Last week, I got a little overwhelmed trying to choose an old China Glaze fall polish to wear because they're all fantastic, so I did what I usually do: I had Madeline choose one for me. Since she's really feeling vampy shimmers -- at least, that was the case last week -- this polish from the 2013 Autumn Nights collection was her pick. I call the Autumn Nights collection "Vintage Vixen, Part II" because that's essentially what it is. I haven't worn a vampy shimmer in forever and ohmygod, the jewel tone-ness of it all ... I'm into it.
Three coats with SV.
That "lit from within" glow, DAAAAAAAAAYUM GIRL. It's so much prettier than my pictures show, I promise. To my eye, Tongue & Chic leans closer to the blue side of teal -- it actually reminds me of a flower girl dress I wore when I was 8. (I wish I had a picture of that dress. You would never believe it was made by hand and not bought in a store -- my friend's lola was an amazing seamstress!) Anyway, I have so much appreciation for a blackened shimmer that isn't *too* black; from far away, you can see that this polish is quite teal. It's not a dupe for China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald, which is more green and contains comparatively larger shimmer particles. My bottle of EF lives with Anna now, but I think this color suits me better because I feel like it's a little brighter.
Tongue & Chic was incredibly easy to apply! I'm echoing all the other bloggers out there who say that you can get this opaque in ONE coat if you're careful, but I did three out of habit. (Plus, you never know how things are going to photograph.) The formula is nice and thick and won't pool or flood as long as you wait a minute between coats, which brings me to say that this does dry pretty fast even before top coat. I like to give polish some time, though, because I'm super paranoid. Dry time was so, so quick with SV and I wore this for four days with no chips and minimal tip wear; I would have wrapped my tips, but I'd trimmed my nails down too far to wrap them before I put this on. BTW, when you remove this, make sure you've (1) put on double basecoat beforehand, and (2) have some Orly Cutique on you, because it might be stainy.
Oh, almost forgot one more thing about the formula, and that's that it totally smells like blue. (I think I need to make "smells like blue" a new tag on this blog.) On a scale of "mild" to SH XW Pacific Blue ... nah, I'm just kidding. ;) But that smell is definitely there, so if you hate it, you've been warned!
I don't think Tongue & Chic is a core retail China Glaze, but you'd easily find it online or at a beauty supply/dusty with an extensive ChG display for less than $5. If you like vampy, blackened shimmers, I heartily recommend it! I usually like my shimmers to be significantly more "WHAM POW HELLO THAT'S BRIGHT AF" but there's something to be said for blackened shimmers, especially when China Glaze makes so many good ones.
What do you gals think of Tongue & Chic? Do you prefer blackened shimmers or brighter ones? Should I blog more fall jewel tone polishes? More of my Autumn Nights/VV, Part II stash???? You should leave a comment with a suggestion, and then Madeline can pick out another one for us. ;)
Thanks for reading! Hoping I can get another post up before the end of the week. But seriously, tell me what to wear. The indecision is so real.