Friday, March 9, 2012

Nail of the Day: China Glaze "Smoke and Ashes"

Today's NOTD is a polish from the new China Glaze Hunger Games collection! Smoke and Ashes has a black base with blue and green microshimmer in it. I am not normally a fan of black-base nail polishes, but when I swatched this one, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was! Unfortunately, it is borderline impossible to capture on camera, so I'm posting several different photos hoping you can get a slight idea of what it actually looks like!

Make sure to look at both the nails and the bottle in these photos... in a few of them, the bottle is more telling of what the color looks like.





Additionally, the coverage you see here is one coat!! Very opaque, nice formulation. To see what other polishes I got from the Hunger Games collection, click here to watch my Spring 2012 Nail Polish Haul!

Did you get anything from this collection?
xx, Allison

44 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. Not a color I'd reach for, but it looks great on you, Allison!! :)

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  2. I looove the glossy look, is that the effect of the Seche vite??

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  3. thats a gorgoeus color!

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  4. Wow, one coat, that is amazing. I picked up Dress Me Up and Fast Track. Love them both. I am wearing Dress Me Up with Fast Track as an accent nail and love the combo.

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  5. Thanks, Allison! I already picked up Fast Track, Dress Me Up, Foie Gras, and Luxe and Lush from the collection. I wasn't initially drawn to Smoke and Ashes and, thus, didn't pick it up. Now I'm thinking I might have to since it's opaque in one coat! I have a black in my collection now but the formula stinks and it's not worth the bother. Maybe I'll rock black more often if it's this fabulous and such a breeze to apply!

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  6. wow what a beautiful color! love the hints of shimmer!
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  7. Hi Allison! I was about to buy the Seche Vite topcoat based on how much you rave about it since I really trust your opinion. I don't know why, but while in the store I decided to read the box and read this warning:

    "WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm."

    I wasn't sure what that meant so I did a little research and felt that this website explained it really well: http://www.salongeek.com/nail-geek/44544-warning-label-seche-vite-topcoat.html (explanation is about 1/3 of the way down the page).

    Anyway, I don't want to be a debbie downer. I just wanted to make sure you knew about it since I kind of feel like a friend after watching basically all your videos!

    Keep making them! You're awesome!

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  8. I love this, I have one similar but mine has more shimmer/glitter in it.

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  9. They have that sign everywhere in California. Even in the staircase room at my apartment complex.

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  10. I can't believe that this is only one coat. Love it!

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  11. wow i love this galaxy kind of color! it looks pretty awesome!
    i love your blog and your videos! :)
    XO Jannine

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  12. I ordered Luxe and Lush, might have to get a few more from the collection though! Looks gorgeous :)

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  13. Wow, that's serious coverage for one coat! China Glaze are fast becoming one of my faves - wear well and look great. I'm currently drooling over all the Hunger Games collection, but getting a bit over glitter/shimmer, I'm feeling the need for solid colours.

    Can you recommend any in the Hunger Games collection?

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  14. I didn't read hunger games and know nothing about them really, but after seeing your video- I need to get these nail polishes, they look gorgeous!

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  15. such a beautiful color!

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  16. I'm not a fan of blacks either but I love this one :) Not sure about it for spring though!

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  17. are there any dupes for this??

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  18. beautiful black, though I'm not a big fan of black nail polish...
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  19. Holy smoke, this color is BEAUTIFUL!! Now I must have it!

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  20. Such a gorgeous color! I definitely need to pick this up to wear to the midnight premiere. ;)

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  21. One coat?! That's amazing!

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  22. love the color! greets from germany

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  23. I'm so excited about this whole collection!

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  24. Beautifully Ever AfterMarch 10, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    LOVE the idea of a Hunger Games collection, had a little squiz, surprised there is no 'Girl on Fire' shade though, would of thought that an obvious choice!

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  25. Gorgeous! Might have to pick it up :)

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous shade! It's like fresh Tarmac" (In a nice way) :P

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  27. one coat?? wow, ive never tried any china glaze, i think i will now though!

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  28. Very pretty, I'm glad you like it!

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  29. Oh this looks lovely! I hope we get this collection in the UK!
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  30. Oh my gosh I bought this today and just put it on then I saw this post and I was just really excited. I'm not sure how many others are in the collection, but I got this one, Fast Track, Agro, and Luxe and Lush. I'm really enjoying Smoke and ashes though :)

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  31. I want this nailpolish So bad! I wish I knew where to find it!

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  32. I love the Hunger Games Collection! So much so that I ran out to Sally's and ended up buying five of the polishes!!! However, I'm super puzzled about their color choices??? It seems to me that this were created more for the Fall/ Winter. I wonder if the movie release got pushed back and China Glaze got stuck with these color combinations???? Although, I'm super pumped with these polishes I think I'll be wearing these more in the Fall. The only onethat That seems suitable for using this Spring/Summer is Riveting, it's such a beautiful and intense color!

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  33. Wow! This is such a beautiful, dull color! I absolutely love the sparkles in the black and the way it looks on your nails!!

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  34. I really love the Hunger Games collection! :D The colors are so pretty! :) In my town, we don't have those nail polishes, I'm super disappointed... :( Can't you buy them online? :)

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  35. FlorenceSorrisoLeeMarch 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Haha, I just bought this polish two days ago! I really liked it in the bottle, but I wish the shimmer showed up more on the nails... Most of the time, it just looks like a plain black with random little shimmers in it, but you can only see the blue and green shimmer when a bright light or sunlight is on it and still it's not very visible. I guess I had hopes too high for this polish!

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  36. The day you posted this, I was like, OMG I NEED THISSSSS. Then Singapore doesn't have it so I went from :D to :( But then, a online store here in Singapore carries it! And I ordered immediatelyyyy!!! I should receive it soon. Thanks for the swatch!!! <3

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  37. I really like the glitter, this is so much more then black nail polish...hmmm...i still don't know aht color polishes I want for spring

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  38. I considered getting this one, but I don't think I can pull off black nail polish anymore. Instead I went with Fast Track! I didn't really like anything from this collection :(

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  39. this is by far my favorite black polish ever. I love how the blue/green glitter sparkles when it hits the light.

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  40. It really is absolutely gorgeous

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  41. can't wait to get my hands on this!

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  42. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but there was almost no sight of any kind of shimmer even in the sun. I think I'll return the bottle. Disappointed :(

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  43. I've never really liked the whole black nail polish trend but this one is definitely the prettiest one I've seen! This post makes me want to try this color out!

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