I had no idea how out of it I'd really been until I saw this pretty, new polish, assumed it was from this year's spring or summer collection, and then found out it was released an entire year ago. Whatever, though, it's brand new to me--and what's more, it's a purple that I couldn't resist! Most of the purples I wear are either because they're my grandmother's favourites or because Amanda dared me to, but this sweet shade literally made me do that dramatic little gasp you do when you see something and just gotta, gotta have it. All kinds of squishy love for China Glaze Lotus Begin.
From the Spring 2014 City Flourish Collection, China Glaze Lotus Begin is a pale purple that rides the line between pastel and pop. As I described it to Rach a couple hours ago (because I enjoy being a polish enabler): pastel soft, hint of grey, teeniest smidge of cornflower, and yet it's still cheerfully bright. It's magic!
The formula was slightly less magical. Not problematic, just not quite China Glaze's usual standard. The first coat was a little patchy, and there was some light pulling on the 2nd. Let it all dry, added third coat, and the coverage was great. Generous top coat definitely helped it level a little better too.
I happen to have a very high-arching c-curve to my pinky nail, and if a polish has any issues at all with leveling that's where I'll see it first. And it doesn't take much--a lot of otherwise lovely polishes just can't make that sharp turn at the drop-off. Lotus Begin did leave behind a bump here or there, but especially with top coating it's nothing noticeable at a normal viewing distance. And it's certainly nothing that'll stop me swooning over this incredible colour. Or painting flowers all over its face to wear again tomorrow. It really is a perfect shade for spring and summer sun!
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