Today I have for you guys the China Glaze Island Escape Collection for Summer 2011, I've been looking forward to this collection for a while. The promo stuff looked great for it!
First up is 108 Degrees a bright pink packed with micro shimmer. It is gorgeous in the sun and definitely says summer to me! Next time I do a pedicure I'm pretty sure this will be the color going on my toes! The formula was okay, a bit sheer and I had some issues with cuticle dragging. My best advice on this one (and all the rest in this collection) is to let the coats of polish dry completely before starting on the next coat. That isn't something I usually do but these were a bit tricky if you don't do that. I used 3 coats of 108 Degrees for the photo below.
Blue Iguana is a bright blue packed with micro glitter, this one was incredible in the bottle it looked like it had a beautiful purple duochrome but it didn't show on the nail very well and I wasn't able to capture it with my camera. The formula on this one left me a bit disappointed, it looked like it would be more opaque that in was. It was pretty sheer but did build up to be beautiful! I used 4 coats of Blue Iguana for the photo below, but I could still see my nail line when I was out in the bright sun.
Cha Cha Cha is a bright kind of froggy green packed with gold shimmer. I can't think of another way to describe this other than froggy green lol. Initially I hated this one on me, which is unusual for a green but I've really warmed up to it after I wore it for a couple of days. The formula was good on this one, I used 3 coats for the photos below. My main issue here is that Cha Cha Cha showed brush strokes, which I'm not a huge fan of...but the color is great so I can forgive that!
Electric Pineapple is a yellowish green creme. Reminds me of OPI Fiercely Fiona (which I don't own so I can't compare). I thought I was going to hate this since I was not a fan of the OPI but I kinda like this...a lot. It's one of those ugly/pretty shades. It was more flattering on my skin tone than I expected it to be! The formula was also pretty good, it was one of the more opaque polishes in this collection. I used 2 coats of Electric Pineapple for the photo below.
Papaya Punch is a bright orange creme..not quite neon but very bright. This one is so confusing to me, it doesn't look how I expected it to from the swatches I had seen prior to getting my bottle. It's a lot more pumpkin orange than I expected. I really like it, I'm wearing it as a full manicure right now!The formula on this one is easily my favorite in this collection. It went on very smooth, I used 2 coats of Papaya Punch for the photo below.
Last up, Senorita Bonita is a gorgeous purple with pink micro glitter. Love this one, I wish I could have better captured it to show it's full beauty! All the photos that showed the fab shimmery glitter were horribly color inaccurate for the purple lol. The formula on this one was a bit sheer, I used 3 coats for the photo below.
Overall, I really like this collection. Some of the formulas let a little to be desired but the color payoff is worth the extra coat of polish. Both the creme polishes are fantastic, probably my 2 favorites of the collection! These should be available in stores and online soon, though I don't know an exact date!