Thursday 24 February 2011

China Glaze Anchors Away Swatches and Review Part 2 Knotty Nauticals

L-R Life Preserver, Hey Sailor, Ahoy!, First Mate, Starboard and Lighthouse

Knotty Nauticals is the more vibrant set from the Anchors Away Collection, in this range of polishes we have 4 cremes and 2 glass flecked shimmer polishes which are slightly more sheer, here are some individual swatches:

 Life Preserver
Life Preserver is an Orange/Red Creme polish, I'm not usually a massive fan of standard orange polish, but the red undertones make this colour slightly more understated than your average polish, and I have to admit I love it :) This was opaque in 2 coats, applied very evenly with a shiny finish.

Hey Sailor
Hey Sailor is a bright red creme polish, it's more of a brilliant red than crimson, a perfect red for springtime as the weather brightens up :) If you are a red lover, this polish will definitely please you! This one reminds me a little of Red My Fortune Cookie, from OPIs Hong Kong Collection:
OPI Red My Fortune Cookie

 this was 2 coats, though its practically opaque at 1, applied evenly with a glossy finish.

Ahoy! was the polish I was the most excited about, when I initially saw the promo pics for this collection, and it really has lived up to my expectations, it's one of the two shimmery shades in this set and its absolutely gorgeous. A vibrant pink shade with gorgeous glass flecked Shimmer, I've seen this compared to OPIs Let Me Entertain You from the Burlesque Collection, but this shade is definitely not a dupe:
OPI Let Me Entertain You
Ahoy! is definitely a lighter pink shade than Let Me Entertain You, and one of my favourites from this collection!

First Mate
First Mate is a deep blue creme polish, If you haven't been able to get your hands on Mac's Spirit Of Justice from their new Wonder Woman Collection, this colour is very similar, here's a pic:
Mac Spirit Of Justice
This polish was opaque at 1 coat, but here I applied 2 to get a perfect finish, another lovely glossy creme.

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Starboard is another creme polish from the collection, it is a vibrant green shade with the slightest hint of blue undertone, this one does remind me a little of OPI Jade is the New Black (but less blue)
OPI Jade is the New Black

 and also it is quite similar to Essie's Pretty Eddy:
Essie Pretty Edgy
Starboard applies evenly and was fully opaque at 2 coats, another winning creme from this collection!

no flash so you can see the blue undertones
Lighthouse is a golden yellow polish packed with shimmer, it reminds me a little of Cowardly Lyin' From China Glaze Wizard Of Ooh Ahz, but it is a lot more golden and not packed with glitter chunks, here's a pic of that polish so you can see the difference:
China Glaze Cowardly Lyin'
Lighthouse is a little on the sheer side, this was 3 coats and there is still detectable nail line, but it's pretty subtle, and probably shows up a bit more in the photos than it would in real life, I've been looking for the perfect golden yellow shade for a while now, and I think I may have found it in Lighthouse :D

I found all the polishes in this collection a joy to apply, only the two glass flecks Ahoy! and Lighthouse took a few more coats due to sheerness, but I imagine these would look awesome layered as well as on their own. Another awesome collection from China Glaze, by far my favourite Spring Collection!


  1. Lighthouse is so prettyyyy!!! And also the blue ones!

  2. Lighthouse is definitely one of my faves from Anchors Away!!! :D