Look at this gorgeous rainbow of polishes! You all know what this means, it’s time for the Island Escape swatches! I’m really pleased with how they turned out though I have to admit this wasn’t the easiest collection to capture. I think I came up with a pretty close representation of what these look like in person. Keep reading if you want to know what I made of them!
108 Degrees – This one was particularly hard to capture. My camera doesn’t like pink, it made it look like red so I had to pull some strings in photoshop. It’s a bright magenta pink with subtle pink and gold glass flecks. It’s beyond shiny, almost reminds me of metal in a way. It was on the sheer side though, I think this is 3 or 4 coats and you can still see my nail lines. I think this must be a colour you either love or hate because this is my mum’s favourite and the only colour in this collection my boyfriend doesn’t like. He’s a man so maybe it’s too much pink for him to handle! As for myself, I think it looks amazing but it’s not something I will pull out of my drawer very often though if you love pink this is one you definitely shouldn’t skip.
Papaya Punch – A bright orange creme. It’s the non-neon sister of China Glaze Sun Worshipper. I think it might be my favourite out of the collection, I just have this weakness for orange polishes. It’s the most opaque colour in the collection though I do feel like it’s too pigmented but maybe that’s just me? It leaves very stubborn stains if you remove it which is a bit annoying. I haven’t experienced this with any other China Glaze polishes I own. It’s nothing unique but it’s a gorgeous orange and definitely one that will be worn frequently this summer!
Electric Pineapple – The second and last creme in this collection. Not sure what to call this exactly, it’s neither yellow nor green. Lime green perhaps? I don’t really own anything like this so I’m always glad to see a new creme shade. I thought this was going to be my favourite but I’m unsure when I’m actually wearing it, I think it asks for a more tanned skin than mine. I think this would look amazing on the dark skinned ladies!
Cha Cha Cha – A bright green shimmer. These frosty types of polishes are hard to get right, sometimes they leave brush strokes but this one definitely doesn’t. It’s gorgeous, it’s fun, it’s bright. It’s pretty much perfect! Nothing more to say.
Blue Iguana – This one is an electric blue with pink glass flecks. The pink glass flecks aren’t that visible on your nails which is a shame. Regardless it’s an amazing colour, like 108 degrees it’s extremely shiny and bright. I’m pretty much allergic to visible nail line so I’m somewhat disappointed this one isn’t more opaque. I think personally I would want to wear this over a coat of white or use it to make gradients.
Senorita Bonita – The last one is a warm purple with pink and gold glass flecks. It has so much depth to it! You definitely need to see this in person to get the full effect of it. It’s one of those polishes that looks different in every setting. Opacity is also pretty decent. I didn’t think I would like this one very much but it’s definitely very pretty.
108 Degrees – Papaya Punch – Electric Pineapple – Cha Cha CHa – Blue Iguana – Senorita Bonita
Conclusion: This collection definitely packs a punch! Even though last years neons were more my cup of tea I think this collection definitely doesn’t disappoint. Feedback I’ve read so far hasn’t been all that enthusiastic, seems like a lot of people are skipping these colours but I’d say, don’t knock these until you’ve seen them in person! You might be very (pleasantly) surprised.
I was sent these products by AII Beauty. I am not in any way affiliated with this company nor am I being paid by them. All opinions stated are honest and my own, as always.
Posted on: April 15, 2011