I planned on posting this series a couple of weeks ago but got side-tracked by Hurricane Florence. I'm so grateful that we were spared from the worst of the storm. While off from work, I did get the opportunity to swatch 8 different collections, so you won't be getting rid of me so easily!
One of my main goals with launching Throwback Lacquer was to feature past full mainstream collections. However, many of these collections are prohibitively large, usually with 12 polishes. I've decided to divide them into separate posts for brevity's sake.
This week I've got a gorgeous fall collection from China Glaze, Rodeo Diva. Rodeo Diva was released in 2008, putting this into the vintage category. I love the deep, moody jewel tones featured in this collection.
Branding Iron (three coats): deep, glowing burgundy shimmer
Cowgirl Up (three coats): Tyrian purple with fine red shimmer
Golden Spurs (three coats): cafe au lait with gold glass-flecks
Gussied Up Green (three coats): darkened green/blue shifting shimmer
Branding Iron reminds me of rich blackened burgundy polishes such as OPI Royal Rajah Ruby and Chanel Malice. The fine red shimmer in Cowgirl Up gives the polish a unique glow. Golden Spurs is not my favorite due to the color clashing with my skintone, but I do love the glass-fleck finish. I was wowed while swatching Gussied Up Green...I did not realize that the shimmer shifted from green to blue.
The formula for most of this collection is a bit tricky; while most of the colors look deep and rich in the bottle, they take 3 coats for optimal opacity. Red Stallion and Side Saddle are the two exceptions.