I'm still sick, so before I bombard you with my picks from China Glaze Spring 2014, let me throw back with a quick swatch from China Glaze Spring 2013. Half of Avant Garden lived up to its name; the other half did not. I know some people did not like Dandy Lyin' Around (*cough* Steff) while other gals were very pleased about how good this was "for a white."
Pics first, and then I'll spill my $0.02 on this polish.
Four coats with SV.
Ladies, I cannot lie to you. I REALLY liked this polish. It was, in my experience, absolutely "pretty good for a white." It's a softer off-white rather than a blinding Wite-Out white, if that makes any sense. And the shimmer is really nice. Bonus points for successful execution of its namesake. Gotta love that.
Continuing the whole truthiness angle, this polish was a *royal* PITA to apply, so I guess what I really liked about it was how it looked. No, it was not because of the formula, which truly was "pretty good for a white." The culprit was the brush on my bottle. It splayed out and several brush hairs had UNEVEN LENGTHS. Brush surgery is not my forte, so I did what I could and went to work. It was a bitch, but this was nice and opaque in three coats. I don't know why I used a fourth. I'm sure I had a reason, but I swatched this polish at least two weeks ago, so I don't remember any more. Dry time was surprisingly decent with SV. I removed this immediately after getting pictures because there was a snafu in which this polish spilled all over my mom's desktop keyboard while I was trying to polish my right hand. After getting most of it off the keyboard I was like, "OMG fuck this" and made myself some lunch. /csb
Dandy Lyin' Around was from last year's Avant Garden collection, which I believe you should be able to find at some beauty supplies. It's also readily available online. If you hunt it down, I really hope your brush isn't as jankity as mine was! Other than that, I like this polish, but I know a lot of you won't; I also admit that I find at least three coats par for the course when it comes to uber-pastels and whites, so I don't understand it when people clamor for two-coaters. It is just never going to happen.
But yeah. Pretty good for a white.
Thanks for reading! I'm not sure if I'll be back again before this week is over, but I hope this stupid cold?/flu?/whatever goes away soon so I can get back into the swing of things. I'm glad I had these swatches saved juuuuuuuuust in case, but I miss the routine. It's crazy how stopping something for one week throws you off your game (which is not specific to blogging). Anyway, you'll see one more Avant Garden soon -- just drop me a comment to let me know if you would rather see that polish or a City Flourish one first! Thanks. :)