Sunday, May 8, 2011

China Glaze Gamer Glam and stupid USPS

I had my Mom choose my polish today and she picked Gamer Glam. She likes it to match my outfit (which I generally don't care about), so she had to know what I was wearing first lol.
I was initially planning on doing a dotted nail, but I had just bought dotting tools online and they haven't arrived yet. Oddly enough, they were in Shrewsbury, MA at 1 something in the morning... But then, 17 hours later they were in Nashua, NH. Let me point out that I live in CT. So in 17 hours, my package, which initially came from GA, went even MORE north than I live. I've tracked packages that go to Shrewsbury, but then they come to CT. Not New Hampshire. Even better, they then backtracked all the way to Wallingford, CT... and THEN, it will be partially backtracking AGAIN to get to where I live. Just because this is so astounding to me, let me show you a map (courtesy of Google) of all the destinations my package will have hit prior to getting to my house:

The path of travel is in order:
A - Shrewsbury, MA
B - Nashua, NH
C - Wallingford, CT
D - Where I live
The darker blue lines are because it had to travel back over the same route it already took. I really don't understand why the heck it went to New Hampshire, only to travel back the EXACT same route to get to Wallingford. Why didn't it just go straight from A to D? Ridiculous...

Anyway, onto Gamer Glam
Click the photos to enlarge them to see how much more gorgeous they really look!!

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

Not in sunlight:




Close-up
China Glaze Gamer Glam Tronica Swatch

2 coats Gamer Glam
1 coat Poshe

Gamer Glam is part of China Glaze's Tronica collection. There was a lot of pre-hype about this collection with very high hopes that it would be similar to their OMG or Kaleidoscope collections. OMG polishes are more of true linears, and Kaleidoscope polishes are a weird mix of linear and scattered holo. Ultimately, I think many people who anticipated this collection ended up being disappointed. The Tronica collection is not a linear holo collection. They are scattered holo. With that, I'm going to describe the polish to those standards, and not go on about how it's "disappointing" that it's not a linear holo.
For brief clarification on linear vs. scattered holos, I only have 2 (at the moment) linear holos from the OMG collection and NO polishes from the Kaleidoscope collection, so I suggest referring to this post by My Simple Little Pleasures. She does a great comparison of the collections. Linear holos make the entire nail look like one solid rainbow of color. Scattered holos are little speckles of rainbow holo all over the nail. I hope that makes sense.

Now, Gamer Glam. This is a light purple scattered holo. Typically with holos, you should use a specific made base coat for holos, or use a matte base coat. I got through about 3 nails and realized I did not use either of those things, so I'm just using a regular base coat. For what it is (a scattered holo), I think this is a lovely polish. Easy to apply, beautifully opaque with 2 coats, and no problems. Like all holos, sunlight is needed to get the full effect. However, indoors it has a very subtle holo effect that makes the polish look almost 3D. It's a very interesting finish that does not look glittery or shimmery. It's like a holo suede polish with a shiny top coat. Despite it not being linear, it's a great polish with a different quality. I do not recommend wearing this on a non-sunny day, though. Just because all holos need that sunlight to be fully gorgeous!!

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