(I tried my hardest to capture the lighter jelly outline, you can see it a little here but in other light its completely in your face!!!)
Before trekking to my local Sally's to buy my picks, I looked up some swatches of the polish curtsey of the lovely nail girls of Instagram. Swatches under flash showed this gorgeous lighter-purple jelly-ish line along the outside of the more opaque parts of the polished nail (above); It was these photos that revealed to me this was no ordinary royal purple polish.
Swatching "Creative Fantasy" was an adventure from the very first coat all the way to top coat and photos.
The natural finish of the polish is something I've never seen before and nearly impossible to describe, (Hence my extreme reccomendation to go out and snag this beut for yourself!) somewhere between matte and gloss, its like this dusty sued finish that still shines in the light like gloss but in most light takes on the natural finish of what a naked nail would be.
This is great in only two coats, but because I slept on mine slightly tacky, pictured above is three coats topped with Seche Vite.
(From top left to bottom middle: 1 coat over a base of Essie "Grow Stronger", 2 coats, then a third pictured with no top coat)
Besides being a magician in the finish department, "Creative Fantasy" totally lives up to it's name by dealing out several different hues from light-ish purple, to deep royal blue.
(Look at that comparison on those top and bottom photos!!!! In the top photo I'm standing partially in the sun, in the bottom photo I took two steps and turned around into the shade...ABRACADABRAAAA! From plum purple to royal blue! Crazy right? The right most photo is another hue sort of between the two others taken with flash)
Long post for a single polish, I know, but isn't it DESERVING of a whole-page review?!?! I think so ;p. If you're going out to get some polishes from this collection, even if you aren't a purple kinda girl, DO NOT leave the store without this one!
I'm not normally a green person, maybe it's because it doesn't really look good with my pale skin (??), or maybe its because it seems that green is the most unfavorable and least made shade of polish. I was surprised when I saw "Def Defying" in person how much I NEEDED to have it, and I was in no way disappointed after I brought it home and swatched!
(Two coats of "Def Defying" topped with Seche Vite)
"Def Defying" was TOTALLY beyond my expectation and it was almost impossible not to fall hard for this shade. I love it so much, I think I might make it my new "neutral"... who says your neutral can't be fun and bright?!?? This only needs one coat (Again, pictured above is two because I went to sleep before my first coat was fully dry >.< ) and is a perfect formula in every way shape and form.
(Two coats topped with Seche Vite in different, darker lighting)
Oh China Glaze you are on a ROLL! In darker light the neon green you saw before turns into a deeper more pea-green shade that reminds me of "Don't Talk Bach To Me" from the CG Germany collection. I love this one so much that I have yet to put the bottle away! It still sits on my coffee table where I can gawk at it every once and a while!No doubt 10/10!!!
On my Instagram I swatched "It's a Trap-Eze!" but I'm so unimpressed with it (the polish AND the photo) that I don't feel like adding it to this otherwise positive review of the collection. There was SO MUCH hipe around both "It's a Trap-Eze!" and "Whirled Away" that I think I over syked myself a little. "It's a Trap-Eze!" is gorgeous, don't get me wrong, but compared to some of the other polishes in the collection it's definitely not the shining star. As for "Whirled Away", though the IDEA of the polish is cool, it's application SUCKS. You have to totally glob it on to get any of the large white hex glitters and even then you're forced to spread the sticks and small black hex around evenly to make it look how it should look. I will definitely be buying the much better versions of this polish from some of nailstagram's beloved frankeners.
(P.S. Is it just me or is China Glaze and Revlon totally mooching off of Indie brands for ideas? With "Whirled Away" and "It's A Trap-Eze!" along with some other Revlon jelly sandwhiches, I'm starting to think that these big named companies have got their greedy eyes on us little guys for their inspiration, No?)