Sunday, March 11, 2012

China Glaze- Hunger Games Capitol Colors Part 2

When the idea that China Glaze was going to be releasing a collection for The Hunger Games leaked on the internet last year, this is the image that was floating around the blogs.

The original color names and inspiration

And apparently, China Glaze was PISSED about it. Rumors started that the whole collection was being scrapped. At first, all of the colors were named and inspired by characters and plot points from the book. I was SO excited about it! Everything matched up so well with the story. Well China Glaze did NOT want people knowing where the inspiration for the colors and names came from. As a way to resolve the problem of the collection being leaked, China Glaze renamed and rededicated each color so that there was still some mystery about what was going to be coming out. Now, each color was going to be dedicated to each of the Districts from the story.

Luxe and Lush – District 1 (Luxury)
Stone Cold – District 2 (Masonry)
Riveting – District 3 (Technology)
Hook and Line – District 4 (Fishing)
Electrify – District 5 (Power)
Fast Track – District 6 (Transportation)
Mahogany Magic – District 7 (Lumber)
Dress Me Up – District 8 (Textiles)
Harvest Moon – District 9 (Grain)
Foie Gras – District 10 (Livestock)
Agro – District 11 (Agriculture)
Smoke and Ashes – District 12 (Mining)

Ok fine, China Glaze. But the original color names and inspiration were better.

On to my swatches and reviews of the second half of the collection. There were so many shimmers I decided to split them up between regular shimmers and glass-flecked shimmers. Some people may not consider all of these to be "glass-flecked" but the shimmer particles are much larger than the ones I swatched in Part 1 so I separated them.

The Glass Flecks

Harvest Moon, Fast Track
Smoke and Ashes, Riveting

Harvest Moon- A bold copper with a gold glass flecked shimmer. Gorgeous! Not exactly the best for my skin tone but still soooo beautiful. This is the smooth formula I want in a shimmer! Two coats of perfection.

Fast Track- Erin used this polish as a NOTD earlier in the week. She told me it turned out to be a little brown on her. For me it’s completely nude with beautiful gold glass flecks. I think it would make a nice base for a French manicure. This is a great interview color. Smooth and easy to apply, I got full coverage in two coats. I took these pictures by the window so they show as more gold than nude.

Smoke and Ashes- This polish is THICK. But in a good way, I think. It’s a black base with green and blue glass flecks. The green shimmer shows more. I’ve read this is comparable to Cult Nails Living Water. Erin has a Living Water post in the works so we’ll see! As for application, I had to be careful to avoid bald spots and pulling but it’s a one-coater. Two coats would have just been too thick for my liking. The black base definitely swallows the shimmer on the nail. I noticed Seche Vite seemed to dull the colors in the shimmer so I ended up only applying it to my left hand to see how they would both wear.

Bottle porn

Left hand with SV topcoat. Where'd the sparkles go?

Right hand with no topcoat

Close up on nail wheel with no topcoat

Riveting- So gorgeous! This polish was almost a one-coater and I couldn’t believe it. In the bottle I figured it would have a sheer or jelly-like consistency. I was way off! I could still see the tiniest bit of my nail line after one coat so I went with a second coat. It’s a super bright orange but not quite a neon. It almost has a burnt orange feel to it but the gold glass flecks really brighten it up. Definitely my favorite in the collection.

Close up on the nail

The Glitters

Electrify, Luxe and Lush

Electrify- In the promo pictures, Electrify looked the most amazing glitter in the world. In person it just looks like a bottle of Christmas tinsel to me. I’m still trying to get over the aversion I have for this polish. I love me some Christmas decorations but it’s been 70 degrees this week and Spring is practically here. But I will say that this clear base is PACKED with gold and red glitter. Two coats will definitely bring full coverage. This is no glitter top coat. You probably wouldn’t even be able to see the base color you used. Here’s one coat over a bare nail.

Luxe and Lush- A clear base with different shaped opal flakies. I really love this kind of glitter. For some reason, the macro setting on my camera made the flakes look like they were sticking up in every direction. I promise that for the most part, they lay flat on the nail. A coat of Gelous under a coat of Seche Vite smoothed everything out. I took a picture with Luxe and Lush on top of each color from the collection except for Electrify (I figured it wouldn't really show up). 

Foie Gras

Dress Me Up

Mahogany Magic

Hook and Line

Agro- My Favorite combo!

Stone Cold

Harvest Moon
Fast Track

Smoke and Ashes

Overall, I am REALLY happy with this collection. My only real complaint is that it screams Fall to me so I might not be wearing too many of the colors as it gets warmer outside. I think Riveting and Agro will definitely bring me through the Spring and Summer :)

Can't wait to go see The Hunger Games after if comes out on March 23rd!!!!


  1. I just bought Riveting. Such a great color! I want Harvest Moon too!

  2. Fast Track is really great on you!

  3. I think the first ones were better. The names and all. What happened to Joined at the Seam?

    1. I agree. And it became Stone Cold!

  4. They are all really beautiful but they totally scream fall to me too.

    Oranges, greens and browns? Hello? Fall Pallette!
    Anyways despite this, they are stunning and mine are still in the mail so the wait is KILLING me.

    1. It obviously makes sense why they wanted to release the collection in time for the movie. But I totally would have been ok with having them earlier!

  5. I love the Lush and Luxe over the Hook and Line!