January 16, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Collection Swatches


Hi guys! Today I have the new China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Collection for ya! This collection is 6 chrome polishes that are packed with different sizes of glitter to give the polish a crinkled look when it dries. I feel like this is a collection you will either hate or love...I'll have my thoughts about it later in the post. Click the read more button for swatches & reviews of each shade.


Formula wise I found these consistent across all 6. They were slightly thick and a bit chunky due to the glitter. However, I had no issues with application and they were all super opaque. Dry time on these was also good, they dried down fairly quickly. These do dry with a fair amount of texture and are rough to the touch...you could add top coat but that would most likely ruin the texture China Glaze was going for with these. I used 1 coat for all of the swatches below.

The color descriptions below are from the China Glaze press release for the collection :)

Aluminate is a cool silver.



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Crush, Crush, Baby is powder purple.



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Don't Be Foiled is soft teal.



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I'm A Chromantic is baby pink.



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Iron Out Details is icy blue.



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Wrinkling The Sheets is light powder green.



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Overall, these are just not my cup 'o tea...sorry China Glaze. I have to say...I didn't dislike them as much as I thought I would. They aren't as bad in person as they look in photos...macro is not their friend. I however just don't think glitter mixed with chrome is a good look..glitter on top of chrome...yes...glitter in the chrome...no. I wish that China Glaze had just given us the chrome bases without the "crinkle" I'm not much of a chrome kinda girl but that aspect of the polish was actually really nice in terms of opacity and it wasn't streaky.

The Crinkled Chrome Collection will be available at all of the stores that carry China Glaze, like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply, in January!


35 comments:

  1. I've seen so many swatches of this collection and yours are amazing as always :) But I still can't decide if I love or hate them :)

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  2. I almost kind of like them! I wish they were a little less pastel-y though...

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  3. Denise Houser-HanuschakJanuary 16, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    I think they're awful. But would be awesome without the glitter, especially to stamp with!

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  4. I agree, not a big the polish just looks messy to me

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  5. I think the only one that really works from this collection is Aluminate. It looks like tin foil on the nail. Great swatches, regardless :)

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  6. Chessaria MoriartyJanuary 16, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    I also am not a fan of this set. On the bright side, it means I am saving money this month.

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  7. I'm with you. If only the glitter could be sifted out. I'd love for these to be plain metallics.

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  8. No, just no. You make me want everything, but I can't get on board with these. I tried one and that was enough.

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  9. I agree, nothing to write home about...not for me either! :D

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  10. Meh, not thrilled about these at all. I've been quite disappointed with China Glaze lately. Mind you, their Halloween and Xmas collections were good, but everything else is BLAH.

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  11. Hmmm... they don't look terrible in the sun but the shade pics definitely show off the fug. Thanks for these swatches, now I know I probably don't NEED them. :)

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  12. Such a weird finish. I'm not a fan of these too.

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  13. I've been really curious about these, and am on the fence. I LOVE the colors, but wasn't sure about the texture. You're photos show these really well, and I may just pick up a couple just for the colors. Your honesty is always appreciated too!

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  14. These really didn't look appealing at all to me from the press releases, but after seeing them on your nails I might try one of these just because...Which was your favorite?

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  15. They are really pretty, but I know the texture finish would irk me no end lol Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Whew. Thanks for posting, but I can't see adding any of those to my Helmer.

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  17. I might get one of these because I do think they look kinda cool but definitely would've preferred them without the glitter! Thanks for the swatches.

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  18. I am still on the fence about these, but I kinda like Wrinkling The Streets, I think :P.

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  19. No, thanks; just no.

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  20. Not that I'm rushing out to buy these, but the more I see them the more I like them. I think I get what China Glaze was trying to do. In the bright light, the glitter and the chrome finish makes the polish look like crumpled foil, which is cool.

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  21. I don't really care for them, I don't have a favorite sorry

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  22. ValiantlyVarnishedJanuary 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Yeah...no. I just can't with this collection.

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  23. Alaina AfflerbaughJanuary 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Meh.
    I like the colors but I just don't like the textures. And as others have said, the polish is super ugly in the shade. I MIGHT get one just to try but im SO on the fence....

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  24. Pretty colors, but nasty effect. All I can see is bacteria under a microscope! Gram negative rods, lol!

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  25. The first time I saw these, I thought "So now we WANT to look like our nail polish got crinkled and messy when we put it on?" Now I get what China Glaze was trying to do, but I don't like it. I'm so curious to see these in real life, now, after your swatches. I hate them less than the first time I saw them...

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  26. LOL they definitely look like bacteria cultures under the microscope. Not very aesthetically pleasing in my opinion!

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  27. It's the chrome effect that has me intrigued, because I'm a sucker for shiny finishes. I'm really on the fence about these. I thought it was an interesting concept, but the rough feel sounds offputting. I will try a test, but if it has the mashed look from a not-yet-dry mani, I'll pass on buying one.

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  28. I hate them. I love your swatches but dear God they look like someone f'd up the finished and the slapped a chrome over the horrible mess underneath.

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  29. I really dislike them but the more I see them, the more I want these!

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  30. you know, i really don't mind them in your photos and in some other bloggers photos, but i'm way over the frosty colors and i can get this effect by using a crap top coat that never seems to dry until i ruin my mani. =/ but kudos to china glaze for trying something new? haha

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  31. Put me in the "hate" column, although your photos are great as always. I would've liked to have seen a brushstroke-free chrome collection without the junk in it.

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  32. First impressions were I'm not keen, though the colours do look pretty. I too would have preferred a straight forward chrome collection - I would have at least bought them for stamping then. Thanks for showing them :-)

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  33. Appreciate that you gave an honest opinion! I'm not a fan of these either, but I may have to get a couple just to have in my collection :)

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  34. Man China Glaze used to be my favorite brand but I think they've been slipping lately. I have yet to see a winning collection since sunsational or avant and some from the last holiday. This collection is eh. Reminds me of when I forget to buff a spot and put polish on a peeling nail. Thanks for the swatches! You always help me make a decision.

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