This is a confusing collection, in that the name is misleading. Given the name "Pardon my French", you may assume it was a collection of polishes to be used for French manicures. Um... not so much. LOL. It's a collection of 2 opaques (well one opaque and one almost-opaque, 2 semi-sheers, and 3 glitters). Truth be told, I didn't really like the look of this collection when I got, but 1. I wanted Take Me to Your Chateau, so I figured for a few bucks more, I could review the entire collection and 2. I think part of me just bought it because I actually found a CC collection at Ross... something that'd been eluding me for months. Unfortunately, my opinion hasn't changed all that much, save for 2-3 polishes. I haven't seen much press on this collection, aside from a couple blog reviews, so I hope this will help someone that sees it on an etailer's website and wonders what it's all about (just like I did).
Today, I'm going to show you the cremes and tomorrow will be the glitters. I suppose this collection was meant for layering, but I don't really like layering with CC's holo glitters (for some odd reason), so unless someone posts a request for me to layer 2 particular polishes, I'm going to not layer these.
Okay... without much further adieu (ha.French.ha), here are the cremes....
Oh Naturale. Let me go on and start with my least favorite first. Oh Naturale is a pale, sheer, orange-y peach. It almost looks like a dreamsicle orange, but there is a bit too much yellow in it to be that shade. It almost reminds me of the color of apricots. I really don't like this color. I think on my skintone, it's extremely unflattering. Perhaps if you have a tan or a darker, less pink, skintone, you may be able to make it work. However, it's very streaky. This is 2 coats and you can still see big streaks. Hovever, I wanted to try and do this color some justice and see if additional coats would help. Below is 5 COATS and it's still not fully opaque and even in application.
Sorry girls, I think this one is a pass.
Pardon My French. This one is a pale milky pink and is pretty in theory. I have no problem with sheers, but it was way streaky, just like Oh Naturale. I was able to combat the streaky-ness some what by using thin coats, but they were still there. However, I do like the color, so if you use a base coat and are careful to let coats dry in-between, you may be able to get this one to work for you in 2-3 coats. Pic is 2 thin coats.
I Believe in Amour. This one is a pale, dusty rose, with a milky quality, like Pardon My French. It's a beautiful color, but it was still streaky and not opaque at 2 coats. Although, I love this one so much, I tried it with a base coat and gave it 3 coats and a bit more time and I think it's very doable (pic below). I plan on using this one as a full mani in the future.
I saved the best creme, and in IMO, the best in the collection, for last...
Take Me to Your Chateau. This is an amazing pale blue. It's opaque in 2 coats and very pigmented for a pastel. In the pic, it looks like it may lean a bit turquoise, or green, but that's not the case. It's a straight-up pale blue This was 2 coats, though it was almost opaque in one. If you been looking for a perfect pale blue, definitely pick this one up. I plan on having a pale blue comp post w/in the next few days.
All in all, I found myself torn on these polishes. I love, love, love Take Me to Your Chateau. I also like the colors of I Believe in Amour and Pardon My French, but the formula requires patience and time and it's not effortless like TMtYC. As for Oh Naturale... for me, it's a pass. I really don't see how it could work for anyone given the streaky-ness, but if you love the color, you may be able to make it work with a good sticky base coat and time between (thin) coats. Also, aside from TMtYC, these required thin coats. If I put too much on my brush, it was very globby and hard to keep it from pooling on the nail.
Tomorrow, I will post the glitters in this collection, so stay tuned. :)