10 June 2012

China Glaze Agro: Standard, Sponged & Sparkling

This morning I played around with China Glaze Agro, a beautiful, golden green polish from the Hunger Games Collection, representing District 11 (agriculture).

China Glaze Agro swatch


I love this colour, all mossy-olive and gold, and the formula was outstanding. It's deeply pigmented and was essentially opaque in just one coat. The gold isn't shy about showing itself either, giving the whole polish a near-metallic shine.

China Glaze Agro swatch

It's a little bit brushstroke-prone, but a second coat knocks most of that out. The finish does start to verge on frosted--but again, not obtrusively so. The rich colour is so radiant and luscious that it's easily the star of the show! Still, I decided to try a couple of different looks with Agro...partly to see if I could knock down that frosty finish a little bit, but mostly just to have some fun.


China Glaze Agro sponged

First I tried sponging another thin layer on top, and I really like the result. The colour is still deep and rich, and the gold is still radiant. The brush strokes are gone, but there's still enough of the metallic and frosty finishes to look all pretty and textured. I was about to pick a top coat and wear it just like that, but then I realized I had a glitter polish that just might compliment the golden green. One glitter turned into three (I'm not really known for my restraint), and I am seriously crazy about how it all turned out.

China Glaze Agro witih matte glitter

First I sponged OPI Glow Up Already over most of the nail. Glow Up Already is a green-tinted gold glitter from the Holiday 2010 Burlesque Collection, and it has highlights of other colours to it as well, like red and aqua blue. It looked lovely just like that, but the little hints of the other colours gave me ideas...so next I painted the tips with Revlon Gold Jewels. Basically a top coat, it's mostly made of tiny, gold glitter, but it also has larger pieces that have a nearly holographic shine in the light.

Over all of that I painted about 2/3 of the nail with Color Club Wish Upon a Rock Star. It's similar to OPI Rainbow Connection/Milani Gems in its mixture of different sizes and colours, but the larger hex pieces in this one one are all a pretty lavender purple, and hell yes, I went matte top coat on it.

China Glaze Agro with glitter

China Glaze Agro is a deeper colour that might usually be associated with colder months than spring and summer, but its golden glow makes it warm enough to be "in" year-round. It's also a more versatile polish than I originally thought. Complex and textured all by itself, by the time I finished playing with Agro this morning, my nails looked like they were ready to hit the Quarter for Mardi Gras!

31 comments:

  1. I love how that looks on you! And I never pictured this with glitter. But I really like it :)

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  2. Agro is a lovely, mossy color, it reminds me a little bit of China Glaze Peace On Earth. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I think it's that little bit of moss that really stands out for me. I'll definitely be looking at Peace On Earth!

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  3. Very nice! Never got into the Hunger Games collection but that's a great olive green! And the glitter looks really cool over it too!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I think the collection is a little hit or miss overall, but this one was a definite want for me.

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  4. I would have never thought to add a glitter to this! Looks great :)

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    1. Thank you very much! My "impulse" experiments don't usually make it in front of the camera, but I was pretty happy with this one. ;)

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  5. Wooo this is so gorgeous!!! I had no idea until this post. And with that glitter over top?! Wooo!!

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    1. Thanks! I think this might be one of those rare polishes that's actually prettier on than it is on the bottle!

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  6. love the color, but glitter combo is spectacular :-D

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  7. Looks awesome with this glitter on top! Great combo:D

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  8. That looks so amazing with all those glitters! I love those little pops of purple. I wish my Sally's didn't suck and have only the Hunger Games colors left that I don't want >.<

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    1. Thank you, KawaiiKagura! Heh, I know what you mean--the Hunger Gamer polishes at my only China Glaze source here got picked over something fierce!

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    2. Ugh, not Gamer, GAMES! Stupid fingers moving too fast. And stupid brain getting so worked up over a little typo. >_<

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  9. wow i love that glitter! gorgeous! :)

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  10. Agro is so pretty! I love the way you jazzed it up with the different glitters! :D

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thank you, Yun! I love the colour so much that I didn't want to wreck it by over-decorating, but I like the way it came out. ;)

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  11. I love olive green polishes! Looks great with the glitter!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey! I'm a total sucker for olive green too. ;)

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  12. This is a very nice color. It looks better on than in the bottle! And that glitter just flat out rocks!!

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    1. Isn't it weird how some polishes do that? I was pleasantly surprised. And thank you very much! :D

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  13. Looks like a Christmas tree, so cute!

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    1. Wow, you're right, it does kind of look Christmas-y, doesn't it? Thanks, Amanda!

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