Disclosure: Contains press samples
I’ll admit it: I’m not the outdoorsy, adventurous type. I prefer to stay indoors where it stays dry and I can control the temperature. I’ve been camping only once and it ended up with a male friend’s large behind shoved into my face (there were 6 people in a tent). It’s not really an experience I’d like to ever repeat.
With that said, China Glaze’s fall collection, The Great Outdoors, is the complete opposite. It’s got a rich, colorful palette with some shimmery goodness thrown in. There are three duochromes with heavy color shifting. Two foils, a glitter and well-pigmented crèmes round out the set.
Cabin Fever (two coats): pink to copper duo chrome
Change Your Altitude (two coats): pebble greige crème
Check Out The Silver Fox (two coats): metallic gunmetal gray
Free Bear Hugs (two coats): deep black red crème
Gone Glamping (three coats): gold to green duo chrome
Let’s Dew It (one coat over Sleeping Under The Stars): multi-dimensional blue gray glitter
My Lodge Or Yours? (two coats): natural mauve crème
Pondering (two coats): deep amethyst duo chrome
Sleeping Under The Stars (two coats): dark blue with stardust shimmer
S’more Fun (three coats): adventurous lemon lime crème
Take A Hike (two coats): rich mossy green crème
Wood You Wanna? (two coats): rich brown burgundy metallic
The crème polishes are outstanding, with the exception of S’more Fun. They are flawless two-coaters and easy to apply. I find S’more Fun to be the dud of the collection due to its finicky application and the color just doesn’t fit in with the theme. A word of warning: Free Bear Hugs is very pigmented and is difficult to clean up, as seen on my index finger. I was surprised by Cabin Fever and Pondering. Usually, many duo chromes have a watery formula but these two were opaque in two coats. Gone Glamping is less pigmented and has the typical watery formula.
My absolute favorites, however, are the foils. I love Check Out The Silver Fox because it’s just a bit darker than most silver polishes. It gives the polish a more mysterious, interesting facet. It’s also great as a stamping polish, for you nail art fans out there. Wood You Wanna? is pretty amazing with its rich, dark chocolate sparkle. I cannot get enough of dark colors in this finish…I would love to see a green or blue version of these. China Glaze, can you dial that in for the Christmas collection?
Overall, this collection is full of win. The duo chromes are spectacular in person with very evident color shifts. While I didn’t focus too much on them, the neutral crème polishes would do great in a conservative office setting. Finally, I can’t say enough for the foils. They are a total must-have.
Will you be taking a hike in China Glaze The Great Outdoors? Is anyone else foil/metallic polish obsessed like I am? I promise you, if you are into foils, you will not be disappointed!