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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

China Glaze Stone Cold: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have one of the six China Glaze Colours From the Capitol (Hunger Games) Collection polishes that I picked up the last time I was in Sally's. I thought that I might buy all of them but only six of them really caught my fancy. I have to say, this is an odd collection for Spring. The colours evoke Autumn, to me. Not that I am opposed to wearing strong or dark shades in the warmer months. I don't really let the season dictate my polish colour choices. I will slap on a deep, vampy shade in the middle of the Dog Days and splash on a soft yellow or lavender in the dead of Winter.

I confess, I know next to nothing about The Hunger Games. I haven't read the books (tho I am now intrigued and think that I may just pick them up and give them a read) and won't see the movie until it comes out on PPV. (I don't like to pay to see a movie that I can wait and see for free, a few  months later.) I have, of course read this and that about what polish colour goes with what district and so forth but that is the extent of my knowledge so I will be skipping the tie in commentary and just sticking to describing and reviewing the polishes, themselves.

Today's swatch is of Stone Cold, a cool, charcoal grey matte polish with a strong silver shimmer. The shimmer isn't shiny or particularly sparkly but it does fire beautifully in the sun. This polish is sexy, sophisticated and a bit edgy, too. I have read that this polish is a one coat wonder for some. It isn't, for me. My nails are just too imperfect and my polishing technique too inconsistent to get the job done in one swipe, but I did get a lovely finish in two thin coats. I didn't apply top coat, of course.

This photograph was taken out in direct sun.




China Glaze Stone Cold has a lovely formula. For a matte, this polish is surprisingly smooth and pleasant to work with. I have had experience with another brand of matte and I wasn't all that impressed. In fact, it kind of put me off matte polishes but I do believe that my faith has been restored. Stone Cold flowed very nicely off the brush and sat right down where I placed it. I had little cleanup to do. This polish sets up and dries pretty quickly but you do have a few moments to smooth it before it becomes unworkable and drags.  Dry time is fast. I have read that wear time isn't great with this, as with most mattes, it chips and wears off quickly. I do wonder if a matte top coat would extend it's life? I need to pick one up and try it.

I like this polish. I am not really big on mattes but there is just something about this one that delights me. If you like the matte look and enjoy a good grey, Stone Cold may really suit you.

Have you picked up this polish, yet? Which polishes from this collection do you think you are going to make a member of your polish family? The China Glaze Colours From the Capitol Collection is available now wherever China Glaze polishes are sold.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

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