Compared to the other hues in the New Bohemian Collection, China Glaze Swanky Silk was the most tame…but that’s why it intimidated me.
You see, I gravitate toward bold, contrasting polishes that punch me in the eye with colour. Swanky Silk is non-violent. In fact, it never raises its voice above a whisper.
Often, ladylike shades give me a hard time. Either they clash with my skin tone, or they’re too subtle for my liking.
So what did I think of Ms. Swanky Silk? Did it change my mind about softer shades?
China Glaze Swanky Silk Pictures
China Glaze Swanky Silk Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Swanky Silk
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Beige with peach undertones
- Name: China Glaze Swanky Silk
- Collection: China Glaze New Bohemian Collection 2012
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze New Bohemian Collection press release
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Glaze New Bohemian Collection: Unpredictable, Rare & Radiant, Swanky Silk, No Plain Jane, Want My Bawdy & Deviantly Daring
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Nailsupplies, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe & Trans Design
China Glaze Swanky Silk Review
Okay, so China Glaze describes this colour as a beige with peachy undertones. I can see that, but I’d describe it as more of a champagne with a flash of pink.
It’s a delicate colour that’s very classy. I felt very ladylike wearing it…haha, and I don’t feel ladylike often. No, I’m not a tomboy, but I also am not the type of fancy-pants kind of woman, either.
As advertised, China Glaze Swanky Silk has a lustre-chrome finish, so you get the usual brush strokes that you would with any metallic polish. It’s also a duochrome.
You can see the champagne and the pink pretty easily, but because both colours are soft, it isn’t the most dramatic shift in colours. Actually, if you have never worn crazy hues or a duochrome, this one might be good to test the waters with if you’re a little hesitant.
Application & Formula
Swanky Silk by China Glaze had a formula that was easy to control, however, I found that it was a bit on the sheer side with the first coat. But, after you apply a second coat, it completely covers the nail. If you happen to use very thin coats, well, then you’re going to need a third coat.
I suggest not to apply too thick a coat because this formula tends to bubble if you do so. Use thin-medium coats for the best results.
Final Verdict: 5/10
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with Swanky Silk by China Glaze, it was my least favourite out of all the colours in the New Bohemian Collection. But I think that’s because I’m not usually smitten by a gold or champagne. (Heck, even the real champagne that you drink, I’m not a fan of!)
But I know that some people might like this because of how soft it is. Not everyone is like me and prefers strong, in-your-face nails.
Would you wear Swanky Silk? What are some things that you think are swanky? Do you like Hilary Swank? (I liked her in The Next Karate Kid…Hehe, cheesy movie, but it always makes me smile because it’s so innocent. One of the funny parts in that movie is when Mr. Miyagi says, “Boys easier!” True dat!)
This looks really pretty on you. But I’m with you, not really my type of color! I like Hilary Swank. I loved P.S. I Love You.
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You know, I’ve never seen that whole movie – just parts of it when it was on TV. I need to see it from start to finish.
It’s a nice neutral. it’s got some sparkle, but I’m not wowed.
Sounds like we’re in the same boat. It’s nice, but not mind-blowing. Plus I think this would ‘pop’ more on someone who has a much-richer skin tone than mine, just so there’s more contrast.
For a lady-like classy color there’s a million other shades out there. For the money might as well get something from their mainstay line.
Very true. There are lots of classy, ladylike shades. Hehe, they just tend not to reside in my Helmer. 😉 I go for the flashy too much…hehehe!
You have my dream nails 😉
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