China Glaze Rebel Collection for Fall 2016 - Full Collection Swatches and Review

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Hello, everyone! I'm back and with an absolutely awesome Fall Collection from China Glaze. The Rebel Collection features 12 polishes, described by China Glaze as "pretty yet gritty." I can definitely see that inspiration in this mix of colors, which range from baby pink to deep blue-specked eggplant and gunmetal gray.

First up is Fresh Princess. This is a beautiful pale pink that has a great formula! Many of you know that pastels can often be tough to work with, but Fresh Princess is a dream. This is 3 thin coats, but I think 2 thicker coats would work too.

Fresh Princess. 2 coats. 



Fresh Princess. 2 coats.

Next up is Dope Taupe, another creme with a smooth and easy formula. This was a one-coat wonder for me. Both Fresh Princess and Dope Taupe are simple shades set apart by a great formula. 

Dope Taupe. 1 coat.

Dope Taupe. 1 coat.

This next shade impressed me right away when I saw the bottle. This is Pearl Jammin' and it is a unique shade of baby blue with a strong pink-peachy golden shimmer. This is the type of shade that gets nail polish collectors in a frenzy. It's unique, wearable, and easy to apply. Hats off to China Glaze for this beauty! 

 Pearl Jammin'. 2 coats.

Pearl Jammin'. 2 coats.

This next shade is called Blue-Ya! and it's a royal blue base with teal glass flecks. China Glaze is famous for great glass flecks, and this is no exception. I think it's a nice summer to fall transitional shade. This is 2 coats. Definitely wear basecoat with this, though, as that blue base will stain your cuticles if you don't! 
Blue-Ya! 2 coats.

Blue-Ya! 2 coats.

Next up is the only matte polish in the Rebel Collection. This is Combat Blue-ts, a deep navy matte with tons of shimmer. This dries quickly as most matte polishes do, so you need to work with it quickly. It is opaque in two thin coats.

 Combat Blue-ts. 2 coats.

Combat Blue-ts. 2 coats with top coat.

Next is Holo at Ya Girl! I am sure some people will be disappointed that this shade is not holographic despite the name. Nonetheless, the color is beautiful! Holo at Ya Girl! is a glitter polish with gold glass flecks and blue-green microglitter. It can be worn alone at 3 coats, with slight visible nail line, or as a topper. I wore it alone with 3 coats as a full mani, and love the shine and how smooth it dries on the nail. 

 Holo at Ya Girl! 3 coats.

Holo at Ya Girl! 3 coats.

Just for fun, I layered Holo at Ya Girl! over Blue-Ya! and ended up with this gorgeous look. I think Holo at Ya Girl! will be quite a versatile topper. 

Holo at Ya Girl! over Blue-Ya! 

Next is one of the shades that really embodies "pretty yet gritty," Heroine Chic. This is a gunmetal gray with tons of silver and red shimmers. I couldn't get it to look right with my skin tone, but this would look great on a darker skin tone. This shade is very unique to me, and I couldn't find anything close in my (large!) collection. Beware brushstrokes! I did 3 thin coats and was able to avoid any major brushstrokes, or you could sponge on a third coat.

Heroine Chic. 3 thin coats.

Heroine Chic. 3 thin coats.

Next up is Y'all Red-y for This? which is a really flattering bright pink-leaning red with pink shimmer. This color seems like it would work in pretty much any season, and it looks very pretty on the nail. The shade went on smoothly in 2 coats.

Y'all Red-y for This? 2 coats.

Y'all Red-Y for This? 2 coats.

I am a huge purple lover so Purple Fiction stood out to me right away. This is so shiny and shimmery but without brushstrokes, it almost looks metallic. This is a red-toned purple that is very flattering. I'm sure I will wear this one quite a bit. It took just 2 thin coats to achieve this rich look.

Purple Fiction. 2 coats.

Purple Fiction. 2 coats.

Don't Mesh with Me is a really pretty glass fleck polish. It has purple and golden glass fleck that shimmers beautifully on the nail. This has a clear base so you may have some VNL if you choose to wear it alone. Since it is so shiny though, that VNL isn't noticeable. This is 3 coats alone.

 Don't Mesh with Me. 3 coats.

Don't Mesh with Me. 3 coats.

To show the versatility as a topper, I have layered Don't Mesh with Me over Purple Fiction. This look has tons of depth in real life.

Don't Mesh with Me over Purple Fiction.

The final creme of the collection is Jagged Little Teal. This one was tricky to photograph, since it looks very different in direct light and in shade. It applies super easily in 2 thin coats, or one thick coat. 

 Jagged Little Teal. 2 coats.

Jagged Little Teal. 2 coats.

Finally, we come to Teen Spirit, an eggplant base with blueish-purple glass fleck shimmer. This shade is really stunning on the nail and I love the depth of the bright shimmers in a darker base. This applied well, but to escape staining you will want to be sure to wear base coat and avoid getting it on your skin. Here I am wearing 2 coats.

 Teen Spirit. 2 coats.

Teen Spirit. 2 coats.

Altogether, I think that China Glaze knocked it out of the park with this collection. Not a single polish had a bad formula, and I was so impressed by the ease of application. There is also a huge variety of colors and finishes in the collection, so anyone can easily find a few shades that fit their style. Personally, I have already worn Holo at Ya Girl! as a full mani, and will probably wear Pearl Jammin' next. I love the work-appropriate shades like Fresh Princess and Dope Taupe, too. What's your favorite? 

- Aly



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