China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

Occasionally, when undecided about what my next color should be, I use the power of my spreadsheet (what, you're not enough of a polish fiend to need a spreadsheet?).  Sort that baby by what's untried, what's oldest in the stash, random number generator...  oh, wait, what's this?

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
indoor, bright CF lighting
China Glaze released their All Aboard collection back in 2014, and Choo-Choo Choose You was the clear stand-out winner of that set.  It's a mystery wrapped in an enigma, with everyone's swatches looking a bit different, and nobody agreeing what color it actually is. 

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
outdoor, overcast daylight
After swatching this one, I filed it as taupe, and I'm sticking to that designation.  In the bottle, it's absolutely a dusty eggplant purple, and before I shook up my somewhat settled out bottle there was a layer of deep navy blue on top.  What makes this both special and impossible to definitively categorize is the lovely aurora shimmer packed within.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
bright afternoon sunlight
The brown-taupe-mushroom-purple base is filled to the brim with sparkling shimmer that tilts from red to gold to green, a very pretty Clarins 230 type of aurora pigment.  In bright sunlight, I see green-tinged gold sparks, and a soft shift across more of the spectrum in lower lighting.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
outdoor, shady overcast daylight... and that shimmer!
Despite this bottle being rather seriously separated, it mixed back up with zero problems and the formula was easy to work with.  The brush was smooth and even also, and a good size for my nails.  Yeah, I know we're all aficionados of indie polish, but the mainstream guys get plenty right on occasion, too.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
window-filtered morning daylight
Though this is plenty sheer enough to not obscure the shimmer from sparkling out even in low lighting, 2 coats were all that was needed for very even opacity.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
outdoor, overcast daylight
If I was going to nitpick, this wore a little quicker than ideally on me, with edgewear noticeable after about 2 days, but other than that no worries.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
indoor, bright CF lighting
Rating:  a very solid 4 out of 5 stars, this is about as edgy as one could get while still claiming this to be a modern neutral.  Here's hoping your office is cool enough to let you wear this!

Where to buy:  though this collection was from 2014, Choo-Choo Choose You is still readily available on Amazon and ebay.

~Michelle

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