Wait. What? Beautygeeks is covering the China Glaze Rebel Collection for Fall 2016? But Beautygeeks doesn’t cover China Glaze! Until today. How come?
Uh, well, a lot of you asked if I was going to cover it and I might have found the entire collection (at a superb price) at my favourite online SparkleCanada.com Canadian polish stop. I might also have ordered it, had it delivered and swatched it like a machine. Wanna see?
china glaze rebel collection swatches & review
Rebel Fall 2016 is a 12-shade collection that hits Fall notes really well. It also manages to hit Holiday too. And Spring.
The formulas are generally two-coats and with the addition of glittery stuffs, some are three coats, but we’ll get into that later. Some of it dries down low-luster and needs top coat, but you’re going to top coat anyhow, right? Because mostly, you should.
China Glaze Fresh Prince-ss – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). Ha! I just got done saying it’s all two coats, but this one is three. I gots me the OCD so I need it to be perfect. If you’re okay with somewhat-close-to-perfect, you can do it in two.
China Glaze Dope Taupe – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). Oh hey there, lightly-lilac-leaning-taupey-greige. You’re two coats of pretty and kinda swell for Fall. I think I’ll keep you.
China Glaze Pearl Jammin’ over Dope Taupe – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). And then there’s this pearly blue deal. She goes nicely over lighter shades and pops an iridescent pinky-gold with a nice floaty base of palest baby blue. That’s one coat of Pearl Jammin’ over my two coats of Dope Taupe.
China Glaze Pearl Jammin’ over OPI Infinte Shine Funny Bunny (above). Sometimes I swatch three or four collections at a time and this yet-to-be-released OPI shade was just sitting on my desk so I grabbed it. It’s marshmallow white, and when you slap one coat of Pearl Jammin’ over top, you get this. Soft and gentle and kinda cloud-like. I like. For Spring.
China Glaze Pearl Jammin’ over OPI IS Funny Bunny (above). Oooh… so dreamy… By the way, if you’ve been wondering if I got myself a light-box, the answer is nope. I’m still shootin’ in 100% natural light; the angle of the summer sun makes a shot like this possible – yay!
China Glaze Heroine Chic (above). She’s very grunge-esque and kinda neat with her red flecky bits in a shimmery charcoal grey base. That’s two coats, and while the streaks don’t dry down all the way, they dry down enough so they don’t make me nuts. You’ll need top coat here to pop a good shine and bring out the fleckies, yes?
China Glaze Jagged Little Teal – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). This formula. Amaze. That’s two of the easiest coats in this whole collection. It’s got a good shine all by itself and you’ll want to watch your cuticles and sidewalls on removal. She didn’t stain my nail plate, but I didn’t have her on for long. Your results may vary.
China Glaze Combat Blue-ts – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). Holy OCW!!! That’s right friends! A One-Coat-Wonder!! You gotta be quick, you gotta be precise, and you gotta commit to the stroke. This shade is probably going to win all the things for a lot of people. We’re looking at a velvet-metallic-matte finish. You know what else we’re looking at? Uh.. this – from 2014. But hey, if you don’t have the kind of Archives I do, then you should get this. Yes, you should.
China Glaze Holo At Ya Girl! Over Combat Blue-ts (above). I did that. I put a glitter over a gorgeous stand-alone matte just because I could. And it’s sparkly and bright and exactly the result you’d expect. That’s one coat of Holo At Ya Girl! and the glitter payoff is right were you want it to be for a shade like this. Is it actually holo? Nope. Not at all. Zero holo. Zilch.
China Glaze Y’all Red-y For This? (above). I don’t wear reds often on account of the crustacean-hands factor, but if I had to wear a Fall 2016 red, it very well might be this one. She’s got a fiery under-shimmer thingy happening (in two coats) that makes it look like it’s lit from underneath. She’ll get your cuticles and your sidewalls really well if you let her, but… flecky, fiery shimmer!
China Glaze Purple Fiction (above). That’s two coats and she’ll require top because she dries down to a satin-gloss finish. This right here is one of those #GrabbyHands jewel tones of fall that make this my favourite polish season of all the polish seasons. If you don’t have a shade like this, put it on your list – right after Combat Blue-ts.
China Glaze Don’t Mesh With Me over Purple Fiction (above). I know. It’s almost considered sacrilege to paint over a shade like Purple Fiction, but I did it and I’m not going to apologize for it because the result makes me smile like a dork. I think even Ally will like this one!
China Glaze Teen Spirit (above). Once again, a #GrabbyHands kind of shade with that deep-set flaketastical shimmery stuff. If you haven’t got something like this, Teen Spirit is an excellent addition to your Archives. That’s 2 coats of midnight purple goodness. And don’t freak out – I used top coat for that shot. It needs top to pop the flecks.
China Glaze Teen Spirit (above). Again. Yes, just because I can.
China Glaze Don’t Mesh With Me over Teen Spirit (above). If you’ve got a shade like Don’t Mesh With Me, slap it over stuff and see what happens. That’s one coat Don’t Mesh over two coats of Teen Spirit. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, #GimmieThat!
China Glaze Blue-Ya! – Rebel Collection 2016 (above). Hey! Look! An OCW!!! But what if I do two coats…
China Glaze Blue-Ya! (above). That’s two coats and look at the depth! You know you wanna. At two coats, you get to what you see when you look at the bottle. One coat is nice, but two is where it’s at. Either way though, it’s good.
China Glaze Holo At Ya Girl! over Blue-Ya! (above). I can’t help it. I must layer all the layerable things. I think it’s important to show you some of the things you can do with a single collection like this one.
And that’s it! And you know what? On the whole, I like this collection a lot. If you’re an Archiver, none of it is particularly earth-shattering but, if you’re fairly new to the polish scene, there are at least 12 bottles in this 12-shade collection that should speak to you. That’s right. I said 12 of 12.
The fact you can play in it and create wholly different looks is to me, the mark of a good, cohesive collection. And the shades? Bang-on for Fall, Holiday, and next Spring. And maybe even next winter. It’s good. I daresay it’s great.
Availability: I got mine a couple weeks ago from SparkleCanada.com ($6.53 CAd each or $73.94 CAd for the whole collection). It’s also readily available on amazon.com (prices vary), and I’m guessing ulta.com and tradesecrets.ca will carry it eventually. As I don’t work with China Glaze, I have no idea what the actual release date is or exactly where they’d tell me to tell you to go get it. For more information, hit chinaglaze.com or follow their handy Instagram.
See ya’ll soon!