It should come as no surprise that the first colour I was drawn to in the China Glaze On Safari Collection was China Glaze Exotic Encounters.
As much as I appreciate alliteration, I can’t get over how the name ‘Exotic Encounters’ sounds more like a raunchy pay-per-view flick, a shady dating company that promotes adulterous affairs, or a motel that has a room with a revolving bed. Yes, my mind was in the gutter and is easily amused.
(Actually, my mind is very fond of traveling to all sorts of places. It has collected many frequent-flyer miles. What should I redeem them for?)
What would an exotic encounter be for a nail polish? Would it be hanky panky between a neutral shade and a neon? Or maybe it involves a creme canoodling with a multichrome? Oh, the scandal! 😉
This polish was a total win in my book! The teal-leaning green is within my comfort zone, the application was wonderful, and this colour really does remind me of a safari (or at least going on an outdoor adventure with the sun beating down).
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Pictures
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Ingredients
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Swatches
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√ Lush green crème with blue undertones
- Name: China Glaze Exotic Encounters
- Collection: China Glaze On Safari Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze On Safari Collection press release
- Colours Available in the China Glaze On Safari Collection: Exotic Encounters, Jungle Queen, Adventure Red-y, Man Hunt, Kalahari Kiss, Elephant Walk, Call of the Wild, Prey Tell, Desert Sun, I’m Not Lion, I Herd That & Purr-Fect Plum
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.12 CAD
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Trans Design, Nailsupplies, 8ty8Beauty & Victoria Nail Supply
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Review
Exotic Encounters is a green polish that looks teal sometimes. To me, it’s predominantly green with some blue mixed in.
Although you can rock any shade on any nail length, I was really digging how this looked on my trimmed nails – chic. While I would still love it on my longer nails, I prefer it on short claws.
You know that I love bold and vibrant greens, but I also get a thrill from wearing dusty greens like this one. For some reason, dusty (even slightly dusty) greens seem more sophisticated to me. If bright greens are like adolescents, dusty greens are like 25-year-olds. Exotic Encounters is more mature without being old-fashioned.
This is a creme polish, and it behaved when I shot it with my camera. Yay!
A colour like this already makes such a statement, so it doesn’t need bells and whistles like a duochrome effect or glitter to get my attention. Heck, green nearly always has me at hello. 😉 And Exotic Encounters? They have me at ohh-la-la! Hahahaha!
Application & Formula
This polish was slightly thick and runny at the same time, but not unbearably so. It was actually easy to apply, the lacquer self-levels well, and wow is it ever pigmented! With just one coat, I was very impressed with the coverage. But, as you know, I always like to use a minimum of 2 coats. With the second coat, the coverage was perfectly opaque.
Final Verdict: 10/10
Haha, am I so biased that I gave yet another green top marks? I can’t help it! The colour’s gorgeous yet simple, the application was breezy, and I was comfortable wearing this hue. All signs point to “Mary’s Obsessed”.
If you like greens and don’t have something similar, this is a great basic green to add to your collection. I think you’ll love wearing it even more in the fall because the seasonal colours will complement it.
Tell the truth – what was the first thing you thought of when you heard the name “Exotic Encounters”? Does this green remind you of a safari trip? Have you ever been on a safari? Did the commercial jingle for African Lion Safari spring to mind?