I am not a nail polish fiend – I don’t own a huge collection and I don’t buy each and every limited edition colour on the market – but I must confess I am becoming more and more addicted to a brand. In the past, I wore L’Oreal and Maybelline polishes (drugstore brands in general); then I momentarily fell in love with Chanel polishes (way too expensive), until I finally started buying OPI and China Glaze polishes. I cannot but praise both brands for producing high-quality products, but I am definitely a China Glaze girl: the incredible colour range of the American brand has stolen my heart!
My China Glaze collection is small but I own some colours I won’t get bored of. I am not a die-hard fan of glittering nail polishes, but I often wear them because they’re fun to play with. The main downside is that it takes ages to remove them. For Audrey is an iconic China Glaze colour: first launched in 2007 as a homage to Audrey Hepburn and her character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) by Blake Edwards, it is reminiscent of the unique turquoise shade of Tiffany boxes.
Though not a fan of creme polishes, I immediately fell in love with it, because the colour is extremely vibrant and flattering. A downside of creme polishes is that they’re not easy to apply without leaving streaks on nails: two or more coats are always required to achieve a perfect coverage and the right shade.
China Glaze "For Audrey" nail polish doesn’t hide special effects which come out by the light of the sun, but I thought it was nice to show you it looked more vibrant than ever.
The latest addition to my collection is Re-Fresh Mint, part of the Up & Away collection. If you’ve been caught in the frenzy caused by the uber-limited edition Chanel nail polish in Jade, I’m sure you must have stumbled on this shade.
It’s a minty pastel green creme polish, which really reminds you of spring. It has no shimmers, it’s a pure creme. The picture on the right was taken when the weather was cloudy, but you can see how the mint green colour still stands out.
At first glance the colours are pretty similar, but once applied you realize they’re actually different. Re-Fresh Mint and Mint Candy Apple share lots of similarities: they’re both creme polishes, without shimmers, but the first has a green undertone, while the second runs blue in comparison. I love both, but Mint Candy Apple is easier to apply, since it’s a little more creamier than the other one.
For Audrey and Nouvelle Vague are apparently similar, but don’t have much in common.
The first is creme, while the other has tiny shimmers, only visible by the light of the sun.
Moreover, For Audrey is slightly darker than Nouvelle Vague.
At the moment I’ve got several China Glaze polishes in my wish list – 2Nite, Agent Lavender, Fairy Dust, Sour Apple, Towel Toy Boy and Candie – but I am sure I’ll soon add many more. Addiction, anyone?