I’ve Got Bette Davis Eyes for These China Glaze Vintage Vixen Nail Lacquers for Fall 2010

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China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

Have I ever told you about my obsession with 1940s style? Yup, ever since high school. For a time I was actually dressing the part, too, like I was an extra in Swing Kids, wearing Veronica Lake waves, red lips, fishnet stockings — the whole shebang.


Now I’m more of a tank tops and jeans kinda girl, but I still get my ’40s fix any way I can. China Glaze’s new Vintage Vixen collection helps.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

Arriving July 6 for about $5 each, the 12 dark fall greens, burgundies, blues, taupes and silvers (NOTE: Fall? Can you say early much?! ) evoke ’40s film noir with a modern day twist.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

Sparkle’s a key player in this drama, as the entire cast of characters features some kind of light-catching finish, ranging from micro-glitters to frosts to shimmers. It’s been a recurring theme for China Glaze’s fall collections, with both of the previous two, Retro Diva and Rodeo Diva, doing something similar.

But where Retro and Rodeo crafted a more playful, whimsical tale, Vintage Vixen’s darker story feels more like pulp fiction in paint. I like it, though (if I put my mind that far ahead in time), and feel like it’s right on point for fall.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

My nails go through a lot of abuse, but China Glaze polishes always put up with it well as far as chipping is concerned. It’s been a long time since I’ve compared their durability to Lippmann or OPI polishes, but for me CG polishes have always held their own.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

The Vintage Vixen polishes apply without streaking and are easy to layer, with two coats producing a fully opaque look.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

One of my favorites? Emerald Fitzgerald, the deep, shimmery green. It hit me in the gut, not only because it appears China Glaze gave props to one of my favorite authors of all time (or did they intend to channel Ella??), but also because of the color.

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

I also really like two of the neutrals… Classic Camel looks like a fuzzy wool coat in a bottle, and Swing Baby’s like a party on my nails!

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen


China Glaze Vintage Vixen

China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Your take?

Being a fall collection, it might take some getting used to these darker colors, but I’m there.

What do you think? Is Vintage Vixen too early for fall?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. yeah, this does seem a bit early since we haven’t even hit summer yet but that’s ok because these colors are really awesome. I’m loving ingrid, classic camel, and emerald fitzgerald
    .-= makeup morsels’s last blog post… Love Thy Sunscreen =-.

  2. Amber says:

    Way too early, but I can’t lie — I am coveting Hey Doll. This is a nice palette, looks very wearable.
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… C(aym)an you hear me now? =-.

  3. Molly says:

    Seriously early, but I don’t care- I WANT THEM ALL!

  4. Katherine says:

    These are great… Not sure I could pull some of them off, but I love them all just the same.
    .-= Katherine’s last blog post… Review – Express Colossal Mascara by Maybelline =-.

  5. Jennifer A. says:

    Sorry, but Emerald Fitzgerald is clearly referring to Ella Fitzgerald. But I too, love F. Scott.
    .-= Jennifer A.’s last blog post… BB Couture for Men, "Tools" Collection + some CND Effects =-.

  6. Tiera says:

    I must have Ingrid. MUST!

    Riveter Rouge is gorg, too, but
    .-= Tiera’s last blog post… Mixtape Monday Vol. 5: The Tuesday Edition =-.

  7. Tiera says:

    ^ Sorry, guess I got cut off!

    I was going to say that I have a few colors that are similar to RR… So even though I like it, I’ll prob pass.
    .-= Tiera’s last blog post… Mixtape Monday Vol. 5: The Tuesday Edition =-.

  8. Karen B says:

    Early or not I love Ingrid πŸ™‚
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Friday Fame: Maggie Grace =-.

  9. Bonnie says:

    Ooooh! I am sooo scooping some of those up!! I looove sparkle nail polish!! That red…sooo for Nov-Jan or plain old dare to be naughty summer night! Hee!

  10. Ithfifi says:

    I have an love affair with china glaze, So many of those colours are screaming out to me! Classic caramel makes me think of butterscotch, yum! Hope you have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    .-= Ithfifi’s last blog post… My cat is being terrorized by birds. Being Me =-.

    • Karen says:

      That one was a nice surprise. I didn’t think I’d like it when I first saw it in the bottle, but it really comes to life on the nails.

      You have a great weekend, too. What are your plans?

  11. gio says:

    It’s way too early for fall collections but I still want them all, they’re gorgeous!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Know Your Ingredients: Boron Nitride =-.

  12. Amanda says:

    First…woohoo for my first comment on your site!! I faithfully read, but have never commented before.

    Early or not I am LOVING this whole collection and will be lemming it untill it ia available. I love China Glaze, and these colors are gorgeous! Lovely swatches BTW!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for popping by! It’s very nice to “meet” you. πŸ™‚

      Aren’t these colors deliciously dark and edgy? I love them. Which one is your favorite?

      • Amanda says:

        Thanks for the warm welcome! As for my favorite, from your swatches, I think Bogie is a very “me” color…so don’t Bogart my Bogie πŸ™‚ Just my attempt at lame humor…pardon me, I couldn’t resist!

        • Karen says:

          LOL! I’m all about the bad puns, so bring ’em on! πŸ˜€

          Whatcha doing today? I have grand plans to finally get my hair cut and colored. Been looking forward to it all week long!

          • Amanda says:

            Yay! Someone else who appreciates an bad pun-I actually think that makes your site so much fun for me to read (that and all the great Tabs pics!)
            Today was a shopping day for me…I pre-ordered the MAC To The Beach goodies I wanted.
            Haircut and highlights for me on Friday πŸ™‚

  13. Salvinia says:

    I am in love with every single one of these polishes, and where I live it’s fall right now, so they’re perfect!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Salvinia,

      Nice! What’s the weather like around your way come fall?

      • Salvinia says:

        I live in Australia so it’s still sunny and dry for the most part, but it’s just cool enough to wear a jacket, and all the leaves are turning red and falling off the trees. The perfect fall, in my opinion! Of course, the downside is it’ll probably take forever for these polishes to make it to my country, IF they ever do. I have to live vicariously through blogs like yours! πŸ˜€

  14. Erin says:

    It’s definitely early, but I’ll get them, swatch them for my blog, and then save them to wear in the fall!! I love summer nail colors, so I need a long time to wear them!!!

  15. Stef says:

    Nail Polish seems to be keeping up with fashion release dates (more so than makeup). So really, since NY Fall fashion week was in Feb, China Glaze is late! But yeah, for all us mere mortals, it’s crazy to think Fall when you’re not even in shorts yet.

    But wow, these colors are amazing! They are making me dream about sweaters and wool coats and scarves. Ingrid has me in a tizzy.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… MAC Superglass review and swatches =-.

    • Karen says:

      Oh, I know! It seems like everything starts earlier now, even in the stores. Next thing you know people will be back to school shopping in May!

  16. Morgan says:

    Ohhh my gosh! First class ticket and camel! I neeeeed them

  17. I’d LOVE to get these shades to review on my blog! Although it’s not fall yet, you can never be too up to date πŸ™‚ These shimmers also pack a lot of punch, WOW!
    .-= Polish Earthgirl’s last blog post… OPI Shrek Forever After Collection =-.

  18. Michelle says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for posting! These are beautiful colors and I can definitely see myself picking up a few colors this fall. BTW, thank for you all the time it must have taken you to do this post. I hope you had fun trying on each color, taking the pictures, and making each pic showcase the product beautifully. I love your blog! Have a great weekend Karen! Thanks for always providing me with a MBB fix! =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      This post was a lot of fun… especially because the shades are so beautiful!

      How are you doing today? I hope your weekend is off to a great start. πŸ™‚

  19. Stef says:

    I love the Vintage Vixen line! I’m sure I’ll be buying several of them for fall. I’m currently wearing one of the neon summer shades! It’s probably too early to think fall, but the colors sure are pretty to look at! And now I know what colors to buy for fall!

  20. Madelynn says:

    I’m so going to be broke after this collection.

  21. Keerthi says:

    TY for the swatches! I don’t think this collection is for me… I’m not in the mindset to think about darker/fall colors at all right now, plus I’m a creme NP girl through and through!
    .-= Keerthi’s last blog post… streetwear saturdays: streetwear midnight and streetwear fx flash =-.

  22. happyhubbs says:

    classic camels is lovely

  23. Marina says:

    I can’t wait when this collection hits our stores! Emerald Fitzgerald is amazing! I love near black polishes and wear them even in summer.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    omg im in love like never before

  25. Lisa S. says:

    Ooo love Ingrid, Foxy and Hey Doll. I like Emerald Fitzgerald too, but I’ve already got some greens that are really close to this. Classic Camel looks fun, but yellows like that are bit tricky for me, so I’d have to see it in person.

  26. Yanick says:

    The color Ingrid is PERFECT for me! Enjoyed the all the but Ingrid…ahhhhhhh soooo pretty.n You know when you see soemthing and think that SO ME! Ingrid is SO ME! LOL.

  27. Sandoz says:

    Wow! I had already seen bottle pics of these & was not really impressed (despite being a fellow fan of 40’s style!) but these really pop on you! I may be picking up a few of these after all. πŸ˜‰

  28. Scientific Housewife says:

    I don’t know how into the colors I am, they are perfect fall colors but I’m still stuck in spring/summer. I might like them more as it gets closer πŸ™‚

  29. Chrissy says:

    OMG love these!

  30. Daya says:

    Bogie is so beautiful! All the polishes are! πŸ™‚ I think the only one I won’t pick up is Classic Camel. It seems the color of a paper bag, no?

  31. Debbie says:

    Totally love Foxy, Ingrid, Emerald Fitgerald and Hey Doll. Overall, this is a really pretty and bold collection! I’d wear about half of them. πŸ™‚ EF intrigues me because I’ve never worn green before.

  32. Ellen says:

    Oh god, I want them all so much. Especially Ingrid. Aren’t they supposed to be out today? *waits patiently*

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