Kick It Old School with the China Glaze Kicks Collection (Part Uno!)

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How frickin’ awesome are these bright shades from the new China Glaze Kicks Collection?


I had a blast swatching these first six shimmery shades from the vibrant 12-piece spring collection ($3 a bottle; more swatches to follow).

The collection’s bold blues, greens, oranges and pinks were inspired by colorful tennis shoes — the young’ns call ’em kicks — but they remind me of Skittles.

china glaze kicks paper chasing

Custom Kicks is my favorite of the ones shown here. It’s the shimmery blueish teal at the top.

This one takes me back, all the way back to my very first shoe crush…

china glaze kicks fly

It was 1985; I was an awkward fifth grader, having 1) a bowl haircut, 2) clothes that never matched (seriously, we desperately needed a GAP Kids or Limited Too back then) and 3) crippling shyness.

My mission in life was to blend in to the scenery, and I avoided anything that would make me stand out.

It was a ROUGH YEAR.

But there were high points. I won second place in a poster contest (I drew a cat reading a book with the caption, “Shove boredom away, and pick up a book!”) and managed to avoid any bully beat downs.

china glaze kicks its poppin

But the absolute highlight of that year was my pair of teal blue Reebok tennis shoes, and I wore them every day.


china glaze kicks sky high top

I spent half my time with my head down (to avoid making eye contact with my classmates), but at least I had something cute on my feet. πŸ™‚

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  1. Denisa says:

    Oooohh I love these colors!!! My 2 favs. are skyhigh top and custom kicks! That is so cool that you had some cool sneaks to rock, at least your shoes weren’t a shy color! =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denisa,

      I love them too — the next batch has some orange shades that are equally drool worthy. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re having a nice Tuesday!

  2. Michelle G says:

    I love Entourage!! The perfect green for the summer. I actually have it on right now lol

  3. Mikele says:

    I just bought a color that looks exactly like Custom Kicks from Walgreen’s on Friday!! I have it on and I love it! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mikele,

      Nice! What brand is it?

      Isn’t Walgreens the best? I used to work right around the corner from three of ’em and I was always there on my breaks.

  4. cloudburst says:

    I really like Custom Kicks & Sky Hightop.

  5. Stephie says:

    It’s Poppin IS poppin πŸ˜› I hope my Sally’s has these babys in stock soon.

  6. LayLa says:

    those colors @_@ !!!
    there so great !!!!
    for a long time i’ve
    been waiting some
    nice blue polishes
    maybe i’ll look for
    some of these…

  7. Maggie says:

    wow, the colors look addicting!
    you’re right; JUST like skittles! πŸ™‚

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  8. Wenvers says:

    I have received Custom Kicks last week, lovely color. I was a little bit affright that the texture was like the laquers of the Summer collection but these are much better. Cool!

  9. Milan says:

    I ordered Paper Chasin’, Fly and Sky High-Top last week. I should have them this week. Can’t wait to rock these!

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  10. Didi says:

    fly and custom kicks are talking to me! great colors!

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  11. Liliana says:

    ohhh I just ordered Custom Kicks! i love teal colors!

  12. gio says:

    wow, the colors are gorgeous! I really like It’s Poppin and Custom Kicks.

  13. Kalyn says:

    Those are get colors for the summer. You have to let us know if the paint chips. For $3 a bottle I’m curious as to how long the color will last.

  14. Amanda says:

    Lovin’ these! All of them, but custom kicks is my favorite I think.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Me, too.

      It’s hard to believe that a few years ago nail polish wasn’t so bright and sassy. I’m loving all the blues and greens.

  15. Luv J says:

    Custom Kicks and It’s Poppin’ are mine!

  16. Stacie says:

    Ooh, Paper Chasing is pretty! So is Custom Kicks. LOL, Karen! My mission in life when I was in school was also to blend into the scenery! My goal was to never be noticed; that way, I wouldn’t be bullied or embarrassed in any way. (I am annoyed with my younger self!) And I succeeded with the blending, too. I lived in a small town, and had about 90 students in my graduating class. On the first day of senior year, one of my classmates I’d gone to school with for forever asked if I was new in town! ROTFL!! (But maybe it was a good thing he’d never noticed me before–after that, he spent the entire year hitting on me!)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacie,

      I tried to blend in for the same reasons — I didn’t want to be bullied or embarrassed. I had just started a new, bigger school, plus I didn’t really have a close friends so all I wanted to do was not stand out. Sigh.

      Did you ever end up going out with that boy who asked you if you were new?

  17. Catherine says:

    Entourage and Sky-High top are gorgeous! How’s the consistency on these? I’m trying to decide between ChG and Zoya, because Tallulah and Midori look fab too.

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  18. Briana says:

    OOOh, I love Paper Chasin! I would definitely rock that on my toes for the summer!

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  19. Stacie says:

    Ha, no I never went out with him! Believe me when I say he wasn’t my type. Besides, at that point I had my eye on the guy who became my hubby! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacie,

      Awww, cute! Did you know that your hub had something special about him when you first met him? Or were you guys friends first?

      I didn’t think El Hub and I would end up together when we first met, LOL!

  20. Wenvers says:

    @ karen: Both! However I think I will use it most for the toes! πŸ™‚

    How about the Zoya laquers? I just ordered Pippa from de La-di-da collection, do you already have colors of this collection?

  21. Sarah says:

    Oh my… i love all these colors. im sucha nail polish whore. its ridiculously fun. i was rockin the yellow IMBEAUTY OPI Sephora last week… im LOVING the nontraditional colors.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah,

      I saw that one at the store the other day! It’s really pretty. I’m loving the rise of wacky colors, too. Orange, yellow, green… sign me up!

  22. Stacie says:

    Well, we ended up working at the same grocery store the summer before my senior year–I was a checker and he was a sacker. That’s how we got to know each other. He was a year behind me in school, and before I got to know him I thought he was a huge troublemaker (’cause he was!) I was the goody goody, so everybody thought we were a strange couple! But we were both too shy to ask the other out, so we were friends for months before we finally went on a date. Now, nearly seven years later, we’re still together!

  23. Stef says:

    Spring is the perfect time for these wacky doodle colors, love ’em. They look like different color drink umbrellas!

    Zoya is ah-mazing. Karen, go get a bottle, you’ll love it.

    I think my favorite brand though is Spa Ritual, anyone a fan?
    Last Tango is the most perfect bright coral pink known to womankind!

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