Polish Rating: Foie Gras: A; Stone Cold: A-.
Polish review of the China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Colors Collection.
First off, I must once again apologize for my irregular posting lately. I have been so ill — last week I had to contact the doctor out of hours as I was feeling so bad, and then I spent the rest of the week recuperating, and running all sorts of tests on my health. I’ve been sick 3 times since the beginning of January, and I am done, guys. SO done with being sick!!! 😦 On top of that, my new(ish) job is really demanding, and I find that between being ill and having to work with kids, by the time I get home all I want to do is curl into the fetal position.
Since I’m feeling relatively human again today, I decided to make sure to take the time to post. I really love this blog and I don’t want to fall behind.
Today I have 2 colors from China Glaze The Hunger Games Capitol Collection (say that thee times fast! 😉 ). Each polish in the collection represents a district from The Hunger Games universe. I’ve already reviewed Luxe and Lush from this collection, and used it layered in a few other posts.
For those of you unfamiliar with the books or films (or have only seen the films, as they don’t answer everything) — The Hunger Games is set in a post-apocalyptic North America. The nation of Panem is where the stories take place, with “The Capitol” as a Utopian center for power. Outside of the Capitol, the totalitarian dictatorship nation of Panem has 12 districts, under the power of the cruel President Coriolanus Snow. Each district is designed to rely on The Capitol’s distribution of resources, and therefore cannot stand alone as self-sufficient. The further away you get from the Capitol, the more impoverished the district — with 12 being the poorest, which is where Katniss and Peeta are from. The Hunger Games are used as an exercise of fear and control over the 12 districts, as a reminder of the consequences of rebellion.
So, each of the polishes in the Capitol Colors Collection is designed to represent a district or theme from the films/books:
- Luxe and Lush is for District 1: Luxury which specializes in jewelry making and luxury items, and is a clear-based color with holographic iridescent flakes.
- Stone Cold is a matte graphite colored glittery polish, designed to represent District 2: Masonry which is in charge of stone-cutting, fighting, and weapon making.
- Riveting is designed to represent District 3: Technology which specializes in the production of electronics and engineering, and is a bright tangerine-y kind of orange.
- Hook and Line is a pewter metallic color, designed to represent District 4: Fishing which is a wealthy district whose inhabitants, aside specializing in fishing, often train to be Career Tributes for the Hunger Games.
- For District 5: Power, the district responsible for electricity (with many of their citizens as workers in power plants) Electrify is a clear-based color packed with red and yellow gold glitter.
- Fast track, representing District 6: Transportation, the district serving as a hub in the transportation network, is a ‘cool beige’ with micro-flecks of gold.
- District 7: Lumber, specializing in lumber and paper, is Mahogany Magic – a brown crème polish.
- District 8: Textiles, Dress Me Up, is a dusty rose color. This district specializes in textiles, and includes at least one factory where the Peacekeepers uniforms are made.
- The 9th District: Grain — a district that isn’t mentioned too much, but specializes in grain — is a foil metallic copper color called Harvest Moon.
- Foie Gras, District 10: responsible for Livestock, is represented with a brownish/mauve crème polish.
- Agro is District 11 – Agriculture, a district responsible for harvesting fruit and vegetables, where the inhabitants have extensive knowledge of herbs (due to many tracker jacker nests — genetically engineered wasps — being left behind in this district). This is the district where Rue was from, and is a metallic olive green with small flecks of gold. I must own this one, too.
- District 12: Mining is a black with blue micro-flecks called Smoke and Ashes. This district is the farthest from the capitol, and mainly mines coal. They are at a disadvantage in the Hunger Games compared to other tributes, because they only learn their district specialty when they are 18.
Wheew! Enough of my geeking out!
Stone Cold is a black matte polish with silver micro-flecks. It is fully opaque with two coats, though it did chip quite quickly on me without top coat. 😦 I did get a lot of compliments for them, and they definitely look very stone-like, and invoke some great imagery for the district they represent.
Foie Gras is a brownish mauve creme formula, that goes on super easily. Fully opaque with two coats, and I think the color is great — both work appropriate and a bit different. It isn’t the most original color out of the collection, but if you are looking for a brownish color that doesn’t lean black without direct sunlight, this is a good choice!
What do you think? Have you tried any of the other colors in the China Glaze Hunger Games Capitol Colors Collection? Are there any here that are tempting you? As I mentioned before, I love Agro, and will have to get that for myself at one point!