After losing my original swatches of Color Club's Fall 2011 Back to Boho Collection due to the death of my computer, I've got new swatches in Part One of this collection today. Part II will go up tomorrow. This collection has 12 shades, and it's heavy on the creme finishes. All six of the shades shown in this post had an excellent formula. I used two coats, and there were a few that had some bald areas, so after touching up those spots, I applied the second coat.
New Bohemian is a medium shade of turquoise with a hint of green. I notice that it has a more aqua look indoors and in lower lighting. This one had a little bit thicker formula than the others, but a "good" thick! This is such a pretty color, and the nice application makes me love it even more.
This shade is described by Color Club as a new 70's take on Tiffany Blue. It's a little more muted as you can see by this indoor photo, but it is a good description.
Shabby Drab is neither shabby nor drab, in my opinion! Purple Greige is the official description, and that it is. It's a greyed out lavender with a dusty tone, and it's simply lovely.
Rad Nomad, a Purple Brown Creme is a smokey shade that's perfect for Fall. The slight purple hue works well with the brown to give it a bit of a dusty finish.
Red-ical Gypsy is a new take on a vintage classic red. While not unique in color, this berry red creme has a high shine finish and a perfect formula.
Rebel Spirit is a deep chocolate brown creme with an ultra high gloss finish. This shade has just a hint of reddish brown, which I like because it isn't so dark that it looks black.
Earthy Angel is described as a gorgeous creamy camel. This neutral shade is a medium beige with peach tones, and again, the formula was perfection. I don't wear too many shades like this often, but there's something about this one that totally appeals to me. It reminds me of malted chocolate!
I can't say enough about how nice the formula was on all six of these shades...creamy, smooth, pigmented...it's all there. I'm a product of the 70's, so that makes me (old!) love the theme and the names of this collection. The 70's was a wonderful time to come of age, so the nostalia factor plays strong and deep to me. As far as the shades themselves go, seldom do I fall in love with all of the shades in these larger collections. I wish that companies would focus on creating unique shades and finishes in smaller collections, rather than coming out with larger collections that seem to include a number of shades that we've already seen. I can still remember my excitement when I caught my first glimpse of Color Club's Fall 2009 Wild at Heart Collection. That was a perfect Fall Collection to me.
Having said that, of the six shades I'm focusing on today, Rebel Spirit and Red-ical Gypsy are nothing unique in my opinion. Again, great formulas, but color-wise, I'd venture to say they've been done before. Earthy Angel may have a dupe out there somewhere, but I don't recall wearing a similar shade and actually liking it as much as I do this one. I've had difficulty finding a flesh tone that works with my skin tone, so this one gets my vote. Rad Nomad and New Bohemian are shades that we have seen variations of during the last couple of years, but dupe or no dupe, the formula on the Color Club shades is perfection in a bottle. Shabby Drab brings no dupe to mind, and I adore this one.
So I'm loving four out of these six! What do you think about these shades...any favorites? I'm curious how you feel about the larger collections that Color Club, OPI, and China Glaze put out. Have you ever found an entire collection with 12 or more polishes that appeals to you entirely? Or would you prefer to see smaller, more unique collections? Certainly we're free to choose individual polishes to purchase if we don't like all of them, but as a consumer and a collector of polishes, I prefer to have the complete collection if I like the majority of them.
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