Swatch My Stash! China Glaze #8: Dark & Glittery Blues

Hello, hello, hello! It’s been about a minute and a half since I’ve been here in my little nail blog. I didn’t even get to do a weekly manicure wrap up last Friday, which is too bad. Because last week, I only had TWO manicures! Wha-aaat?!?! What is this madness? I know! Talk about a banner week for me, manicure-wise. And I totally missed my window for sharing it with you guys. Maybe I’ll do last week and this week together on Friday or something.

So … Life has been a little bit unexpectedly crazy. I think life is always crazy, to a certain extent. But there is a level of crazy that you come to expect. You’re used to it, and you can, more or less, coexist pretty well with your normal level of crazy. And then … there’s just extra crap. That’s what I had at the end of last week. My family had to go out of town unexpectedly. We ended up having to change travel plans a couple of times as we tried to accommodate our daughter’s school schedule. We finally managed to arrange it so that she would miss the least amount of school possible. She still missed 1 day, which isn’t ideal, but it was the best we could do. Then I had to clear the absence with her school, and I had to contact all her teachers for her upcoming assignments. At the same time, a little grading issue hit with one of her teachers, and this required phone calls with her school counselor, a rather unpleasant phone call with her teacher, and multiple emails. I think we managed to get the issue worked out, but all of this mental running around left no time for the nail blog.

But (!!) I am back home now, after the torture of a delayed flight, about 4 hours of sleep, and an early morning run to the grocery store for yogurt. I might have done this in my pajamas … but I’ll never admit to it. *ahem* I am beyond ready to talk about some nail polish! And I have my dark and glittery China Glaze blues to share — what luck! I love me some dark, velvety, vampy blues. If I counted correctly, I have 16 of these beauties to share today. So grab a snack and a cup of coffee or tea, and buckle in for a massive post!

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Sexy in the City is from the Fall/Winter 2006 Patent Leather in the City Collection. It is an electric-ish blue shimmer that seems to lean a bit toward the teal side of life. The formula is good. It’s generally opaque in 2 coats, although I sometimes need 3, depending on my application technique.

Sooooo, this polish probably should have gone into a different category. I’ll just say that right up front, because we’re all thinking it, right? At least, I know I’m thinking it! I have no idea what odd bee in my bonnet made me think it needed to be in the dark blues category, but here it is — for better or worse.

Of course, I think it’s all for the better with this pretty polish! It’s got a beautiful shimmer and look on the nail. I find I tend to like China Glaze shimmers a lot, even though the formula may sometimes require 3 coats for opacity. And this one is no exception to that. Add in this beautiful color, which looks like deep, icy-cold water on the nail, and you’ve got a definite winner. I really like this one. It’s a keeper!

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First Mate is from the Spring 2011 Anchors Away Collection. It is a navy blue creme. Or, perhaps, a touch more royal blue than navy. I can’t quite make up my mind. The formula is good. It is generally opaque in 1-2 coats. The formula is easy to work. I realize it looks like I have a low spot near the cuticle on my ring finger, but that is a reflection from my window. Mama needs to get a light box — ha, ha!

There is nothing spectacular or overly special about this polish. It’s not packed with glitter or shimmer or anything. And yet, I find it a fantastic polish. I love navy polish. And I love, love a gorgeous navy creme. There is something elegant and understated about how simple it is. I really enjoy this polish, so it’s a keeper.

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Well Trained is from the Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection. It is a dark and moody blue that seems to hover somewhere between a green-hued navy and a deep and vampy teal. The formula is good. It is creamy and slightly thick, although that might be due to age. It is generally opaque for me in 1-2 coats.

This is such a dark and moody polish. It looks horrible in the bottle, by the way. It always looks separated, no matter how much I shake it. It is beautiful on the nail, though. This one has a lovely formula. It’s easy to work, and I have enjoyed wearing it in the past. I find myself debating over destashing it now, though, because of the strong green undertones. I think I would like it better if it was more blue on the nail. This is also one of those polishes that is going to look black in many lights. I do like those types of colors, but I already have a few in various shades. So … I dunno. I think I’ll keep this one for a while yet. I’m going to try wearing it again to see if I still love it as much as I did a couple of years ago.

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Rodeo Fanatic is from the Fall 2008 Rodeo Diva Collection. It is a dark, shimmery blue. The formula for this polish is good. It’s generally opaque for me in 2 coats.

This polish is so, so, so pretty. I like that it is a moody, deep, and dark blue. I like the shimmer. I think you can even see a hint of purple or indigo creeping in around the edges of the bottle. And yet, I found I did not like this polish on my nails. I’m not sure I can put my finger on exactly what it is about it that I didn’t like. But, when I wore this in a full manicure, I could not get it off my nails fast enough. I don’t think I wore it for a full day, even! I’ve already destashed this one. It went to live with my nail bestie. And it looks amazing on her!!

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Water You Waiting For? is from the 2012 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Collection. It is a blue and green micro glitter in a clear base. The formula is good. It is easy to apply, and it is opaque on its own in 2-3 coats, depending on nail length and application technique.

This polish is a glitter bomb, and I LOVE it! It’s so pretty and sparkly. I love the different tones of blue and green that I can see in this. It is beautiful over a darker blue or black base, but equally wearable on its own. This one is a definite keeper.

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Combat Blue-ts is from the Fall 2016 Rebel Collection. It is a royal blue, and I feel like I can see a hint of turquoise-ish shimmer in it, too. The formula for this polish is tricky. It isn’t impossible to use, once you get used to it, but it’s not an easy polish. This is a matte formula, and it dries super quickly — like, the first stroke is already pretty much dry by the time you do your second stroke on the nail. It will ridge and pull off the nail if you work it at all. This polish can be good in 1 coat, although I usually need 2 because I tend to work it too much.

I really like this polish, in spite of the tricky formula. It’s a beautiful shade of blue, and it looks amazing with top coat. As you guys know, I pretty much never go matte with my manis. I love me some shiny-glossy topcoat!! But … Even though I love this polish, there is a part of me that feels I should destash it due to the formula. I have a lot of blues. (As we have seen.) I have blues that are similar to this one in color tone. The fact that it is matte means nothing to me, as I always top coat it. I’m keeping it for now, but I may work my way around to destashing it in the future.

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Up All Night is from the Fall/Winter 2006 Patent Leather in the City Collection, although I think it’s part of the core line now. It is a deep, dark indigo or midnight blue. The formula is perfect. It’s opaque in 1-2 coats.

This is my favorite polish of life. I know I have mentioned that a few dozen times. I love everything about it. I love the color tone. I love how deep and dark it is. And yet, there is a hint of shimmer, which gives it a beautiful, velvety depth on the nail. If I had to wear just one polish for the rest of my life, it could be this one. I never get tired of seeing it on my nails. This one is a keeper, for sure!

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Sleeping Under the Stars is from the Fall 2015 The Great Outdoors Collection. It is an indigo / blurple base with slightly gray undertones and pink shimmer running throughout. The formula is good. My bottle is thick. I don’t know if that is the actual formula, or if my bottle has thickened up a bit over time. It is generally opaque for me in 1-2 coats.

When I started this project, I had certain polishes in the back of my mind that I was pretty sure I would destash. This was one of them. I remember seeing it when the Great Outdoors Collection came out, and I was fascinated with it. I needed it in the worst way! I thought the shimmer was so unique and pretty in the bottle. But then, I remember putting it on my nails and feeling completely underwhelmed because the shimmer was much more subtle on the nail than in the bottle. Such a bummer!

In setting up for this project, I realized I didn’t have a swatch picture of this one. I swatched it … and started falling in love with it all over again. The shimmer is very subtle, but I was looking at it with fresh eyes the second time around. And I found I liked how it was soft and sort of “barely there”. It gives the polish a pretty, delicate look on the nail. I’ve decided to keep this one, at least for now.

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Blue-ya! is from the Fall 2016 Rebel Collection. It is an indigo base with turquoise glitter. I think I can see some silver glitters peeking out through the base, too. The formula is good. It’s opaque for me in 2 coats.

I have not worn this polish very much at all, and I don’t know why. I would almost think I have too much polish, although I KNOW such a thing isn’t possible! o.o

This is such a pretty polish. I love the color of the base, and the glitters are nicely spread out. They give a galaxy sort of feeling to the manicure. This one is a keeper, and I hope to wear it more in the future!

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Can You Sea Me? is from the Holiday 2015 Star Hopping Collection. It is a clear base with silver holographic hexes and blue, turquoise, and silver micro glitter. The formula is good. It is not base heavy. It is great at 1 coat over a base color, and possibly opaque on its own in 3-4 coats. I’m showing it at 1-2 coats on its own in my picture.

I love this glitter mix. It is so pretty, sparkly, and delicate. I was in a hurry when I swatched it, so I slapped it on over a darker blue (First Mate, I think …). But it is divine over a lighter color. This glitter over white is one of my favorite winter manicures. I think it’s also beautiful over a light gray. This one is a keeper.

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Star Hopping is from the Holiday 2015 Star Hopping Collection. It is a black / indigo base with blue and silver glitter. The formula is good. My bottle is a bit thick, which might be due to age more than actual formula. It is generally opaque for me in 1-2 coats.

This glitter is beautiful! It is a glitter bomb and a half, and I love it. There is a ton of depth, dimension, and sparkle. The silver glitters spark tiny rainbows, and the blues glitter through several different tones. This one is a keeper!

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Don’t Get Elfed Up is from the Holiday 2015 Cheers Collection. It is a black base with green and blue micro glitter. The formula is good. It’s opaque for me in 2 coats.

This is a really pretty glitter. It’s not a complete glitter bomb. It has a more subtle, smoother look to it. It lays nicely on the nail, and is not difficult to remove because the glitters are very micro in size. And yet, it shimmers and sparkles beautifully in different types of lighting. In some lights, you can even see a hint of purple or indigo peeking in around the edges of the nail. I think you can see it a bit in the bottle in my picture. I enjoy this polish a lot, so it’s a keeper.

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Dorothy Who is from the 2009 Wizard of Ooh Aahz Collection. I think this is part of the core line now, along with Ruby Pumps. It is a blue jelly base with blue glitter. The formula is good. It’s generally opaque for me in 2 coats.

This polish is fabulous. I can’t really explain it, but there is just something about this one that gets me where I live. It has so much sparkle, life, and magic in it. And I love wearing it. This one is a keeper.

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Simply Fa-Blue-Less is from the Summer 2017 Summer Reign Collection. It is a royal blue jelly. The formula is good. Due to the jelly formula, it is opaque in 2-3 coats, depending on nail length. My swatch picture is in full-on sunlight, and you can see a hint of VNL in it. Oddly enough, I don’t mind it with this polish.

This beauty is pretty new to my collection. But I already love it. I have worn this polish multiple times. And it is, as the name implies, simply fabulous. It’s a keeper!

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Crown for Whatever is from the Halloween 2017 Happily Never After Collection. It is a dark indigo with pink shimmer. The formula is good. It is China Glaze’s matte formula, so it is slightly tricky. But it doesn’t dry as quickly as some of them. You have a bit of time to work with the polish. It is easier to get this one onto the nail without leaving low spots, bald spots, or ridges. It’s opaque for me in 1-2 coats, depending on application technique.

I found the shimmer in this polish extremely subtle, which was disappointing. Looking at the bottle, I expected more. It is also very similar to Sleeping Under the Stars. I realized this when I bought it, but, at that time, I halfway expected to destash Sleeping. I have since changed my mind … which possibly negated my reasoning for buying this one, in the first place. As I’ve said before, the fact that it’s a matte means very little to me. This is very new to my stash, though. So it’s a keeper. I need more time to get to know it.

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New Year New Boo is from the Holiday 2017 The Glam Finale Collection. It is a deep, shimmery blue that falls somewhere between royal blue and navy blue. The formula is good. It was opaque for me in 2 coats the first time I applied it. In later applications, I found it to be a 1-coater. So I would say 1-2 coats, depending on application technique and nail length.

This is another brand-new polish in my stash. So that, alone, would be reason enough for me to keep it. I do adore this one, though. It is very similar (although not identical!) to my beloved Up All Night. I can’t wait to wear this one!

Whew!! That’s it for my dark blues and glittery blues. I think I need to sit and catch my breath for a moment. What whirlwind of polish goodness! As expected, I didn’t do a great job of destashing these. These deep, dark, and vampy blues really get me where I live. I love them so, so much.

As I was writing and editing this post, I realized I probably should have broken these up a bit more. This was a lot of polish for one post. I decided to leave this in its massive form because … Well, much as I love blues, I have to admit I am feeling a bit “done” with this color family. I am ready to move on to something new, which we will do next week. My purples are coming up! I have a decent amount of them, so I will probably split them into 2 posts. But, I haven’t made up my mind just yet.

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2 thoughts on “Swatch My Stash! China Glaze #8: Dark & Glittery Blues

  1. Epic posts, this one and last!!

    I see First Mate as a true navy. To me, Born to Rule is the perfect royal blue.
    I still LOVE Rodeo Fanatic!! Thank you for sending it!!

    Kelli Marissa has a video on how to build a light box BTW!!!!

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    1. Yaaaas!! The epic post of blue-ness! Woo Hoo! LOL I have so many blues. It’s probably illegal in some states. =P I think I have more in that color from China Glaze than any other brand, believe it or not. They really do some fantastic blues, though. I think you’re right: Born to Rule is a great royal blue. It goes with the name, too! Ditto on First Mate. I’m so happy you are still loving Rodeo Fanatic! That polish looks amazing on you!

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