22 February 2013

Purple Week: China Glaze Below Deck

Today's post for Purple Week is a little later than I'd planned because today's polish is jumping the queue to preempt. I'd planned to finish the week with this personal favourite, but after previewing the purple I put on to post today I posited that it might possibly be time for a palate cleanser, in a paler shade of plum. Plenty of "p" sounds for one paragraph? Probably.

Please allow me to present a purple polish with no "p" sounds whatsoever, China Glaze Below Deck.

China Glaze Below Deck swatch

Aaaaaaah. After several days of bright purples (pretty as they've been!), this is such a pleasantly soothing colour! I've shown it previously, among my Fifteen Polishes for Fall, but when I realized I hadn't posted it on its own before I knew it had to make an appearance in Purple Week. (Am I still using a lot of p's, or can I just not stop hearing them now?)

From the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection, spring 2011, Below Deck was among the "it" shades of lavender-grey that were so incredibly popular at the time, and it's one I continue to adore. This muted, grey plum, which does dry a bit darker than the bottle, is so beautifully creamy and smooth. Great formula, nicely self-leveling, easy to control, and opaque in two coats.

China Glaze Below Deck swatch

I will reluctantly agree with Amanda that brighter purples probably suit my skin tone a little better, but this is just such a gorgeously appealing shade. It's also one that, as I mentioned in my Fall Polishes post, looks great any time of year. Not too light or too dark, not too pale or too bright, Below Deck is a definite classic.

Purple Week continues tomorrow with today's originally scheduled polish...Spoiler alert: it's purple! Since today's post was later than planned I've already seen what Amanda is wearing for her side of the challenge, and it's a beauty. ^_^

30 comments:

  1. This is a different shade! I like it!

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    1. Thanks, Essie Rae! It really is a classic. ;)

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  3. Very nice colour. I have this one but haven't gotten around to wearing it yet. I will need to do that soon! :)

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    1. Thank you, Meghan--I hope you enjoy it!!

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  4. This IS a gorgeous shade and a nice palate cleanser. It's a pretty pale purple, but not overly done. I love the hint of gray in it!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Heather!! I find pretty much everything about this so soothing! ^_^

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  5. What a coincidence! I have this polish on my nails right now! I don't wear it enough but I think it's a pretty sensible purple to wear all year round.

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  6. I love it, and that first paragraph xD

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  7. China Glaze always amazes me:D Such a beautiful color!

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    1. Thanks, Marce7ina! CG really does a fantastic job with colours, don't they? ;)

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  8. Oh wow, this is lovely! Going on my wishlist :)

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    1. Thank you, Sam! Hope you get your hands on it--and get it on your hands--soon!

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  9. This colour is so nice! I love it when palate cleansers aren't boring and have a beautiful quality to them like this one :) I love the grey tones to it!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn!! I'm always so enthusiastic about shimmers and holos and glitterbombs, but I also love finding soft, pretty cremes like this one that can wow on colour alone. ;)

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  10. While I agree with myself, as cited in your post, that brighter purples are just the bee's knees on you, there's something universally flattering about the muted grey/brown-ish purple. In fact, it was your initial transitional post that prompted me to swap for it and I'm so happy I now own this beauty!

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    1. I don't know of any skin tone this wouldn't look great on--and I'm so excited that you got this one!! Thank you very much, Amanda!

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  11. Honestly you can pull off any shade of purple! Below Deck looks fantastic on you :)

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    1. You are so sweet, Brittney--thank you very much!!

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  12. Such a beautiful "dusty" shade of purple, I think it goes to my "wishlist" :-)

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    1. Ooh, I think this would look lovely on you! Thanks so much! :)

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