30 May 2012

Swatch & Review: China Glaze Fast Track

I came home with my ginormous polish haul last Friday only so disappointed that my evening plans had been canceled because it meant I could sit down and start swatching my new pretties right away...only I was distracted by a sudden, desperate need to give this blog a makeover. So, hey, new layout! But when I needed a break from over-obsessive Photoshopping ("Hmm, this bottle isn't quite red enough...no, wait, now it's too red...") I took some time to try out some of my new polishes, starting with Fast Track, representing District 6 (Transportation) in the China Glaze Hunger Games collection.

China Glaze Fast Track

Fast Track is an interesting polish. It has a tendency to go "mannequin hands" on a lot of people, but I could not resist the gorgeous, golden shimmer in that bottle.


The formula was great, if a little thin. Even the first coat showed a lot of its gold highlights, but the rest of the colour practically faded into my skin tone. The second coat was quite a bit better. Still smooth, still shimmering all pretty and golden. Nearly opaque, despite the thinness of the formula. I still wasn't really seeing the tan colour very much against my skin, but with some VNL still showing on a couple of nails, I decided to keep going. I'm glad I did, too, because the third coat made a big difference.

China Glaze Fast Track


Some find the colour a little disappointing for such a great shimmer, but the more I looked at it on, the more I liked it. The polish looks a little darker on me than the first coat or two suggested it would (probably some combination of the slightly olive undertones and my so-pale-I'm-practically-translucent skin), and I'll likely still layer it next time to see if it'll pop a little more. But you know how the shimmer in a bottle doesn't usually translate as strongly to the nail? Fast Track does not have that problem.

China Glaze Fast Track



This isn't going to be a colour for everyone, but it could be a great polish for work or other situations in which you can't wear too much colour or glitter but still want a nice sparkle to your nails. It's eye-catching, but it's not overt. And since the amazing shimmer is obviously Fast Track's strongest feature, I like that the rest of the polish doesn't try to compete with it. It makes for a nice contrast.

Fast Track isn't my favourite polish ever, but with as large a collection as China Glaze did for The Hunger Games, I like that they had room to try something this unique.

27 comments:

  1. I didn't like any of the hunger games collection, they all looked murky and dark...

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    1. I do wonder if, if they'd released the collection a little further into spring, they might've included some brighter colours. I was definitely disappointed with some of the choices. For example, they could have done a lovely, shimmery blue-green for the "fishing" district, instead of grey. Or something besides a simple, beigey mauve for "textiles." For that matter, I'm not sure how golden tan is supposed to be "transportation" either. I definitely hear ya', Cee.

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  2. Wow, really interesting color! I've always passed over this one, I don't think it's a color that will do me any favors, but I am enjoying seeing it on you! The putty-gold color is a wonderful combination of subtle yet special.
    And, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, but I love your nail shape! So cute and perfect!

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    1. That is so sweet of you, Jessica--thank you very much!

      "Putty" is exactly the colour I was trying to think of, trying to describe this one. :)

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  3. wow this is gorgeous! its so subtle but the shimmer in it adds the perfect touch! great swatch :)

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    1. Thank you, esmeheredia! I'm glad you like it!

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  4. I kept passing on this one because I have Orly's Nite Owl, which is similar but it has silver shimmer instead of gold. It looks really pretty. I get lots of compliments when I wear Nite Owl.

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    1. Ooh, silver? Now I need to look for Nite Owl! :)

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  5. Love the golden flecks in Fast Track!

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  6. This is my favorite from this collection! Looks beautiful on you!

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    1. Thank you very much! I was hoping to see some nice simmer after looking at bottle, but I was stunned at how well it actually transferred. :)

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    1. The dusting of sparkle really makes this one!

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  8. I LOVE FT. I just havent gotten around to wearing it. However, its lovely on you!

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    1. Thank you! I hope it turns out nicely on you, too--I knew from the bottle it'd be a tricky one, but I was helpless in the face of all that shimmer! ;)

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  9. I was pretty underwhelmed by THG collection but I did pick up this one! It looks lovely on you and I agree with you about it being a beautiful polish. I wore it on a day where I needed to be 'conservative' :P It got a bit boring after awhile but it was definitely better than no shimmer at all! (:

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    1. Thank you, Brittney! And I'm glad you liked it too! Yeah, I don't see this being one I wear for days and days, but it's the snazziest "conservative" polish I have ever seen. :D

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  10. I think this is a colour I would have to have on my nails to tell if I liked it or not. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award :)
    http://passionforpolish.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/versatile-blogger-award.html

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    1. Thank you so, so very much! Wow, my first award--I'm literally blushing and giggling! ^__^

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  11. China Glaze always has such pretty collection, and the Hunger Games one had some really interesting colours, like this one!

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    1. I like that they tried some new things with this collection--Fast Track was a pleasant surprise! :)

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  12. The only color from the Hunger Games collection I was able to get my hands on was Harvest Moon but I always love swatches of Fast Track. I am totally pale enough for this to look nice and golden haha.

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    1. Harvest Moon was long gone before I could get my hands on it (of course, so were most of them!). Yeah, I think Fast Track looks nice on pale skin tones. I haven't seen it on darker skin, but on most medium complexions it does tend to wash out a bit and go mannequin.

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  13. It's a really pretty polish! I love the shimmer; it's such a lovely surprise against an otherwise regular neutral color. :D

    ~ Yun

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