Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Color Club Take Wing Collection - Summer 2012

It's National Find A Rainbow Day, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by showing you this sparkling rainbow of amazing shades from Color Club! This is the gorgeous Take Wing collection for Summer 2012. All the colors in this collection are inspired by the iridescent colors found on butterfly wings.  

All of the Take Wing shades are dreamy, glass-fleck shimmers with a sheer, jelly quality. As if that weren't enough to get you excited, each shade has a bit of duochrome shimmer to illustrate the filmy, shimmery quality of the wings of butterflies.

Left to Right: Wing Fling, Sparkle and Soar, Daisy Does It, Fly With Me, Metamorphosis, Sky High

First up is Wing Fling. I'm not a huge fan of pink polish, but I'm a sucker for a beautiful glass fleck, and this one is! These polishes, as I mentioned, seem to fall into the increasingly-popular "sheer shimmer" category that has been all the rage for Spring. You can see that there is still visible nail line even after 3 coats of this beauty. So, yes, it is a bit sheer, but nothing a little underwear or a few extra coats wouldn't cure. In the right light, this eye-popping pink also flashes blue and purple (the subtle duochrome I was referring to above). 

Pink butterflies are rare in nature, but they do exist in places like Australia and in tropical rainforests!

Next up is Sparkle and Soar. I am NOT a fan of orange polishes (it's one of two colors I simply can't carry off with my skin tone), but I have to say, I fell in love with this one. Again, application is sheer but I'm not bothered by it. The glass flecks in S&S shimmer gold and yellow with an occasional greenish tint. My nails looked like they were on fire! This is definitely an orange I will be wearing again.

This butterfly (actually a moth) is called the "Painted Lady." Fitting, no? 

This is Metamorphosis, and one of the standouts from the collection. At first it looks a bit like Zoya Charla (or one of her many dupes), but I think it has a different color & density of glass fleck. Metamorphosis glances blue & purple depending on lighting, and my pictures don't do it justice - it's simply stunning. 

The Emerald Green butterfly, showing her true colors. 

Sky High is, for me, the other true standout in this collection. Sure, it looks similar to some of the other blues out there (Orly Sweet Peacock, Color Club Cold Metal), but once you see it on the nail you realize it is not the same in either formula or appearance. The grainy glass fleck look, sheer application & texture, and purple shift set this stunner apart from her sisters in the polish world. 

The Blue Morpho. My favorite butterfly, and one of the most amazing colors found in nature. 

Next we have Daisy Does It. Yellow is the second of the two colors I usually don't wear - my olive skin just doesn't play well with yellow or orange. I do love this shade though! You can see the orangey-gold shimmer, and in sunlight this beauty even casts a subtle greenish glow.

Papilio lycrophon butterfly. Some believe that seeing a yellow butterfly is a sign from a loved one who has passed who wants to grant peace to those in mourning. 

Finally, Fly With Me. This is another of my favorites from this collection. I have many greens like this one, but none so shimmery, and none with the gold-green color shift Fly With Me displays. 

Although often Color Club polish collections can be found on the cheap at Ross or other outlet/wholesale stores, this one has not been spotted outside of online beauty supply retailers to my knowledge. You can pick up the set or individual shades at Transdesign.com, or from the Color Club website at http://www.cosmeticgroup.com/.

What do you think of this bright, sunny collection for Summer? I hope you enjoyed my swatches! Get out there and find your own rainbow today! 

Thanks for reading! 

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