June 15, 2008

China Glaze ImMaterial Gurl Collection Swatches

Posted in Brown, China Glaze, Creme, Orange, Pink tagged , at 6:53 pm by pretear

Wow. I haven’t been this impressed with a collection in AGES. I love all the colors. The application of most of the colors was amazing, like butter. This collection hasn’t gotten that much hype from the nail polish community (yes, there is such a thing) and I’m a little bit at a loss as to why because every color is worth owning, each one unique and beautiful.

I also really love that China Glaze made minis of this entire collection. Most companies make minis. It seems to me that Color Club and Essie choose the colors that are expected to be most popular and sell those in mini packs. OPI seems to pick 1 popular color and 2 useless colors and offer those in a mini pack with a completely useless mini Rapid Dry. China Glaze is the only company I can think of that is offering entire collections in mini form. I love this concept because I like to own entire collections but without mini packs, doing so is restrictively expensive. Well played China Glaze, well played.

China Glaze Atelier Tulle was my absolute favorite from this collection. The application was -*PERFECT*-, on par with Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula. Recently I’ve been wearing a lot of really difficult to apply polish so I had forgotten what applying a really excellent polish is like – it’s fun instead of frustrating. I also really love *LOVE* the color, the image simply does not do it justice. It’s been a really long time since I’ve worn a color that made me just stare down at my nails constantly in awe. I also felt like it was work appropriate even though I would not consider it to be a traditionally professional looking color. Great, just great.

China Glaze Designer Satin is my second favorite from this collection. Such a deep dramatic dark fuchsia – same amazing application as Atelier Tulle.

China Glaze Heirloom Organza is really unique. It’s sort of a dimmed grayed-out brown. It took 3 coats and was moderately hard to apply, but the final product made it worth it.

China Glaze Mom’s Chiffon is probably the most accessible color in this collection. Excellent application.

China Glaze Second-Hand Silk actually caused a bit of a stir online. The promotional images made this color look like a grayed out lilac so a lot of people were really disappointed to find that it’s actually a barbie pink. I had a tough time with the application. It wasn’t streaky but the formula was too watery so I got a lot of cuticle drag. A third coat evened everything out.

Finally, China Glaze Vintage Crepe. This is a muted orange. Like the others, excellent application.

Special thanks to China Glaze.



  1. Scrangie said,

    Wow, I *love* Heirloom Organza! Your pics are so fabulous, as always. I just noticed the other day that there were minis of these! I LOVE MINIS!! Mine should be here tomorrow, now I can’t wait to wear Heirloom Organza.

  2. Scrangie said,

    Ooh, by the way, I tagged you in a survey, hope you don’t mind! I thought it was quite fun :)


  3. Tabe-chan said,

    All of these colours will soon find themselves in my collection! Apart from the brown one, I have a hating for browns :O But do you think Moms(mums lol) Chiffon is similar to Ele-phantastic pink? Maybe could you please do a comparison?

    Your nails are so pretty <3

  4. pretear said,

    : ) Tabe, I don’t think the colors are similar but I can’t tell you for sure because I opted out of getting Elephantastic Pink as well as just about every other color from the India collection (I just wasn’t impressed by them). Scrangie says she’s getting this collection in the mail tomorrow, we can special request her to do a comparison because I know she owns EP too. How does that sound?

  5. Tabe-chan said,

    Sounds excellent! :)

  6. rocketqueen said,

    Me, I adoore Second-Hand Silk! Wow!

    I’ve tagged you! Hope you don’t mind! :)

  7. Tink said,

    Do you think Mom’s Chiffon is close to OPI Strawberry Margarita?

  8. pretear said,

    As far as I can tell SM is more muted, and MC is a bit brighter.

  9. Ana said,

    Hello! Your nails get more and more beautiful every time I come back to your blog. I wish mine grew like yours :)
    I dont own any ChG np (yet!), but from seeing these pics, I want some now! I specially love Designer Satin but I am wondering how close it is to OPI Koala Bear-y (I have this one)…What do you think? Worth owning both?
    Thank you!

  10. pretear said,

    Thank you very much. : ) I really think they grow well because I keep constantly polished. Anyhow OPI Koala Bear-y looks nothing like ChG Designer Satin. KB is more pink while DS leans towards purple. And yes, I think it’s definitely worth owning both. KB makes my all time top 20 list and DS is gorgeous.

  11. Ana said,

    Great! It does look beautiful…And yeah, even though I own just a few polishes, KB is definitely one of my most loved shades. So, DS added to my (newbie) lemming list of China Glaze! (I dont own any yet, but soon this will change)
    Thank you

  12. Sminkan said,

    Gorgeous pictures and beautiul nails! I love Atelier Tulle as well, it is amazing! And it so not my usual kind of color. Now I have ordered Designer Satin from H2T and look forward to an equally great polish!

    I must say I envy you your perfect nails!

  13. pretear said,

    They really are great colors…. but…. T_T I broke a nail this weekend. So no more long nails for the Polish Addict. I’m planning a day of mourning soon. lol.

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