupe, but looking at my swatches it’s a shade or two darker and more purpled. Could be quite similar to You Don’t Know Jacques?

Stone Cold: I love this dark asphalt grey-black matte filled with silver micro glitter (and not just because of the name). It’s a Stone Cold Stunner. Yeah I went there. It looks lit from within while still having a really industrial feel. The formula is a bit difficult to apply — it dries very quickly and you have to work fast to avoid clumping. If careful, is a one coater. Lovely satin-feel finish, not chalky. My husband wants me to do his nails in this colour. (I’m a little sad about my broken-to-the-smile-line nub, incidentally.) Glossy top coat makes the glitter really pop.

Agro: an olive-green shimmer. Beautiful formula application and almost a one coater. Herbaceous green with a bit of an edge and a lot of depth. Slightly foil-like, lovely on.

Riveting: my favourite from the collection when I was looking online, and my favourite on the nail. A striking fiery orange jelly base filled with gold shimmer. Definitely a lit-from-within shade. Deeply saturated glowing embers. I love this. Further, it was a dream to apply. Only good things to say about this polish.

And finally, my finished mani. Sally Hansen Double Duty for my base coat, 1-2 coats of Stone Cold (I wasn’t quick enough on some nails to avoid streaks),  2 coats Riveting on the tips (the first applied with tape, the second free-handed), Poshe top coat on the tips (which doesn’t give me a headache like Seche Vite, yay!).

Overall the application on these was so, so much better than other (older) China Glaze polishes I own. Have they improved their polish formulas?

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Ludurana Fascinante

I’ve managed to create a little backlog for myself, being very busy at home, so today’s polish is one I wore a week ago — Fascinante by Brazilian brand Ludurana. Fascinante is a warm autumnal multichrome that would be perfect for March… if we really had autumn here rather than hot-wet-humid or cold-wet.

I wanted Fascinante as soon as I saw it in swatches, but didn’t even bother putting it on my wishlist as it was impossible to get here. Happily though the newly opened Ninja Polish stocks Ludurana polishes (as well as many other hard-to-find and independent polish brands) and ships to New Zealand so I bought it right away. I was pretty chuffed.

This multichrome is really stunning on the nail. It flashes purples, pinks, burgundy, orange, gold, and light green. In most lighting conditions the purples, pinks, oranges and golds predominate, but I am happy to say that this isn’t a polish where you don’t get the other in-bottle shades on the nail. The light green might be more rare but it will show up when you tilt your nails. Fascinante is also a shimmer, and works well as a single coat over black (especially if you want to save your polish — the bottle is only 8ml). I used three coats by itself to get it opaque.

Indoor lighting. Shows the most common colours in this multichrome.

Indirect sunlight.

The brush is pretty decent, though the formula is a little runny and temperamental. This is the only polish with which I’ve experienced the much talked of Seche Vite shrinkage (away from the tips in my case), and I always cap (wrap) my tips. But the most annoying thing is how badly and easily Fascinante chipped. And peeled! It chipped a little on day one, which never usually happens, and these chips had compromised the entire mani and turned into lifting and peeling by day two. Because nothing changed but the polish I do think it’s the formula. It may just be a difficult mixture, or it may not play well with my base coat (Sally Hansen Double Duty) or with Seche Vite. But it was pretty while it lasted and I will definitely use it again, when I don’t mind having a very short term mani (maybe for special occasions).

Showing more of the variety of colours.

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