Thursday, May 26, 2011

China Glaze Tronica

When Tronica was announced, I was excited. Twelve new holographic polishes from the brand that brought us the OMG and Kaleidoscope collections? Yes, sign me up! Then when the first swatches started to show up, I went into pouting mode, as these new holos looked weak and scattered compared to their older siblings. The long gap between when these were available to professionals and when they were slated to be released to the public at Sally Beauty gave me a chance to get over my disappointment and resolve to appreciate these new polishes for their own merits. Except once I'd decided I needed them, I couldn't find them. Despite how often I stop by Sally stores, I never ever saw a full display of these in the wild. There are four Sally's locations on my regular polish hunting routes, and I only saw Tronica at one of them, and it was already picked clean of what I considered the good colors. Some people might have taken this as a sign to give up, but I decided to do something I've never done before (and don't intend to make a habit of)—I bought a full display kit from the Sally's website:



I would have bought individual bottles if I could have, but by the time I'd decided to stop hunting them in stores, the colors I wanted most were sold out and only available as part of the display package. Thus I ended up with way more Tronica than I planned, but swapping and my recent contest have pretty much taken care of the excess.

Here's my curent favorite from the collection, Virtual Violet. It was almost a one-coater; I did two because I never expected it to be as pigmented as it is so didn't do a great job applying the first coat. In the indirect indoor illumination of my light box, the holo was pretty shy, as these next two photos show.





In the sun, which every so often does put in an appearance around here in between rainstorms, the sparks of rainbow colors pop out.





I can appreciate scattered holos, but I hope down the road we see a reappearance of linear holos, the same way we're now getting crack all over the place after not seeing any new releases of it for years.

17 comments:

  1. Grrr. Is linear holo really hard to do? So annoying that there aren't more.

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  2. I agree, more linear ones! My Lucid Bubble made some herself recently and it looked amazing.

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  3. I do love the colours this collection has... but of course how cool would it be if they were better holos!
    Btw i'v passed on a blog award to you =)

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  4. Here i don't know why they pass on this collection. I wanted so much to get the magenta holo.

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  5. I was pouting when I first saw swatches of them. I did breakdown and bought the whole set. Cosmoprof let me have the display as well. Lol! :)

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  6. Hello.
    Just to let you know i tag you for an award on my blog:)

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  7. VV is the only one I got from this collex and it was just by chance running into it, love it!

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  8. I swear the Tronica collection was out for a week them it just disappeared.

    The scatter holos are still gorgeous. (:

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  9. have you tried using the aqua base by nfu.oh (or the dupe by gosh or make up store) it does make a huge difference from what I've seen from the other swatches.

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  10. Great pix that show holo!!
    I hear you on this collection. I ran out and got the whole thing because I could not pick one color.
    A bit of a let down.
    Ironically they do best on sunny days, but they are such wintry colors.

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  11. Totally agree! Linear holos rock!
    I am so annoyed that this collection didn't make it to Ireland.... I kept checking Sally Beauty's website everyday and still no sign of it

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  12. Wow, you bought the entire display, awesome! I really like this collection and I am happy I bough the entire collection, minus the display..LOL :)

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  13. They are all really pretty colours, but just not what I was expecting. I was quite excited about this collection because I missed out on the other collections. I hope someone does another range at some point :) xx

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  14. I saw the collection in Sally's, but I had seen the disappointing swatches and decided to pass. I think I'm happy with my Milani holo!

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  15. I had the exact same reaction! I was super excited when I heard about the collection but I kinda wish it was linear too! No doubt the new ones are gorgeous but you can't beat the OMG polishes!

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  16. Subtle, but pretty. I quite like scattered although linear has way more ooomph!

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  17. lol that is so something i would do, i also had a hard time finding any of these everytime i went to sallys they were all gone only! once they had the mustard yellow one and i had to get it cuz i wanted at least one from the collection..

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