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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: China Glaze Prismatic Collection

Usually when I get a box of nail polish in the mail, I get all giddy and excited. Think five year old with a huge bag of candy happy. When I unwrapped the China Glaze Prismatic Collection, I wasn't quite as thrilled as I usually am. Something just didn't "click".

On the rare occasions that I get polishes early, I try to get them swatched and up as quickly as possible, usually within the same day. I got these last week. Yeah. I had issues with my swatches. Too much reflection (glitters can be a bitch to photograph), too much shadow, poor colour... a polish nightmare. On top of that I can't wrap my head around the names. I usually have a knack for remembering the name to shade connection, but these? I have notes all over the place so I know which photo goes with which polish. All that said, please forgive my awful swatches. This collection just doesn't like me, and to be truthful, I'm not too sure I like it all that much either.

China Glaze Polarized, Ray-Diant, and Optical Illusion

China Glaze Liquid Crystal, Prism, and Full Spectrum

The Prismatic Collection seemed very interesting to me, before I saw it. I was hoping to see more of the eye catching glitter that China Glaze introduced with their Holiday Eye Candy Collection. Particularly the almost 3D effect that Lorelei's Tiara had. These glitters, while pretty, just don't wow me like I had expected. They all have the same quality of  having a main glitter colour base with mutli coloured glitter floating about. The formula was thinner on these, which did make application easier, but required 2-3 coats for full opacity.

Polarized has a silver base colour that is filled with multi coloured glitter mixed about. Unlike many of the other polishes in this collection, the silver base of Polarized does not have any colour shifting.

Ray-Diant has an acid green-gold hued base filled with mutlti coloured glitter scattered about. The green-gold base colour shifts in the light. I found this polish to be very difficult to photograph, as I'm sure you can tell by the lack luster photos. 

Optical Illusion has a teal-blue glitter base that again, is filled with mutli coloured glitter pieces. The teal base shifts to blue making this polish hard to truly decipher from Liquid Crystal in photos when you can't keep anything straight....

Liquid Crystal has a blue glitter base that shifts purple and following the rest of the pack, is filled with mutlti coloured glitter.

Prism has a purple glitter base that has a slight blue shift. The colour shift isn't as dominant in Prism as it is in the others. Of course, this too is packed with the same multi coloured glitter the other have.

Full Spectrum has a pinkish glitter base that shifts to a lavender with a slight hint of taupe. You get a more of a taupe flash in the bottle,but it doesn't translate to the nail as much, which is too bad. It looked like a more unique shade in the bottle than on the nail. Of course, this too has multi coloured glitter throughout.

 China Glaze Polarized, Ray-Diant, Optical Illusion, Liquid Crystal, Prism, and Full Spectrum over MAC Noctournelle

Because of the thinner consistency of these polishes the first coat is rather sheer. I wondered if layering them over black would do anything to make me love them a bit more... I was right! I applied one coat of the Prismatic glitters over two coats of MAC Noctournelle and pop! The base colour really stands out over the black and gives the glitters more depth.

Overall, I can't say that this is a must have collection, or one that you really need every shade. What do you think of the Prismatic Collection?

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