Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen…

VintageVixen Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen...

In truth we’re late to the game with this Vintage Vixen review, we actually received these shades in June. So, why the delay? Here’s the problem, this gorgeous Fall collection is filled with rich, downright sultry colors. Shades that make you think of vintage tweed suits and camel coats with plush fake fur collars, or sitting by a fire with a snifter of Brandy. And I simply couldn’t put them on my fingers in June! Though I know polish releases are timed similar to fashion releases (where it’s not uncommon to see bathing suits on the runway right around the time you change to a heavier comforter), I couldn’t wrap my head around a vampy nail while eating a popsicle!

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So, here we are in November and I am now loving the Vintage Vixen collection. And I have a feeling that is going to be a sentiment shared by our review team. How could you not love these shades? Take a closer look at the lushness…

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VintageVixenE Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen... clockwise from top left: Goin’ My Way, Hey Doll, Jitterbug, Midnight Mission

Goin’ My Way – Brown frost with copper shimmer
Hey Doll – Rose frost with shimmer
Jitterbug – Grey chrome with silver micro glitter
Midnight Mission – Navy blue frost with silver micro glitter

VintageVixenF Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen...clockwise from top left: Ingrid, Bogie, Classic Camel, Emerald Fitz

Ingrid – “Greige” crème with copper micro glitter
Bogie – Plum frost with shimmer
Classic Camel – Khaki crème with gold micro glitter
Emerald Fitzgerald – Turquoise green frost with shimmer

VintageVixenG Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen...clockwise from top left: First Class Ticket, Swing Baby, Foxy, Riveter Rouge

First Class Ticket – Deep purple frost with shimmer
Swing Baby – Taupe frost with silver micro glitter
Foxy – Burgundy frost with shimmer
Riveter Rouge – Deep red shimmer

VintageVixenB Come hither, China Glaze Vintage Vixen...I simply couldn’t resist Ingrid, that sultry taupe seen in the top photo and at left, so she simply had to be mine. And oh, am I glad we met! The slight glittery copper sheen that this has keeps it from being too “greige” and adds a touch of dimension to what could be really flat. I can see this being on my nails for the next 3 months!

So Dolls, what did you think of the come hither shades of the Vintage Vixen collection? Are your nails going to sport anything else during these chilly months?


Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.

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  1. Profile photo of turboterp

    Even though it was full-on summer when I received China Glaze Jitterbug (the grey chrome with silver micro glitter) to test, there was something about the subdued, rich, shimmery color that called my name. I painted my toes with it and suddenly I felt so different and cool! I even sat in a beach chair on the Jersey Shore in August, gazing at the way my toes sparkled against the sand.

    A woman I work with accosted me when I wore sandals to the office one day, and a few days later, her own toes were sporting Jitterbug. And China Glaze wears like a champ! I didn’t re-polish for at least two weeks.

    Now that it’s fall, Jitterbug has taken its rightful place on my fingers, and I can’t imagine loving another polish this much! Although, looking at the entire collection, maybe I’ll have to branch out just a little. Hmm, maybe Ingrid…
    5 stars for China Glaze!

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    True story.. About a month ago I decided to bring “Hey Doll” (rose frost with a serious shimmer) to my salon to use on my toes. I had an overly chatty gal next to me and she plainly begged to let her borrow it for her tootsies as well. How funny is that? I don’t remember her name; I just call her Hey, doll now! That was a funny experience. I am amazed at the beautiful colors and how many nail polishes are shown above. It’s crazy! The main reason I like China Glaze Vintage Vixen? So many of these are great colors have fantastic staying power and great shine. The only thing that I wish was that they had less fumes- it can be overwhelming. It’s important to have good ventilation whenever using this. I’m also digging the Goin’ My Way. Great stuff and I give it four solid stars..

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    Tyna Werner

    I’ve always loved makeup, but over the last two years at wht, I’ve started falling hard for nail polish. For the same reasons everyone eventually does – it’s an economical way to add a trendy or bold color to your style (without feeling like a fashion victem). And the best polishes seem to consistently come from China Glaze.

    They just always, rich, lush on-trend colors and I already now and trust their formula. I tested Foxy – a burgundy frost with shimmer – and of course, loved it.

    I can not wear red (lipstick gloss, etc) – I try – it just looks weird on me. But certain nail polishes work with my skin tone and Foxy was one of them. It’s dark red didn’t clash with my pale tone and it’s just the perfect sultry fall color for both hands and toes. As always the formula was fab – non streaky and smooth. I could get away with just one coat – but the second adds extra depth and shimmer. A quick top coat and you’ll get days and days of chip free polish. 5 stars!
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    I think Ingrid is the star of this collection! Metallic/frosty polishes can be a bit of a hit or miss for me. I do love and purchased a few myself and I thoroughly enjoy this collection. But Ingrid is right on trend and perfect for fall! :)
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    I’m with @Turboterp – Even though summer was in full swing I couldn’t resist the beauty of Swing Baby! It has the classiness of a neutral, but the micro glitter gives it just enough edge to keep it from being stuffy. I painted my toes with it and got compliments everywhere I went!
    Now that fall has come I’m going to break out the Swing Baby again. Really, I can see myself wearing it all year round- it’s really pretty versatile!

    As the others have said, the formula has the classic China Glaze opacity and lasting power. On my toes it lasted for nearly 3 weeks before looking ragged!
    Next on the purchase list: Classic Camel. There’s just something about it, I love the shade!

    5 stars for China Glaze, no problem!

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    Shaya C.

    @kari let me know where you find it! I want that color as well. It’s not easy to find China Glaze in these parts. I’ve recently been told to get it at Sallys, but that’s a bit of work for me as there isn’t one in my area. These colors are beautiful I also want Hey Doll and Boogie.

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    I was the lucky girl that got to test out Bogie–a gorgeous, shimmery dream of a deep purple. The purple has a hint of steel to it, so it really stands apart from the sea of dark purple polishes I’ve been seeing this season–the pic in the bottle really doesn’t do the color justice, but I think that’s true of pretty much all of the polishes in this collection.
    Like most China Glaze polishes I’ve used, this applies beautifully–2 coats to perfect coverage and I get about 2-3 days of non-chipped wear (depending on how much of a clean freak I am during that time–scrubbing things is hell on a manicure).
    I now NEED Ingrid and Emerald Fitz. And possibly Swing Baby.
    This whole collection is covet-worthy. 5 Stars from me!

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    I own Ingrid, First Class Ticket, and Emerald Fitzgerald. This is a beautiful collection. With 2 coats I get a vivid color pay off with no streaks. I only experienced chipping after 2-3 days when I was extra rough on my hands. My favorite of the lot is Emerald Fitzgerald! It is one of the most stunning shades that I have ever seen. It reminds me of a peacock. I think that this will be my go to holiday shade!! 5 stars from me!

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    China Glaze came at the perfect time for me because I was in a complete nail polish rut! I got Riveter Rouge to try and immediately put it on my toes to lighten the mood. (I’d been for months with OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark!)
    I love that there is almost a texture to the formula on my nails and the slight sparkle was just what I needed in the summer. The red was perfect too. I’m a little touchy about red and this wasn’t too orange or too blue. The formula went on smoothly, the brush was easy to use and it stayed on for a number of days. I am going to try it on my nails for the holidays which are … um… NOW! Yay!!
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    This is such a great looking collection! So many are standouts but Ingrid, Goin My Way, and Foxy look like they’d be up my alley – ok maybe Riveter Rouge and Hey Doll, as well! I apologize for being late to the party here, but I actually tested one of these and I’m sorry if anyone was waiting to hear about it! I was the tester of Classic Camel. A camel coat is a good description of the color, but maybe makes it sound more intriguing than it should! Maybe “Grey Poupon” is a more apt description…I don’t know, but unfortunately, it’s just awful on my skin tone. I’m pretty fair with lots of pink undertones and it’s not a good blend. We first reviewed these in the summer, but it was no better with a tan for me. I held it up against Erin’s skin, who is pretty olive-toned, and it really didn’t look any better on her either! We came to the conclusion that it may look good on a very dark skinned gal – I want to give this color a chance – it’s just definitely not for me. The formula though is fabulous, as always with China Glaze. I went three (long!) days without any signs of a chip – and there was lots of dish washing and diaper changing in there!

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