Like a lot of other people, I practically died when I heard that China Glaze was coming out with an all duochrome collection in the fall. I had every single one with the exception of one of the colors on my wishlist (cough cough, enough with the chanel peridot dupes, cough cough). I waited for swatches to come out on blogs like Scrangie and Vampy Varnish. And eventually, I saw the collection for myself. I was at Ulta a few weeks ago and finally found a display that was completely picked over. Luckily every color was still available, even though there was only 1 bottle of each color. After looking at every color I ended up picking up only 1 out of the 6 and already I realize that I share the same opinion of a lot of other bloggers.
China Glaze “No Plain Jane” is a purple and beige duochrome. I was going to call the beige color more of a gold, but the color is too muted. On the nail, the duochrome doesn’t show up almost at all. I managed to try to capture a little bit of the color change on the picture on the right, near the cuticles of every nail, but it isn’t noticeable in real life at all. Every blog I’ve read that has reviewed this polish has said the same thing about this polish, that they wished the duochrome showed up more. I feel exactly the same way. A purple beige duochrome is so unique but when you don’t get any color change it turns into any other bright purple.
The formula is also a little bit streaky as well. Its the most obvious in first picture on the left. It isn’t an awful streaky mess but I do notice some streaks and I had to make a little bit of an effort during application to ensure that the lines were that noticeable. Besides from the disappointing color shift and the streaky formula, the actual polish has really good pigmentation. This was 2 coats and I honestly thought I was going to need 3 after applying the first coat. The polish consistency was also really thin and a little watery, but it wasn’t hard to control. Since it was thin, it dried quickly. Overall, I wasn’t too happy with this polish. I wish the color shift was a lot more noticeable and vibrant, because I’m not the biggest fan of this finish without a strong color change.
What do you guys think? Do you have any of the other colors from the collection? Have you tried this polish yet?