China Glaze in Ahoy!

China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! is from the Spring 2011 "Anchors Away" collection. This was a really great collection, and many of the colors have been made permanent, including Ahoy! Ahoy! was hard to capture color accurately. It is actually a deceptively deep color, so it doesn't actually feel very summery to me, which was my goal in wearing it. The gold glass-flecks made my camera lighten the polish. In most lights, Ahoy! is a verging-on-deep berry-magenta. The gold glass-flecks vary from looking pink to copper to gold because of the pigmented base, so that there is a beautiful glow to the polish. In direct sunlight, the polish looks more fuchsia bright pink, but my pictures make it look that color in all lights. Look at the bottle color in the pictures above and below and you can get a better idea of what the color looks like in real life. This isn't a formula where the polish dries a different color than the bottle; they match up. The only color-accurate swatch I could find for how Ahoy! looks in most lights is AllYouDesire. Christine at Temptalia has color-accurate pictures showing how Ahoy! looks in all lights. The bottle color in Michelle at All Lacquered Up's swatch is accurate, as is the nail wheel swatch from Karen at Frazzle and Aniploish. I'll link to other swatches at the bottom of the post.

China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)

The formula was perfect! It wasn't thick, which can be an issue with glass-flecks - either they're sheer and watery or thick because of the jelly formula that allows the glass-fleck to shine through. Ahoy! had a crelly base - it was almost creme like in it's pigment and texture, but just sheer enough not to cover the glass-flecks up. This is 2 thin coats. Worn June 6 - 7, 2012.

China Glaze in Ahoy! (direct sunlight) 
China Glaze in Ahoy! - blurred to emphasize the glass-flecks (direct artificial light, indoors)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (flash)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (flash)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light) 
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
China Glaze in Ahoy! (indirect natural light)
Here are swatches from other bloggers. It seems most people had the same issues capturing the color: Scrangie, Kelly at Vampy Varnish, Bruno at Acetone and Old(e) Lacquer, Nailstah, and Sonidlo at Sonidlo's Nail Polishes.

Do you own Ahoy!? What's your favorite summer pink?

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