The China Glaze Capitol Colours – The Hunger Games – collection must be one of the most anticipated collections from China Glaze this year. The books enthuse readers all around the globe and the screen adaption of the first Hunger Games book The Hunger Games is about to start at movie theaters. Today I have swatches of Smoke and Ashes – one of the in my opinion most popular colors of Capitol Colours and it contains one of my favorite nail polish ingredients: glass flecks. ♥
In theory I must be head over heels in love with Smoke and Ashes. And theoretically I am. There are just these doubts that Smoke and Ashes has – even though it looks gorgeous – more potential.
Smoke and Ashes‘ black base is full of blue (hello Blk-Bila-Bong) and green (hai Glittering Garland) glass flecks which could not be better ingredients for a black glass fleck nail polish. But somehow when I looked at my nails while wearing Smoke and Ashes and then looking at the omnipresence of the glass flecks in the bottle I felt a bit disappointed. Not much because the blue and green glass flecks still look gorgeous on the nails but I wish they would have been even more visible. In some lighting they were much less visible than in the pictures.
The feeling that the glass flecks could or even should have been more visible enhanced when I removed Smoke and Ashes from my nails. Removing Smoke and Ashes was almost like removing a glitter nail polish. Once the black base was dissolved by the nail polish remover I had a thick coat of glass flecks on my nails. If the black base would have been a little less opaque Smoke and Ashes.. oooh the possibilities. It could have been the best black glass fleck China Glaze has ever released. Now due to its in my opinion a bit too opaque black base it ranks behind Blk-Bila-Bong and Glittering Garland.
Smoke and Ashes is still a gorgeous nail polish and a must have for glass fleck lovers though. It just could have been even more stunning than it already is.
The second Capitol Colours (The Hunger Games) nail polish I got a sample from is Hook and Line. I must confess I haven’t swatched it yet because I am a little afraid of its frost finish. I am not a huge fan of frosts and it does look like a frost fest in the bottle.
There are many more gorgeous nail polishes in the Capitol Colours collections and I have purchased Agro, Harvest Moon, Luxe and Lush and Riveting and I hope they will arrive soon. I can’t wait to wear Riveting! ♥
Have you purchased something from the Capitol Colours (The Hunger Games) collection yet and if yes which colors?
Thanks for looking and have a great week! ♥