23 April 2011

Nicole's back with Island Escape!

Hey there, ladies! It's been a while, eh? I've missed you so much, but I know you've been enjoying reading all of Kirsten's posts (I sure have), so it's all okay!

Hopefully nothing goes wrong with this post, I'm having to post this from my phone at work (hurray for employment!). If anything messes up, I'll fix it as soon as I can. :)

Anyway, life has been keeping me pretty busy lately, what with exams (my last final isn't until the 28th) and me getting a job, but I'm really looking forward to the summer. On that theme, here are some swatches of a collection that just screams summer! I present to you China Glaze's Island Escape collection, which Kirsten generously lent to me. <3

All polishes are shown with three coats, no base coat or topcoat.

First up is Papaya Punch, a bright, yellow-leaning orange creme. Like Kirsten, I had major problems with the two cremes of the collection. I think the colours are beautiful and perfect for the summer, but something about the formula just didn't work for me. They were streaky and it definitely felt like I was trying to paint my nails with glue. As you might be able to tell from some of the staining around my cuticles, this picture was taken after my second attempt with this polish. I promise I'm not actually jaundiced.

Next is Electric Pineapple, the other creme in the collection. This one is a slightly greenish yellow with the same tricky formula. I managed to get this one to apply reasonably well on my first attempt, which was a relief. I just had to really take my time with it.

Neither of the cremes are shades that I would choose for myself, but I really like them for summer and the more I see them the more they start to grow on me. They seem like they'd be lots of fun with all of the crackle polishes that are coming out in the next few months.

And now for the shimmers!

The first of the shimmers is 108 Degrees, which made my camera freak right the hell out. It was just incapable of capturing the true majesty of this polish, which is a real shame. It's a stunning hot pink glass fleck that sparkles like nobody's business. I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I think this is my second favourite of the whole collection. The base colour seems really similar to Sally Hansen Xtreme etc Hot Magenta, it has that same sort of glowy quality to it.

We all knew from the start that this one was going to be my favourite. I have a serious weakness for the purples. Senorita Bonita is a purple shimmer absolutely packed with glass-fleck. Seriously, just look at the sparkly madness on my (un)intentionally blurred index finger there. Insanity, right? At first glance I thought it was going to be sort of dupey to Coconut Kiss, but as soon as I put on the first coat I knew that it was so much more. I adore Coconut Kiss, but Senorita Bonita just takes it up a notch.

One two three cha-cha-cha, six seven cha-cha-cha! That's the cha cha beat, right? I dunno, it's been a few years since I stopped doing latin dance, but that's the beat that got stuck in my head as soon as I saw the name for this beauty. Cha Cha Cha is a yellowish green shimmer. It's not my favourite kind of green but dang, it makes me miss salsa dancing. :P

Last is Blue Iguana which, as the name suggests, is blue. What the name doesn't tell you, however, is that it has an awesome purple flash. You all know how I feel about sneaky shimmers, and the fact that this particular shimmer is purple is just icing on the cake. The unfortunate thing, as Kirsten mentioned in her post on this collection, is that the purple flash disappears a little bit each time you add another coat, so by the time I got it up to three coats it was pretty much all the way gone. :( Oh well, it's just incentive for you all to go out and see it for yourself!

Have you had a chance to scoop any of these up yet? What are your favourite colours to wear during the summer?

I know you ladies have probably seen this collection a zillion times by now (heck, it's already appeared once on this blog), so thank you so much for reading if you made it all the way through this time! It was wonderful to talk at you all again, and I'll chat with you again soon!



  1. yay a Nicole post <3 miss you lovely lady! totally loving the idea of the purple shimmer in Blue Ignuana (yay for sneakiness)

  2. Love the green, purple and pink ones, the rest I'd have to see them in real life to decide if I actually want them. Great pics!

  3. NICOLEEE :) <3 love youuuuu! I need to buy these colours now that lent is almost over and I can buy polish again

  4. Hi! Nicole long time no see. :) haha I like these colors on you. :)

  5. Nice to 'see' you again Nicole. I love the purple of course!

  6. Great swatches! Hope all is going well!

  7. Ahh! I neeeed this whole collection! Love it :)


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