China Glaze Awakening

China Glaze Awakening was from their Urban Chic (previously Platinum Series) Collection but now can be found in some of the core lines at Sally's Beauty Supply.  This is such a pretty purple pink with a gold shimmer.  It's almost a duochrome but I think I'm sticking with shimmer.  I had tried this color before but it was a messy application, mostly because I was still learning at the time.

I used a base coat of Seche Natural, 2 coats of Awakening, and a top coat of Seche Vite.

As you can see in the sun, the purple pink base is showing quite nicely.

However, you can move your hand around a bit and get some of that gold.

Indirect sun was probably my favorite time to photograph this color.  You really see the glowing softness of the color itself.

I'm still having some green lighting issues with my shade pictures but this one worked out well - check out the dusty gold rose on the middle finger - so pretty!

Finally, here's my "way back when" picture ^_^

Overall I was very happy with this color.  The polish wasn't too runny or thick - a pretty good consistancy and covered well in 2 coats.  In the sun picture, you can almost see some VNL but that's with some harsh 100 degree Texas sun.

China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].