Normally I wait until I see the first chip in my manicure to write a product review for nail polish. But in the case of China Glaze's limited edition Hunger Games Capitol Colours collection ($8 each at Spa Boutique), waiting that long might mean by the time I publish the review, all the colours will be gone. Yes, they really are selling that quickly according Spa Boutique, who sent me three colours from the collection to review: 'Stone Cold' (a metallic pewter gray), 'Riveting' (a bright metallic orange), and 'Stone and Ashes' (a black flecked with fine green glitter).
As with China Glaze's other polishes, the ones in the Hunger Games Capitol Colours collection contain no toluene, formaldehyde or DBP and are formulated with hardeners for longer-than-average wear. I'd previously tried one of their glitter polishes and been very pleased with it. Unlike Revlon's newest polish, China Glaze doesn't require special base or top coats to achieve their promised longevity. The colours in the collection range from pretty neutrals to dark rich shades and fun glittery ones, and are inspired by the districts and themes in Suzanne Collins's popular Hunger Games trilogy.
I did my nails on Saturday using 'Riveting' and 'Smoke and Ashes', layering Deborah Lippmann's glittery 'Happy Birthday' on top of the darker 'Smoke and Ashes' and then applying a top coat over all the fingers. (I'd like to think Katniss's stylist Cinna would approve.) My nails have remained chip-free so far through lots of hand-washing and cooking. But even if they do begin to chip within a few days, I love the colours--and the fact they let me geek out about nail polish and YA fiction at the same time--too much to give them a negative review. (Really, if you must buy shameless Hunger Games tie-in products, it's better to buy nail polish than a Snuggie.)
May the odds be ever in your favour (of snagging a bottle before they're all gone, that is).
P.S. Has anyone seen the movie yet? What do you think?