6/19/12

Does China Glaze "Hook & Line" Nail Polish Have Any Redeeming Qualities? (Hunger Games Collection)

When the promo pictures for China Glaze's Hunger Games polish collabo starting popping up online a few months back, "Hook & Line" immediately went on my "want" list.  Then once the early reviewers starting giving their thoughts on this, it became quite apparent that this nail polish had the potential to be a frosty, brushstroke-ridden nightmare.  I told myself that I didn't need to be bothered with it (regardless of what it may seem like on here, I *do* try to talk myself out of buying polishes sometime :D ).  Sometimes I'm glad when a polish gets a less than perfect review since it makes my wallet happy.

Then it happened.  I saw it in person AND it was on clearance.  How could I say no?  It is such a pretty, different neutral polish.  Would I regret giving it a whirl?

Here is 2 layers of "Hook & Line":

Direct sunlight.



So here's the deal: I actually love this color.  It is a frosty-ish, pearly gray with a slight taupe undertone.  I waited at least 10 minutes between layers (something that is good to do anytime you polish your nails, however I rarely have the patience to do so).  After I did the second layer of polish, things looked pretty good, but there were a few obvious brushstrokes that bugged me.  I took a my "cleanup brush" (the brush I use to get polish off the skin around my nails) and dipped it in acetone (not too much-just enough to get the brush slightly wet) and then I lightly went over the brushstroke-y areas with it.  It smoothed them away in a flash, and made everything look neater.  I used Cult Nails "Wicked Fast" top coat last and there you go!  I'm very glad I gave this polish a chance because my life wouldn't be complete without her now.

Will "meh" reviews of a polish most likely deter you from trying it yourself?  Are you willing to deal with frosty polishes or are they too much work?


10 comments:

  1. I LOVE this one too, it's super unique and it's a got a cool plastic-y look to it. I also tried to talk myself down from it after reading reviews.. but I adore it! Awesome application, will have to try that next time.

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    1. Yes! Plastic-y! I know exactly what you mean! Love it, whatever it is :)

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  2. This color is not my type but I'm glad you can pull it off! Are you going to be looking into any Butter London polishes? Slapper is an absolutely brilliant bright turquoise and I have heard miracles regarding the Nail Foundation basecoat as well!

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    1. I need to try more Butter Londons! I have such a hard time stomaching the price (since most other polishes I can buy wholesale with my nail license) so a polish has to make me go "OMGFNEEDITNOW!!!!" for me to pay $$ for it ;-) Slapper is really pretty and I just may have to go to the mall and oogle it in person!

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  3. I'VE ALWAYS LOVED HOOK AND LINE! I was so sad upon reading all of the shitty reviews on it when it first came out. There are always ways to get around an abundance of brustrokes, and I didn't find this one to be all that bad. I think it's really different and unique, not to mention it looks AMAZZZZING on you! Glad I found another H&L lover!

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    1. yay! I'm glad I'm not alone. I new this had potential!! hahaha

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  4. You know, I thought I would absolutely hate Hook and Line when I bought it but if you are patient with application it's really not that bad! I still need to try stamping with it, but I do love the pewter grey color and finish. ^_^

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    1. I would love to see stamping with this! That is just one area I have zero skills in :/ I enjoy admiring yours though!

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  5. Maribeth, I have to confess that I was mostly excited to see 'Hook & Line' when I saw the early promos, and to be honest, I totally dig those types of shades - I wasn't too happy with it's application but it never occurred to me to try and eliminating some of the brush strokes using your method - genius tip, girlfriend! No matter what though, I still think it's worth it cause this IS a totally unique colour!

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    1. I'm definitely glad I own it now! It just has such a unique glow to it! Let me know if you try the "de-brushstroking" method :)

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