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Sail into Spring with hues inspired by surf and sand
All nail polish is not created equal. I used to be of the mind that, save the color selection, it was all the same. The inequality amongst nail polishes is only something that can be learned as one gets older, tries more products, seeks out new color, and concerns oneself with that which one puts in or on her body. Those of you like me who seek to avoid chemical contaminates while still having a vibrant, chip-resistant polish need to stock their cabinets with China Glaze.
China Glaze has been around for more than thirteen years, always providing high quality, on-trend color and treatments. China Glaze is so named because their lacquers contain real china clay as a nail hardener – it’s the same stuff that gives porcelain its shiny surface. Here at wht, we’re big fans of their hard working formula and ever evolving shade selection. Recently, the team got the chance to say “Hello Sailor!” to the Spring 2011 collection, Anchors Away.
This new(ish) collection has a timeless nautical theme and contains 12 modern hues inspired by high seas. We have been hearing these shades have an extra ooomph in the pigmentation levels – for a super sleek, deep, yacht-worthy finish. I can’t wait to hear what my review team members thought of this updated formula, so I’ll be sure to read the comments for their reviews.
As for me, I received two colors ($6.50 a bottle) from the Anchors Away collection; Ahoy! and Pelican Gray. I tend to paint only my toes since the nails on my fingers must remain neutral for work; therefore, I gave each of these colors a consecutive try on my piggly-wigglies.
First up was Pelican Gray, a cool dove-gray, clay color in the bottle (true to the website swatch). Spring was off to a cold, rainy start here in Los Angeles and I felt this was an appropriate first toe color for the season. This color does have a tiny bit of shimmer that was completely undetected by me in swatch or bottle—I was pleasantly surprised. Pelican Gray has high sheen along with that subtle shimmer. Two coats is perfect coverage for me. Gray just got a little less sad.
In the bottle Ahoy! appears to be a glittery fuchsia (darker, but similar to the swatch on their website) and this bottle is quite the little tart. This “intense pink flashes with reflective glass” looks like the color the dames wear at Merchant Marine points of call. Bright AND glittery – could this work for me?
Luckily, this doesn’t seem to wear at all the same as the swatch or bottle, appearing a little closer to a burgundy on my nails. The glitter isn’t too over-the-top either, proving to be a great sun-catcher. Speaking of catching…you could also catch a sailor with this color, but he still can take you home to mom.
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Both of these Anchors Away polishes wore well for an entire week. This is quite a compliment as I spend a lot of time on my feet in shoes. Usually, chipping or peeling of my polish is a nearly instantaneous thing. I haven’t given these polishes the real test of wearing them in the surf and sand, but based on what I’ve experienced so far I think I know what I’m in for. Looks like I’m taking the good China to the beach this year.
• Extraordinarily long wearing and chip-resistant
• Smooth, glossy finish
• Free of harmful chemicals like DBP, toluene and added formaldehyde.
• Huge selection of colors
• Great price point
• What cons?
• Ok, here’s one: Pelican Gray has become my new nail color obsession after my initial nose curl at seeing it—and it’s a limited edition color.
Ladies who lacquer, how do you feel about China Glaze?
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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