Entries for Tuesday June 19
China Glaze’s Colors from the Capitol collection
- Manufacturer: China Glaze
- Availability: beginning spring 2012 from etailers and retailers
- Contains: 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
Originally this was going to be called “Capitol Colors” Pictures of the proposed shades began showing up on the Internet. Then came The Drama. The studio behind the film tried to deny involvement with any such collection, China Glaze’s parent company American International Industries sued them for breach of contract, there was much fingerpointing from all sides…the upshot is that the Capitol Colors collection, which was originally going to be themed just around the Capitol City with its wild fashions and makeup…changed names, changed themes, but kept the same colors.
Clear as mud?
I believe that I am among the ten percent of people in the combined first-world countries who read these books and was not thrilled. If I had read them at age 13 or 14, I would have had a bit more appreciation for them. They were enjoyable enough, but I won’t be reading them ever again. And no, I am not seeing the movie in theaters. (That time and money is saved for Prometheus, my IMATS trip, and the final movie of the Nolan/Bale Batman trilogy.) Some of the colors did look kind of interesting, even if the collection as a whole didn’t inspire the instant need to OWNALLTHETHINGS.
Shiro Cosmetics’ Tributes collection
- Manufacturer: Shiro Cosmetics
- Availability: beginning late January 2012 from the webstore
- Contains: 12 eye colors
- Cost/Amount: USD$5.00 for 2 gram shadows, $3.50 for 1 gram, $1 for a 1/4 teaspoon sample
- Would you purchase again: yes
Shiro’s collections tend to cover a good color range, even if they stick with a tone (brights, greyed, softer…) This collection doesn’t stick with one of those themes, so much. There aren’t many “light” colors, though Baker’s Boy and Wildflowers do come close. (Going solely on the photos, I think Wildflowers might be a near-substitute for the now-discontinued Clefairy and Vileplume. Hopefully it won’t meet a similar fate.) There are a few metallics, some blackened shades…a good mixture. Most are shimmer finish. I’m not sure why Shiro doesn’t produce more pearl shades - the Kawaii shadows had good color payoff, and were pearl/satin finish - but that might be helpful for people who feel prefer to minimize the sparkle and shimmer. About half the colors are lip-safe; and Caitlin’s marked each shade as lip-safe or not - so no guessing, no needing to contact her and ask.
My early favorites from this collection were Cornucopia, Huntress, and Unforgettable. I did end up getting Ever In Your Favor, though that was one of the colors that I almost immediately marked as “probably not.” (Weird how I do that almost all the time…) I haven’t even tried a sample of Remake - the color just looks like it will be a bit too yellow to look good with my coloring, though the purple sparkle looks like an interesting counterpoint.