China Glaze + Tron Legacy = Holographics

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China Glaze + Tron Legacy = Holographics

...and I am whimpering. See, I just spent a chunk of change on Meow's holiday offerings, made several Aromaleigh orders, hit Sephora four times during the Friends and Family sale, got about half of China Glaze's holiday polishes from their Tis the Season collection, and gotten several fullsize colors from Shiro Cosmetics' Legends collection. I have Bought Quite A Lot the past few months. So when most of the focus on various nail blogs was the upcoming crackle nail polishes that China Glaze will be introducing in 2012, I breathed a sigh of relief. Well, thought I. There goes that potential temptation. I'm not at all interested in crackle polishes.

And then, Mary of Body and Soul Beauty alerted us to an ad she saw...for a new collection of holographic polishes from China Glaze. HOLOGRAPHICS. Twelve of them, as a matter of fact.

Update 12/20/2010: These twelve holographic polishes will be for a limited time at BSG (Jan/Feb 2011) and Sally's Beauty (March/April 2011).

Mind that puddle of drool and tears on the floor.

Update January 2010: according to photos from Makeupalley, these colors are the exact same shades from the OMG collection, but with the sparser holographic effects found in the Kaleidescope collection. So it looks like I won't be getting these polishes...and judging from many of the replies to that MUA post, neither will many other nail polish addicts. Here's hoping that in another two years, China Glaze does another swapabout and puts the base colors from Kaleidescope with the rainbow/oilslick holographic density in the OMG polishes.

I've purchased duochromes and holographics from a few diffferent nail polish manufacturers - and in my experience, China Glaze makes the best holographics. They apply smoothly, they're a marvel of rainbow multifaceted goodness, seamlessly patching little dents and dings is easy as pie (which is good, since any top coat that I've tried using on a holographic polish...mutes the holographic effects), the OMG collection polishes are thick enough to make some absolutely gorgeous nail stamping polishes, and just...yay. Yum. So.

Based on the name, and the slate of upcoming releases at the multiplex, I'm guessing China Glaze timed this collection's release to synch up with Tron Legacy, which is hitting theaters in the US this weekend. (I'm guessing based on the name. I could be wrong. But I know how companies think: anything that can provide them a boost in sales, they'll take...provided it doesn't link them with something repugnant. Unless that company is Rodarte. But I digress.) I loved the original Tron in a geeky kind of way, because even though it was primitive-ish SFX-wise even by the standards of its time...it was hella cool, with references to early videogaming culture, 80s-era computer geeks and whizkids, slams at bureaucratic greed and fanatical devotion to standards (instead of to the ideals those standards were supposed to uphold)...and lightcycles. (I wanted a lightcycle for my first car.) I haven't been fervently looking forward to any kind of sequel, and I don't know that I'll go to see the sequel - I'm a bit dubious about Disney's ability to recapture what endeared Tron to so many of us. But dang, I can already see where these holographic polishes will find a home in my collection!

Quoting from Body and Soul Beauty, which reprinted this ad copy from the January issue of NailPro Magazine:

Futuristic and edgy, the China Glaze Tronica Specialty Collection is a holographic 3D selection of evolutionary and fun nail colors. These 12 colors are fashion forward, high-tech, bold, sleek and sure to change the face of the nail world! With names such as "Hyper Haute" and "Gamer Glam", China Glaze combines the two worlds of innovative technology and high fashion color to create a collection that is sure to stimulate all the senses.

I don't love the names; but they're not nearly as odd or forced-sounding as some other companys' naming conventions for their products. I do hope that these holographics are closer to the OMG collection than to the Kaleidescope collection (I just like the OMG colors a bit better because they're more opaque, and the holographic effects seem more pronounced. Both have their attractiveness, though - you can't use the OMG polishes as a top coat of any kind, like you can with the Kaleidescope colors.) There are twelve colors in this collection. I may -=not=- get two or three, but I'll probably get most of them.

My wallet can just keep on whimpering. When these do come out, I plan to snap them up!

Edit to add: the China Glaze blog posted a release, and listed the polish names:

  • 3D Fantasy — peachy pink holographic
  • Cyberspace — taupe holographic
  • Digital Dawn — dusty rose holographic
  • Electra Magnenta — magenta holographic
  • Gamer Glam — purple holographic
  • High Def — blue holographic
  • Hologram — silver holographic
  • Hyper Haute — rasberry holographic
  • Laser Lime — lime green holographic
  • Mega Bite — gold holographic
  • Techno Teal — turquoise holographic
  • Virtual Violet — violet holographic

(Image credit: Body and Soul Beauty, scanned from an ad in the January issue of NailPro magazine. Hosted on my server, re-used with permission. Thanks, Mary!)

Update January 2010: according to photos from Makeupalley, these colors are the exact same shades from the OMG collection, but with the sparser holographic effects found in the Kaleidescope collection. So it looks like I won't be getting these anyway. Here's hoping that in another two years, China Glaze does another swapabout and puts the base colors from Kaleidescope with the rainbow/oilslick holographic density in the OMG polishes.

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