China Glaze Budding Romance is the geese-poop green from the Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013.
You know I’m a fan of green nail polish. (I think I’ve mentioned it, oh, just a bazillion times!)
Swampy, dirty greens like this are by far my favourite! To me, they’re unusual and edgy. They’re the ‘ugly pretty’ that I’ll never get sick of. You don’t see them nearly as often as kelly, lime, or hunter greens, so they’re more special.
Ogre snot. Baby’s poop. Yeah, this is what I like. So lady-like, I know. Haha!
China Glaze Budding Romance Pictures
China Glaze Budding Romance Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 3 coats of China Glaze Budding Romance
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Moss green
- Name: China Glaze Budding Romance
- Collection: China Glaze Avant Garden Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Budding Romance, Sunday Funday, Fancy Pants, Snap My Dragon, Passion for Petals, Mimosas Before Manis, Life is Rosy, Pink-ie Promise, Tart-y for the Party, Fade Into Hue, Keep Calm, Paint On & Dandy Lyin’ Around
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.12 CAD
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe, Trans Design & Victoria Nail Supply
China Glaze Budding Romance Review
Budding Romance is absolutely the perfect name for this nail polish because this type of green is love at first sight to me!
It’s a yellow-based green, but not your typical lime green that’s fun and upbeat. Budding Romance by China Glaze is like the green that’s more mature. It has dated enough to know what it’s looking for in a long-term relationship.
This green has a level of sophistication that I find a lot of other greens lack. And I love how this one reminds me of a safari and army gear. Greens like this are really chic and editorial.
As if the colour itself didn’t make my heart flutter! The finish is a cream-like jelly! By that, I mean it is very shiny, but the opacity is buildable, so you can get great coverage.
Application & Formula
Sometimes jelly polishes are watery, but Budding Romance by China Glaze wasn’t overly watery. It had a heavier consistency, so I found it easier to control.
I could’ve stopped at 2 coats, but I decided to add a 3rd coat because when I use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat over jellies, a lot of times the polish shrinks and I get premature tip wear. An additional coat sometimes helps me avoid that. In this case, it worked! (I also waited longer in between each coat to further prevent shrinkage.)
Since I added 3 medium coats, I got bubbling. However, it didn’t annoy me. When it comes to jelly polishes, for some reason, I’m more lenient about bubbling. Bubbles look neat to me with jelly polishes because I always imagine a fish swimming around and blowing those bubbles, and that makes me smile. (Pretty random, I know!)
And when I get bubbling with greens like this, I imagine toad skin, which is nasty, but also really cool!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Maybe a lot of people think this shade is ugly, but this is exactly the kind of green that makes my heart race like Usain Bolt! I wish there were more lacquers like this – soooo gorgeous!
Do you like poop greens, too? What other ‘ugly pretty’ shades do you dig? Have you worn any of the hues from the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection?