Color Club ‘Golden State’ Collection – Swatches & Review

If you scroll back through my feed of blog posts, you’ll see a sudden uptick of posts all about Color Club starting in the summer. I can’t explain it, but they’ve fully taken over my heart this year (and my wallet). I just can’t resist, as they’re always coming out with new and interesting collections and finishes! I love their curated themes, and there’s a color story out there for everyone!

This time we’re looking at the ‘Golden State’ collection. This is their traditional 6 bottle release of shades of metallics, spanning from a copper, various shades of gold, and silvers. It definitely intrigued me as a nice little curated release, so during a sale I snatched it up to try out. (As I always say, follow their Instagram or email newsletter, as they’re always posting about sales, and you don’t often have to wait too long for 40-50%).

They retail for $8.50 otherwise if you pick them up full price, on the Color Club website. They are closed for the holidays through the 4th of January, so orders will ship out after that time – keep that in mind if you order during this holiday period!

Now alright, let’s get into these swatches!

Up first we have ‘Midas Touch’. This is the coppery metallic. This had a super smooth formula, and was basically opaque in just 1 coat – I did my usual 2 coats for this photo.

Some of these shades do look more bumpy just because of my super ridged nails. If you have the same thing and want completely smooth finishes, I do recommend a smoothing base underneath.

Color Club – Midas Touch

But otherwise it’s nice and shimmery and lovely. It’s a little more shimmery than the other shades which are more of smooth metallics.

Color Club – Midas Touch

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Continuing through the most yellowy shades, we’re looking at ‘Golden State of Mind’. This is the pure yellow gold of the collection. This was another with a great formula, and it could be opaque in just 1 coat, though I added a 2nd just to fully smooth it out. The coats dry quickly so 2 coats flies by easily.

Color Club – Golden State of Mind

As you can see, this one has more brushstrokes in the final finish, which I do expect with such metallic shades like these. If those bother you, a good coat of top coat can help, or sponging on the final layer for an absolutely smooth finish. This one also has microglitters to it.

Color Club – Golden State of Mind

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Next up we have the champagne gold of the collection. Well of course, it’s a golden collection, we have all of the tones of gold. This one is ‘Grill Cheese’ (idk about the name, I can’t explain it). This was still super smooth in formula, though it needed a 2nd coat unlike the others to fully smooth it out.

Color Club – Grill Cheese

Again, a few brushstrokes and ridges, but overall this is a soft and almost “modest” metallic gold shade.

Color Club – Grill Cheese

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‘Making Bank’ is the platinum gold shade. It had some patches, and ridges peeking through on the 1st coat, but a 2nd coat easily covered it and made it fully opaque.

Color Club – Making Bank

As you can see, these shades aren’t perfectly, impeccably smooth on the nails – that’s more on my own nails and their bumpiness. I always want to show you exactly how a polish will apply out of the bottle, so I chose not to sponge these on. Of course, my bright lights and close up camera will also show every sort of imperfection, and from farther away and in daylight, these will look fine on the nails!

And mentioned above, you can sponge on a final coat if you’re looking for a smoother finish.

Color Club – Making Bank

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We’re now transitioning into the silvers, and this first one is ‘Cash or Coin’. This is a warm, metallic silver shade, and it leans right in between the one above and the below. It’s got a little more warmth, and almost platinum undertones to it than a straight up silver that we have below.

Another shade that could easily be opaque in just 1 coat. I added another coat to smooth out some ridges, but it was smooth to paint on, just like the others.

Color Club – Cash or Coin

Again a few brushstrokes as it dries, so I always recommending painting as straight as possible with application.

Color Club – Cash or Coin

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Last up, we have ‘Silver Lining’, which is our true silver shade. It leans very cool compared to all of the others, and has almost a touch of purple undertones to it. I used 2 coats for this polish to completely smooth it out and make it fully opaque. Easy to control, and the 2 coats go quickly.

Color Club – Silver Lining

As always, some brushstrokes, but we’re showing the real finish here, baby. Repeating it here, but as always you can sponge on that last coat.

Color Club – Silver Lining

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And that’s the collection! Most of the shades had very similar formulas and applications, and took just 1-2 coats. They were smooth to paint on, and the coats dried quickly so 2 coats went by fast. There are some brushstrokes in the final finish, but that’s something I do expect with such reflective metallic shades like this, and it’s something that can easily be taken care of with a final lil step of sponging or top coating. Again, no complaints here.

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7 thoughts on “Color Club ‘Golden State’ Collection – Swatches & Review

  1. True dedication to paint all the fingers for a swatch .3. The streaks are a bit of a bummer, but otherwise a lovely collection. As you stated, a good top coat or sponging should fix it right up (but I’m pretty lazy when it comes to extra applications). My personal favourite of the bunch would be Midas Touch, for both the less-streaky finish and colour. Again, amazing photos and commentary on all the polishes. Hope you had a great Holidays.

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    • Hahha thank you! I’ve gotten into such a routine with swatching now that it goes by quickly, so it’s not too bad at all. And true, I do wish they were smoother right off the bat, but that might be asking for a lot! And I hope you had lovely holidays as well!

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  2. Hello!

    I love that you swatch Color Club. It’s such an underrepresented brand.

    Are any of these shades similar to Essie’s Mosaic on Down? I own this color and don’t want to duplicate.

    Also, could you explain the difference among metallics, chromes, and foils?

    Thanks!

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    • So glad to hear! I love Color Club a lot, so will definitely be lots more coming up!
      Looking at Mosaic on Down, I don’t think any of these are quite as similar – Mosaic has that glitter all throughout it, while these are more of a smoother finish.
      And of course! I would use metallics to describe these shades, where it’s that smooth “metallic” finish. Chrome I reserve for that super reflective, silver chrome finish. And then foil I use when describing shades that almost have some sort of shimmer all throughout them as well, like Mosaic on Down could almost be a more foiled finish! It’s not quite just a smooth metallic, it has all of that glitter all throughout, but it’s still super sparkly and reflective! Hope that helps! 🙂

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