Friday, March 9, 2012

China Glaze- Hunger Games Capitol Colors Part 1

Last year when I started hearing about The Hunger Games books non-stop, I picked up the first one for my nook. I finished it in 2 days. I raved about it so much I got my mom, my dad, my boyfriend and my best friend to start them as well. We were all finished all three books by the month’s end.

Then came the talks about the movies and then the China Glaze polish release! Just so happens all of it was happening in March, my birthday month! As soon as the polishes were available for pre-sale, my super awesome boyfriend ordered them for me as a birthday present. What more could a girl ask for?!
They were ordered from Amazing Beauty Supply and were a great price. But to be honest, I was a little bummed they didn’t arrive at my house until Monday, March 5th. They were already available in stores by then! What was the point of pre-ordering? Oh well. On to the swatches! I decided to split this up into two posts. Part 1 is the cremes, the shimmers and the matte(yes, a matte!) of the collection. Part 2 will be the glass-flecked shimmers and the glitters.

The Crèmes
 All of these were two coaters. The formulas were smooth and creamy and the China Glaze brush is great. It’s a little on the thin side but the bristles fan out enough to make application easy.

Foie Gras, Dress Me Up, Mahogany Magic

Foie Gras- I love this kind of milk chocolately brown. At first I thought it might just be a re-release of Street Chic so I swatched them both on a nail wheel to compare. Not a dupe at all. Street Chic is a tad lighter and a little warmer than Foie Gras. Foie Gras is definitely on the cool side. As Erin would say when we’re polish shopping, “They’re really different. You should get them both.”

Street Chic and Foie Gras

Street Chic vs Foie Gras. No top coat. They are just that shiny.

Dress Me Up- I also picked this color up for Robin when Erin and I went shopping the other day. It’s totally her kind of dusty rose. Dusty roses are not my thing but this color is still gorgeous.

Mahogany Magic- I hated this color in the bottle. It does look like a melted Hershey bar but I hate Hershey’s chocolate! It’s a very warm chocolately brown. There’s so much red in this color I figured it would look terrible on my skin. I was wrong! This color surprised me more than anything. The red undertones actually work well with the pink in my skin and on the nail ended up looking less like a Hershey bar and more like a REAL chocolate bar.

The Shimmers
Hook and Line, Agro

Hook and Line- Overall, meh. I had a hard time applying this and avoiding brush strokes and pulling. The color is GORGEOUS in the bottle and kind of on the nail too. I’m still working on my “no brush strokes” technique so maybe next time it could be better. I definitely should have waited for the first coat to dry before applying the second.

Blurry but you can still see the brush strokes
Agro- I was so excited about this color from the collection! A great yellow hunter green with gold and silver shimmer. The gold shows more than the silver on the nail. First coat definitely went on way smoother than Hook and Line and had minimal brush strokes. Still a little on the thick side but definitely smooth. This one is a one-coater for sure but I threw another one on so it would last longer.

Great shimmer!

The Matte
Doesn't look so matte in the bottle, does it?

Stone Cold- I love the idea of a collection with a variety of finishes so including a matte with the Capitol Colors was great. Stone Cold is a charcoal color with silver flecks of shimmer. As with most mattes, full opacity in one coat. Don't forget that matte polishes don't typically last as long and tend to chip kind of quickly.

That's all for now. Stay tuned for Part 2!!


  1. I have the matte and I didn't like it for some reason. It just seemed kind of boring to me. Agro looks so pretty though!

    1. The charcoal color definitely does eat some of the silver. Agro is one of my favorites in the collection!

    2. Stone Cold is one of my favorites from the collection, but I still do two coats for a little extra protection. After a day or so I will add a coat of Seche Vite which, of course, gets rid of the matte effect but the shiny top coat turns it into something else entirely! I may even like the shiny version better!

  2. Your so LUCKY to have Agro! Thats the one I want the most!

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