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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pink-ie Promise is a soft pink with pink shimmer. Nice shade, it covered nicely in two coats.
Life Is Rosy
Life Is Rosy is a medium rose pink creme. Good formula, covered really well with two coats.
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.
Passion For Petals
Passion For Petals is a bright pink/red creme. It covered decently in two coats, not my favorite shade though.
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.
Budding Romance is a medium mossy green creme. This is a pretty sheer and watery formula but builds up nicely in three coats.
Sunday Funday is a bright sky blue creme. Gorgeous shade, but I did have some minor streaking issues. This was two coats.
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.
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.
What do you think about Avant Garden? What will you be picking up from the collection?
Note: China Glaze is cruelty free.