China Glaze Groupies 6-Piece Mini Set Swatches + Review

China Glaze always slays the fall nail game, so I def didn't hesitate clicking add to cart when I saw their fall 2016 Groupies 6PC Mini Set at ULTA. The throwback grunge meets Almost Famous band-aids vibe is so relevant for the current revival of 90s fashion; while capturing those fall feels perfectly. Truth: this is probably my favorite polish collection of 2016 - see why below!

Heroine Chic is Shimmery Red Flecks in a Chocolate Charcoal Shimmery Jelly Base. Ring the alarm babes cause this shade is on fire! In the bottle Heroine Chic looks like it could be a duochrome, or just a run of the mill glitter infusion, then you apply it to the nail and it's like: Yaaaasss bb give me all of that grunge goodness! The color combo here makes me think of smoke and fire or The Hunger Games; but it's also pure bliss for autumn into winter. The base here is thin, but levels out and reaches opacity in a couple of coats; however, it retains a teeny tiny bit of streakiness - nothing that top coat doesn't cover-up. And you will need top coat, because that's what brings those gawgeous shimmery red flecks out to play! This is 2 coats.

Y'all Red-y For This? is a Classic Red with Fiery Shimmer. This girl is on firrrre! Admittedly, reds do v little for me, because they don't feel unique, and I simply don't feel myself when wearing them on my nails {don't ask me why}. That said, a lot of you lovelies will dig Y'all Red-y For This? because it checks off those classic, sassy boxes; would look dynamite for holiday gatherings; and falls into that rare OCW category. Fab, yes? The pigmentation here is insane! And while Y'all Red-y For This? will try to have a private tête-à-tête with your cuticles, the overall formula is fantastic! This is 2 coats.

Purple Fiction is a Royal Purple Metallic with Red and Blue Microshimmer. Don't get me wrong, I love Purple Fiction more than I anticipated; but the problem is that once you've seen one purple metallic, you've seen them all - they just don't feel that special/unique. Nevertheless, Purple Fiction holds its own due to that glorious lit from within glow, and supercalifragifab formula which falls juuust shy of being a OCW. This is 2 coats.

Don't Mesh With Me is a Lavender Shimmer with Deep Purple Microglitter. I'm not sure if Don't Mesh With Me reminds me more of Cinderella's glass slippers or Tinkerbell's Pixie Dust but either way I l-o-v-e it! Generally speaking, this is supposed to be worn as a top coat over another color, but since I'm never really a fan of that look, I decided to just go for a glitter bomb mani. This one is super sheer {as top coats tend to be}, so I really had to pile it on to gain opacity; but the formula was such a breeze to work with, and so fast-drying that I didn't mind. My only qualm is the tipwear that appeared just minutes after application. For that reason, it really doesn't work as anything other than a top coat. Womp womp. This is 5 coats.

Blue-Ya! is a Blue Sapphire Jelly with Blue and Green Metallic Shimmer Flecks. Hellloooo gorgeous! Blues always capture my heart, but Blue-Ya! takes that love to a whole other level due to those yummy blue and green metallic shimmer flecks that give off all of the Ariel vibes. Formula here is flawless. One coat, two coat, top coat, go! This one does leave a bit of staining around the cuticles, but an extra run of nail polish remover essentially takes it all off. This is 2 coats.

Teen Spirit is a Deep Blue Black with Metallic Blue Flecks. Clearly I saved one of the best for last, because Teen Spirit is, hands down, the pièce de résistance of this 6-piece {at least IMO}. The colors just pop, and leave such an impression. Kurt Cobain would be proud. Formula here is flawless - super easy to work with, and amazingly opaque in seconds. What's so awesome about Teen Spirit is that it doesn't stain nails or cuticles, and it removes as easily as a creme {despite those metallic fleckies}. Again, remember the top coat to really bring out those metallic flecks. This is 1 1/2 coats.


PRICE: $15.00 for the 6PC Mini Set; or $7.50 per each full-size bottle.




ellie said...

Looks like so great colors for those fall party-times coming up. I have not been a big fan of China Glaze in the past, due to lots of coats and not lasting too long, but I might have to give them a try soon.

ivy said...

Loved the review. The blue is my favorite!

Unknown said...

Ooh so many gorgeous and fall ready shades, my favourites are Teen Spirit, Blue-Ya! and Heroine Chic! xx

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing shades for fall!
Love the red!


The Fashion Folks said...

Definitely feeling the 90s, but also thought of the holidays! Hahah perhaps because I love Christmas. Nevertheless, they're all so good! Xx


www.janetteria.com said...

Brilliant colors!

Kashayas said...

Teen spirit looks so gorgeous

FashionJazz said...

They all so great babes, dont know which one to choose :) xx


Shooting Stars Mag said...

I LOVE the dark purple and the Blue-Ya colors!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Blue-Ya! is gorgeous!

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