China Glaze Hunger Games Collection Swatches – Part 1
Good Morning Tributes!
I’m happy to be sharing part of my China Glaze Hunger Games Collection swatches with you today! I wish I didn’t have to work tonight so I could go to the midnight release, but I have to wait until I have time to go see it this weekend. I ultimately decided to split this into two posts (one today, one on Friday) because 35+ pictures would have been ENTIRELY too much for me to include in one post. That being said, this is still going to be a bit picture heavy. ^_^
I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher and Seche Vite as my base coat/top coat combo.
Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury)
Luxe and Lush is really interesting to me. It’s a flakie, but the pieces are irregular shards as opposed to your run of the mill flakies that you normally see. I love it! It has a suspension base like most clear glitter polishes, but it’s not so thick that it’s unmanageable. And after top coat there was hardly and grittiness which I know can be a problem with this type of polish.
From Left to Right:
Pointer: 2 coats of Luxe and Lush over 2 coats of Smoke and Ashes
Middle: 2 coats of Luxe and Lush over 2 coats of Dress Me Up
Ring: 2 coats of Luxe and Lush over 2 coats of Riveting
Pinky: 2 coats of Luxe and Lush by itself
Stone Cold (District 2 – Masonry)
Stone Cold was a surprise, it’s a matte finish! And holy cow is it a gorgeous one! I love the silver shimmer! It’s probably one of the easiest to deal with matte polishes that I own. If you’re careful and get enough polish on your brush Stone Cold is a 1-coat-wonder! I ended up using 2 coats this time because I had one or two bald spots on a few fingers. Like most mattes, it dries fast so work quickly!
Here’s a macro shot for you, when you leave it matte the silver shimmer really takes over. It’s gorgeous.
Do not adjust your monitors, this is STILL Stone Cold. But look how different it looks with top coat! Now it looks more black than grey, and still beautiful. I honestly don’t know which I l like best. O___O*
And here’s a macro shot for ya.
Riveting (District 3 – Technology)
Oh. Em. Eff. Gee. This my friends is Riveting. And if a name has ever fit a polish more aptly then I don’t own it yet. I love this color! It’s such a bright, shimmering, girl-on-fire color… *le sigh* I used 3 thin coats for this gold glass flecked beauty. It’s thin but it builds up wonderfully. For an orange polish lover like myself, it rarely gets better than this. ♥
And here’s a macro shot. I’ll give you all a few minutes to clean up the drool. Scroll on whenever you’re ready.
Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing)
Hook and Line… Oh…. You…. I was ready to fully hate this one because of how frosty it looked in the bottle. But after I finished applying it I ended up kind of liking it? It’s definitely frosty, but it looks like a pewter brushed metal. And I’m finding that I don’t mind it in this instance. Especially since Hook and Line is for the Fishing District, it actually fits the concept they were going for quite well.
THAT BEING SAID. This was one of the most finicky polishes that I’ve ever had to deal with. What you see in my swatches is a combination of reallllly careful application (starting with the first two strokes on the outer left and right sides of my nail bed, and the 3rd stroke straight and fast down the center) and sheer luck. I used roughly 3 coats per nail, but it might have been 4 or 5 on some when I needed to ‘touch up’ some super brush stroke issues. And the formula is incredibly thin and sheer.
Electrify (District 5 – Power)
Electrify doesn’t really do much for me. It’s your standard clear base glitter with gold and red. It builds up pretty nicely on its own. This is 3 coats, thought there are still a few small bald spots. I might try layering this over some other polishes though the next time I wear it. ^_^
Macro shot, you can see the small bald spots here and there. And like most glitters, you’re gonna need the foil removal method for Electrify unless you want to bedazzle your fingers with residual glitter.
Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation)
Fast Track is pretty beige with gold shimmer. Again, not too original but still pretty. I want to do a comparison between this one and Irreplaceable by Essence, because that’s the first polish that comes to mind when I look at this one. I used 2 coats here.
Here’s a macro of Fast Track for you all. ^_^
The formulas ranged for this section of the Hunger Games Collection polishes. I think Hook and Line had the worst formula, hands down, even still it wasn’t the one I liked the least. If I had to pick my favorites, it’d definitely be Riveting, Luxe and Lush and Stone Cold. ^_^
The China Glaze Hunger Games Collection polishes can be purchased from a variety of e-tailers: TransDesign, Victoria Nail Supply, Nailsupplies.us, Head2Toe Beauty, and 8ty8 Beauty. You can also find them at salons and beauty supply stores nationwide, including Sally Beauty and Ulta. Prices vary depending on the retailer with a range between $3-7.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish.
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!