New for Fall 2012, the China Glaze New Bohemian Collection ($7 USD / $8 CAD each) contains six metallic, duochrome nail polishes. Metallic nails are a super hot trend for the season, and China Glaze is putting a little twist on it with duochromatic textures.
You all probably know that China Glaze is one of my favorite nail polish brands, and as a huge duochrome fanatic (especially with eyeshadows), I was really excited for this collection! Metallic nail polishes are really a dream- they are super pigmented (1-2 coats is all you need), they dry quickly and smooth themselves out (usually). I do find that metallics seem to chip a bit easier, but you should still get about 3 days of solid wear with a top coat.
These nail polishes have a silver cap instead of the traditional black one, however the rest of the packaging (bottle, brush, etc) is the same.
I’m always happy to see smaller China Glaze collections like this one (with six polishes instead of twelve), because I really believe in quality over quantity- and I’d rather see six unique shades than twelve dupe-able ones. While I do believe that some polishes in this collection are better than others in terms of their ‘duochrome’ finish, they all have the same quality of formula.
This collection includes:
- Swanky Silk: A light beige with a peachy-pink duochrome. This one is the lightest of them all and I really love it! It reminds me of a duochromatic eyeshadow that I own, and its a nice twist on the light, shimmery nail.
- Rare & Radiant: A super duochrome; this blue-green polish with intense gold duo chrome is really beautiful! It’s probably one of the most duochromatic in the collection.
- Want My Bawdy: This deep, sapphire blue is gorgeous, but I don’t think it really belongs in this collection because there is hardly a duochromatic effect to it. It’s really just a rich, metallic blue with the slightest hint of purple (but you really can’t see the effect in real life).
- Unpredictable: Another intense duochrome; this rich green shade looks quite similar to Rare & Radiant (I actually thought they were the same polish at first) because they have the same blue-green base, but this one definitely has more of a green duochrome instead of gold.
- No Plain Jane: An interesting combination of lavender with an antique gold duochrome texture. This one is quite disappointing on the nails as well, because you can hardly see the duochrome in real life. It looks really cool in the bottle, but I wish there was more of an effect on the nails (they really just look lavender).
- Deviantly Daring: Another blue-green base with a gorgeous teal duochrome; this one is probably the most pigmented and intense, and I prefer it over the other two blue-green bases. It’s stunning!
- Price: $7 USD / $8 CAD for 0.5oz / 14mL
- Availability: Sally Beauty Supply
- Selection: Six shades in this collection (All shown here)
- Overall: A pretty cool collection if you’re into duochrome textures. The formula itself is high quality (usually is with metallic polishes), just be aware that some of the polishes are more duochromatic than others. I’d skip on Want My Bawdy and No Plain Jane if you want an intense duochrome effect.
- Rating: A-