Today's polish is China Glaze in Fast Track. Fast Track was released with the Spring 2012 "Colours From The Capitol" collection, also known as the collection inspired by The Hunger Games. I know some people were disappointed with this collection, but I really love it. It has a nice variety of colors and finishes, while still all fitting into a color scheme that is void of really bright, punchy colors, similar to the dystopian tone (although, if it truly was a Capitol collection, the colors should have been bright and punchy; the colors make more sense if you check out their original inspiration). Fast Track was originally called Catnip, inspired by Gale's nickname for the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. As you probably know, there was an odd lawsuit initiated by The Hunger Games's production company, Lionsgate, that simply ended with China Glaze renaming the collection and colors, even though it remained an official partnership between the two brands. In the ensuing re-naming, Catnip became Fast Track, corresponding to District 6, Transportation. I don't know that I really see the connection between this color and the extravagant trains that carry citizens from district to district in Panem - or, more particularly, with the characters we meet from District 6 in Catching Fire, who love color - but, in any case, I really love this less colorful color.
I've been having a good run of flattering nail choices lately. My goal in swatching all my polishes is to find some to put up in a blogsale or swap, so I can pare down to a more reasonable collection, but I don't think I've found one polish to get rid of yet (maybe Lynnderella in Change). I'm a bad, bad purger! Fast Track is a beautiful nude polish that has a slightly jelly creme finish that allows the gold glass-fleck type shimmer to shine through. There is also subtle green and red shimmer that flashes in the sunlight. I can see how this wouldn't be flattering for some skin tones, but it's a really perfect shade for me for polished nails that don't look too flat, which is how the mannequin hands' nudes can sometimes look. In the bottle, the base seems to be a neutral tan nude, but on me it has a bit of a pink/rose/mauve undertone, except in indirect sunlight, when more yellow comes out of the base.
This is a formula that I would say is great for beginners. That doesn't mean it's my favorite formula - you really have to wipe off the brush to avoid getting too much polish on the nail, so I wasn't able to do coats as thin as I like - but it's a very forgiving formula. I used two medium coats and achieved opacity. If you add a third coat, the base color turns a little more grey on me. This formula is slightly runny and thick at the same time, but you have a lot of time to smooth it across the nail and fix any application errors, without getting any streakiness, cuticle drag, or ridge-forming. Worn September 12 - 16, 2012.