You know when you head to your parent’s house for Thanksgiving weekend, and you’re fully prepared to get a lot of work done on your blog on all the days off. And then you forget your notebook of all your swatching notes. *smacks myself*. Even when I try and prepare to be productive, and get back ahead of the game, life says nope. I’m still trying my best.
But it’s time for me to finish up this last fall collection. I’m currently writing this in the middle of a winter storm warning. Yah I know it’s a lil late, but for me and to keep the order, I need to finish up the last fall collections I have before I get into holiday swatches. I can’t just have these 12 polishes sitting out forever unloved. So here they are.
No matter what, I still love a good fall shade. I ain’t mad, give me the fall colors all year.
Let’s just get right into this, shall we? This is the China Glaze ‘Ready to Wear’ Fall 2018 collection. It’s a 12 piece collection just like their other collections. We got some creams, we got some shimmers, we got some metallics, we got a lot of fun, so let’s get into it already. Onto the swatches!
As always we’re starting with the lightest shade. This is ‘Throwin’ Suede’ and it’s a pale pink-toned nude. This had a sheer first coat. It was a lil streaky, but it leveled out nicely, and was almost good on 2 coats. I did find it could pull near the cuticles, or become streaky if I manipulated it too much, so I found it was better to just apply it in as few streaks as possible, and then leave it be.
It can flood the cuticle a little, so be sure to wipe off the brush before applying. It did take 3 coats, but a shade this light can tend to have a trickier formula. A good palette cleanser.
‘Pleather Weather’ is a light gray shade. Now this shade has kind of a weird formula. It’s a more crelly formula, but it also dries with a more satin finish, so definitely unique. It had a super watery sheer 1st coat. The 2nd coat was almost opaque – with 2 thicker coats I think it could definitely be even, but I ended up doing 3 thinner coats.
I still don’t know how I feel about it. It’s a very interesting finish that’s unique to my collection, but the formula was also a little finicky to work with. Hmm. Well, go ahead with your own risk if you’re still intrigued.
Here it is as well with a glossy top coat. I will admit it is a unique, squishy look.
‘Mustard the Courage’ is the shade I was absolutely looking forward to. Mustard yellow has been a big trend this season and I’M HERE FOR IT. GIMME ALL THE MUSTARD.
Anyways, ‘Mustard the Courage’ is more of a true mustard shade – maybe more of a honey mustard. Either way, it’s that beautiful dusty yellow shade I love. This had a good 1st coat – I still had some of my ridges showing, but it was opaque in 2 easy coats. Stunning formula for a stunning color.
‘Central Parka’ is a beautiful olive green shade – another one of my faves to wear in the fall. There were some patches and some nail line still on the 1st coat, but they were easy to even out with 2. It had an easy to control formula and a beautiful finish.
‘Sample Sizing Me Up’ is a nice dusty sky blue shade. This had a nice easy cream formula and was pretty well opaque in 1 coat. Another good fall staple.
(Sorry in advance for this messy swatch, my poor lil nubs were trying their best).
‘You Don’t Know Jacket’ is a deep navy blue cream shade. This is super pigmented so definitely be carefully with application, as it’s easy to get all over the skin (a clean up brush was my best friend). It’s pretty well opaque in 1 coat, or 2 thinner. Another easy formula.
I didn’t have this on super long, so I can’t talk to staining, but it didn’t stain the skin as I removed it. A good vampy shade that can transition to winter as well.
Good lord, look at that lil skittle nub. It’s a healing process, she’s being taken care of I swear. It’s a time of great care and TLC.
ANYWAYS, ‘Haute Blooded’ is a deep vampy burgundy shade with red shimmer throughout. Perfect for being a vampire queen crushing the souls of men, if you ask me.
This had a thicker formula, so it could skip a little if there isn’t enough on the brush. As you can see it does dry matte, but you do have enough time to work with it and paint it on straight before it dries. It self levels wonderfully and was opaque on 2 easy coats.
And with a glossy top coat, the shimmer really comes out as well.
‘Pay it Fashion Forward’ is a beautiful jewel toned purple shade with tons of red and blue shimmer throughout. This had a streaky 1st coat so it will need a 2nd. But it was good on 2 thicker coats. And just look at that shimmer stand out. Another one that I think would transition to the holidays nicely as well.
‘Aut-ummm I Need That’ was one that well, ummm, I really needed. This is a stunning reddened brown base with beautiful red and gold shimmer throughout. It had a lil more sheer 1st coat than I was expecting with the deeper color. It was pretty well good on 2 coats, and the color deepened, though you might even need a 3rd to cover up any last nail line. The shimmer stands out so beautifully, so the thinner formula might help that.
Either way, I’m willing to work for it.
‘Vest Friends’ is a shimmery green toned silver foil. Another sheerer first coat, but it was pretty well good on 2, and just look at that shimmer. You might need a 3rd to cover up any last patches, but it’s not a terrible formula to work with.
China Glaze – Vest Friends – Fall 2018
Last up are the two metallic shades.
First up is ‘Chic Happens’, a silver metallic with just a hint of purple to it. This was pretty well good on 1 coat. There was some nail line leftover, but a 2nd coat took care of anything.
As you can see, you will get brushstrokes with this shade – if you want to get rid of them completely you can try sponging the last coat on. But it’s something I just expect at this point – you can only really notice them up close in photos like these.
Annnnnnd last but not least is the copper metallic. This is ‘Swatch Out’, a nice bright coppery metallic. Another easy coat that was pretty well good on 1 coat – a 2nd to cover any last patches you might have. This one had fewer brushstrokes than the previous one, and was just so fiery on the nails.
If you only pick up one shade, I would suggest ‘Mustard the Courage’. It’s such a unique shade and you don’t see it out very often. Now, mustard yellow might not be for everyone, but I do recommend just giving it a try. I did and now I’m hooked.
Overall, there weren’t any bad formulas – I will admit ‘Pleather Weather’ was a little bit of a learning curve, and something I had never seen before, so that might be your favorite if you weren’t prepared. Otherwise, it’s nice cream and metallic formulas. Some nice fall shades to stock to your collection.
So that’s your China Glaze Fall 2018 collection and the (finally) last fall collection I had to swatch. It’s time to blaze right into holiday swatches and sparkles right now! I also have bought a ton of eyeshadow palettes lately, so I’ll def be putting up reviews of those along the way. A little bit of fun for everyone.
Stay tuned for all the fun coming up!