China Glaze Atlantis: The Very Last Days of Summer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Okay, so summer was over a long, long time ago, but I thought that I'd better wear this while there was still some semblance of sunlight over dreary London. Also, I'm graduating from University and starting work soon, so I figured that I'd better make my last manicure before I start work a good and fun one, since once I start work I'll be subject to the tyranny of boring sheers, pinks and nudes. Not that there's anything wrong with pinks, sheers, or nudes, but I'll be darned if I have to wear ONLY those...

Anyway, China Glaze Atlantis is gorgeous. It's a teal jelly with holographic glitter chunks, so with it's eye-catching, bold, bright and defiant nature, it's totally appropriate for the last days of summer, before sunlight slips away (as well as the last days of being a freewheeling student, before I slip into the working world)...Pictures really don't do this justice, because my camera can't capture the awesome holographic fullness of this beauty. It just looks like plain old glitter, but it isn't. I need you to imagine that every one of those glitter bits below is twinkling in holo goodness.

China Glaze Atlantis

Atlantis is a chunky glitter, and while I usually hate chunky glitters, I'll make an exception for this one. When I first applied it, I hated it. I was thinking "WTF HUGE CHUNKY GLITTER?! At least it's holograhic..." but once I wore it for a bit more, I started loving it. I think it's acquired taste, especially if you're colour-shy. But it is a lovely colour, and one that's totally unique.

I like how the teal base is a jelly that's not too opaque, so even after two coats, you still see every single glitter bit. The suspended but still visible glitter really adds a dimension to the colour. I think Atlantis is absolutely appropriate as a polish name - it really looks like the diamonds of an ancient city sparkling at the bottom of a deep blue-green sea, forgotten and twinkling beneath the waves.

See what I mean? Who knew polish could tell a story? But this one does. It's almost poetic.

China Glaze Atlantis

Before you guys think I'm off my rockers, I'd better get to the more mundane aspects of polish description. Like application. As with all chunky glitters, Atlantis wasn't exactly smooth going on - the glitters do tend to all clump together at wherever your brush first lands on your nail, so you do have to maneuver carefully to ensure the glitter is as evenly distributed as possible. But otherwise, I didn't have any problems with this.

Despite being a jelly, it was easily buildable, and what you see on my nails is just two coats. I don't know how China Glaze does it, but Atlantis isn't so sheer that it's annoying, but it also isn't so opaque that you can't see the glitter bits embedded in the polish.

Here's a close up shot so you can see the awesome holographic glitter. It really is more holographic in real life, but my camera has issues:

China Glaze Atlantis 2

Of course, it's obvious how much I love this colour. When I move my fingers it sparkles and twinkles, and I absolutely love the bling effect. If you're not colour-shy, or glitter-shy, this one is for you.

19 comments:

  1. *sigh* i will always always love this polish! great mani girl! :)

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  2. woahhh!!! fallin in love with this polish!!!

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  3. ahhhhhh this color reminds me of OPI's alice but this greenish tone to it makes me reaaaaaly curious to try this!

    <3jimin

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  4. wow gorgeous colour, looks great

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  5. That nail polish looks lovely! And i totally agree with Jimin :)

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  6. So in love with this. Need to find myself a bottle.

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  7. Beautiful! This is one of my favorite shades!

    You have a lovely nail shape.

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  8. KLJASLDKJLKAJSF AMAAAAAAAAZING. *resumes keyboard slam*

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  9. wow, what a gorgeous colour! love it.
    X

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  10. cute polish!!! i love the color!!! cute cute blog!! check out mine!! :)http://c-fabulousmakeup.blogspot.com/

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  11. ummm wow. loving that polish! the thing i hate about most glitter polishes is that they are SO DIFFICULT to remove! how is this one?

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  12. @Kaitlyn: of course it was a pain to remove! :X But if it helps, it wasn't any more of a pain than other polishes with similar glitter?

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  13. wow love this color

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