China Glaze’s Anchors Away collection review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: beginning January 2011 through etailers and retailers
  • Description: 12 nail colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6 for one .15 oz / .5 gram bottle
  • Would you purchase again: yes

NOTE 03/25/2013: I will no longer be purchasing or reviewing any new China Glaze products, aside from the two that I have in the publishing queue. All previously-published posts will remain up. Info & links of interest

China Glaze’s Anchors Away collection

Like many China Glaze collections, this one was divided into two subgroups: the brighter primaries (Knotty Nauticals), and the softer pastels (Sand and Sea). When this collection was originally announced, I had my eyes on Lighthouse, Sea Spray, Sunset Sail, and Knotty. I wanted a golden-yellow for stamping, and saw the perfect shade in Lighthouse. Then the descriptions appeared on beauty blogs…and Lighthouse was described as a glass fleck. Gorgeous color, but not really all that usable for nail stamping!! I dropped Lighthouse and added Starboard to my list. Then the swatches hit beauty blogs, and I rearranged the list -=again=-! I ended up getting Below Deck, even though I hadn’t ever seen or lusted after Channelesque, because I liked the color. I decided to add Pelican Grey bcause I didn’t have a good pale grey nail stamping polish, and First Mate because it was a navy that didn’t almost appear black in certain lights - good for manicures and nail stamping. I went back and forth on Knotty, because I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted it after I saw the swatches. It looked semisheer, and I really wanted a beige polish with gold shimmer (similar to Sally Hansen’s Fedora, but with a better formula.)

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China Glaze’s Anchors Away collection

This collection contained:

Knotty Nauticals

  • Ahoy — fuchsia-pink glass fleck shimmer (similar base color as Zoya's Happi)
  • First Mate — medium navy blue creme
  • Hey Sailor — warm red creme
  • Life Preserver — orange-red creme
  • Lighthouse — golden yellow glass fleck shimmer
  • Starboard — medium emerald-green creme

Sea and Sand

  • Below Deck — taupe-violet creme (the much-anticipated Channelesque dupe)
  • Knotty — beige microglitter
  • Pelican Gray — cool grey high-shine creme (same as Zoya's Dove)
  • Sea Spray — pale greyed blue creme
  • Sunset Sail — peach-pink high-shine creme
  • White Cap — semisheer white microglitter (similar to Frosty from the Tis the Season collection)

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