China Glaze Anchors Away Spring 2011 Swatches & Review – Part I

Happy Tuesday!

As you have probably already heard, China Glaze has a new twelve piece collection for spring 2011 called Anchors Away.

This collection underwhelmed me a bit, to be completely honest. There is no single color in it that made me extremely excited, most were just “nice”. I’m not sure why, but it is what it is. ;)

Today I have part I for ya, check them out.

Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail is a light peach with subtle silver shimmer. I thought it was going to be a lot more sheer than it wound up being, but I did use three coats. I actually like it more than I initially anticipated on me also.

White Cap

White Cap is a very pale white with lots of yellow/gold shimmer. This was ok, just too sheer for me even after three coats.


Knotty is a light warm brown sugar type color with silvery shimmer. This one doesn’t work on my skin tone at all because it’s too orange/yellow for me. This is three coats.

Pelican Gray

Pelican Gray is a pale blueish gray with silver shimmer. This was one of my favorite ones, but it’s still not all that unique to me. This was three coats.

Sea Spray

Sea Spray is a light blue with silver/blue shimmer. Another one I liked but didn’t seem very unique. Three coats.

Below Deck

Below Deck is a dusky purple/taupe creme and it’s very pretty and interesting. I do think it’s quite similar to Sephora by OPI Metro Chic though (from what I can remember). This was two coats.

Stay tuned for part II soon!



  • January 18, 2011

    I had been very interested in all of these colors. But I am underwhelmed about your reports of sheerness. That is a shame.
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  • January 18, 2011

    Yeah, I know what you mean… They feel uninspired!

  • January 18, 2011

    Pretty colors, but the only one that I feel like I need to get is Sea Spray

  • January 18, 2011

    Sunset Sail and Sea Spray are my faves! I also noticed an recurring theme in all the new Spring colors- the pale shades and then the bright blues, pinks and greens. A lot of the new collections seem repetitive.

  • January 18, 2011

    I’m loving Sea Spray!
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  • January 18, 2011

    I really like this collection, but it’s not on my Must Have It Now list like Zoya’s spring collection was. I am a little upset that Knotty didn’t work on you – our skin tones are pretty similar, and I had been looking forward to that one. :(

  • January 18, 2011

    Sea Spray is just Essie Sag Harbor all over again. I was “meh” about this collection too, but Sea Spray was the only one that caught my eye…then I realized why. I have Sag Harbor! LOL
    I did pick up Ahoy though, I have a hard time resisting ChG’s Glass Fleck polishes. :)
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  • January 18, 2011
    Anastasia Thompson

    Thanks for these!! You are right that they are not very exciting … but three if them are great replacements for some I already have and cannot find any more!! Happy to see these!

  • January 18, 2011

    my sister picked up sea spray and ahoy from cosmoprof for me… and i was insanely disappointed in how sea spray went on it was all streaky and hard to even out i played with it for a bit and figured out how to apply it but still it isn’t the quality I normally expect from china glaze

  • January 18, 2011

    Pretty ‘eh’, I do like Below Deck though. I’ve been wearing a lot of colors with that same tone.

  • January 18, 2011

    I love the collection, I´ve already ordered half of it. Of these I want Sea Spray and Pelican Gray. Do you think Pelican Gray is similar to Zoya Dove? I love both but I don´t want to get duplicates. Maybe you can do a comparision?

    • January 18, 2011

      I’ve been wanting someone to do a head to head comp of the two, but no luck yet.

  • January 18, 2011

    White Cap and Below Deck are my favourites from the ones you’ve swatched. Gotta give it up to China Glaze for providing a diverse range of colors in one collection (even if they’re not completely original).
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  • January 18, 2011

    This collection didn’t do much for me either. I only liked 3 shades. I’m waiting for Tronica.
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  • January 18, 2011

    Sunset Sail and White Cap are pretty!
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  • January 18, 2011

    I’m using White Cap the same way I use CND Effects – to tweak other polishes by adjusting the overall color. For that purpose, White Cap is a good buy; it’s less expensive than Effects.

  • January 18, 2011

    Thanks for the swatches… I want to get sea spray and pelican gray. I like the others but I’m just not feeling them!

  • January 18, 2011

    I like Sunset Sail, Sea Spray and Below Deck. Yeah China Glaze nail polishes can be hit or miss. What is part 2?

    • January 18, 2011

      Hi Kimberlee,

      The other 6 in the collection.

  • January 18, 2011

    I just got the few I ordered in the mail today. And just as I was expecting – nothing exciting. Out of these, I got White Cap just because I couldn’t resist the shimmer, and Sea Spray because it’s supposedly a close dupe for some other polishes that I don’t have. Overall, this collection isn’t much more interesting than OPI’s Texas. At this point I’m really glad Zoya exists, it’t the only brand that keeps being inventive.

  • January 18, 2011

    I bought Ahoy! and Below Deck. Nothing else, except for Pelican Gray, interested me. I haven’t done a comp yet, but Ahoy reminds me a lot of Zoya Gilda, but not quite as pink. I applied Below Deck last night, and it was fully opaque in two coats, though it did seem a little thick. I really like the color.

    Can’t wait for Tronica. I’m planning to buy at least half the set. I usually only pick two or three colors from a collection because I’m so picky and hate duplicating colors.

  • January 18, 2011

    I wanted Sea Spray and Pelican Gray most from this collection, but now I’m wondering how close they are to Eyeko Pastel and Rain respectively…
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  • January 18, 2011

    I’m loving Below Deck and Sunset Sail so much!! Especially Sunset!
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  • January 18, 2011

    I’m with you Kelly. I like the Sea spray, but nothing in this collection screams “must have” to me. Thanks for swatching them.

  • January 18, 2011

    Straight up; I wouldn’t get Sunset Sail. On the other hand, it looks down right chic on you. I do think Below Deck will get on my desk though. :)
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  • January 18, 2011

    I actually ordered almost the whole collection (didn’t get the red creme, have enough of those already). I really wanted Sea Spray and Pelican Gray, more because I’m a sucker for those kinds of colors than because they’re so unique or anything. I think Sea Spray and Below Deck look good on you, btw.

  • January 18, 2011

    I love below deck. I was going to get Pelican Gray but I thought it was going to be more creamy.

  • January 18, 2011

    I think you are right about the “nice but not unique” polishes. Anyway I’d buy Below Deck immediately!
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  • January 18, 2011

    I’ve been waiting for you to swatch these! I really love Below Deck, and I don’t have anything like it, so I’m certain I’ll be getting it. Can’t wait to see Part II, because there’s another one I love and I want to see if I like it as much in your swatches. Yours are always my favorite! Thanks for all you do! :)
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  • January 18, 2011

    White cap would looks pretty over black ;)
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  • January 18, 2011

    These are pretty colors, but not that unique IMO. Sunset Sail look the most original to me but I have a feeling that it would clash with my skintone.

  • January 19, 2011

    I’m actually really excited for this collection! I especially like White Cap, and I think Sea Spray will be my less expensive substitute for Riva.
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  • January 19, 2011

    Feels like you could mimic these by putting some CND Effects over the top of existing colours. I certainly either have dupes of some or have come up with these by layering already…. Nice but no cigar…
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  • January 19, 2011

    I LOVE Pelican Grey and Sea Spray!! I think those are great “Trasnsition” colors from Winter to Spring! I like how they have the color of Spring but arent too bright! I may just have to go pick those up!!!

  • January 19, 2011

    I loved all these colors (like them better than the ones in part two) except for the sheer one.
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  • January 19, 2011

    Agree…nothing new and exciting here unfortunately, but I MUST say, you make these all look so good they have somehow become more interesting to me :) Below deck is pretty it reminds me of Parlez vous opi? A favorite of mine

  • January 19, 2011

    I’ve seen some other swatches of these around, but I usually wait till I see yours before I buy. I’m glad I did because this half of the collection seems kind of meh. I’ll probably only go for Sea Spray.
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  • January 19, 2011

    I’m not at all thrilled with these. My favorite is Below Deck.

  • January 20, 2011

    Oh well – I guess I’ll have to buy Pelican Gray and Below Deck too. I skipped those two first time around, but they look great. :)
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  • January 21, 2011

    How does Sea Spray compare with Chanel Riva and Hard Candy Sky?

    • January 21, 2011

      Hi Gina,

      They are different for sure. Sea Spray is a slightly darker more grey blue and has silver shimmer as opposed to Riva and Sky which have a light blue shimmer. Riva and Sky are very close, but Sea Spray is definitely not a dupe for either.