China Glaze’s Midnight Mission review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: originally released in July 2010 as part of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen collection
  • Description: dark navy blue with blue glass fleck
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
  • Similar shades: Essie's Starry Starry Night

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 Midnight Mission

When the promo pics for the Vintage Vixen collections hit the beauty- and nail-blogs, I almost immediately rejected the idea of buying Midnight Mission: not because it wasn't pretty, but because I'm more a fan of browns, oranges, reds, and golds…and because I have some lovely navy polishes already. So why add another navy, however lovely-looking, to the stash?

It all seemed rather well thought out. And then I placed a second order for some polishes that I'd missed from this collection, my first order out…and decided, what the hell. Midnight Mission, come on down!!<p>Midnight Mission isn't a frost or a glass-fleck, it's a glitter. But it's a sparser glitter than some other glitter polishes - so there isn't as much effort required when you finally do want to remove it. One coat gave me good color, no streaks or thin spots. I put on two coats, and while it deepened the color a bit, it wasn't a dramatic increase in color depth. (That tells you how well that first coat went on!!) After the annoying disaster that was Borghese's La Scala Rose, which showed significant tip wear after less than 24 hours, seeing how easily this applied and how well it lasted has really impressed me. I'm glad I did decide to get this color, even though I do have other navies: the silver microglitter means that this is definitely different, the China Glaze formula means that it will actually strengthen my nails a tiny bit (thank you, kaolin clay), and the application was amazingly smooth, easy, and hassle-free.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of China Glaze's Midnight Mission Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of China Glaze's Midnight Mission

Both photos are taken with indoor lighting and flash…because I live in Seattle, and it's fall, and yesterday was sunny and pleasant, so we've used up our quota of non-overcast days until winter (when we get one more).

If you've been on the fence about this color…get it. (I've read on some other blogs that this is a close cousin to a much-desired color called “Starry Starry Night” - so if you're a nail polish collector, there's another reason to get a bottle or two of this shade.)

These colors are available at the usual online etailers; but just recently they've also appeared at Ulta (who is currently running a buy-1-get-1-half-off promotion on all China Glaze polishes, and has a $3.50-off coupon for online orders over $10.)

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