Collection: China Glaze 2015 Fall, The Great Outdoors
Welp, my low-buy’s not going that great! I spotted a slew of colors from China Glaze’s new fall collection, The Great Outdoors, at Winners and decided to pick up…several. This is the first China Glaze collection I’ve been wowed by for some time now! I got Cabin Fever, Check Out the Silver Fox, Free Bear Hugs, Pondering, Sleeping Under the Stars, and Wood You Wanna?
Free Bear Hugs (82714) is an intensely deep blood red cream with a browned-berry tone. It has a jelly formula, and reminds me of Essie Clutch Me If You Can in both color and consistency.
I actually expected this polish to be more brown, as that’s how it looked to me in the store’s lighting. But at home, I realized that it’s actually a super deep oxblood that has a surprising berry color when applied as a single coat. I didn’t want to tinker too much with the photo, but my camera insisted the color is darker than it appears. It’s a bit more berry-toned than it looks here:
A second coat gets it much deeper, though you can clearly see that it is still a bit uneven, and that it’s tricky with the bald spots (Essie’s Clutch Me is the same way) due to the dark color in jelly format:
Here it finally is with 3 coats (plus a little extra to cover the odd, stubborn bald spot):
You can see that the color is super-pigmented, because there’s a little polish on my cuticles from my first attempt at applying this (I failed and removed it, but not everything came off successfully). This polish stains like crazy.
As a vampy lover, however, I adore this color. It’s the perfect deep, vampy red, with just the right balance of red, brown and plum. It’s probably a tad dark, as it does look just about black in dim light, but oh my gosh that jelly formula makes the polish so, so glossy even after it dries!
Is it worth the effort? Only you can decide. I think the final result is beautiful, and probably worth struggling a little to achieve.
China Glaze Nail Lacquer retails for US$7.50 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 14 mL. China Glaze nail polishes are free of toluene, added formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and are made in the USA.
China Glaze is part of American International Industries (who also own brands like Seche, EzFlow and Ardell), a private company based in Los Angeles, CA, USA.