Between the two Cover Girl displays I shared in my big display post last week, I picked up all nine of the Glosstinis shades that are a tie-in with the Hunger Games Catching Fire movie. Top row: Sulfur Blaze, Flamed Out, Rouge Red, Inferno. Bottom: Pyro Pink, Violet Flicker, Seared Bronze, Scalding Emerald, Black Heat. All of these are microflakie/flecked shimmers.
These bottles are small, holding 3.5 ml (.11 fl. oz.), so I went with Skittles swatches in the interest of not making such a big dent in them. For the top row of colors, this actually worked out quite nicely as an ombre. I just need to figure out what to do on my thumb to complete the look for a full mani. Top to bottom: Sulfur Blaze (yellow), Flamed Out (orange), Rogue Red (orange red), Inferno (deep orange red). All are two coats, no topcoat.
Here's a closer look at the lighter three shades of this quartet:
Inferno has golden and orange microflakie shimmer in its deep orange red base and just looks like autumn to me.
These warm shades glowed nicely in low light:
For the second quartet, I chose (top to bottom below) Pyro Pink (berry pink), Seared Bronze (coppery old gold), Scalding Emerald (olive brown), and Black Heat (black olive). These were also two coats, no topcoat.
Detail of Pyro Pink and Seared Bronze:
Detail of Scalding Emerald and Black Heat:
These four shades didn't take quite as well to low light as the previous four:
I liked the multicolor microflakies in Seared Bronze and Scalding Emerald but was sure I'd seen these combinations before. Sure enough, I had. Left to right below: Anise Gilt Trip (brand is available at DSW, the shoe store), Cover Girl Seared Bronze, Cover Girl Scalding Emerald, Estee Lauder Explosif. I had a hard time telling the Cover Girl colors apart from the dupe candidates I pulled from my stash. The Anise is maybe a tiny bit darker than its CG counterpart, and the Estee Lauder perhaps a smidge yellower, but not much as you'd notice at a glance.
Since purple is my favorite color, I saved Violet Flicker for a full hand swatch. Like the previous shades, I used two coats, no topcoat. Violet Flicker is a warm plummy purple with blue and pink shimmer.
I was quite taken with this one; I wouldn't be surprised if it makes it into my Top 20 for 2013.
Violet Flickr in low light:
Overall, this is a nice collection. I think most people could find at least one flattering color here; there's a nice range from brights to classic colors to quirky ones to a deep dark. I just wish the bottles weren't so small. I've already bought an extra Violet Flicker (I figure it doesn't really violate my "no backups" policy if the total volume doesn't exceed one standard 15ml bottle). I'm a bit confused about why there were only four colors in one display and nine in the other, especially when there are 12 Districts in the Hunger Games (this is one time a big 12 color collection would make perfect sense). Perhaps more displays with still other Glosstinis colors will pop up as the movie release gets closer, but I don't think that's the case based on poking around the Cover Girl Capitol Beauty Studio website. The two looks that are unlocked now (there's one for every District) show colors in the Nail Look section from the Outlast line, not any of these Glosstinis. Guess we'll have to wait and see; the other looks unlock on October 1, 3, and 7.