At first glance I was rather unimpressed by the Pastel Petals part of China Glaze’s Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection. Pastel polishes aren’t normally my thing and the Blossoming Brights part of the collection was calling my name, but when I read the description for Dandy Lyin’ Around I had to give it a try.
China Glaze describes Dandy Lyin’ Around as a shimmery vanilla frosting. While that’s a cute description I don’t think it tells the whole story. Dandy Lyin’ Around is a muted shimmery white with a bit of a gray undertone. It really does remind me of all those dandelion seeds I’ve blown off the stem trying to get a wish to come true! Or a marshmallow….
What is great about this polish (and what makes it unique) is that a stark white polish like (my favorite white polish ever) Ulta Snow White is bright and not necessarily flattering or all that wearable. The slight dustiness of Dandy Lyin’ Around plus the subtle shimmer makes this polish very wearable and flattering.
With white(ish) or any pale polish, really, I’m always a bit worried about the formula. Dandy Lyin’ Around’s formula isn’t terrible but it isn’t fantastic either. The color is buildable and the polish isn’t thin or runny. I used 4 coats in my swatches.
Despite the formula not being fantastic this polish wears incredibly well. I’ve worn it a couple of times and each time my manicure has lasted days. There wasn’t even any noticeable tip wear! Don’t believe me? I have proof! Check out this photo of my manicure on day 4.
Because the color payoff isn’t really there with this polish I thought I’d be clever and try it over a plain white polish. As it turns out that doesn’t work so well. It takes away the muted look of Dandy Lyin’ Around and just looks like a stark shimmery white. Not what I was going for! There are swatches of that manicure below the jump along with additional swatches of Dandy Lyin’ Around!