China Glaze Avant Garden Collection Part 1

Holy Jebus, I’ve had these polishes for a few weeks, and I finally am getting around to swatching them. I picked up 9 of the 12 colors initially, but I decided to swatch these 6 colors to start with because I bought a second set of these colors for my latest giveaway. I wish I had gotten around to swatching these polishes earlier, but things were kind of nutso because of my never-ending flu and all my work troubles. Additionally, I had all that unfortunate damage to my hands because of cleaning products so that definitely derailed my swatching plans. In any case, I am glad that my hands have completely recovered, and I am now at a decent nail length where I don’t feel self-conscious about my nubs. Are you ready to see the first part of my China Glaze Avant Garden Collection swatches? Yes? Ok, here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Swatch

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On Swatch

Keep Calm, Paint On Swatch was one of the colors that I was most interested in when I first saw this collection. While I still love this steely blue-green color, it was streak-a-rific. I applied 3 medium coats here to finally get it to look decent. The formula also seemed thin.

China Glaze Fade Into Hue Swatch

China Glaze Fade Into Hue Swatch

When I first saw Fade Into Hue, I wondered how it compared to China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le. I think it is a pretty color but not that unique. Again, the formula seemed a little thin but I applied three thin coats which gave me pretty good coverage.

China Glaze Tart-y For The Party Swatch

China Glaze Tart-y For The Party Swatch

Tart-y For The Party is a color that I love–all 5 billion versions of it that are in my melmers. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this type of bright lilac colors and will probably continue to gravitate towards them. Tart-y For The Party was definitely more pigmented and thicker than the previous polishes so I only needed 2 coats here.

China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis Swatch

China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis Swatch

I refuse to use the same punctuation for this polish that CG used. Mimosas Before Manis has been getting a lot of attention. It’s one of those colors that you either hate or you love. Personally, I can’t get enough of peachy/orange/coral type polishes especially when they have such a beautiful glowy shimmer like this one. The formula was a little on the thick side and VERY pigmented. I applied three thin coats here.

China Glaze Fancy Pants Swatch

China Glaze Fancy Pants Swatch

Ahhhhh…Fancy Pants. My dear, sweet Fancy Pants. You are my favorite. This polish had the best formula of the 6 colors I swatched today: super pigmented with a good consistency. I love it. That is all I have to say about that.

China Glaze Sunday Funday Swatch

China Glaze Sunday Funday Swatch

Sunday Funday is such a beautiful, bright and saturated creme. I have to be honest–as much as I love glitter and shimmer and all those other finishes, there is nothing better than a rich and glossy creme.  This one also had a pretty fantastic formula. If I had been a little more careful, I could have gotten away with one coat!

Now, if you want a chance to win your very own set of these 6 colors, make sure that you enter my current giveaway. There are only 5 more days left to enter so don’t miss your chance. The set I am giving away is brand new polishes–all purchased by me for you: my wonderful readers.

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So what do you think of the first half of my China Glaze Avant Garden Collection swatches? Do you like these as much as I do? I know the formula was a little tricky on some of these, but I’ll forgive them for that since the colors are just so pretty. Let me know what you think…especially if you’ve already purchased some. I’ll be putting up these up on my blog sale (because I may or may not have purchased back ups–I’ll never confess) in case you’re interested so check it out. Thanks for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

17 thoughts on “China Glaze Avant Garden Collection Part 1

  1. Rebecca L
    26 February, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    On most giveaways I enter, I have to make sure I am a twitter follower, or facebook fan or email subscriber. Yours is one of the very few nail blogs that I love and read/check every single day and I’m a fan/liker/subscriber of everything. In a totally non-creepy way.

    1. 26 February, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      That is so sweet, Rebecca. It means a lot to me that you take the time out of your day to check up on what trouble I’m getting into. In a non-weird way–I like being blog stalked. ;)

  2. 26 February, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Gorgeous swatches, as always!
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    1. 26 February, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Tami! :)

  3. 26 February, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I ordered mine this weekend and can’t wait for them to get here. I need a good old fashioned swatch fest for my MASSIVE retail therapy pile to relieve some stress.
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    1. 26 February, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Did you get the whole collection? I still need to get the 3 that I initially passed on because I’m OCD and must swatch them all. I’m a weirdo. I hope that the swatchfest helps you stay busy…and really….polish is fun. Big hug.

  4. 26 February, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Totally didn’t notice the weird punctuation thing until you pointed it out.
    Why?
    Is it possessive?
    I don’t understand.
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    1. 26 February, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Does not compute. I don’t know what they were going for and I definitely don’t want to think that it was a typo because that’s just…careless?

  5. 27 February, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Hi!
    I hope you got my last email :)
    Beautiful swatches as always! Fancy Pants and Mimosas Before Manis are definitely my favorites !!!!! :D I need them, they’ll be perfect for summer ;)
    xx

    S.
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  6. 27 February, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I love this whole collection! All the polishes in it are so pretty!
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  7. 27 February, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    When I first saw this competition, I wasn’t going to enter because I didn’t know how I felt about any of the colours except the lavender one. Now that I see the swatches, I actually love each and everyone of them. If I could get CG here, I’d definitely get me the peach and that keep calm, paint on one! Those are my fav!
    On you, I think each colour looks fab on you especially the peach. I’d like to see some stamping on that. Oh AND that Sunday funday!!!
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  8. 28 February, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’m going freaking crazy here… I can’t get my hands on these! My Sallys doesn’t carry it yet (surprise surprise) and the other beauty supply store had every other collection except this. Arrrrggggh… I’m going to another one 30 minutes away on saturday in hopes of finding this collection. I really really really want Mimosas, Keep Calm, and Fancy Pants. I need my peach fix!
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  9. KathyB
    28 February, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Ughhh. Mimosas Before Manis, come to me please. I also really love Fancy Pants! Such beautiful colors. Keep Calm Paint On is kind of a let down for me, I thought it’d be a lot more…special, I guess. And Sunday Funday is kind of blah to me. Other than those two, I think I want them all!!!

  10. Lesley
    1 March, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    9 out of the 12? You’re slacking, Cynthia. ;)
    Oh, wait, I just read the comments. Never mind…phew! ;)
    I like Keep Calm, Paint on on you. Fancy Pants is also kind of blowing the others out of the water. I didn’t want any of these, but now I kind of want that one. Damnit, Cynthia! :)
    I also definitely now consider lilac polishes to be your favorite!

  11. Lisa Carr
    4 March, 2013 at 4:25 am

    So many pretty colors! I can’t decide if Mimosas Before Manis or Fancy Pants is my favorite.

    1. 6 March, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      They’re all so pretty. :)

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