Sunday, May 12, 2013

China Glaze Texture Collection

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.**

Happy Mother's Day! Today I have three of the six new polishes from the China Glaze Texture Collection — the lilac (yay!), Unrefined; the orange, Toe-tally Textured; and the green, In The Rough. The collection also includes a blue, pink, and coral so those of you who love those colors needn't feel left out!

The texture on these is a bit different from OPI's Liquid Sand and Zoya's PixieDust collections in that there is no glitter and the grit is somewhere between the two — not as pronounced as Liquid Sand yet not as refined as PixieDust. You can also control the texture to some extent by the number of coats you choose to do. I preferred using a single coat because, while a second coat filled in the untextured area more, it also smoothed the surface to the point where the polish looked curdled rather than textured. I think that may be the texture of the Nails Inc Leather Effect polishes but I don't have any of those to compare, so if you were looking for that kind of finish two coats of the Textures ought to do it for you. For me, a single coat gives an interesting crispy effect, sort of like those snack foods I like to generically call cheese worms. All of the polishes have enough pigment that a single coat covers well and the texture ensures that you wouldn't even notice a bare spot if there happened to be any. Dry time is quick, but I would recommend buffing the tips a bit when it's all dry to remove any bits of grit that may snag on things. Let's get on to the colors!

Speaking of cheese worms, Toe-tally Textured is pretty much the same shade as those crispy, addicting snacks! In the non-textured selection of China Glaze colors, this one is pretty close to Papaya Punch.
Toe-tally Textured, one coat
Unrefined is one of those lilac-y pink shades I love so much. Not surprisingly, this was my favorite of the selection, although Toe-tally Textured was a close second.
Unrefined, one coat
In The Rough is a yellow-green antifreeze kind of color that I find difficult to wear with my skin tone. This could make for interesting texture and color pop in nail art, however.
In The Rough, one coat
Pros: easy application and cleanup and it covers well in one coat, and removal is the same as for a regular finish — no foil needed! The colors available coordinate well with other China Glaze collections so there's lots of opportunity for nail art.

Cons: the texture tends to grab on things, so you may want to buff your nail tips a bit to smooth them.

Overall: I'm not enamored with textured polishes but I do think they make for fun accents and the color selections in the Texture Collection provide a lot of choices.

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**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.**

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  2. I like these because they don't have the glitter of the other two you mentioned - it makes them just a bit different, maybe more casual? Colors look pretty saturated for only 1 coat too.

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    1. I was impressed with how well they covered in only one coat!

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  3. The colour of Toe-tally Textured is awesome and In The Rough looks very interesting.

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    1. As a cheesy puff fan, Toe-tally Textured appealed to me, too!

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