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Just like the OPI Venice collection (review), I’ve been holding onto these for a while. I guess it took me so long to review because of the same reason. I just got sick of seeing coverage on them everywhere! Now that the fire’s died down a little, I want to share them to let that fire grow once again.
This new collection from China Glaze was inspired by the great outdoors, though I’m sure you could already tell. These 12 new nature-inspired colors are perfect or autumn, They’re not just your typical fall colors, there are some stunners in this collection you have to take a look at. I purchased 10 out of the 12. So I’d say I have a pretty good idea about the collection. Are you ready for the “shimmer, sparkle and wow”? There are all types of finishes!
Wood You Wanna? is a red-toned shimmery metallic brown. The shimmer is spectacular and so is the formula. I love the gold flakes in this, it blends in nicely and transforms this from boring to interesting. This was a one coater, the formula is amazing! What a way to start things off!
This reminds me of a crushed up, more brown, version of Revlon Untamed from their new fall collection, take a peek at the review here. Out of these two I really can’t pick a favorite, I can’t decide. I love them both!
Wood You Wanna?- 1 coat, no top coat
For the first duochrome of this collection, I have Pondering. This purple duochrome shifts from purple to blue. At some angles you can see some hints of green, even a steel gray. It applies pretty well for a duochrome, I needed 2 coats. This is a little brushstrokey.
Pondering- 2 coats, no top coat
The next duochrome shifts from gold to green. Gone Glamping has a typical, average duochrome formula. It’s on the thinner side and I needed 3 coats for opacity. This doesn’t glide on the same way Pondering does, the brushstrokes are also much more apparent.
Gone Glamping- 3 coats, no top coat
Gone Glamping is more gold compared to OPI Just Spotted the Lizard and less bronze compared to Zoya Aggie (review). The duochrome effect of Gone Glamping is also softer than these two. Initially I thought this was going to be just like the others. I was wrong, this is unique and is a different take on a green to gold duochrome.
(L-R) Aggie, Gone Glamping, Just Spotted the Lizard
I&R: Gone Glamping, M: Aggie, P: Just Spotted the Lizard
Cabin Fever is the third and final duochrome of The Great Outdoors collection. This is actually the first polish from this that caught my eye. This orangey red duochrome is what I’d call a sunset polish. The formula was fantastic! Much better than Gone Glamping and even better than Pondering. I used 2 coats. Just look at that dazzling orange to red to gold shift with those flashes of green! I’d say this is a trichrome/multichrome instead of just a duochrome.
Cabin Fever- 2 coats, no top coat
I grabbed this hoping it would be a dupe for the expensive Louboutin Scarabée I limited edition nail lacquer sold on Nordstrom for $50! I am surely not ready to spend that much on polish, even for the insanely beautiful packaging. I’d much rather purchase a whole bunch than spend just as much on just one. That bottle is truly gorgeous though… It’s probably every lacquer lover’s dream… Please Santa!
Well, from the photos online, I can deduce that Cabin Fever is sadly not a dupe. Scarabée I is much lighter and more rose. Cabin Fever is too red. A possible dupe for the Louboutin polish would be Sorry, Not Sorry from Color Club’s new Oil Slick Collection (review). That review is a must see if you’re looking for some truly remarkable trichromes.
About the trio of duochromes… It’s interesting that they have similar polishes to all three of the limited edition Scarabée polishes from Louboutin. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s noticed. All three of these and all three of theirs looks very comparable to one another. So if you’re not willing to spend that much, give these a shot!
Now on to the cremes. S’more Fun is a fun lemon chartreuse green creme that you don’t expect in a fall collection. Unlike the color surprises in the OPI Venice Collection (review), I feel like this color some how works with the others. Why they named this S’more Fun I’ll never know. Would anyone look at this color and think smores? Anyway, it applied a little patchy and I ended up using 3 coats. It’s a fun color but I could have done without this.
S’more Fun- 3 coats, no top coat
S’more Fun is a touch more pastel than OPI Life Gave Me Lemons. I prefer the formula of Life Gave Me Lemons better. It’s less patchy and more creamy. In the picture below, S’more Fun actually looks like a shriek green.
(L-R) S’more Fun, Life Gave Me Lemons
I&R: S’more Fun, M&P: Life Gave Me Lemons
We all need a cozy neutral. Change Your Altitude is a perfect choice, a pale gray with the lightest hint of taupe or beige. This isn’t a flat gray and that’s what I love about it. I also love that this is a one coater! Very happy that I decided on getting it after passing originally.
Change Your Altitude- 1 coat, no top coat
Take a Hike is a forest green creme. Great formula. This was almost a one coat polish. I love greens and this one is no exception! I love the look of this. It’s very creamy and has a dusty quality about it that separates it from other dark greens.
Take a Hike- 1 coat, no top coat
I was initially afraid Take a Hike would look too close to Exotic Encounters from China Glazes On Safari Collection released in 2012. I’m happy to report these two are different, actually very different. Exotic Encounters is lighter and has a teal, more blue color to it. The formula is also thinner, less creamy compared to Take a Hike.
(L-R) Take a Hike, Exotic Encounters
This silver metallic foil is Check Out the Silver Fox. It’s not your typical silver, it has an ashy, gunmetal look to it that’s different and interesting. I like it more than I would a typical silver foil. This is very metallic and sparkly! I needed 2 coats, the formula wasn’t quite as smooth as Wood You Wanna?.
Check Out the Silver Fox- 2 coats, no top coat
When placed beside China Glaze I’d Melt For You (review) from last year’s winter/holiday collection, you can tell that it’s not a true silver, there’s some warmth in this gunmetal.
(L-R) Check out the Silver Fox, I’d Melt For You
I&R: Check out the Silver Fox, M&P: I’d Melt For You
I was really looking forward to trying out Sleeping Under the Stars. This dusty darkened navy purple looks beautiful in the bottle. The red/gold shimmer does not translate well on the nail. It pretty much disappears right into the pigmented purple creme base. This is a one coater but when I applied this I was sad to see that I couldn’t spot any of the pretty shimmer I saw in the bottle. I thought if I added a second coat, I would be able to see it but it made no difference. The only way I was able to see the shimmer was if I held my nails under direct light. So unless you put your fingernails right under a lightbulb, no one will be able to tell that you’re not just wearing a plain almost black polish. I was really disappointed with this one, I could have done without this.
Sleeping Under the Stars- 2 coats, no top coat
The final polish I picked from this collection is Let’s Dew It. This is a pretty dense silvery blue glitter. There’s blue and silver shimmer with bluey silver micro-glitter. I wouldn’t choose to use this on its own, though you can with 2-3 coats or with the sponging method. I chose to layer this over Change Your Altitude. One coat was perfect, that’s all you need. You can see just the perfect amount of base color peaking through.
Let’s Dew It- 1 coat over Change Your Altitude
Here’s how it looks over something more contrasting.
Let’s Dew It- 1 coat over S’more Fun
This is the sister polish to China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter, the green glitter topper from last year’s Twinkle Collection for the winter (review).