15 February 2013

China Glaze Angel Wings

I hope everyone had--or is still having--a fantastic Valentine's Day! I have to confess to being really surprised at the lack of V-Day nail art that happened on my hands. The day itself isn't a huge deal to me, but I'm such a sucker for cute hearts and things all year 'round that I'm surprised I didn't at least get into the spirit when it came to my nails. But I'm pretty much always up for something sparkly, so I decided it was a good time to enjoy wearing China Glaze Angel Wings, from the Winter 2012 Holiday Joy Collection.

China Glaze Angel Wings swatch

Angel Wings is a very finely milled, golden glitter. Like Winter Holly, it applies matte and dries to a soft, sandy finish that can either be worn as-is or smoothed with a generous helping of top coat.

China Glaze Angel Wings swatch

For some reason, Angel Wings lobstered my fingertips a bit, which usually only happens with pale blues or mint, but as is often the case, the polish is just so pretty that I really wasn't fussed. Also like Winter Holly, there are holographic particles among the glitter that add a subtle but eye-catching bit of extra dazzle to Angel Wings, an effect that can be seen whether you wear it matte or glossy. Here's a slightly blurred, close up shot for a better look at that sparkle.

China Glaze Angel Wings blurred macro

Before I top coated my nails I enjoyed the matte texture for a little while and was impressed that while it's not a finish I'd want to run over a nice pair of stockings, the "rough" version was still pleasantly smooth and sandy to the touch. If the upcoming Texture Collection feels anything like these holiday glitters, I expect to have several of them on my list!

China Glaze Angel Wings matte texture

The formula was great again with this glitter as well. Easy to control with nice, even coverage. I'm wearing 3 coats here, and even my stubborn, photo-bombing nail line was nowhere to be seen.

28 comments:

  1. It's really amazing what a difference a top coat can make. Just looking at it naked is like nails on a chalkboard to me, as weird as that sounds. But glossed over, I'm in love.

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    1. Haha, pretty sure I know what you mean. And yeah, it really is a huge difference!

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  2. i am completely in love with this polish! can't wait to get my hand on them!

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    1. Thank you, shine eye! Hope you don't have to wait too long! ;)

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  3. Your photos look fantastic with this one! The color really goes well with your skin tone!

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  4. This is such an awesome glitter!!!

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    1. I really like it too--thanks, Marisa! :)

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  5. Wow, I can't believe how much of a difference top coat makes! Angel Wings is beautiful though and it looks wonderful on you :)

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! This finish really is kind of like having two polishes in one. ;)

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  6. I hadn't thought of comparing a glitter bomb to the upcoming texture. Will have to wear one with no topcoat to see if I can tolerate it, lol.

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    1. The OPI Liquid Sands are definitely more chunky than these CG holiday ones--and it looks like the CG spring textures will be a little "thicker" as well when applied--but I do kinda like the sandy texture of this one pre-tc. ;)

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  7. Your pics brought out the glitter really well. I'm impressed that the matte topcoat gave it a texture look.

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    1. Thanks very much!! This isn't actually a matte topcoat--the polish itself is textured a lot like sand, but it gets smooth and shiny with some (like, two coats) of top coat over. I kinda like it both ways. :)

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  8. I like it better with top coat. Love the color on you!

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  9. Both versions of China Glaze Angel Wings are beautiful! :-)

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  10. I got this as a gift! I honestly didn't love it in the bottle. But it was so drool worthy when I put it on :)

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  11. It's amazing how it comes to life like that--awesome gift, Kas! ;)

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