China Glaze’s Swanky Silk review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: part of the Bohemian Luster collection
  • Description: metallic pale green-bronze with pale coppery-rose duochrome shimmer
  • Cost/Amount: USD$10 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes

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China Glaze’s Swanky Silk

If my description of the color sounds confused…that's because there's a lot going on with this color! The main color appears to be a pale bronze-gold with green reflective lights, that shades toward rose-bronze at the edges. The texture is a slightly roughened metallic shimmer. The roughening adds a little visual texture and helps distract from the very faint brushstrokes that this polish can show. The formula is fairly average for China Glaze polishes, which means that it should be easy enough to use as a stamping shade! Overall, it's an interesting aged-but-not-tarnished gold-metal color. I look forward to seeing this as a nail stamp over a deep dark red, a black, or a brown.

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 Swanky Silk Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of China Glaze's Swanky Silk

When I first saw the promo pics for this shade, it looked like it would be more of a rose fading to gold at the edges. The copper-rose is present, but it seems a little less intense than the promo pics suggest. I like that there are more colors present in here - the greenish-bronze-gold on the edges is an interesting counterpoint. I like the formula, though I do wish it was just a tiny bit better in terms of spreadability. Then it wouldn't show any brushstrokes at all!!

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