Sunday, September 16, 2012

China Glaze Fast Track

Thank you for the birthday wishes! Honestly, it was an OK day. Moving and trying to get the apartment straight messed with me and I wasn't in the frame of mind to ~celebrate myself~ in a more meaningful way that did not involve buying things (or having my BF buy me things, bless him). The night after my birthday was better. Tara and I went to the local second-run theatre and watched "Magic Mike" (which, I informed BF, was just as magical the second time); we're now 2 for 2 on Channing Tatum movies there. I hear he's got a new movie out, so we'll wait a few months for it to show up at our preferred venue. As my friend Matt says, ain't no party like a Channing Tatum party 'cause a Channing Tatum party don't stop.

I actually wore, swatched and re-homed this polish last month but never posted it -- I was preoccupied with packing for my move, job-hunting, actually moving, Family Birthday Week, more job-hunting and the general move-related flurry of activity I'm sure many of you know a thing or two about. I'm still job-hunting and as this post goes up, we should be getting our internet hooked up today, so I guess it's a good thing I saved it for a boring Sunday. (Not really boring for me. Today is Moving Day, Part II. At this point, this move is going to have more parts than the freaking "Godfather" Land Before Time. LITTLEFOOT!)

Fast Track is the fourth of my six picks from China Glaze's "Hunger Games" tie-in collection earlier this spring, and the second one that didn't wow me in the end (Smoke and Ashes was the first). This polish is supposed to represent District 6 and its principal industry, transportation. I'd read the books, but I didn't even remember what District 6's principal industry was when I saw the movie because I was so busy not being wowed by either (no shade). The thing is, you don't really know how you're going to feel about something until you try it, right?




Three coats with SV.








I wasn't sure I wanted to buy this polish at first, but after seeing it in person at Sally's in late February, I decided to go for it. Fast Track is a really stunning polish, a creamy nude base threaded with gold glass fleck particles. The base color has an element of a warm-toned mauve in it that you can glimpse in the third and fourth pictures. The glass fleck just dances in low light. It's beautiful, and my only quibble is that I would have preferred the particles to be a WEE bit smaller than they were -- when I was outdoors, I felt like I resembled a sparkly leper, or even worse ... a Cullen. Maybe it's my skin tone, I don't know, but I sure as shit wasn't having it. No way.

The formula on this one was not my favorite. It was a little thick and runny in the same way Smoke and Ashes was, and I had a few bald spots after three thin-medium coats. Some people find it sheer, and I guess I would too if I weren't a compulsive three-coater. The dry time was slower than I would have liked it to be, even using SV, though sometimes that's par for the course with runny glass flecks. I have to stress that this didn't bother me as much as the size of the glass fleck did (what is wrong with me?!?), but I'd still recommend this polish to anyone who is a glass fleck lover, or anyone looking for a neutral polish with a twist.

Fast Track is part of China Glaze's Colours from the Capitol collection based on "The Hunger Games" movie, and you might be able to find these on clearance at Sally's and Ulta at this time. It's very easy to hunt down online through Amazon, eBay, various e-tailers and even swaps. In fact, I swapped this one for a Cult Nails polish I'm super excited about.

In conclusion, Fast Track: love it, hate it, somewhere in between, or still in your untrieds? Do you find it super weird that I would be crazy in love with this polish if the glass fleck particles were smaller (is that even possible)? Did you buy "The Hunger Games" on DVD/Blu-ray last month? Like I said, I didn't care for it ... but that's cool. More for you guys.

Two more "Capitol" polishes left! Any guesses to what they might be? Stay tuned tomorrow for another coordinated nude polish post with my favorite business lady!

15 comments:

  1. LOVE this one!! It's one of those office friendly colors that still packs a punch. Sorry you didn't like it on yourself, but it's good you were able to swap it for something that you liked better. Also, can you believe I still haven't seen Magic Mike yet? What is wrong with me?!

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    1. I agree, I think this would make a fantastic office neutral ... IF YOU CAN PULL THIS DANG COLOR OFF.

      It'll be out on DVD soon. I'll be waiting for your live tweets. ;)

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  2. I liked this one when I wore it, but promptly forgot it existed until I read your post. So I guess that means I'm "meh" about it. I think it sort of dies a little on your skintone, at least in the first couple of photos. I remember it popping more on me.

    God. Smoke and Ashes was the most disappointing part of my spring. And that's saying something.

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    1. Seriously, why does my yellowness have to make EVERYTHING complicated?! Ugh. I guess that's why it means more when I find a nude shade I actually love. (Which you will see tomorrow.)

      I don't even know how to respond to that. LMAO. You had a ridiculous spring.

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  3. I am so underwhelmed by this. I don't actually own it, but every photo I've seen of it I think, "Meh." Which is weird because it's really close to Essence Irreplaceable, which is one of my Top Ten Polishes of All Time Ever. I think I like Irreplaceable better because of Beyonce Associations.

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    1. PERFECT COMMENT IS PERFECT. I think I cried laughing at the Beyonce Association. This is why I love you.

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  4. Love it, but don't have it currently! I'd have to wear it myself to see if it works with my skin tone or not. I think I have a bit more of a tan than you so it might work with me...it sort of blends in with your color so maybe that's why it didn't work for you. There's plenty more polish out there anyhow!

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    1. You're so right, girl! It DID blend in with my skin tone, and there's much more polish out there. <3

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  5. Ooh, happy belated birthday! I love this color on you. I don't have it, but I do have Essence Irreplaceable, which I'm quite fond of, despite the fact that it is sheer (4-coater). As for your other two Capitol Colours...I'm going to guess Agro & Foie Gras (or Stone Cold)?

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    1. Thanks, Naz! UGHHHH, you and Madeline are making me wish I had picked up Irreplaceable when I had the chance.

      Re: My last two Capitol Colours ... you're totally right. I won't say which of those guesses are correct, but you nailed them!

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  6. Lord of the Rings, are your nails an absolute perfection! Gorgeous swatches. I just got Fast Track in my mailbox and after seeing your swatches, I can't wait to wear it, I chose Agro for today. :)

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  7. Lord of the Rings, are your nails an absolute perfection! Gorgeous swatches. I just got Fast Track in my mailbox and after seeing your swatches, I can't wait to wear it, I chose Agro for today. :)

    PS: Sorry about the double comment, google accounts are weird.

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    1. Oh thank you! I'm sorry to be replying to this so late, but that was so nice to come back to. :) I have not tried that one yet ... I'm getting to it!

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  8. I love the way it looks in the bottle, but I didn't like how it looked on me. :/ It looks much better on you, though!

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    1. I was EXACTLY the same way. Thank you, though!

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