Nearing the end of Pink Week, it seems only fitting to include a polish I've had in my untrieds for a while now; this is China Glaze Hello Gorgeous!, from the 2012 United in Purpose (Breast Cancer Awareness) collection.
More swatches and a side of ramble, after the break!
China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! is a finely milled glitter in the same vein as those in the 2012 Holiday Joy collection (such as Angel Wings and Winter Holly). It's opaque for close-ups at three coats here, but it was surprisingly ok for daily wear at just two! Also surprising was how easy it was to control, considering it's a glitter polish, but then, China Glaze seems to have this formula down. I remember giving similar praise to the On Safari glitters too...
A pale, rosy pink, I'm afraid Hello Gorgeous! isn't the best shade for my skin tone. Without the sparkly finish it'd look practically nude next to those lobster-y fingertips, but it's not Gorgeous's fault that I come from a proud and pasty people. It's a lovely shade of pink that hits the light rose corridor without veering into mauve, and the holographic sparkle is nuts. Twinkling, glittering, rainbow-flashing nuts that give amazing life to this pale, pretty pink without overpowering it. It really is a beautiful balance.
Since the glitter is so finely milled, it's definitely thirsty for top coat. But like the Christmastime glitters, China Glaze Hello Gorgeous! can also be worn without, as it dries to a velvety matte finish. The holographic particles don't twinkle as brightly, but if you like the Zoya Pixie Dust or OPI Liquid Sand lines, I think you'll agree it's a very attractive option.
I was actually hoping, when I tried last winter's Angel Wings, that the China Glaze textured collection was going to be something like this, but they went with a glossier look that didn't grab me quite the same. I'd be so happy if they pulled this formula out again and make a whole collection of it, though--I could own this in a dozen colours and love them all.
There's one more day left in Pink Week, which has been a group blogging effort on behalf of breast cancer awareness. If there's one point I've hoped to emphasize over the past few days, it's the importance of early detection.