Friday, January 10, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chromes Collection Swatches

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Friday everyone!! 

Two words: Crinkled Chromes... What? I can't recall a collection causing so much conflict within me since.. ever. When I first read about these a few months back, I was slightly confused. I could not wrap my brain around the concept of a textured chrome. How would they go about this? It looked awfully weird in my head. This meant that I just HAAAAAD to see them in person and try them for myself. I didn't care that hating them was a possibility because the concept was so new and weird, I needed to see in action on my nails. 
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 To see closeup swatches and find out more about the China Glaze Crinkled Chromes collection just keep on reading. 
 My first encounter with these was a few weeks ago at my local Sally Beauty Supply. I had nail polish on so my husband graciously allowed me to paint a racing stripe on his thumbnail. At first glance, I was perplexed by everything about the polish. The texture looked weird, it had bar glitter and some brushstrokes going on.... Um, no thanks... But then, a few hours later, he showed me the completely dry stripe and I was actually fairly amused by the look and decided I did want to try them out for sure. 

 All my swatches are just One coat of color. The formula on these is a bit thick, but actually manageable. The pigmentation is out of this world and I really did not see a need for a second coat. I also found the texture effect to be much cooler with just One coat. I tried two coats and just did not care for the look at all. Adding a second coat gave more texture. The issue I had was that it looked like chrome cottage cheese on my nails.  I did not top coat any of these. Adding a top coat over these is fairly pointless as the Chrome base does not necessarily dry matte, it just dries extremely metallic. These also dry fairly fast, which is great.

China Glaze Aluminate- Bright Silver chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Silver bar glitters. 

China Glaze Don't be Foiled-  Bright Aqua chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Aqua bar glitters. 

China Glaze Iron Out the Details-  Bright Steel-Sky Blue chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Steel- Sky Blue bar glitters. 

China Glaze I'm a Chromantic-  Bright Rose chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Rose bar glitters. 

China Glaze Crush, Crush, Baby-  Bright Lilac chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Lilac bar glitters. 

China Glaze Wrinkling the Sheets-  Bright Mint Green chrome/ metallic base with texture particles as well as Mint Green bar glitters. 
 I think with the exception of Iron Out the Details, all of these shades have China Glaze "ancestors". I kinda wish I had been involved heavily in nail polish when China Glaze did their original, smooth chrome collections. Those were beautiful, as well as amazing stamping polishes. So the question begs to be asked.... Will these work for stamping? I'm not holding my breath for it, but the adventurer in me wants to find out. 

 So does this mean I actually kinda dig these? I can honestly say that yes, I do like them (I was fully prepared to loathe them). They are still growing on me, but I do think that they are pretty neat. They are like robot skin. I know robots don't have skin, let's use out imaginations here haha. The chrome effect is superb and thanks to the texture particles there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of brushstroke action going on once the color is fully dry. As far as application tips all I can say is keep a light hand and move slowly to get a good spread of texture particles. These are not as heavily packed with textured bits as other texture polishes out there. I still need to test out the wear on these and if they will snag on clothes or hair. 

 The China Glaze Crinkled Chromes are available now at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta etc. Have you or will you be giving any of these a go? They are definitely not for everyone, that is for sure ;). 

34 comments:

  1. How Can I Get These? I've Been Wanting That Kind Of Polish For A Long Time! ♥

    Marco Flores :)

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  2. Quite awesome but I think they need completely smooth nails, mine aren't :( Anyway, great collection, another finish to add:)

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  3. I have to say these definitely are NOT for me! But great post :) x

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  4. They are so pretty, I got them for review but my friend need to resend them to me, cant wait! :D

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  5. Uh, to be honest I really don't like this LE. To me it's the worst I've ever seen :( I would have prefered a renewal of the old smooth chromes :)
    But I'm excited to see if you can use them for stamping!

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  6. I really thought these would look way worst on the nails, but you make any polish look great. Don't be Foiled is the one I like the most.

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  7. Ugh, I feel so conflicted about these! I love chrome polishes but I hate bar glitter, but the concept is just so interesting and unique...I'll have to find these in person and see, I don't know.

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  8. Glitter doesn't stamp well. These would be great without the texture. And your swatches are nice. I don't care for the polish though.

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  9. I don't know...your swatches are beautiful but the finish of these is putting me off- the bar glitter perplexes me. And I LOVE textured polish. But this collection...not so much. It kind of reminds me of Essie's textured glitter collection that came out recently.

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  10. I love the base colors but the texture just isn't working for me. I love textured polishes but these scream cottage cheese ceiling to me :(

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  11. I love the base colors but the texture just isn't working for me. I love textured polishes but these scream cottage cheese ceiling to me :(

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  12. I love these! I didn't think I would but in person they're so cool. I got three of the shades already but when I see them locally I'll grab up I'm a Chromantic too!

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  13. I love you Cristina!! Thanks for speaking up for those who kind of like how weird and interesting these are, and don't think they are abhorrent and need to be taken out back and put out of their misery. I start to feel kind of low about myself when I read a blog that says WHO WOULD ACTUALLY LIKE THESE?! when I actually kind of like them. But then, I shouldn't be so sensitive and that's my own fault, lol. But I do like them. I am not rushing out to buy the whole collection this second or anything, but I think one or two of these polishes could quite be interesting. The shades sparking my attention are the aqua and rose chromes - I think the crinkled effect looks best there. I kind of like how they looked bubbled and bar glittered - so odd. But at the same time, the effect is subtle enough that, I dunno, I think one could get away with it. I rarely ever meet a texture I won't try at least once, so maybe I'm just a textured-loving freak! Anyway, thanks for these very pretty swatches and for giving voice to those who don't mind a little weird ugly on their nails. ;) <3

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    1. I know what you mean. I can't with the over dramatics of some people haha. I've seen uglier polishes that didn't have a gimmick going on... (Ahem OPI Moonraker). These just have to be seen in person to be "understood" better. No picture will show the effect just right.

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  14. Well, I'm sorry, but for me these look like the rash of a contagious disease.*ugly*

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  15. I really love these! I love how your swatches show them perfectly and quite frankly these are totally for me! :D

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  16. I saw these at Sally's the other day and I had to pass. They do nothing for me. They look GREAT on your nails though!

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  17. I'm on the fence with these... I kind of like the silver one, but I think I would prefer it more as an accent nail than for a full mani, maybe.

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  18. I am still torn about them.. there are 3 on their review for review so I am curious how I'll experience them myself lol! I do love your robot skin reference, it made sense to me ;).

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  19. I definitely like your swatches of these WAAAY better than any others I've seen - maybe it's the difference between one coat and two?

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  20. I love these! There's too many bloggers at the moment hating on what brands are trying to do with texture... and yet the furry mould flocking powder nails are embraced... lol! I love it all. Gimme nails, whatever they look like! Seriously though, your swatches are awesome :) xx

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  21. I think they look cool on you!

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  22. I think you and I are the only brave ones to say in our blogs that we like these polishes!! everywhere I posted these, in my blog, on facebook, on reddit, I got negative responses. Well I think they're awesome!!

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  23. I'm glad I'll be able to save some money! But also glad there are people who like these, or are interested in them.

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  24. Definitely not my favorite and I'm pretty sure I won't be buying any of them. With that being said they look great on your nails!

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  25. I don't think I could carry these off :/ Your nails look amazing though!

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  26. I got just one and didn't like it at all. I love textures so thought I was going to wish I got more from the collection. Nope. That didn't happen.

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  27. Lol! I know that this definitely isn't my favorite collection by China Glaze but your swatches are great! xD I love the color of "Iron Out the Details"!

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  28. So one coat, eh? I'm used to loving much maligned polishes so I felt oh so with the crowd lol when I saw these initially and thought they were fug. But one coat makes them actually look pretty nifty and they've already got their beautiful colors going for them... I'm sold, I think I'll get one.

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  29. I'm definately interested in giving these a go!

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  30. While I do love the texture trend I really don't dig these. I cannot even grasp exactly why, but they just look odd to me.

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  31. I don't really know what to think about these. They're kinda cool, but still not that pretty. But still, kinda pretty, but not that cool. I DON'T KNOW. I'm confused.

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  32. Oh yay! I think these look really great at just one coat!! I will definitely need to at least try one or two of these because I find them so intriguing

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