06 October 2015

Swatches & Review // China Glaze The Great Outdoors

Hi loves! Today I am finally ready to share my swatches of the China Glaze The Great Outdoors collection. I've been seeing swatches here and there and never felt the urge to buy the complete set, but when I received it from PrettyPolish and saw all the shades in real life, I was very impressed by them. Even more impressive is the formula of the cremes in this set, they are all on point!

China Glaze Cabin Fever
 
China Glaze Cabin Fever
China Glaze Change Your Altitude

China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox

China Glaze Free Bear Hugs

China Glaze Gone Glamping
China Glaze Gone Glamping

China Glaze Let's Dew It

China Glaze My Lodge or Yours?

China Glaze Pondering
China Glaze Pondering

China Glaze S'more Fun

China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars

China Glaze Take a Hike

China Glaze Wood You Wanna?


Let's take a hike, err look!
 
The China Glaze The Great Outdoors collection consists of 12 polishes. These are readily available at the regular stockists, including PrettyPolish in The Netherlands. There are 5 cremes, 1 shimmer, 3 duochromes, 2 foils and a glitter polish included which makes for a nice varied set. Like I said, the formula of the creme shades is on point, the only one being a little more sheer is S'more Fun, but since it's a yellow toned lime green shade I'm not surprised, and it's actually still quite easy to handle.

All swatches were finished using the Essence Gel-look Plumping Top Coat, and if my index finger looks a bit weird in some pictures, it's because the nail is torn badly and I repaired it using silk wrap and gel ^^.

China Glaze Cabin Fever

China Glaze Cabin Fever

China Glaze Cabin Fever

China Glaze Cabin Fever

China Glaze Cabin Fever


China Glaze Cabin Fever is a pink to copper duochrome. I also snapped some daylight pictures of the duochromes because my usual lighting set-up doesn't highlight the colorshift. The formula on this was thin, I needed 3 coats for proper opacity. It did apply easy and evenly and there are barely any brushstrokes.

China Glaze Change Your Altitude

China Glaze Change Your Altitude

China Glaze Change Your Altitude


China Glaze Change Your Altitude is a pebble greige creme. Depending on the light, you'll notice this one has a hint of lavender to it, making it very soft and feminine. I absolutely adore this one and already showed it as a base for nail art using Wood You Wanna? as my stamping polish. Formula is perfect, 2 easy, self-leveling coats that go on effortlessly. 

China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox

China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox

China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox


China Glaze Check Out the Silver Fox is a metallic gunmetal gray. At first I thought to myself "another silver foil?" but, this one has a slightly darker tone to it that makes it stand out against my other silver foils :-). Still not terribly unique though and you'd have to wear them side by side to see the difference. Formula was good, 2 coats for opacity.

China Glaze Free Bear Hugs

China Glaze Free Bear Hugs

China Glaze Free Bear Hugs


China Glaze Free Bear Hugs is a deep black red creme. This one tricked me at first, I used 2 coats of it and was annoyed by the patchyness that only presented itself in direct lighting. But, adding a third layer makes it that much prettier! The shade of red is very deep and dark but still red, and the formula was nice and smooth. 

China Glaze Gone Glamping

China Glaze Gone Glamping

China Glaze Gone Glamping

China Glaze Gone Glamping

China Glaze Gone Glamping


China Glaze Gone Glamping is a gold to green duochrome. This one resembles the earlier releases of a green/gold duochrome, but isn't a dupe to the others. The formula was disappointing - I needed 4 (!) coats for proper opacity, which is just too much. 

China Glaze Let's Dew It

China Glaze Let's Dew It

China Glaze Let's Dew It


China Glaze Let's Dew It is a multi dimensional blue gray glitter (shown here 1 coat over Sleeping Under the Stars). Wow, just wow! This glitter is a beauty, the formula is perfect - it spreads well, the glitter doesn't clump and there's enough variety in the glitter particles to give a lovely and sparkly finish. This might be easy to build up to opacity as well I think.

China Glaze My Lodge or Yours?

China Glaze My Lodge or Yours?

China Glaze My Lodge or Yours?


China Glaze My Lodge or Yours? is a natural mauve creme. Another gorgeous creme, this one has a slightly dirtier tint to it but is great for everyday wear. The formula was just as nice as Change Your Altitude, 2 easy flowing coats are all you need.

China Glaze Pondering

China Glaze Pondering

China Glaze Pondering

China Glaze Pondering

China Glaze Pondering


China Glaze Pondering is a deep amethyst duochrome. I love the name of this polish! The colorshift is a more classic one, but still striking. The formula was similar to Cabin Fever, I used 3 coats for proper opacity.

China Glaze S'more Fun

China Glaze S'more Fun

China Glaze S'more Fun


China Glaze S'more Fun is an adventurous lemon lime creme. My pictures made this look a bit brighter than it actually is, sorry about that! Out of all the cremes this had the least perfect formula, a bit more sheer and watery on the first coat, but it is still smooth and opaque in 2 coats so nothing terrible in the end!

China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars

China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars

China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars


China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars is a dark blue with stardust shimmer. This one you guys! It is PERFECTION! Truth be told, the shimmer is hidden and only comes out to play under direct lighting, but if it does, it's magical. And the shade of blue itself is gorgeous too so you have pretty digits when wearing this even if you are in the shade ^^. The formula is super creamy and opaque, I did use 2 coats but 1 might be enough as well.

China Glaze Take a Hike

China Glaze Take a Hike

China Glaze Take a Hike


China Glaze Take a Hike is a rich mossy green creme. Another favorite, the tone of green is so dusty and perfect and the formula is wonderful. A one coat wonder, and you don't even have to apply it carefully! I did use 2 coats though because doing clean-up on a single coat always results in mistakes for me.

China Glaze Wood You Wanna?

China Glaze Wood You Wanna?

China Glaze Wood You Wanna?


China Glaze Wood You Wanna? is a rich brown burgundy metallic. Well, I don't see much of the burgundy but it's a unique and fun shade for sure! There are some copper flecks in it that add some warmth to the overall finish, and the foil finish is gorgeous. I used 2 coats for opacity.

Overall conclusion
While I wasn't interested in all shades before I received them, playing with them definitely changed my mind. The whole set is made up with a lovely variety of colors and finishes, and it's nice to see such great cremes along with duochromes, shimmers, foils and a glitter. The formula on the duochrome polishes was a bit of a let down though, there are more opaque alternatives available nowadays. My absolute favorites are Sleeping Under the Stars and Take a Hike, together with Change Your Altitude

Which shades stand out to you most? And have you grabbed anything from this collection yet? Tell me in the comments!
PrettyPolish is a European based nail polish stockist that ships internationally. Besides China Glaze, they also carry piCture pOlish, Color Club, SpaRitual, Models Own and many others. 

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