China Glaze Avant Garden for Spring 2013 Swatches & Review

China Glaze Avant Garden

China Glaze Avant Garden is the new collection for spring 2013 and features twelve shades.

This collection is obviously inspired by all the soft and bright shades of all the blooming flowers this time of year. Ok well technically it’s not “this time of year” because it’s still winter! Close enough. 😉

There are some really interesting unique shades here, and some maybe we’ve seen before. The formula in general for these was good. Some were just two coats, some three.

China Glaze Avant Garden 2

China Glaze Avant Garden 3

China Glaze Dandy Lyin Around
Dandy Lyin’ Around

Dandy Lyin’ Around is a shimmery white. This one was a bit streaky and sheer at first. I used three coats here.

China Glaze Keep Calm Paint On
Keep Calm, Paint On

Keep Calm, Paint On is a pale sea-foam green shimmer. Great, unique shade, but it gave me a bit of the lobster hand thing. This one was also a bit uneven, but after three thin coats it looks pretty perfect.

China Glaze Tart Y For The Party
Tart-y For The Party

Tart-y For The Party is a medium lavender creme. It’s bright, not pastel, which I like. Nice shade, maybe not unique. This was just two coats.

China Glaze Fade Into Hue
Fade Into Hue

Fade Into Hue is a soft periwinkle creme. This is a thin somewhat sheer formula, and even after three coats I did have some streaky areas where my pesky ridges are. ARGH THESE RIDGES! Anyway, pretty shade!

China Glaze Pink ie Promise
Pink-ie Promise

Pink-ie Promise is a soft pink with pink shimmer. Nice shade, it covered nicely in two coats.

China Glaze Life Is Rosy
Life Is Rosy

Life Is Rosy is a medium rose pink creme. Good formula, covered really well with two coats.

China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's
Mimosa’s Before Mani’s

Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is a medium coral with nice warm gold/yellow shimmer. This is my favorite one in the collection. It’s just a lovely base shade with great shimmer, and it covered perfectly in two coats.

China Glaze Passion For Petals
Passion For Petals

Passion For Petals is a bright pink/red creme. It covered decently in two coats, not my favorite shade though.

China Glaze Snap My Dragon
Snap My Dragon

Snap My Dragon is a bright reddish/pink with pink shimmer. Gorgeous shade! It’s glowing and covered in two coats. Great buttery smooth formula.

China Glaze Budding Romance
Budding Romance

Budding Romance is a medium mossy green creme. This is a pretty sheer and watery formula but builds up nicely in three coats.

China Glaze Sunday Funday
Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday is a bright sky blue creme. Gorgeous shade, but I did have some minor streaking issues. This was two coats.

China Glaze Fancy Pants
Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants is a medium blurple with pink and blue shimmer. It leans more towards purple than blue. Remember when I said Mimosa’s Before Mani’s was my favorite shade? I lied. This one is! That one is a close second though. This was buttery and awesome in two coats.

China Glaze Avant Garden Collage

Overall: I like that there was a variety of shades and no boring predictable pastels or a million reds and pinks. Some of these colors are definitely unusual and unique, which is great. A few had some streaky issues, but nothing so bad I wouldn’t wear them.

Availability: Online, in stores in March.

Pricing: $7.00.

What do you think about Avant Garden? What will you be picking up from the collection?


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  • February 4, 2013

    Ummm I will take all of these beautiful colors.. please and thanks.

    So perfect spring colors too.. I wish they would make their collections smaller so it would be easier to just order the entire lot.. The only one I am not digging is the green, a little to mossy and yucky for me.

  • February 4, 2013

    I like all the ones with shimmer, especially the second one and the green and bright blue!

  • February 4, 2013

    I seriously want to entire collection. My favorite is Life Is Rosy.
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  • February 4, 2013

    I thought these were incredibly boring when I first saw the promo photos. Yours are the first swatches I’ve seen, and they’re much prettier and more interesting than I expected — but I still don’t see anything I feel like I need to have.

  • February 4, 2013

    Okay, I think I’ll be forced to buy Mimosas before Mani’s and Fancy Pants – these two are my favorites. I’m not crazy about purple shades at all…but I’m feeling this one.

  • February 4, 2013

    love this collection! I can’t pick my favorite from Fancy Pants and Mimosa’s before manis! and I like snap my dragon and keep calm, paint on too. Have to keep my eye out for these.

  • February 4, 2013

    I am for sure going to pick up Fancy Pants. What a beautiful color it is!!

  • February 4, 2013

    GAH I LOVE Keep Calm, Paint On!
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  • February 4, 2013

    I NEED all of them except for Life Is Rosy. Just not my type of shade. Beautiful swatches Kelly!
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  • February 4, 2013

    What pretty colors!
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  • February 4, 2013

    I’ve got my eye on Keep Calm, Paint On – such a fitting name!

  • February 4, 2013

    Mimosas Before Manis is my absolute favorite! It looks like the perfect orange/coral color. I also love Dandy Lyin’ Around and Keep Calm, Paint On – they both look like pretty soft shades with a twist. And of course I need Fancy Pants! Nice collection, CG. And nice swatches =)
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  • February 4, 2013

    I actually like this whole collection, because it seems perfect for spring and is a nice mix between shimmers and cremes. I love Mimosa’s Before Manis and Fancy Pants the most!
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  • February 4, 2013

    Yeah, I’m really digging the brighter colors in this collection. I was and am certain that I NEED Mimosas Before Manis, Snap my Dragon, and Sunday Funday. I really wanted to love Passion for Petals, but the swatches don’t move me.
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  • February 4, 2013

    Omg! I feel like I want them all!

  • February 4, 2013

    LOVE Keep Calm, Paint On
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  • February 5, 2013

    Nice swatches! I’ll definitely be picking up some of these!
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  • February 5, 2013

    When I saw the promo pictures I thought that this collection was going to be very boring, but seeing more and more swatches I changed my mind. Some shades are really awesome and unique! I love Dandy Lyin Around and Keep Calm, Paint On – can’t resist whites and mints… And Fancy Pants, Sunday Funday and Snap My Dragon are gorgeous too) I’ll end up buying half the collection…

  • February 5, 2013

    Really pretty collection! I don’t remember such a nice CG spring collection since up & away!

  • February 5, 2013

    I love that Sunday Funday one!

  • February 5, 2013
    J Latham

    Fancy Pants? But I wouldn’t go out of my way. And it’s a shame that (given they are pretty basic colours) the formula is evidently not perfect. I’d expect that.

  • February 5, 2013

    Really great collection! Love all of the colors but Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is my fave!

  • February 5, 2013

    I am actually loving almost all of these especially the brights. I absolutely need Snap My Dragon!

  • February 5, 2013

    I love all of them!!! Great swatches.

  • February 5, 2013

    I definitely will be picking up keep calm and mimosas. I might get dandy lion too, just to compare it to all my other white shimmers… I’m such a hoarder, lol.

  • February 5, 2013

    Life is Rosy is so pretty! I think I have finally reached saturation in my collection of offbeat colors.