There were a few weeks there where The Hunger Games practically ruled my life. I swallowed the books whole as if they were nothing more than an asprin and I booked tickets to see the film at a pre-release showing. I even did Effie Trinket’s nails as my first video tutorial. I thought I had gotten over my mania but alas, I was very wrong. A couple of weeks ago Buyapowa released the China Glaze Hunger Games polishes as a co-buy. I had been after these polishes for a while and I couldn’t really find them anywhere so I was ecstatic to find them on Buyapowa.
You should know what Buyapowa is but if you don’t then you should visit them and bow down to the co-buying Gods. I have purchased so many products with a pretty hefty discount through Buyapowa and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Now, today I will be talking about one of the polishes from the first set: Stone Cold.
Stone Cold is a very dark charcoal grey come black and it’s packed with fine, silver glitter. It doesn’t look that magnificent or special in the bottle but that’s why I’m here right? To show you what the product can actually do.
I’ve never used China Glaze before so I didn’t really know what to expect. People rave about it so I had high expectations and for the most part, they were met.
The polish itself is pretty thick and dense with colour. The applicator is fairly long with a fairly long, flexible brush so it spread quite nicely but if you don’t have a steady hand you will get polish on your cuticles – nothing a little bit of washing up won’t sort out. I think with most China Glaze polishes the application is great but I did have a bit of a surprise with this one. The polish has a matte finish and the actual liquid polish dries really quickly. It’s very similar to crackle polishes in the way it behaves to air so you have to work quickly. I didn’t realise this at first and ended up with streaky nails. If I was aware of this then one coat would have had a perfect opaque finish but I had to do two and it didn’t really alter the colour very much.
As I’ve said, it’s a really nice dark charcoal with dense glitter running through it. It’s actually pretty gorgeous as from a distance you can see a flat, matte colour and the glitter just catches the light giving it an unexpected glossy effect. This means that it is pretty much perfect as an alternative to black, for everyday wear, for dinner parties or if you’re a nail art fan then it would work really well as a galaxy nail base.
If you prefer a glossy finish then it works really well with a regular topcoat and it makes the charcoal darker and the glitter shinier and really gives it a different look. The glossy finish really does provide more of a contrast between the lacquer colour and the glitter so if you want something a bit more glam than this is the option for you.
Now, in the set I also got Luxe and Lush, and Electrify. I will do posts about them individually but I’ve layered them onto the Stone Cold to show you the other effects you can get with this polish. I love the Luxe and Lush over the Stone Cold but I’d probably keep the Electrify for another combo.
I kept one hand matte and layered one hand so I can give a fair review of how long the polish lasts. The hand that was left matte started to chip within 48 hours. They were very minor chips where I had opened a package or done some washing up but it still ruined the look a little. On the layered hand it stayed pretty much perfect for three days (including application day). There was a little wear on the nail tips but you couldn’t really notice it. On day four, massive chunks of polish started to chip off my nails.
I am in love with this line. I will review the other polishes in this set and then I’ll do the second set, which is so beautiful I actually gasped when I saw them. If these intrigue you or you’ve been looking for them in the UK but haven’t managed to find them then keep an eye on Buyapowa. They have another co-buy with them coming up. I promise you, with the discount and the polishes you won’t regret it.