China Glaze: For Audrey

July 16, 2011

Last week, I went into a Sally Beauty for a job application… and came out with said application, three (on sale, plus a buy-2-get-1 deal) nail polishes, and a membership card.
This week, I went back in and bought China Glaze’s For Audrey, and I am enamored with it.

for audrey 3

For Audrey is a perfect robin’s egg blue with a gorgeous creamy finish. I can definitely see why this polish is considered something of a classic. It is also a two-coater!
The only nail in this picture which has three is my top nail (which I accidentally chipped before top coat application), and all of my nails have a Sinful Colors top coat. On my right hand, I did do three coats on every finger; I traditionally find it much more difficult to paint that hand.
That said, can you see the difference in these pictures between the nails with two coats and the nail with three?

for audrey 1

Except for a dent where the chip was, I can’t!
Fantastic, lovely polish.

Last week I wore OPI’s Mermaid’s Tears.

OPI Mermaid's Tears

Mermaid’s Tears is a dusty teal, and it is quite lovely. I had some application issues – bubbling, etc – but I applied it to my toenails for this week, and it was fine. I think that it was just a bad mani (which is why I did not post it last week!).
So, if Mermaid’s Tears is lovely and in my color family, I am must adore it, right? Sadly, no dice. I will be keeping it, as it coordinates with a lot of my clothing, but it is not currently on my list of favorites. Out of this OPI collection, Stranger Tides remains my preferred shade.
That said, I am liking it even better on my toes than on my fingers!

CG & OPI

This week, I am also wearing China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint.
Sarah mentioned, after I showed her Mermaid’s Tears, that it looked like a grown-up relative of Sally Hansen’s Mint Sorbet. Since Re-Fresh Mint and Mint Sorbet looked comparable, I wanted to see Mermaid’s Tears side-by-side with Re-Fresh Mint. The result? I agree! I think that, used together, they could make a stunning mani.
Re-Fresh Mint has a special place in my collection: it was my first non-drugstore polish, and it is one of my favorites. I was going to say that it was a pastel mint green, but in these pictures, that’s not quite right! After looking at my first batch, I was convinced that the color was inaccurate, only to go outside and realize, while taking more pictures, that it actually does have more blue tones in some lights.

Re-Fresh Mint inside:

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint

Re-Fresh Mint outside:

CG Re-Fresh Mint

And, yes, it is nicked. Blame me – or, better yet, blame finals week!
Both polishes are shown in three coats with a Sinful Colors topcoat.