Color Club Pardon My French Collection

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Another day, another collection... Today it's Color Club's Pardon My French Collection. French speaking readers, please forgive some of the names. They're not my doing!

    This is another I bought from Trans Design while waiting for manufacturer samples. I was surprised when I saw it - I got them just because I wanted to show them to you, but it's not really a collection of French manicure colors as both the collection name and the color dots on Trans Design might indicate. There are four cremes in the collection, three of which are semi-sheer at three coats, and the other three are glitters. The glitters match the other colors, so the seven piece collection is set up really well for layering.

    Given the potential for layering, I took pictures of each of the cremes both with and without one coat of the corresponding glitter, and of all but one of the glitters alone. All of the pictures are in moderate natural light.

    Upon opening the set, I noticed that one of the glitters, Turn the Other Chic, looked really dupey to the orange Japanese glitter, Dazzling Orange. I did a bottle comparison, and they're super close.

    Color Club Orange Glitter Comparison
    Color Club Orange Glitter Bottle Comparison, Turn the Other Chic on Left and Dazzling Orange on Right

    Turn the Other Chic is the orange I did not swatch on its own, for two reasons. One, I swatched Dazzling Orange alone before (I think), and two, if I recall correctly, an orange jelly base alone on natural nails is a pretty hideous sight, and I saw no good reason to subject you to that again.

    I also compared the blue glitters, Si Vous Please! and Blue Hawaii. They're totally not dupey.

    Color Club Blue Glitter Comparison
    Color Club Orange Glitter Bottle Comparison, Si Vous Please! on Left and Blue Hawaii on Right

    The third glitter is a pink. There were a total of either three or four pink Japanese Color Club glitters, including that odd mislabeled, seemingly limited edition one with a silver cap. I could only find two of the darker ones that were clearly not the dupes - I think that silver capped one may be a dupe for the pink glitter in this collection, Hot Couture, but alas, I have no pictures to evaluate whether that's true. So that's it for bottle comparisons, let's move on to the swatches.

    First, the glitters alone. I did two coats of each, and am again hiding my silk wrap from you (which is in horrible shape after all the swatching this week, so please forgive it in the pictures where it shows!).

    This is Hot Couture.

    Color Club Hot Couture
    Color Club Hot Couture Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This is Si Vous Please!, with the exclamation point being part of the name.

    Color Club Si Vous Please!
    Color Club Si Vous Please! Nail Polish, Two Coats

    As I mentioned, there's no swatch of Turn the Other Chic alone because that would just make us all sad. That brings us to the cremes, three semi-sheer at three coats and one totally opaque at two coats.

    Pardon My French is a pinky beige creme. On my ring finger, you can see what I mean about semi-sheer: the free edge is barely visible through the polish.

    Color Club Pardon My French
    Color Club Pardon My French Nail Polish, Three Coats

    I added one coat of Hot Couture to this one, and it really transformed it from a conservative office appropriate color to a more fun one for the office. Although you should never take my word for what's office appropriate, as I've been in IT for ten years, where anything goes.

    Color Club Pardon My French & Hot Couture
    Color Club Pardon My French Nail Polish, Three Coats with One Coat Hot Couture Nail Polish

    The next creme is I Believe in Amour, a muted medium pink. In this picture, it's my index finger where the slight sheer quality is visible.

    Color Club I Believe in Amour
    Color Club I Believe in Amour Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Pretty on its own, I like it even more with one coat of Hot Couture added.

    Color Club I Believe in Amour & Hot Couture
    Color Club I Believe in Amour Nail Polish, Three Coats with One Coat Hot Couture Nail Polish

    That brings us to the last of the slightly sheer colors, which is Oh Naturale, a pale peach creme. This was the most sheer of the collection, and you can see just through my tips on all nails with three coats of it.

    Color Club Oh Naturale
    Color Club Oh Naturale Nail Polish, Three Coats

    This one got one coat of the orange glitter, Turn the Other Chic, and that totally changed it into an orange glitter manicure, which confirmed my theory that Turn the Other Chic alone would have been bad news.

    Color Club Oh Naturale & Turn the other Chic
    Color Club Oh Naturale Nail Polish, Three Coats with One Coat Turn the Other Chic Nail Polish

    Now we're up to the last creme, Take Me to Your Chateau, which is a pale blue creme that was completely opaque in two coats. This one, I used as a full manicure, and I used Nu Nails as a base coat. I think had I used a sticky base coat, one coat of Take Me to Your Chateau would have been sufficient for complete coverage.

    Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau
    Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I added one coat of Si Vous Please! to it, and since three coats is a lot of nail polish, I took the picture before applying top coat to give it a few seconds to set. This manicure reminds me of icicles and snow much more than Spring, but I really like it, so that's just fine with me.

    Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau & Si Vous Please!
    Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau Nail Polish, Two Coats with One Coat Si Vous Please! Nail Polish

    In swatching the cremes, I found they applied very evenly, and for those who are comfortable with a more sheer look, two coats of the sheerer ones would work just fine. They were even and without streaks at two coats, I just added the third for more coverage out of personal preference.

    By the time you read this, I may have manufacturer samples with press release info. I actually took the pictures and wrote this yesterday morning. I'd planned to just do the pictures yesterday, but with all the comparing, layering, and different number of coats of each polish, I didn't trust my memory to write it today. Because of that, I used PhotoBucket for the pictures so Poptastic could get the attention it deserved yesterday. I'll add all the pictures to Flickr as time permits - there's a heck of a lot of them, but they'll all get there!

    I also had Konad news for you... WowSoCool initially received a very limited supply of the new Konad plates, as I told you. I got word that another shipment arrived, so they're available again. I forgot to mention that in yesterday's post, so I think I'll go tack that info on to the end of it. There's nothing like new Konad plates for those of us who love them!

    If time and lighting permit, I'll have Color Club's Rebel Debutante Collection for you tomorrow (the real tomorrow, as you read this!). I'm getting ready for a little trip, and have lots and lots to get done, but there's always time for swatching at sunrise!

    That's the complete update for today, Dear Reader. Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

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