I am so excited to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire next month—but I’m also really excited about these new limited-edition shades of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire-inspired Capitol Collection Glosstinis from COVERGIRL! There are nine shades available, Glosstinis are miniature versions of their Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss polishes. I reviewed the initial collection last year, and found the wear pretty impressive!
While I haven’t worn these new, limited-edition shades exclusively to test their wear-time, the original Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss formula held up really well, even at 7 days (see the pics here). I’m hoping that this Glosstini collection provides the same great wear; but in full-disclosure, I can’t confirm that at this time.
In terms of quality, this is a different finish than I’m used to seeing from COVERGIRL. The Capitol Collection Glosstinis have this fantastic fire to them (no pun intended), and they shimmer so incredibly that I had a hard time getting my camera to capture the glimmer in them accurately. (I did my best!)
Here are a few things I noticed:
- The formula of the nine shades has a nice flow, and self-levels nicely. Even without top coat, I don’t really feel a lot of grit on the finish.
- They dry pretty quickly.
- While two coats were sufficient for all the shades (as in the swatches), some will appear more sheer than others on the first coat—which can seem a little worrisome. (Most notably with shades Pyro Pink, Violet Flicker, Seared Bronze, and Scalding Emerald.) Just make sure your second coat with those shades is just a tad thicker, and you should be fine.
- COVERGIRL says the original Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss formula is sufficient without top coat for up to a week, but as a beauty junkie, I’m going to recommend top coat anyway for additional shine and wear insurance. It certainly won’t hurt! If you don’t wear top coat, it may affect wear-time, but I’m pretty sure these will stay looking pretty glossy, because the finish is out of this world.
- Edited to add — COVERGIRL has confirmed that the formula is 3-free.
Overall, I’m a fan of Glosstinis in general, because their size doesn’t require a big committment. Especially when you’re buying trend shades like these, versus buying full-size bottles of timeless colors you’ll use again and again. For the quality, the price doesn’t hurt my budget either, and they take up less space in my ever-expanding collection!
While we’re talking The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, you’ve got to check out the 12 District looks COVERGIRL did that are inspired by the film. They’re incredible! You can even try the looks on virtually in their “FabLab”.
(All swatches are with two coats of color.)
Aren’t these gorgeous?
Find a shade or (or a few) you like, and give them a go! But hurry, they’re limited.
Price & Availability…
$2.99 – 3.79 each, drugstores and mass retailers nationwide