August 11, 2008

Fall Blitzkrieg: China Glaze Rodeo Diva Swatches Part 1

Posted in Blue, Brown, China Glaze, Green, Purples & Lilacs, Shimmer tagged at 8:09 pm by pretear

The China Glaze Rodeo Diva collection is split up into two parts. Now, here I thought that that I was giving you guys one full box set only to find, after looking at the China Glaze website, that mine were packaged differently. So basically my swatches will be split up into two posts, the polish selection being arbitrary and willy nilly.

Everyone (Scrangie, Sminkan, Hill here and here, Misa Masa, Makeup My Lack, RocketQueen, and ALU – as you can see, I’m super late to this party) has been raving about this collection and the reason for that is obvious to me. These colors are great and for the most part, very unique. For me, they applied really well although Scrangie mentions that some colors gave her a bit of trouble. If you bothered to click all those links I just gave you, you’ll see that no one has similar looking swatches of this collection. That’s because the whole collection is incredibly chameleon-like. They look different, at different angles and in different forms of light. They aren’t duochrome, but the shimmer in them tends to give the colors different tones depending on the aforementioned variables. I don’t think anyone who buys this collection will be displeased but if you are a major stickler for color accuracy in swatches I really recommend looking at everyone’s swatches and searching before buying.

Now on to my swatches:

Gussied Up Green is probably my hands down favorite from this collection. I think it’s really great that China Glaze listened to the masses and finally released a good green. In the bottle, Gussied Up Green has an amazing multi-chromatic effect – it goes from green to blue to purple, but sadly, it doesn’t do that on the nail. Applied, it reminds me of the shimmery dark green used to paint carnival rides and roller coasters. The darkness of the green varies to some extent as well, being very dark in some lights and lighter in others.

China Glaze Side-Saddle is a little tough to describe. It’s a reddish, purplish, brown, with gold shimmer. In the shade it almost looks like a reddish brown creme.

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic is definitely one of the fan favorites from this collection. It’s sort of a dark turquoise-y blue with light greenish blue shimmer. In the bottle is has a blue to purple duochrome that is not present when applied on the nail. Siobhan from MUA discovered that Rodeo Fanatic is a fairly close dupe to the coveted Mac Whirlwind – which is great for me since I missed out on Whirlwind when it first came out.

China Glaze Midnight Ride is another of my personal favorites from this collection. I’ve been on this dark purple shimmer kick lately so Midnight Ride is right up my alley. It’s different from Color Club Groove Thang which has a darker purple shimmer too it, but that difference in shimmer might not be too noticeable to the non-nail board eye.

I almost died when I saw China Glaze Wagon Trial, really. I don’t know what else to say other than, holy sh*t, I freaking love this color. It looks olive on the nail and in the bottle, but as Scrangie astutely pointed out, it’s probably actually black with gold shimmer. It’s very dark olive in some lights and bright shimmery light olive in others, you can sort of see the transition of color on my nails above.

China Glaze Lasso My Heart is another fan favorite but it’s not for me – not that I dislike it per se, I just don’t usually wear shimmers that are red, pink, or pinkish purple. Maybe some day these colors will grow on me… but that’s a huge maybe. Lasso My Heart is pinkish purple, perhaps violet, with gold shimmer. Don’t judge it based on my taste though, I’m definitely alone, everyone else loves it.

Special thanks to China Glaze.



  1. Jessica said,


  2. Claire said,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I have to say that I love your swatches. Anyway, I’m glad that there are so many different beauty blogs posting and reviewing these colors. I could look at swatches all day, and it helps me narrow down my lemmings. This looks like an incredible collection, maybe the best fall collection. I think I need all of them, lol.

  3. pretear said,

    Jessica – lol, I feel you.

    Claire – : ) Thank you and please comment more often, I love hearing from people who share my obsession. I’m really glad there are more blogs covering polish now too, for the same reason. I also shy away from buying colors I’ve never seen swatched before, Scrangie is a major source of huge lemmings for me.

  4. rocketqueen said,

    Wow! Love them all! I got Rodeo Fanatic and GuG yesterday, gooorgeous!

  5. Sminkan said,

    I am totaly with you when it comes to Lasso my Heart! It is only that one and the peachy Yee-haw I am sure not to buy. I am considering buying Red Stallion and Golden Spurs but didn’t in my first order. I have to think a little about that before clicking on check out on H2T…

  6. Sanna said,

    I don’t know what to say!
    They’re so freakin’ AMAZING!

  7. Sanna said,

    Can you please compare Midnight ride and Color Club Groove Thang
    side by side?

  8. rocketqueen said,

    I agree! They are really different depending on the light and everything!

  9. pretear said,

    Rocketqueen – Loved your swatches by the way. : )

    Sanna – Yes I can. : ) I will as soon as I’m lucky enough to get some sunlight again lol.

    Sminkan – Whew – good to know I’m not the only one lol. LmH is all over MUA right now, everyone loves it. Red Stallion might have some dupes out there, although I’d be at a loss as to which other polishes because I really have a total of 2 or 3 shimmery reds. Golden Spurs, from the swatches I’ve seen, is definitely worth owning. I’ll have swatches of both up soon.

  10. andie said,

    so i just got my zoyas yesterday and i was sorting through the vibe collection – it has 2 pretty brown cremes also, but again it is of the darker variety. both sam and nina are pretty, but i think, like you, i’m looking for a richer brown brown than just a blackish or plum brown…..the hunt continues. hehe (=

    beautiful pictures as always! thank you!

  11. pretear said,

    I like the new Zoyas, but I’m with you – ohhh rich dark brown creme that won’t look stupid on me, where are you? lol

  12. melli said,

    Hi there! I love your blog! Between your terrific posts, and Scrangie’s, I have been buying tons of new polishes thanks to your lovely swatches! Thank you for pointing out the comparison between Rodeo Fanatic and Whirlwind…it makes me glad that I ordered RF since I missed out on Whirlwind too! Keep up the great posts!

  13. pretear said,

    Thank you! My majority of my lemmings are a result of Scrangie’s blog as well lol. : )

  14. Jake said,

    Oh Yeah! Wagon trail really hits the nail on the head (pun intended)! I will buy that one for sure! Awesome pics, Pretear!

  15. Melanie said,

    I swear, this fall is killing me! So many great collections. I’m getting my second shipment on Thursday. Second this week, that is!

  16. pretear said,

    Jake – WT is a must have, you don’t be disappointed.

    Melanie – Believe me, I know. *sigh*

  17. rocketqueen said,

    Oooh, thank you SO much! I adore yours, they’re gorgeous!

  18. […] from the China Glaze Rodeo Diva Swatches, I apologize for the delay. You can see the first set here. The sun cooperated a whole lot of not at all in photographing of these swatches. The remaining […]

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