Last week, I shared my first pick from my winter stash swap with my gal Courtney. That was an easy choice! My second one, though, kind of threw me for a loop. I confess I entertained the idea of a Lippmann glitter (I KNOW RIGHT) but in my search for ETF neutral staple colors, decided to poke around and see if Courtney had just the thing. Sure enough, her description of Swing Baby got me thinking perhaps I too could look into a sparkly alternative to a neutral shade.
Also, this polish looks fantastic on a variety of skin tones across the Web. I've never seen this polish look bad on anyone, now including me; see it on Courtney here.
Three coats with Essie Good to Go.
The official China Glaze description of this polish is "taupe frost with silver microglitter." Is it really? I've tagged Swing Baby under "metallic" and "foil." Tomato, tomahto. The foily microglitter is silver, yes, but to me, the base color is a champagne gold. IMO, the foil finish is what makes this polish, otherwise if it were a frost or even a metallic chrome, it would be boring and I wouldn't feel as strongly about it as I do.
At first I thought this would be a good dupe for OPI Designer... De Better! Well, it's close, but at the same time, it's not! The China Glaze is overall warmer in color and depth than the OPI, which has more silver in the base and gets a pinch of warmth from its red specks of glitter. If you missed out on the OPI, I really think you could make yourself happy with this one. I don't have any bottle comp pictures because I couldn't take one that was good enough, but trust. Not really dupes.
I ended up using Essie GtG because it worked so well when I used it on another China Glaze foil, Midnight Kiss, that I thought it would work its magic again. It did, quickly and smoothly. No bumpiness or grittiness for me! The formula was wonderful to boot.
Swing Baby was from China Glaze's Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen collection; it recently became a core China Glaze polish at Sally's, where you can scoop it up if you need more instant gratification than e-tailers can give you. I have --gulp-- four others from this collection that I haven't worn yet and I hope to show you two of them next month. (Backlog, thy name is Rachel.) They're pretty epic, and if this polish is indicative of how much I may end up liking Vintage Vixen, then ... uncle.
Also, Swing Baby made me think of this. ROFLCOPTER:
I haven't seen this in FOREVERRRRRR. The last time I saw this, I was all about "ER" and Noah Wyle and while Christian Bale brought it, he was not nearly old enough for me to think about. (Mostly because I also was all about then-"ER" alum George Clooney, who WAS old enough.) This is so going on my Netflix queue for a rainy day, though I imagine I'd probably cringe at this movie now.
Final verdict on Swing Baby? I love it. I need it. I wants it. I DIE.
Snaps to Courtney for kindly letting me borrow this polish, even if it took me far too long to use it!!! There's one more polish left from our stash swap that I've been saving for last because I wanted to make sure I run a good wear test on it. It's also the one I'm most excited for, strangely enough. No, it is not a purple creme, but it is purple and it is awesome!
EDIT: Swing Baby is now officially a surprise favorite, which means this .gif is back: